Great Barrier Reef: Cairns & Lizard Island Cruise


  • Oct 20, 2014
  • Oct 27, 2014
  • Nov 03, 2014
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  • Dec 01, 2014
  • Dec 08, 2014
  • Dec 15, 2014
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  • Apr 06, 2015
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  • Apr 27, 2015
  • May 04, 2015
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  • May 25, 2015
  • Jun 01, 2015
  • Jun 08, 2015
  • Jun 15, 2015
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  • Jun 29, 2015
  • Jul 06, 2015
  • Jul 13, 2015
  • Jul 20, 2015
  • Jul 27, 2015
  • Aug 03, 2015
  • Aug 10, 2015
  • Aug 17, 2015
  • Aug 24, 2015
  • Aug 31, 2015
  • Sep 07, 2015
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  • Sep 28, 2015
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  • Dec 07, 2015
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Private Independent Travel

This 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns South Pacific cruise offers the perfect combination of experiences to make your holiday on the Great Barrier Reef truly memorable. This itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Reef through snorkeling, SCUBA diving and glass bottom boat tours, while also allowing plenty of time to discover exclusive private islands, tropical resort paradises and ancient rainforest trails.

Day 1

Embark in Cairns

Board the Coral Princess II small ship for a 5:00 pm departure from Cairns. While departing Cairns and cruising Trinity Bay, there is time to settle in and discover “home” for the next four nights. In the evening, join the crew and traveling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne while cruising northward, passing Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range.

Day 2

Cooktown / Great Barrier Reef

Take the morning to discover historical Cooktown, which is steeped in history with buildings dating back to the 1870s. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. Visit Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, featuring original artifacts from Cook’s ship – Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, and catch a glimpse of some native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies.

Visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join a marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colorful coral gardens and discover some of the 1500 species of tropical fish that call the reef home. Perhaps go snorkeling for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkeling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Day 3

Lizard Island / Ribbon Reef No 9

Awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join guides on a walk to “Cook’s Look” on the island’s peak (hiking shoes or boots are recommended). It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent.

Lizard Island’s fringing reef, in the shallow waters just meters off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkeling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Simply relax on the beach, join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, accompany the Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive.

Cruise to Ribbon Reef No 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where activities include more snorkeling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.

Day 4

Ribbon Reef No 3 / Rachel Carson Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 1800 miles between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. Visit two of the most spectacular sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkeling and glass bottom boat tours. A Marine Biologist explains the natural history and evolution of the reef and the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Experience the reef through SCUBA diving, allowing the Dive Instructor to guide an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Enjoy a final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Cairns

Farewell the Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.
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Please note: Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.
Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Princess II will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
- All meals, morning and afternoon teas, soda fountain soft drinks
- Tea and coffee 24 hours a day
- Use of snorkeling equipment, masks, fins, and flotation vests
- Guided glass bottom boat coral viewing and snorkeling excursions
- Presentations by Marine Biologists
- Access to islands, marine and national parks
- Use of comprehensive range of library and video resources
- An introductory SCUBA diving skills session for first time divers

- Pre and post cruise transfers
- Fuel surcharges if applicable
- Bar and shop purchases
- Shop to shore telephone and facsimile calls
- Costs associated with scuba diving
- The Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of AUD18.00 per person (payable on board)

Deposit & Payment

Initial deposit is 15%-25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to departureFee
Great Barrier Reef Cruises
29-15 days 25%
14-7 days55%
6-1 days100%
Kimberley, Cape York & Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, New Zealand Cruises
60 days or more15%
59-30 days55%
29-1 days100%