Great Barrier Reef Cruises – Wellness - Fitness - Nutrition - September 2021

Tour Code: 861

Departing: Cairns

7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • A unique and exclusive cruise departing 15th & 22nd September 2021
  • Enjoy deep relaxation through guided meditation classes and Thai yoga massage
  • One-on-one consultation is included with wellness expert Kris Abbey during the voyage
  • Savour delicious and nutritionally focused menus developed by our chefs in conjunction with a well-being nutritionist
  • Visit Fitzroy Island and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, snorkel over the fringing reef or relax on spectacular Nudey Beach
  • Meet with Indigenous elders at Cooktown to learn about traditional healing practices and be welcomed to country
  • Enjoy an invigorating climb to the top of Cook’s Look on beautiful Lizard Island, before snorkelling over the giant clam garden and enjoying yoga and sunset drinks on the beach
  • Feel the rhythm of the Coral Sea with dive and snorkel activity over colourful coral gardens and bommies at the remote outer Ribbon Reefs #3, #9, and Escape Reef
  • Experience sunrise yoga on the soft sand beaches of Sudbury Cay and uninhabited Hope Island and daily Qigong and Yoga classes on the sundeck

Included In Price

  • Expedition Voyage on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkelling & scuba equipment
  • Expert Expedition Team, including a Great Barrier Reef expert Marine Biologist
  • Services of a team of wellness practitioners, with included workshops, classes and demonstrations
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • All healthy meals, chef-prepared on board
  • 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
  • After your cruise, a personalised 4-week program is included, led by Kris Abbey, which will guide you through applying what you’ve learned on your wellness cruise into your day-to-day lifestyle.

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef on a luxury small cruise ship with only 72 passengers on a 7 night wellness, fitness and nutrition holiday. Enjoy a full expert program on wellness whilst also snorkelling, scuba diving and exploring the Great Barrier Reef, her islands, sand cays and coral reefs.

Join our inaugural Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour from Cairns as we embark on a journey of personal wellness and fitness that will leave you refreshed and revitalised. 

Travelling aboard our luxury cruise ship with only 72 passengers onboard we have created a specially developed program that draws on the latest wellness practices and incorporates connections with culture and the natural environment to provide an enriching and immersive wellness experience.

Morning yoga classes at remote beachside locations, evening relaxation sessions and workshops on fitness and nutrition will help you achieve a feeling of space, freedom and mindfulness.

Great Barrier Reef Wellness Cruise

Set sail from Cairns in Far North Queensland to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and embark on a journey of personal wellness that will leave you refreshed and revitalised. 

With our wellness expert Kris Abbey and yoga and meditation practitioners Wendy Jones and Sue Pope from Soul Sisters, you’ll enjoy a customized wellness program against the backdrop of extraordinary marine life, World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Indigenous cultural heritage.

Discover little-visited reefs and islands of the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying soul-nourishing cuisine. Relax and reconnect with nature while creating lifelong memories.

Explore our underwater wonders with guided snorkelling and diving over remote outer coral reefs and share active walks on rainforest paths and isolated island outposts.

At Cooktown, make unique connections with Indigenous culture and awake each day surrounded by the seabirds and rhythm of the Coral Sea.

After your cruise, a personalised 4-week program is included, led by Kris Abbey, which will guide you through applying what you’ve learned on your wellness cruise into your day-to-day lifestyle.

Wellness Experts

Kris Abbey

Wellness expert Kris Abbey has been passionate about health and fitness her entire life. She led her first fitness class at 15 years of age. Graduating from university with qualifications in Physical Education, Science and Nutrition, by the time she was 22 she had developed a successful corporate health company employing 15 staff. Her company developed health and exercise strategies for multi-national corporations and Kris soon became a sought-after keynote speaker aimed at motivating women in business.

She went on to work with a global pharmaceutical company where she trained employees and learned valuable information about mental health. With a burning passion for fitness, health and wellness, went on to become both Publisher and Editor of some of Australia’s leading health magazines before purchasing Spa Life magazine and relaunching the glossy magazine as today’s Spa & Wellness International magazine.

“Health and fitness is not a fad, it’s a lifestyle. 30-odd years later after discovering healthy living, I’m even more passionate about feeling vital and love that wellness is finally becoming a lifestyle worth investing in.”


