THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

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A NEW EXPEDITION ERA BEGINS ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in coCovering an area of over 2600 km and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the 7 natural worlds wonders of the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area. Coral Expeditions pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef 34 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time. Explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape. Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising. With refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble Xplorer tenders we will bring you closer to remote sites and natural habitats. You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.mfort and style. With epic transcontinental crossings between the Indian and Pacific oceans, step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you’ll never forget.
Coral Expeditions is a leader in reef conservation, a member of Ecotourism Australia, and an accredited and multi-award-winning ecotourism operator. The Great Barrier Reef is in our DNA and we ensure the most immersive and educational experience possible.

OUTERKNOWN ADVENTURES ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

All new 7 night expeditions onboard Coral Discoverer
Meet charismatic marine species including the sea turtles surfing the ocean currents, find Nemo nestled amongst the coral gardens and marvel at the magnificent humpback whale migration in the deep blue of the Coral Sea. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung reefs like Osprey, Escape and the Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay.

OUTERKNOWN ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

A new era of reef exploration will begin with the introduction of the yacht-like expedition vessel Coral Discoverer to the reef commencing immersive 7-day adventures to the remote and untouched Northern reef precinct. Operating from June to December annually, we will take a maximum of 72 guests to explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape.

OUTERKNOWN ADVENTURES ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF(CAIRNS TO CAIRNS), 7 NIGHTS

Over 40 years ago, we pioneered extended expedition cruises to the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, earning a reputation for excellence. Join us aboard the Coral Discoverer for a 7-night immersive adventure to the remote Northern reefs, exploring hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, and pristine reef systems. Experience freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape, engaging in activities like swimming, diving, and snorkeling at Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Discover ancient indigenous culture in historic Cooktown, hike to the summit of “Cook’s Look,” and enjoy a sundowner on deserted Sudbury Cay. With expert guides, purpose-designed small ships, and a focus on local cuisine and warm Australian hospitality, you’ll quickly feel at home, forging new connections with fellow adventurers.

CULTURES AND COASTLINES OF THE TORRES STRAIT AND CAPE YORK

With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions and guests will be rewarded with the chances to meet these island communities and share their culture in a low impact and sustainable environment. With decades of experience and deep respect for the communities of the region, Coral Expeditions will facilitate an enriching journey accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.

TORRES STRAIT & CAPE YORK (DEPARTS CAIRNS & HORN ISLAND), 10 NIGHTS

Embark on an extraordinary small ship adventure with Coral Expeditions, as we delve into the enchanting Torres Strait Islands and the secluded coastlines leading to the tip of Cape York. Join an intimate expedition aboard the Coral Discoverer, accommodating a maximum of 72 guests, as we explore the small islands and reefs of the northern Great Barrier Reef, undertake coastal walks along Cape York, and unravel the magic and mystery of the rarely seen Torres Strait Islands. Spanning almost 300 islands between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands boast a distinctive and vibrant culture. A small ship expedition provides an optimal way to reach these remote regions, uncovering uninhabited sand cays, secluded islands, and pristine reef systems. Our expert guides will share their extensive knowledge both above and below the water’s surface. With decades of experience and a profound respect for the local communities, Coral Expeditions ensures an enriching journey, guided by local elders who will impart the customs and stories of this ancient land.

WHAT ARE THE RIBBON REEFS?

Around 50 to 100 km’s off the northern Queensland shore, and forming the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching over 100 miles to the north of Cairns, the “Ribbons” are a string of 10 magical coral reefs. They are no wider than 450m, and generally quite shallow, coming up to as high as 5 metres below the surface from a sandy bottom. A veritable marine wonderland, these long thin strips of reef hold beautiful coral gardens and isolated bommies topped with corals and anemones, surrounded by a rainbow of reef fish. Snorkellers and divers on the Ribbon Reefs might encounter huge giant clams, moray eels, reef sharks and giant Napoleon Wrasse. You might also meet Pelagic fish and see gorgonian fans. If you prefer not to get your feet wet, our glass bottom boat still allows you to get up close and personal to these beautiful species.

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