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Great Barrier Reef Cruises – Exotic Torres Strait – Cape York – 10 Nights | Oct - Nov 2021

Tour Code: 864

Departing: Cairns

10 Night Cruise - Torres Strait - Cape York
  • Land at the northernmost tip of Australia at Pajinka on Cape York for a sunset or sunrise champagne toast
  • Snorkel remote reefs and bird-watch at Davie Cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience the vibrant art, culture and natural beauty of the Torres Strait Islands, including community visits of Badu and Moa Islands
  • Explore Lizard Island’s reefs and beaches and hike to historic Cook’s Look
  • Share time with local artists and purchase from the source in community art centres
  • View rock art at Stanley Island, with interpretation by a traditional owner guide
  • Learn about Indigenous culture and maritime history at Cooktown and Restoration Island

Included In Price

  • 10 night Expedition Voyage
  • Expert Expedition Team, including a Guest Lecturer
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard: buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches and table d’hote dinners
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef to Cape York and the exotic Torres Strait Islands, 10 nights on our luxury small ship expedition style cruises departing from Cairns in Far North Queensland in Australia in 2021 We have two departure dates for this cultural cruise 21 October and 11 November 2021.

These are our inaugural 10 night Great Barrier Reef cruises that will depart from Cairns in 2021 to explore the furthest reaches of Far North Queensland and immerse our guests into the rich and vibrant local indigenous cultures and history of northern Australia and her outlying islands.

Cruise ship guests both Australian and international will be in awe of what we have in store for these two premium luxury cruise ship tours to Cape York and the Torres Strait.

On board we will be catering to 72 adventurous guests and providing expert expedition teams and guests lecturers who will conduct island tours, reef tours, dive tours and evening lectures on our small cruise ship journey.

DAY 1: CRUISE SHIP DEPARTURE CAIRNS

Board the cruise ship at Cairns Trinity Wharf on 21 October or 11 November 2021 at 4pm for a 5pm departure.  Enjoy afternoon tea on board and a chance to meet your fellow travellers as we set sail northwards. This evening join guests and the friendly crew as we enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners.

DAY 2: DISCOVER COOKTOWN

Discover historic Cooktown, with buildings dating back to the 1870s. Here you will have the choice of a guided indigenous cultural tour, or a guided Cooktown historic tour. You will also have the opportunity for time at leisure to explore Cooktown’s attractions which include art galleries, the botanic gardens, James Cook Museum (with original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour), lookouts, and a walk to the top of Grassy Hill.

DAY 3: LIZARD ISLAND

Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look and be rewarded with exceptional views over the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson on a walk to her cottage. Snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens and colourful coral and visit the Lizard Island Research Station.

DAY 4: STANLEY ISLAND, DAVIE REEF & DAVIE CAY

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Island Group and take a walk to view the isolated Endean Aboriginal rock art guided by a traditional owner who will offer an interpretation. The art here depicts the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores. At Davie Reef enjoy swimming, scuba, snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tours and see Brown Boobie Bird colonies at Davie Cay.

DAY 5: TIJOU REEF & RESTORATION ISLAND

Enjoy snorkel, scuba and glass-bottom boat opportunities of the remote Tijou Reef.

Visit Restoration Island or Resto, as the locals call it.  Here Captain Bligh of the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty made his first landfall after a long ocean crossing from Tonga, in May 1789. He named it Restoration Island because the food they found (oysters and native fruits) greatly restored their spirits and because that date was Oak Apple Day, the anniversary of the restoration of King Charles II.

Today Restoration Island is not just a National Park; one-third of the island is leased to David Glasheen, a former mining tycoon, who, after losing his fortune in the Black Friday market crash, decided to live a solitary existence on the island, and has done so for over 2 decades. It is an idyllic coastal island with a granite and volcanic peak 116 metres in height and a beautiful shark tooth-shaped beach spit where guest will enjoy water activities and time to explore the island.

