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4 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise

  • Cairns
  • 5 nights from
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  • Trip Code: CR-1099

Holiday Overview

4 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise - A fantastic Australia Short Break

This 4 night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef.  You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.


Day 1 - Cairns

Arrive at any time in Cairns and spend the rest of the day at leisure

Featured accommodation

Mantra Esplanade


Day 2 - Cairns Departure

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.


Day 3 - Cooktown and Lizard Island

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.


Day 4 - Lizard Island & Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.


Day 5 - Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.


Day 6 - Ribbon Reef - Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am, where this itinerary concludes. 

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