Great Barrier Reef: Cairns & Lizard Island Cruise


  • Sep 22, 2014
  • Sep 29, 2014
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  • Dec 29, 2014

Private Independent Travel

This 3-night Cairns – Pelorus 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, whilst also allowing plenty of time to discover exclusive private islands, tropical resort paradises and ancient rainforest trails.

Day 1

    Embark in Cairns

    Board your Coral Princess II small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay, there is time to settle in and discover your “home” for the next four nights. In the evening, join your 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. You have the option to 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, where you may catch a glimpse of some native Australian wildlife including Kangaroos and Wallabies.

      This afternoon visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join your 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. You may wish to enjoy your first snorkeling opportunity 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

        This morning awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join your 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 your Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. The choice is yours!

        This afternoon cruise to Ribbon Reef No 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where your activities will 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. Spend today visiting 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. Your Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow your Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening, enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

          Day 5

            Disembark in Cairns

            Farewell your 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
            - Tea and coffee 24 hours a day
            - Use of snorkeling equipment, masks and fins
            - 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 experience for first time divers

            - Pre and post cruise transfers
            - Bar and shop purchases
            - Shop to shore telephone and facsimile calls
            - Coasts associated with scuba diving
            - The Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC)

            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
            70 days or moreDeposit
            69-30 days55% cruise fare
            29-0 days100% cruise fare