2 Day 1 Night Great Barrier Reef Quality Sailing Tour - max 12 guests - departs Tues, Thurs & Saturdays (85)

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Cairns and Beaches » 2 Day 1 Night Great Barrier Reef Quality Sailing Tour - max 12 guests - departs Tues, Thurs & Saturdays (85)

Type: Tours - Sailing Tours to Great Barrier Reef

If you are looking for two gorgeous days of snorkeling and sailing this is the tour for you. Come and experience the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef without the crowds! With a maximum of just 12 passengers and an attentive crew of 3, you can enjoy a more personal reef experience, exclusive to a small group.

Departure Dates: This tour departs everyday Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Advance bookings are recommended particularly during school holiday periods. Departure time from Cairns: 8.00am. Returns the next day at around 4pm.

How to book:  You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. The balance is payable on the day of travel. Government reef tax, fuel levy & port charges of $20 per person per day at sea are included in the prices in the rates table below.

More Information:

A spacious 60 foot steel ketch, recently refurbished and in excellent condition. She is comfortable, very safe, and carries all the latest navigational aids. CSD sleeps 12 passengers and carries between 3 to 4 crew. A variety of cabin options are available including private cabins, single bunks, a family cabin (1 x double, 2 x single) or quad share. The vessel is in current 2B survey with a 200 mile offshore range which makes her ideal for private charters.

TYPICAL 2 DAY/1 NIGHT TOUR - Up to 6 dives available

Day One

Board at 0745, finger A02, Marlin Marina for morning tea and greet the crew. Set sail to Cairns outermost reefs. Along the way we conduct introductory and certified dive briefings and a marine naturalist brief. There is plenty of time for passengers to mingle and relax, and get to know each other.

Arrive at Flynn Reef, our first Outer Reef location. We love this site for its fabulous visibility. Depths range from 5 to 28 meters giving divers a wide range of options depending upon experience. For the snorkeler, you’ll experience extensive coral gardens with an unbelievable amount of marine life. Expect to encounter turtles, small reef sharks and schools of pelagic fish. Our in-water activities are followed by lunch.

Boat generally moves to a second mooring on Flynn Reef. Here, large coral bommies sit alongside a reef wall making diving and snorkelling truly spectacular. Dive to 18 meters or snorkel the shallow reef flats. This is usually where one of our staff will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef. Afternoon tea is served

Boat moves to Milne Reef, home to the Three Sisters and The Whale The Sisters is one of Cairns most famous dive sites and offers unsurpassed night and early morning dives. Depths range from 6 to 36 meters. Passengers undertaking a night dive are briefed and the diving begins. Dinner is served once activities are completed (during winter, dinner may be served prior to night diving).  After dinner, passengers enjoy tea and coffee, a BYO (bring-your-own alcoholic) drink and tall tales.

Day Two

Awake to the dawn and watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea. Throw yourself into the warm tropical water and wake yourself up! This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning is a fantastic time to see reef sharks, turtles and cruising pelagic fish. Breakfast is served.

Boat departs to its next location on Milne Reef (The Whale). This large coral bommie stands in 24 meters of water with excellent surrounding coral gardens, perfect for snorkelling, close to the boat. The Whale is a great dive to see basking sharks. Morning tea is served.

After mid-morning, the boat travels to Thetford Reef,  its last anchorage for the day. Coral draped walls rise up from 18 meters in a circular lagoon to ensure great diving and snorkelling. This is also an excellent time to catch up on some serious sun tanning or relax, read a book or take in the stunning views. Lunch is served before departure.

Upon leaving our anchorage we hoist the sails. It is very common to have dolphins surf the bow wave and during the winter months, see humpback whales. The emphasis on the journey home is to relax and enjoy the company of new found friends. Finally, as we leave behind the wonders of the reef, passengers are treated to a spectacular view as we approach one of Australia’s most scenic harbours – mountains on the left and right rising high above a beautiful tropical city skyline.

Tour Highlights:

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • Beautiful sunsets and sunrises
  • Spectacular locations
  • Abundant marine life and spectacular coral
  • Experienced and friendly crew
  • Try help sail the boat

Features & Inclusions

  • Specially Prepared Meals On-Board
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • Fresh Fruit & Snacks
  • Hot Showers
  • Fresh Linen & towels
  • Wetsuits & Stinger Suits
  • Scuba Equipment with All Paid Dives
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Guided Snorkel Tours

Rates and Tariffs

2017-18 Season
1st Apr 2017 to 31st Mar 2018
Private Cabin Double Bed (min 2 people) $490.00 per person
$490.00 per child
Shared Cabin Double or Single $470.00 adult
$325.00 per child
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

Child age is 4 - 12 years.

Departure Dates: This tour departs everyday Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Advance bookings are recommended particularly during school holiday periods. Departure time from Cairns: 8.00am. Returns the next day at around 4pm.

How to book: You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. The balance is payable on the day of travel. Government reef tax, fuel levy & port charges of $30 per person per day at sea are included in the prices in the rates table above.

More Information:

Pickup or Departure Point Details: A02 Finger, Marlin Marina (located within a 10 minute walk of Cairns city centre accommodation)

Booking Policy

Please advise the following:
The name of your Holiday Accommodation and/ or a mobile telephone contact in case the tour director can't find you. We also book accommodation at the best locally available rates so if we can help you with that, please let us know.

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