The 3 night Southern Expedition itinerary takes guests to some of the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s 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 habitats, both on land and at sea. This 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 world’s of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island – you may even be able to swim with a Sea Turtle just off the beach!
Enjoy presentations – including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Reef’s endemic species up close – by our Marine Biologist, learning about the area’s unique eco system and marine biodiversity. Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel by Glass Bottom Boat and wader along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves. When you’ve had your fill of exploring, enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay, and sumptuous welcome seafood buffet onboard, perhaps followed by an evening fish feed, from our easily accessed platform. For a Great Barrier Reef experience that offers a combination of rainforest, mangrove and reef, the 3 night itinerary is an excellent choice
• The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
• Secluded gourmet beach BBQ
• Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
• Snorkel or dive at Nathan Reef or Coates Reef
• Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
• Informative presentations and educational documentaries
• History and cultures of the region and early explorers
• See Indigenous middens as you walk the Haven Track
• Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef
Board at Cairns’ Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am > Cruise out of Cairns via Trinity Bay > Enjoy a scenic view of Port Douglas Village > Arrive at our first exclusive mooring site: cruises alternate between Thetford Reef, Coates Reef, and Nathan Reef > Disembark to enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving over magnificent coral gardens > Explore without getting your feet wet on a glass bottom boat tour > View a fish feeding display, and presentation by Marine Biologist > > Sunset drinks aboard the deserted Sudbury Sand Cay, a virtual deserted island! > Back onboard, dine on Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet
Cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, separating Hinchinbrook Island from the mainland > possible sightings include crocodiles, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs > interpretive commentary and mangrove tour > discover a tropical island > guided bushwalk > gourmet Aussie beach BBQ meal > snorkel and dive over the island’s fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden > kayaking and glass bottom boat tours > relax on the sandy beach
Rainforest walk on tropical Dunk Island with naturalist guides > look for the striking electric-blue Ulysses butterfly > afternoon to discover colourful Nathan Reef > snorkel, SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours > interactive marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank
Idyllic bushwalks and hikes > snorkel over the fringing reef > beachcombing on the white sands of Nudey Beach > enjoy the resort facilities > cruise concludes at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 1:30pm
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.
Limited sole use occupancy available.
Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings and are a compact 10sqm (108 square feet) in size. Cabins feature twin circle portholes, air-conditioning, a private en suite bathroom, ample storage space and twin beds.
Our five Stateroom category rooms are located on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings. At 14sqm (151 square feet) in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Our eight light and airy Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. With modern decor and comfortable furnishings, Upper Deck Staterooms are a spacious 14sqm (151 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Our six Deluxe Staterooms are located across the top decks of the ship, in close proximity to the Bridge and the Sun Deck. WIth brilliant natural light and fresh modern decor, Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 17sqm (185 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Coral Expeditions I
Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 44/46 (25 cabins)
Built: refurbished 2016
Coral Expeditions I is fully equipped for the ultimate expedition cruising experience in Australian coastal waters. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, the ship was purpose-built for cruising in the region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, the northern coastlines of Cape York and Arnhem Land and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
The 25 onboard rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a spacious private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space.
The ship’s forward lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The Sun Deck at the rear with a new bar outdoor area added in 2016 is another popular place to relax and take in the panoramic views.
Meals are served in the modern dining room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions I operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions I is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment, and wireless internet facilities.
FACILITIES ON BOARD
Limited wireless internet available. Service quality may vary on location and weather
Sun Deck with sun lounges
Fully stocked cocktail bars
Spacious, modern dining room
Limited laundry facilities available
SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)
Choose from four grades of well-appointed rooms, each tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings and original artworks. Enjoy the comforts of an en suite bathroom, featuring hairdryer and international power outlets. Rooms also feature picture windows for expansive ocean views (except some Cabin category rooms featuring portholes), ample storage space and air-conditioning. All rooms are serviced daily and feature Australian toiletries.