Discover the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Cape York and the mystical Torres Strait Islands, with this immersive 11-day expedition cruise aboard the luxurious Coral Discoverer. This package is perfect for those seeking an authentic culture experience with Australia’s Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Covering an area of over 2,300-kilometres (1429mi) and encompassing over 900 islands in Tropical North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef is home to an abundance of marine life of the most vivid colours and is rightfully one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
The Torres Strait Islands, meanwhile, comprise almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea. The Indigenous peoples of the Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture as fishermen, agriculturalists, and hunters and gatherers.
Embarking from Cairns, Queensland, this immersive cruise aboard Coral Discoverer takes you far beyond the crowds to the rarely seen Cape York and Torres Strait Islands. With an expert crew, gain access to remote islands, uninhabited sand cays, and pristine reef systems. Hosted by local elders, immerse yourself in local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities and learn the customs and stories of this ancient country. This cruise is backed by decades of experience and a deep respect for the communities of the region.
Throughout your journey, choose the activities and experiences that suit you. Spend your days swimming, snorkelling and diving, or venture ashore for guided tours in destinations including Cooktown, Lizard Island, Stanley Island and select Torres Strait Islands. Alternatively, if you wish to stay on board during the day and simply enjoy the scenery you are welcome to do so. After the day’s exertions, retire to Coral Discoverer’s panoramic Xplorer bar and recharge with some of Australia’s famous food and wine.
This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 10-nights aboard Coral Discoverer on a twin share basis. This luxurious 72 passenger vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of Australia’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines with her tender vessel, Xplorer.
All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.
Immerse yourself in Australia’s remote north with this incredible 11-day cruise aboard Coral Discoverer. This cruise is one of just a handful that can show you the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands all in one trip!
*This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction from Horn Island to Cairns, departures: 13 November 2021 & 22 October 2022
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This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.