DAY 6: FORBES ISLAND & REMOTE ISLETS

Enjoy a day exploring Forbes Island, an excellent spot for swimming, scuba, snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tours from the pristine sandy beaches. Hear the story of beche-de-mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster who inhabited this island and visit his gravesite. We also have an opportunity to go beachcombing at a nearby remote island, possibly Magra, Saunders, or Sir Charles Hardy.

DAY 7: CAPE YORK & THURSDAY ISLAND (WAIBEN)

Step ashore at the northernmost point of the Australian mainland continent as the sun rises, and sip champagne to welcome the new day in Cape York.

Join an informative tour of Thursday Island to learn about its interesting pearling history and multicultural influences. At Thursday Island we also have free time to explore all the island has to offer, including Gab Titui Cultural Centre, and local shopping.

DAY 8: BADU ISLAND

In the morning, we visit the indigenous art centre to watch printmakers at work, with the opportunity to purchase prints that catch your eye.

Enjoy traditional kai kai (Traditional Lunch) prepared by the local community – a feast of locally caught crayfish, fresh & curried fish. Spend the afternoon swimming at a local beach, hosted by traditional owners.

DAY 9: MOA ISLAND

Visit the art centre and join in print, weaving and jewellery making workshops with local artists. Watch a traditional dance performance, listen to the gorgeous harmonies of the local singers.

DAY 10: TORRES STRAIT ISLAND – EXPEDITION STOP

In true expedition style, we will follow the conditions on the day to choose another Torres Strait Island to spend the day visiting, with a chance for cultural experiences and to relax in the pristine and scenic natural surrounds. Potential islands we may visit include Hammond, Prince of Wales, Mer or Erub depending on the conditions on the day.

DAY 11: HORN ISLAND

As we set off on our final Xplorer ride, our incredible adventure of Australia’s exotic Far North comes to an end.  

At 8:00 am we arrive at Horn Island, with the option for a post-cruise tour.

There are daily flights to Cairns from Horn Island Airport. These are not included in the cruise fare, so ask us to make these flight arrangements for you when booking your cruise ship tour.

OUR SMALL LUXURY CRUISE SHIP

Designed for the open seas

Originally launched in 2005, she set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Beautifully refurbished and re-fitted in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne ship took cruising the Great Barrier Reef to a new level. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allows her to go where larger vessels cannot.

Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. She is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

She was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience.

Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience with us will be unique.

See more of our cruise ship voyages on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Embark: Board at Cairns Trinity Wharf on 21 October or 11 November 2021 at 4pm for a 5pm departure.
  • Disembark: Arrive at Horn Island at 8am.
Departure Instructions

As per confirmed booking details

Destinations
  • Cape York Peninsula
  • Cooktown
  • Horn Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Stanly Island
  • Davie Reef
  • Davie Cay
  • Tijou Reef
  • Restoration Island
  • Forbes Island
  • Remote Islets
  • Thursday Island
  • Badu Island
  • Moa Island
  • Torres Strait Island
Months of Operation

October - November

Days of Operation

Daily

21 October to 31 October 2021
11 November to 21 November 2021

Duration

10 nights

Available for Purchase / Hire

Scuba Diving

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
  • The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. 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. We suggest that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.
  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet services (available at a cost)
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Australian entry visas or travel permits
  • 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
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

personal items, casual clothes, walking shoes, reef shoes for a 10 day cruise

No child rates available

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
  • Please note there are no internet facilities on the cruise ship
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise.

Great Barrier Reef Cruises – Exotic Torres Strait – Cape York – 10 Nights | Oct - Nov 2021

Tour Code: 864

Departing: Cairns

10 Night Cruise - Torres Strait - Cape York

From

au$10,900.00

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

Child: au$10,900.00
Family: au$43,600.00

Tour Code: 864

From

au$10,900.00

13 yrs & over

8 - 12 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
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+61 427 074 745
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