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Take a glass-bottomed boat through the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Coral Expeditions II
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Join the Coral Discoverer II for a 4-day cruise and enjoy 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. From the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay, guests onboard experience a myriad habitats, both on land and at sea. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Cairns
Day 2 : Hinchinbrook Channel and Dunk Island
Day 3 : Nathan Reef and Coates Reef
Day 4 : Fitzroy Island | Cairns Disembark


  • Discover the colorful and diverse World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef
  • Be guided by a marine biologist on glass-bottomed boat & snorkeling tours
  • Snorkel over colorful coral gardens and stroll on golden sandy beaches
  • Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles


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Take a glass-bottomed boat through the Great Barrier Reef. Uncover the hidden secrets of the Great Barrier Reef Snorkel at exclusive Great Barrier Reef sites Snorkeling with clownfish. Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific Moor at exclusive reefs beyond the reach of larger ships Relax and enjoy the views from the SunDeck

Day 1 Embark in Cairns

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel while 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colorful 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-bottomed boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

Day 4 Fitzroy Island | Cairns Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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 Center.

Return to Cairns to disembark at 1:30pm.

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Five cabins, located on Deck C. 10.5-14 sqm, bunk beds or twin beds.
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Four staterooms, located on Deck C. 14 sqm, twin or double beds.
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Nine Upper Deck staterooms located on Deck B. 14 sqm, with twin or double beds.
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Four Deluxe staterooms located on Deck B. 15 sqm, with twin or double beds.


Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • 24 hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine, and national parks
  • Guided tours on Explorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat, and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities (Australian GST at 10%)
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
  • The Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of AUD19.50 per person (payable on board)
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