Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ships - 3,4 & 7 Day Cruise

Tour Code: 287

Prices From

au$1,445

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

Child: au$732.00
Family: au$4,353.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

Looking for more tours in Cairns Tropical North Queensland?

Book your berth on a Great Barrier Reef cruise ship that intimately accommodates 42 guests to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore remote coral cays, islands and fringing reefs. We have been showing guests the Great Barrier Reef on our purpose built small cruise ships for 33 years

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Highlights

  • Enjoying the luxury of a small boutique Great Barrier Reef cruise ship without the crowds
  • Spending time with the onboard Marine Biologists on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Meeting like minded couples and travellers who like a more intimate expedition style cruise ship tour of the Great Barrier Reef 

Perfect Selfie

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Itinerary

Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns 3 Nights

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11.00am

Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1.30pm

Our 3 night southern Great Barrier Reef expedition takes guests to some of the reefs most biologically significant areas.

From the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay, guests onboard will experience a myriad of habitats, both on land and at sea.

Our cruise ships immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the reef through snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours.

Spend time exploring the underwater worlds of Coates and Nathan Reefs and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

Enjoy the Marine Biology presentations and learn all about the Great Barrier Reefs unique eco system, biodiversity the marine life that call it home. 

Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel on a glass bottom boat and wander along the Haven track then it’s off to enjoy sunset drinks on Sudbury Cay and a sumptuous seafood buffet on the cruise ship and then a display of marine life on the back deck with the Marine Biologist whilst they feed the fish.  

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Included In Price

  • No single supplement for genuine single travellers (see additional info)
  • 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 and snorkelling excursions
  • Presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Access to 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
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 3 Night Cruise: departs every Friday departing 11:00am (Boarding 10:30am) 
  • 4 Night Cruise: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise North: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise South: departs every Friday 11:00am (Boarding 10:30am)
Destinations
  • Cooktown
  • Dunk Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Lizard Island
  • 3 Night Cruise: Cairns - Thetford Reef- Hinchinbrook Channel - Dunk Island - Fitzroy Island - Cairns
  • 4 Night Cruise: Cairns - Cooktown - Lizard Island - Ribbon Reefs - Cairns
  • 7 Night Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
  • 7 Night Immersive Reef Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days
4 Nights / 5 Days
7 Nights / 8 Days 

What to Bring
  • Cash or credit card
  • Smart cool casual clothing for the evening (*drip dry, wash and wear clothing recommended)  * No formal attire is required
  • Swimwear, Hat, Sunscreen
  • Light Jacket for cooler nights at sea
  • Hiking boots or sneakers for walks
  • *Beach towels are supplied
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • All bar and shop charges 
  • Ship to Shore phone/fax calls
  • Govt. Environmental Management Charge $16.50 per person
  • Scuba diving sessions (see additional information below)
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Active

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.

Child Policy
  • Infants up to 3 years inclusive travel Free of Charge
  • Children from 4 - 14 years inclusive recieve a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate
Cancellation Policy

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.

  • 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
Additional Information
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel date
  • Special Dietary requirements need to be advised a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Genuine single travellers cruise at twin share price in single rooms, limited cabins available
  • Electricity - 240v Australian Plugs
  • Group & Charter rates available upon request
  • Taxi from Cairns Airport to Cairns Wharf - approx AUD$20 
  • Mobile reception may not always be available due to the remote locations
  • The ship is equipped with a satellite phone/fax if required at a set rate per minute
  • SCUBA Diving - 3 Night Cruise optional 3 - 5 dives 
  • Ask about scuba diving costs for certified scuba divers and introductory scuba divers
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended 
  • Marine Stingers - As the cruise ships operate on the outer Great Barrier Reef, marine stingers rarely creat a problem for guests.   As a preventative measure, Lycra sun suits are available for purchase onboard.  
  • *optional extra costs are subject to change
  • Guests cannot bring their own alcohol onboard
Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Peter H

Reviewed on April 09, 2017

the GBR cruise was fantastic I had such a great time the people on the ship were great.The treatment I received was beyond fantastic If I ever come back I will be taking this cruise again for sure. Thank you

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you Peter we love to read our guest reviews and learn how much you enjoyed it. These small expedition style cruises on the Great Barrier Reef are certainly unique. Please take a look at all the new cruises we now have on offer that depart from Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and other exotic places

Book your berth on a Great Barrier Reef cruise ship that intimately accommodates 42 guests to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore remote coral cays, islands and fringing reefs. We have been showing guests the Great Barrier Reef on our purpose built small cruise ships for 33 years

Read More

Highlights

  • Enjoying the luxury of a small boutique Great Barrier Reef cruise ship without the crowds
  • Spending time with the onboard Marine Biologists on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Meeting like minded couples and travellers who like a more intimate expedition style cruise ship tour of the Great Barrier Reef 

Perfect Selfie

Share your selfie on our Facebook page and tag your best Instagram pics with #barrierreefaustralia for your chance to be featured.

