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Great Barrier Reef (Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns), 3 Nights

Departing: Cairns

3 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • The complete liveaboard Great Barrier Reef cruise ship experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll remote sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails and enjoy gourmet beach barbeque
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef from our cruise ships private moorings away from the tourist crowds and commercial cruise ships
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at Nathan Reef or Coates Reef
  • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours and join in on informative presentations and educational documentaries daily
  • Learn about the history and cultures of the region and about the early explorers and see Indigenous Aboriginal middens as you walk the Haven Track
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef
  • Visit Fitzroy Island and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour through the mangroves of the Hinchinbrook Channel and experience the rainforest eco-system with a guided walk at the Family Islands

We have been showcasing the Great Barrier Reef to guests for 34+ years and we are the only small group expedition style cruise ship company on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. All our departures leave weekly from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland Australia. Book your berth on a 3 night cruise.

Your amazing journey begins from Cairns cruise liner terminal on a Friday morning to begin your 3 night expedition style cruise ship tour on the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to explore remote reefs, tropical islands, marine life and native Australian wildlife on a cruise like no other.

Whilst cruising the Great Barrier Reef over the next 3 nights, our guests enjoy daily informative presentations and educational documentaries from qualified marine biologists and guest marine specialists.

If you wish to see the Great Barrier Reef in style over consecutive nights with likeminded mature travellers then book our 3 night Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour and experience some amazing snorkelling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours and island explorations.  

Our Great Barrier Reef cruise ships are small enabling us to navigate to unique places the large commercial cruise ship passengers cannot explore.

We offer a more indepth exploration style Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour where all of our guests are more mature and interested in not only seeing the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef but also learning about it from the onboard experts in residence.

Our Cairns based boutique expedition style cruise ship only carries a maximum of 44 guests and we welcome single passengers with no single supplements which means genuine single travellers can travel at the twin share rate in a room for their sole use.

About Your 3 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Tour

Departing Cairns each Friday morning, our 3 night Southern Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour itinerary takes guests from the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay. 

Our guests experience the beautiful environment of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef region, both on land and at sea.

Our immersive cruise ship itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Great Barrier Reef through snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours and we ensure our tours are suitable for all levels of abilities. 

We have beautiful occasions like sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay in the middle of the reef with no other cruise ships in sight, and we enjoy a sumptuous seafood buffet.

We cruise through the Hinchinbrook Island Channel by glass bottom boat and wander along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves.

Spend time exploring the underwater world’s of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island where you may wish to make a donation to help rescue more sea turtles.

Enjoy presentations by our Marine Biologists, including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Great Barrier Reef’s endemic species and learn about the area’s unique eco-system and marine biodiversity.

3 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Tour Departing From Cairns Weekly

Day 1. Cairns to Sudbury Cay

Board at the Cairns Cruise Ship 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 an outer reef deserted sandy cay.

Day 2. Hinchinbrook Channel and Dunk Island

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst 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

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful 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 Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

Day 4. Fitzroy Island and Cairns

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 Centre. Return to Cairns to disembark at 1:30pm.

The Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Features and Services

  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Sun deck
  • Glass bottom boats & kayaks
  • Indoor & outdoor lounge areas
  • Reference library
  • Open Bridge
  • All rooms serviced daily

The Itinerary

See The Great Barrier Reef in Australia on a 3 Day Cruise Ship Expedition From Cairns

DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS

 Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am.

DAYS 1-3: Our Great Barrier Reef cruise ship itineraries are flexible, to take advantage of changing weather and reef conditions. Below is a selection of the key destinations we visit.

SUDBURY CAY Visit Sudbury Reef and partake in snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on a remote sand cay.

HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL & FAMILY ISLANDS Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel. Look for crocodiles and birdlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on one of the Family Islands, with a rainforest hike or a beach walk. You will learn about the rainforest eco-system and might even spot an electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

NATHAN & COATES REEF Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel tour: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Visit colourful Coates Reef - see plate corals and parrotfish during a Scuba dive, or from the comfort of the glass-bottom boat, with interpretation from your on-board marine biologist.

FITZROY ISLAND Enjoy a rainforest walk or hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

DAY 4: ARRIVE CAIRNS Return to Cairns to disembark at 1:30pm.

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Included In Price

  • All meals, morning & afternoon teas, soda fountain soft drinks
  • Tea and barista-style coffee are available at all times
  • Use of snorkelling equipment, masks, fins and flotation vests
  • Guided glass bottom boat coral viewing tour and snorkelling excursions
  • Daily lectures and presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Access to remote islands, marine and national parks
  • Use of comprehensive range of library and video resources
  • An introductory SCUBA diving skills session is available for first time divers
  • Beach towels are supplied
  • Post-cruise transfers to Cairns airport or Cairns CBD
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Departs Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal: Every Friday at 11:00am.
  • Returns Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal: Every Monday at 1:30pm.
Departure Instructions
  • Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
  • Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 1:30pm.
Destinations
  • Dunk Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Thetford Reef
  • Nathan Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Friday

Closed Christmas Day

Duration

3 Nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telephone and internet services
  • Laundry
  • Scuba diving
  • Lycra sun suits
  • Seasickness medication
Fitness Level Required

Medium

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Note: Government reef taxes to be paid onboard to visit the Great Barrier Reef at approximately $19.50 per person
  • This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Soft bag with personal items for 3 nights on a cruise ship and suitable clothes for island exploration and in-water activities

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel
  • 14 - 30 days prior to departure - forfeit 20% of the relevant fare
  • 7 - 13 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
  • No show - 6 days - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare

Great Barrier Reef Cruise 3 Nights Departing Cairns Weekly

Departing: Cairns

3 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise

From

au$1,519.50

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$769.50
Family: au$4,578.00

Tour Code: 785

From

au$1,519.50

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
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Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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