Southern Reef Explorer
Prices from $1,850 AUD

 

The 3 night Southern Reef itinerary takes guests from the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay. You will experience the beautiful environment of the Great Barrier Reef region, both on land and at sea.


 

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Features

  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Family Islands
  • Sudbury Cay
  • Nathan Reef
  • Thetford Reef

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From 31/03/2020 to 11/01/2021 sole usetwin sharetriple share
Southern Reef
standard cabin
4 days / 3 nights - air conditioned ensuite cabin with ocean views and 2 single beds $1,850.00$1,850.00 
Southern Reef
stateroom
4 days / 3 nights - air conditioned ensuite cabin with ocean views and 2 singles, 1 double or double & single beds. $2,050.00$2,050.00$1,538.00
Southern Reef
upper deck stateroom
4 days / 3 nights - air conditioned ensuite upper deck cabin with ocean views and 2 single or 1 double bed beds $2,250.00$2,250.00 
Southern Reef
deluxe stateroom
4 days / 3 nights - spacious air conditioned ensuite upper deck cabin with ocean views and 2 single or 1 double bed beds $2,350.00$2,350.00 
PLEASE NOTE: All prices are per person.

The 3 night Southern Reef itinerary takes guests from the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay. You will experience the beautiful environment of the Great Barrier Reef region, both on land and at sea.

This immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Reef through snorkelling, Scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours. Enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay, and sumptuous seafood buffet. Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel by Glass Bottom Boat and wander along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves. Spend time exploring the underwater world’s of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island – you may even be able to swim with a Sea Turtle just off the beach! Enjoy presentations by our Marine Biologist, including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Reef’s endemic species and learn about the area’s unique eco-system and marine biodiversity.

 

  

Expedition Highlights

  • The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails.
  • Secluded gourmet beach BBQ
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
  • Snorkel or dive at Nathan Reef or Coates Reef
  • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Informative presentations and educational documentaries
  • History and cultures of the region and early explorers
  • See Indigenous middens as you walk the Haven Track
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

 

Itinerary 

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 1:30pm.

 

DAY 1: CAIRNS - SUDBURY CAY

Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am, and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.

 

DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL AND DUNK ISLAND

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

 

DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

 

DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND AND CAIRNS

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to disembark at 1:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

 

 

 

Your Vessel

At 35 metres in length and hosting 42 guests, this is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise will be truly memorable.

Refurbished in 2015, this vessel is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef. The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime styling with wood-panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each equipped with a private en-suite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to always have a view of the spectacular scenery.

The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar. It also features a reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax or sunbathe, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef.

We happily operate an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

Accommodation  

 

Standard Cabin - Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located close to the bow of the ship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass Bottom Boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature traditional maritime decor with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings and are sized from 10.50sqm to 14sqm (141 to 151 square feet) in size. Cabins feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, air-conditioning, ample storage space and fixed twin beds.

 

Stateroom - Our four Stateroom category rooms are located midship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass Bottom Boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature a traditional maritime decor with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings. At 14sqm (151 square feet) in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability)

 

Upper Deck Stateroom - Our nine Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. Decorated in a traditional maritime style with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings, Upper Deck Staterooms are 14sqm (151 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).

 

Deluxe Stateroom - Our four Deluxe Staterooms are located at the stern of B Deck, in close proximity to the Bridge and the full length Sun Deck. Decorated in a traditional maritime style with wood panelling, Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 15sqm (162 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).

  
 
 
 
 

Food & Drinks 

Meals: All meals are fresh and chef-prepared onboard

Tea & Coffee: 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station

Beverages:  Drinks are available for purchase.

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Start your day with a tempting choice from a fresh continental or a hot breakfast, we offer a sumptuous hot and cold buffet breakfast complemented by daily made-to-order specialties.

Buffet lunches showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits.

Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you onboard with a Seafood Buffet dinner on the first night. Other evening meals vary between a BBQ, Carvery or a three-course table d’hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service from our friendly dining room staff.

All our expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where we serve sunset drinks and canapes, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

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