Itinerary

Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns 3 Nights

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11.00am

Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1.30pm

Our 3 night southern Great Barrier Reef expedition takes guests to some of the reefs most biologically significant areas.

From the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay, guests onboard will experience a myriad of habitats, both on land and at sea.

Our cruise ships immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the reef through snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours.

Spend time exploring the underwater worlds of Coates and Nathan Reefs and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

Enjoy the Marine Biology presentations and learn all about the Great Barrier Reefs unique eco system, biodiversity the marine life that call it home. 

Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel on a glass bottom boat and wander along the Haven track then it’s off to enjoy sunset drinks on Sudbury Cay and a sumptuous seafood buffet on the cruise ship and then a display of marine life on the back deck with the Marine Biologist whilst they feed the fish.  

Read More

Included In Price

  • No single supplement for genuine single travellers (see additional info)
  • 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 and snorkelling excursions
  • Presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Access to 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
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 3 Night Cruise: departs every Friday departing 11:00am (Boarding 10:30am) 
  • 4 Night Cruise: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise North: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise South: departs every Friday 11:00am (Boarding 10:30am)
Destinations
  • Cooktown
  • Dunk Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Lizard Island
  • 3 Night Cruise: Cairns - Thetford Reef- Hinchinbrook Channel - Dunk Island - Fitzroy Island - Cairns
  • 4 Night Cruise: Cairns - Cooktown - Lizard Island - Ribbon Reefs - Cairns
  • 7 Night Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
  • 7 Night Immersive Reef Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days
4 Nights / 5 Days
7 Nights / 8 Days 

What to Bring
  • Cash or credit card
  • Smart cool casual clothing for the evening (*drip dry, wash and wear clothing recommended)  * No formal attire is required
  • Swimwear, Hat, Sunscreen
  • Light Jacket for cooler nights at sea
  • Hiking boots or sneakers for walks
  • *Beach towels are supplied
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • All bar and shop charges 
  • Ship to Shore phone/fax calls
  • Govt. Environmental Management Charge $16.50 per person
  • Scuba diving sessions (see additional information below)
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Active

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.

Child Policy
  • Infants up to 3 years inclusive travel Free of Charge
  • Children from 4 - 14 years inclusive recieve a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate
Cancellation Policy

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.

  • 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
Additional Information
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel date
  • Special Dietary requirements need to be advised a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Genuine single travellers cruise at twin share price in single rooms, limited cabins available
  • Electricity - 240v Australian Plugs
  • Group & Charter rates available upon request
  • Taxi from Cairns Airport to Cairns Wharf - approx AUD$20 
  • Mobile reception may not always be available due to the remote locations
  • The ship is equipped with a satellite phone/fax if required at a set rate per minute
  • SCUBA Diving - 3 Night Cruise optional 3 - 5 dives 
  • Ask about scuba diving costs for certified scuba divers and introductory scuba divers
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended 
  • Marine Stingers - As the cruise ships operate on the outer Great Barrier Reef, marine stingers rarely creat a problem for guests.   As a preventative measure, Lycra sun suits are available for purchase onboard.  
  • *optional extra costs are subject to change
  • Guests cannot bring their own alcohol onboard
Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Peter H

Reviewed on April 09, 2017

the GBR cruise was fantastic I had such a great time the people on the ship were great.The treatment I received was beyond fantastic If I ever come back I will be taking this cruise again for sure. Thank you

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you Peter we love to read our guest reviews and learn how much you enjoyed it. These small expedition style cruises on the Great Barrier Reef are certainly unique. Please take a look at all the new cruises we now have on offer that depart from Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and other exotic places

Tour Code: 287

Prices From

au$1,445

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

Child: au$732.00
Family: au$4,353.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

Looking for more tours in Cairns Tropical North Queensland?

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