Best of the Great Barrier Reef

travel the great barrier reef
July 10, 2018
15 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
42 Guests
From $9,980
Travel with an Expert from The Nature Conservancy

Expedition Highlights

  • Join this brand-new expedition that reveals the underwater wonders of the legendary Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Come face-to-face with massive potato groupers at Cod Hole, and with luck, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with the curious minke whales that migrate through these waters.
  • Enjoy daily snorkel and dive excursions to explore pristine reefs far from the tourist track, including remote Osprey Reef.
  • Take nature walks on Lizard Island, keeping an eye out for Australian monitor lizards and a variety of seabirds. 
  • View fascinating Aboriginal art on remote Stanley Island.

Expedition Team

Coral Expeditions II

Purpose-built for cruising the Great Barrier reef the 42-guest Coral Expeditions II is the ideal size to access the very best dive and snorkel sites in the region. Refurbished in 2015, public spaces include a spacious lounge, small library, single-seating dining room, and a large sun deck. A fleet of Zodiacs are available for water sports and landing on remote shores, while a glass-bottom boat offers a chance to view the underwater wonders while staying dry. All ocean-view staterooms feature an en suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, and ample storage space.

Additional Exploration

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Pre-Trip Extension:
Wild Queensland
July 4July 12, 2018
From $4,980

The second-largest commonwealth of Australia, Queensland is located in the northeast region of the continent, covering the Great Barrier Reef. Join this nine-day extension—designed and led by Cairns-resident Brad Climpson—and discover further wilds of the state, including Crater Lakes National Park, home to two volcanically-formed lakes; and Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, where you'll find rare, nocturnal wildlife including a variety of possums, swamp wallabies, and Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo. You'll also meet members of the Kuku Yalanji people, indigenous to Australia. 

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