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.
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.
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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January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 785