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Explore the top-rated Cairns small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Cairns, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Cairns small ship cruises start at $3,570 for a trip of 8 to 99 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream Cairns small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Waterfall in the Australian outback
$9,075
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Cape York & Arnhem Land

Cairns - Darwin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the unique Arnhem Land
  • Explore the Cobourg Peninsula
  • Witness the Tiwi people's culture
  • Snorkel across Lizard Island
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This magnificent 12-day voyage takes you across the top of Northern Australia and experience cultures unchanged for centuries, world-renowned Indigenous art centres, and some of the continent’s most remote islands. Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands and learn of traditional Tiwi …
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Travelers learning how to scuba dive.
$3,570
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Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns to Cairns - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim and snorkel Lizard Island
  • Discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs
  • Learn about Cook’s landing
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day South Pacific cruise includes a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colorful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard …
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Explore the wonder of coral reefs
$12,190
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An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna

22 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Learn culture and traditions
  • Enjoy water voyages
  • See local traditions
  • See the atolls of Niue
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Australia and New Zealand aboard the Coral Adventurer. The cruise ship will be cast off from Cairns for an inaugural expeditionary voyage to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Samoan traders, …
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Sunrise in Papua New Guinea Highlands
$11,070
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South Pacific Expedition: Cairns to Lautoka

2022 - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Experience a Melanesian welcome
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Witness Vanuatu’s traditions
  • Swim at Sawa-i-Lau
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Lautoka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Both humongous and humbling, Melanesia has been topping wanderlust wish lists for years. Join a team of onboard experts aboard Silver Explorer and explore this lesser known region. Leaving Cairns, venture to hot springs and view birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, exploring the island’s …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$11,690
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New Guinea Odyssey

Darwin - Cairns - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Papua New Guinea
  • Visit the Tami islands
  • Watch the Asaro Mudmen
  • Swim and snorkel on beaches
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 17-day journey takes you to the world's second-biggest island, a fascinating region home to over 1,200 ethnic groups. Allow yourself to be fascinated by the stunning vistas of the Fiords and lush mangrove forests where you can meet Papuan tribes eager to share their culture and art with …
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Papua New Guinea snorkeling
$6,520
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Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover New Guinea's mysteries
  • Visit the Trobriand islands
  • Swim near dazzling coral reefs
  • Encounter local people & culture
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Honiara
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Exploring Melanesia's natural and cultural wonders onboard Le Soléal is a thrilling tropical adventure. Sail north to Alotau in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay Province and learn about the WWII memorial, Japanese and American battlegrounds, pearlers, miners, and missionaries. Next up …
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Beach villa on pristine water
$17,400
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Lautoka to Cairns

17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Swim and snorkel in Yasawa
  • Dive on a 30-meter tower
  • Relax on Champagne beach
  • See the underground nature
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on its 17-day voyage and experience the highlights of Melanesia; the true gems of the region. Starting in Lautoka,Silver Explorerwill sail through Melanesia via Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This voyage will lead you from underwater wonders to blue lagoons …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$9,530
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Cape York & Arnhem Land

12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the unique Arnhem Land
  • Explore the Cobourg Peninsula
  • Witness the Tiwi people's culture
  • Snorkel across Lizard Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A journey through ancient culture and underwater worlds, the Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition voyage takes you to some of Australia’s most remote communities on Australia’s North Coast. Commencing in Darwin, this journey takes guests to some of Northern Australia’s most …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$8,250
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Torres Strait and Cape York

Cairns - Horn Island - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore the Torres Strait Islands
  • Snorkel at Davie Cay
  • View rock art at Stanley Island
  • Visit Lizard Island
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sand cays, remote …
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Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
$11,810
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Tropical Odyssey: North-East Australia and Indonesia

16 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Discover the Asmat region
  • Learn about local culture
  • Explore the Malukus
  • Visit the Komodo National Park
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Benoa
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 16-day tropical expedition voyage onboard the Le Laperouse between north-eastern Australia and Indonesia to discover its spectacular natural scenery. Lizard Island, nestled in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is the first port of call on your cruise. The next day, sail …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$7,305
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Forgotten Islands of Papua New Guinea

12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • See Ataliklikun Bay's Fire Dance
  • Explore Jacquinot Bay
  • Visit Laughlan atoll
  • Discover Kuiawa Island
Starts / Ends:
Kavieng / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin a 12-night trip from Cairns to distant Papua New Guinea islands that have witnessed millennia of history, from unspoiled villages to World War 2 battlegrounds. At Ataliklikun Bay, see the Baining Fire Dance on the first cruise ship to visit the village. Rabaul was the WW2 base for 110,000 …
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Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South Africa
$192,598
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142-Day Extraordinary Discoveries

100 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Sojourn
  • See Fiji's islands
  • Swim and snorkel in Vanuatu
  • Enjoy Sydney's landmarks
  • Know batik fabric decoration
Starts / Ends:
Miami / Barcelona
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
More than 60 ports in 32 countries are visited on this 142-day journey from Miami to Barcelona. Overnight stays in 10 cities and late-night stays in 16 ports are included in the voyage, allowing visitors to spend more time in each location. In addition to crossing two oceans, the Seabourn Sojourn …
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Moorea, French Polynesia
$39,999
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A World of Islands

66 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Enjoy Maui's white-sand beaches
  • Explore Rangiroa's coral atolls
  • Kayak & snorkel on Conflict Island
  • Tour Cairns, home to Barrier Reef
Starts / Ends:
Seattle / Sydney
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On Seabourn Odyssey's new 66-day Grand Pacific Voyage, take in the calm waters and diverse Pacific Islands.Discover Washington State's Seattle, a beautiful, thriving city with plentiful parks, waterfront walks, museums, and cultural attractions. Learn about Vancouver's First Nations …
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Two Melbourne icons: Flinders St Station and the City Circle Tram
$14,999
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Great Sand Islands & The Barrier Reef

15 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Venture
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Discover Melbourne's art scene
  • Wander along Fraser Sand Island
  • Experience island hopping
Starts / Ends:
Melbourne / Cairns
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the magnificence of Australia's greatest sand islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the pristine beaches and landscapes Australia has to offer along the journey. Experience culture and the arts in these wonderful modern cities, from Sydney to Melbourne. Feel the thrill of being …
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Remote lagoon in Papua New Guinea
$24,999
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Worlds Of The South Pacific

40 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Odyssey
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Trek along stunning coastal cliffs
  • Swim and snorkel
  • Visit the locals
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Sydney
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy a 40-day voyage through French Polynesia, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Volcanic activity has shaped French Polynesia's spectacular collection of islands and mountain peaks. Explore the splendor of Papeete Island, including its rich culture and beautiful beaches. …
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