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Northern Great Barrier Reef Expedition Cruise

4 Night Cruise

Cairns Roundtrip
Our 5 day, 4 night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.

For guests wanting to spend as much time as possible discovering the reefs of the Tropical North, while still enjoying time ashore, this itinerary offers you plenty of time to come face to face with the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Talk to our expert team of cruise specialists today to chat about your next cruise adventure on 1300 788 553. 

Departs Cairns Every Monday at 5pm, Returning to Cairns Every Friday at 8am.

Expedition highlights:
- The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
- Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
- 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
- Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef


Day 1 - Cairns

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4pm. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet

Day 2 - Cooktown & Lizard Island

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

Day 3 - Lizard Island & Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Day 4 - Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

Day 5 - Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8am.

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4 Nights
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4 Nights
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Twin beds or queen bed
4 Nights
From $2,799.00 pp

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Twin beds or queen bed
4 Nights
From $2,999.00 pp

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  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • Cabin Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Guest Lecturers

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