The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Far North Queensland offer off-the-beaten-track cruising at its most spectacular with outstanding snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities in an untouched natural environment of extraordinary beauty.

Itinerary

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  • Cairns

    Cairns

    Cairns is Australia's premier regional city and one of the safest tropical cities in the world. It is the main door towards the majority of the natural attractions of the area the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Low Isles

    Low Isles

    The first of the Marine State Parks allows a chance to snorkel with the resident turtles in the shallows of the fringing reef. After exploring the nature trail, enjoy canapés and sundowners overlooking the Tableland Mountains in the distance.
  • Cooktown

    Cooktown

    Nestling on North Queensland’s stunning tropical wilderness coast, this small historic town, with its pristine environment steeped in Aboriginal culture, has everything to offer those looking for a taste of real Australia.
  • Port Douglas

    Port Douglas

    Anchor off fashionable Port Douglas and enjoy lunch at one of the town’s outstanding restaurants or indulge in some boutique shopping. You might also like to invigorate your senses at Port Douglas’ fantastic day spa? The choice is yours!
  • Lizard Island

    Lizard Island

    Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lizard Island followed by a shore excursion up to Cook’s Lookout. A short scenic helicopter ride offers an aerial appreciation of the panoramic colours of the reef. Visit the Blue Lagoon for an ideal picnic setting.
  • Escape Reef

    Escape Reef

    Yet another stunning reef to discover. Escape reef is a short trip from the coast and is a less known diving spot so well worth a visit.
  • Opal Reef

    Opal Reef

    Opal Reef lies on the “outer” Great Barrier Reef. Due to the protective zoning, Opal Reef is teeming with fantastic colourful sea life. The outer reef affords great protection from the Coral Sea as you enjoy a peaceful night’s rest at anchor.
  • Ribbon Reef

    Ribbon Reef

    Enjoy a spectacular dive at Ribbon Reefs, frequented by large schools of pelagic fish. This stretch of coast is often visited by migrating minke whales, which will swim right up to the yacht’s stern and allow guests to join them in the water.
  • Palm Cove

    Palm Cove

    Take a tender ride across to the trendy northern beach suburb of Palm Cove for a stroll along the boardwalk and some window shopping. Not far from Cairns, it is a nice way to round off any trip.
  • Stokes Bay

    Stokes Bay

    Stokes Bay affords a comfortable anchorage and the opportunity to explore flora and fauna and Aboriginal cave paintings ashore at the National Park. You can also explore the coastline by kayak for another view of the area.
  • Long Island

    Long Island

    Long Island is picturesque with its varying colours and landforms. Lying close to the mainland, it also boasts National Park status with over 20km of enchanting bushwalking tracks. The surrounding waters are perfect for kayaking or fishing.
  • Hamilton Island

    Hamilton Island

    Celebrated for its magnificent beaches and majestic bush land, Hamilton Island is a great place to start a trip around the Whitsunday islands. Unspoilt nature trails, boutique shopping and a spectacular 18-hole golf course are all on offer.
  • Lindeman Island

    Lindeman Island

    For native birdlife, royal green landscapes and valleys filled with butterflies, head to Lindeman Island! Walk the graded tracks through vine forests and stop for a picnic and watch the dolphins playing in surrounding waters.
  • Whitsunday Island

    Whitsunday Island

    One of the world’s greatest aquatic playgrounds, the Whitsundays boast warm waters and stunning scenery. The main island, Whitsunday, offers a choice of interesting sports including Turtle Bay where you can swim with the turtles.
  • Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach

    On the south-eastern side of Whitsunday, Whitehaven beach is an incredible expanse of pure, white sand, the legacy of a geological era when the sea level was lower. A perfect spot for a picnic before enjoying a picture-perfect sunset.
  • Hook Island

    Hook Island

    Delight in some Aboriginal cave paintings left by the indigenous Ngaro people on a visit to the Nara inlet on Hook island. The second largest island in the Whitsunday group, Hook Island boasts a beautiful National Park.
  • Hayman Island

    Hayman Island

    Only 4 square km offers a number of small coves and coral beaches, making it a fantastic place for SCUBA diving, especially around Blue pearl Bay, Castle Rock and Dolphin Point.
  • South Molle Island

    South Molle Island

    Discover a real South Seas atmosphere along the palm-fringed beaches of South Molle Island. This island has over 400 hectares of national parkland and golf enthusiasts will delight in the course here with its views across the Coral Sea.
  • Princess Charlotte Bay

    Princess Charlotte Bay

    Part of the Great Barrier Marine park, Princess Charlotte Bay boasts pristine reefs and is the ideal setting for an angler. The fishing is as varied as the Great Barrier Reef itself with Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Mud Crabs galore and the mighty Barramundi.
  • Stanley Island, Flinders Group

    Stanley Island, Flinders Group

    Stanley island is an integral part of the mythological complex of the Flinders Group. There are several spectacular art sites on Stanley Island, the best known being the huge Yintayin 'Ship Rock Shelter'.

