Set sail to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and embark on a journey of personal wellness that will leave you refreshed and revitalised. Aboard the expedition ship Coral Discoverer, a specially developed program 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. With our wellness expert Kris Abbey and yoga and meditation practitioners Wendy Jones and Sue Pope from Soul Sisters, you’ll enjoy a customised wellness program against the backdrop of extraordinary marine life, World Heritage-listed 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. 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.
Board Coral Discoverer at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before joining your fellow explorers on the Sun Deck for Captains Welcome Drinks at Double Island, overlooking the lights of Palm Cove.
Come ashore in historic Cooktown and experience a traditional Indigenous welcome to country ceremony. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and the traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770 and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artefacts are on display.
Take a walk to the summit of Grassy Hill and enjoy panoramic views of Cooktown, Endeavour River and the Coral Sea. Participate in a private Yoga Class in the historic Botanic Gardens before strolling through the rare flora collection.
Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset. After dinner, relax with a moving meditation under the stars to enhance overall health and wellbeing.
We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens, take a guided nature and reflection walk across Chinaman’s Ridge to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a yoga class on the beach at Watson’s Bay.
Participate in a hands-on workshop and learn about the principles of nutrition and how to adopt them into everyday meal planning.
There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.
Awaken to a seascape with no land in sight and connect with mind, body and soul with a sunrise yoga class.
Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters. Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough.
Enjoy a group Thai Massage class, participate in a nutritional afternoon tea cooking demonstration and prepare for a restful sleep with a group chant session.
Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.
The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf.
Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles.
Steve’s Bommie at Ribbon Reef #3 rises from 30 metres deep up to just 5 metres below the water and attracts schools of bigeye trevally, barracuda, yellow-lined snapper, Moses perch, yellow-lined goatfish and many others. The amazing visibility and vibrant colours make it great for underwater photography.
Relax on picturesque Mackay Cay and enjoy snorkelling the pristine reef that surrounds it. Mackay Reef is a mid-shelf platform reef, with vibrant hard and soft corals abound. The northern side enjoys additional protection from the cay, making it the perfect playground for turtles.
This afternoon, go ashore in Port Douglas and journey by coach into the rainforest surrounding Mossman Gorge. Be welcomed to country by members of the Kuku Yalangi tribe, the traditional owners of this region who have lived in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years. Hear stories of the area from local custodians, before joining a walk along the river with an Indigenous guide who will share some of the secrets of the rainforest. There may be time for a dip in the refreshing natural waterhole at the end of your walk.
Be aware there are no facilities along the river walk, so prepare before arriving if you plan to swim.
At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of the Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges.
Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and lend a hand to the volunteers as we learn about the turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild.
Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we enjoy a yoga class on the beach bathed in the warm glow of the sun setting over mainland Australia.
Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowners and the Captain’s Farewell Drinks on our own private sand island before dinner back onboard Coral Discoverer.
Our Great Barrier Reef adventure concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.
Tours of the Lizard Island Research Station are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed due to operational considerations.
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.
24 November, 2021 to 01 December, 2021
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 63 metres
Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)
Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016
Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.
The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer 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.
Coral Discoverer 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 aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.
After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.
Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.
The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.
FACILITIES ON BOARD
> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating
> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Workout Area
> Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Expert expedition leader and team
• All meals while on board
• Coffee and Tea while on board
• All daily guided excursions
• Selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner
• Port charges/taxes
• Silent reflection walk
• Thai yoga massage
• Myofascial Release
• Group Chant
• Workshops - Nutrition & Meal planning workshop, Cooking demonstration, Thai Yoga Massage workshop, Wellness as Lifestyle workshop
• One-on-one consultation with Wellness expert Kris Abbey
• Questionnaire & Post-cruise 4 week online program
• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel Insurance
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Alcoholic drinks outside of those stated in inclusions
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Internet on board (Available at cost)
• Any items of a personal nature