Wendy Jones and Sue Pope specialise in wellness retreats and workshops and are both qualified in a variety of yoga styles including Vinyasa, Yin, Qi Gong, Myofascial Release, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and Meditation.

Wendy is the owner of private yoga studio Brahminy Yoga and says “Yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and calmer, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to challenge my beliefs and work on the best version of myself. In my classes I love to create a deep feeling of calm and connection and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling at peace.”

Sue has been teaching yoga for over six years. Her true passion is Yin Yoga and enjoys the still, quiet and meditative practice that is open to everybody regardless of age or level of fitness. Sue teaches from the heart with a nurturing manner that supports and inspires her students. “I inspire my students to invite self-discovery, self-acceptance and good health into their lives.”

Wellness /activities

  • Qigong
  • Silent reflection walk
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Meditation
  • Vinyasa
  • Yin
  • Myofacila release
  • Group chant

Workshops:- Nutrition – Meal planning – Cooking demonstration – Thai yoga demonstration – Wellness lifestyle workshop

Optional:- One on one consultations with Kris Abbey, enquire on booking

Questionnaire: Will be sent to all guests 2-3 months ahead of cruise

Post cruise 4 week program:- Each 4 week program is individually tailored

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary - Wellness Cruise 2021

DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS Board your cruise ship at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. As dusk falls meet your fellow travellers and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

COOKTOWN At historic Cooktown, experience a traditional welcome to country. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and a traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr people. Enjoy a private yoga class in the Botanic Gardens and visit Cooktown Museum.

LIZARD ISLAND A dawn hike to the summit of Cook’s Look on Lizard Island begins your day. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, take a silent meditative walk to the Blue Lagoon, or enjoy yoga and relaxation on the white sand beach. Later, participate in a workshop on planning nutritious meals.

OSPREY REEF Awaken to a seascape with no land in sight and connect with mind, body and soul with a sunrise yoga class. Afterwards, explore Osprey Reef with guided scuba dives to observe the magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish. A Thai massage class concludes your day

RIBBON REEF #9 & HOPE ISLAND Known for a wide variety of iconic marine species and pinnacles cloaked in coral, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. This afternoon, join a meditation on uninhabited Hope Island and enjoy sunset drinks on the beach as the sun sinks below the horizon.

DAINTREE RIVER & ESCAPE REEF This morning, explore the Daintree River flowing through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. With an expert guide, look for wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries along the river bank. Step ashore and walk on forest trails while you learn about the Wet Tropics ecosystem. Later, visit Escape Reef for more snorkelling, or attend a workshop on incorporating wellness into your lifestyle.

FITZROY ISLAND & SUDBURY CAY At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or walk to the lighthouse to enjoy panoramic views of the Coral Sea and islands. Here, you may snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and learn about turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Late in the afternoon, arrive at tiny Sudbury Cay to enjoy a final relaxing yoga class on the beach in the glow of sunset.

DAY 8: ARRIVE CAIRNS Arrive in Cairns to disembark at 8:00am

Please note: This is an example itinerary and can be changed according to the ship masters advice for passenger safety and ship safety

See more Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour options.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Embarking in Cairns at 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure
  • Disembarking in Cairns 8.00am
  • Cooktown
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Osprey Reef
  • Ribbon Reef #9
  • Hope Island
  • Daintree River
  • Escape Reef
  • Sudbury Cay
Months of Operation


Days of Operation


Two scheduled departures 15th and 22nd September 2021


7 Nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Laundry service
  • Internet services
  • Scuba diving
  • Souvenir purchases
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


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.

  • Due to the warm, tropical climate of these coastal regions, guests should pack lightweight clothing which can be layered.
  • We suggest casual clothing such as shorts and T-shirts during the day as well as swimming costume, hat, and sunglasses. For shore excursions, bring good walking/hiking shoes, and for beach landings, we recommend wet shoes.
  • You might like to pack a small tote bag or backpack for excursions. For evenings on board, smart casual attire is suggested.

Children are welcome on board this cruise however no child rates apply.

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 – Wellness - Fitness - Nutrition - September 2021

Tour Code: 861

Departing: Cairns

7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise



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

Child: au$5,590.00
Family: au$22,360.00

Tour Code: 861



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
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