Sample itinerary

  • Cairns Low Isles 35 miles
  • Low Isles Opal Reef 25 miles
  • Opal Reef Ribbon Reefs 50 miles
  • Ribbon Reefs Pixie’s Pinnacle & Lizard Island 35 miles
  • Lizard Island Stanley Island, Flinders Group 95 miles
  • Stokes Bay, Flinders Group Princess Charlotte Bay 15 miles
  • Princess Charlotte Bay Cooktown 100 miles
  • Cooktown Port Douglas & Double Island 45 miles
  • Escape Reef Port Douglas & Double Island 35 miles
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Highlights

  • Visit Ribbon Reefs and enjoy a spectacular dive at “Steve’s Bommie” and visit an isolated pinnacle, frequented by large schools of pelagic fish and superb hard and soft corals
  • Nestling on North Queensland’s stunning tropical wilderness coast you will find Cooktown, a small historic town, with a pristine environment steeped in Aboriginal culture, which has everything to offer those looking for a taste of real Australia
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lizard Island followed by a shore excursion to climb Cook’s Lookout!
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Adriatic & Eastern Mediterranean

    Classical history and glorious landscapes are found in this region. They will kindle the spirit of discovery and escapism in you, while you bask in luxury on one of our magnificent yachts.
  • Western Mediterranean

    The appeal of cruising around the world’s most exciting and revered ports in France, Italy, Corsica and Sardinia is unrivalled. No wonder so many of our most seasoned charter clients return again and again to revisit favourite haunts and make new discoveries!
  • Caribbean and Bahamas

    Unrivalled opportunities for snorkelling, diving and fishing, against a backdrop of islands blessed with gorgeous sand and lapped by warm aquamarine water. The virgin seas around the Eastern Caribbean and the Bahamas offer some of the best tropical island cruising in the world.
  • Indian Ocean

    A tempting alternative winter charter destination to the Caribbean. Choose from the equally stunning Maldives or the Seychelles, each with their own unique characteristics, but both offering spectacular beaches and turquoise waters for outstanding snorkelling and diving. The Maldives consist of 26 atolls and hundreds of islets, only 250 of which are inhabited. Charters in the Maldives are not conducted to pre-determined itineraries and your captain will plan a daily programme to match your preferred activities.
  • South Pacific

    With many areas inaccessible to mainstream tourism, discover the true South Pacific and cruise through some of the most beautiful, unspoiled islands imaginable. The locals will welcome and inspire you with their love of music and dance. The South Pacific offers arguably the best diving in the world; a constant warm water temperature means you can spot reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins often up to 50 metres away. Few seascapes are as evocative of paradise than the coral islands of the South Pacific.
  • South East Alaska

    Lofty glaciers and misty fjords, waterfalls and hot springs, orcas and grizzly bears, sea lions and bald eagles all combine to make Alaska a place for the most amazing adventure and exploration. A cruising experience like no other.
  • Costa Rica

    The unspoiled Costa Rican coastline is teeming with exotic wildlife. Humpback whales play with their calves in the clear water, whilst the jungle interior abounds with howler monkeys and toucans, and thousands of species of tropical animals. The golden beaches are pristine and inshore there are rain forests, national parks, volcanoes, hot springs, horse riding and rock climbing to choose from – an endless array of activities and wildlife. A true natural paradise in every sense.
  • The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Far North Queensland offer off-the-beaten-track cruising at its most spectacular with outstanding snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities in an untouched natural environment of extraordinary beauty.
  • Indonesia

    Indonesia is home to over 17,000 islands spanning an area of over 5000km across the equator. With vast differences from island to island, they all have one thing in common and that is a rich and colourful culture where life is regulated by a series of spectacular rituals. The islands of Komodo, a designated World Heritage Site, are blessed with hundreds of secluded beaches, transparent crystal clear waters, and stunning coral reefs waiting to be explored. Home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, you will also find here the most extraordinary cultures where life has remained unchanged for centuries.
  • Norway

    There are tens of thousands of islands across Norway from top to bottom offering stunning views across varied coastlines. Take a helicopter or seaplane ride over the stunning waterfalls and glaciers or try some skiing or reindeer and dog team sleighs. Taste home made cheeses and creams straight from the traditional farms and order private performances of musicians and artists on coastal islands. It’s quite simply a perfect cruising destination.
  • South East Asia

    The Andaman Sea on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula offers ideal cruising conditions. Dramatic limestone landscapes, endless lagoons, lush tropical vegetation and powdery white sand beaches together with the cultural attractions of Thailand and Malaysia guarantee the most unforgettable of journeys.
  • The Red Sea

    A mystical country bursting with culture and beauty, Egypt is a truly unique cruising destination. Sharm el Sheikh, on the Red Sea Riviera, is located at the tip of Sinai and well known for being a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving. The Red Sea offers a seascape which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and varied in the world, renowned for its rich sea life and teeming with over 2,000 species.
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