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Welcome to Cairns, where we’ll meet and transfer you to the MS Caledonian Sky. Tonight gather for a welcome reception and dinner as you begin your cruise bound for remote Willis Island.
Stay: Eight Nights, MS Caledonian SkyDaily :
After a morning at sea, arrive at Willis Island, where you have chance to snorkel and swim. This tiny island beyond the Great Barrier Reef is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. It is an important nesting ground for turtles and the home to birdlife including Masked, Brown and Red-Footed boobies.Daily :
Cruise overnight to South Direction Island. Here board the Zodiacs and go ashore to walk the sandy beaches, swim or snorkel on the reefs. After a short walking tour enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset. The ship will then head for Lizard Island.Daily :
Enjoy a full day to explore private Lizard Island, with the chance to be active or simply to relax on the beach.
Stronger walkers may like to make an early start on the Cook’s Look Walk. After about 90 minutes, reach 350 metres above sea level to enjoy the view Captain Cook had as he searched for a way to navigate his ships through a maze of reefs. Alternatively, visit the Australian Research Museum, a world-renowned marine research station working on reef recovery efforts.
There are other walks to choose from: an easy two-hour birders walk with an ornithologist on sandy beaches and through the rainforest, or a medium-grade nature and history walk led by expedition staff. Snorkelling is also offered, with the possibility of seeing green turtles which feed along the beaches at low tide.
After a day filled with Signature Experiences, sit back and enjoy sunset drinks.Daily :
Jump aboard Zodiacs to visit Restoration Island, named by Captain William Bligh when he landed here in 1789 aboard his 17-foot boat during his epic journey following the famous mutiny on the Bounty. Bligh and his men spent time here to recover from their exertions. The food they found restored their spirits before they set sail to Timor. Then cruise to the Piper Islands, a group of vegetated cays home to Queensland’s largest breeding population of black noddies and a nesting area for the vulnerable hawksbill turtle. A population of dugongs also inhabits the area.Daily :
At Thursday Island, learn of the history and culture of the Torres Strait people and the pearling industry. Visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and mix with the locals. Thursday Island played a major part during WWII, and you will see remnants of that period. You will then cruise to the tip of Australia, setting foot on its northernmost point, Cape York. Here is the perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand.Daily :
Spend time on Davie Reef and enjoy the coral reef while swimming and snorkelling off Davie Cay, a small spit on the northern edge of the reef. Here you can spot barracuda swimming around the reef’s edges. You’ll also feast your eyes on the technicolour wonderland of the coral sites, where colourful parrot fish, blue and yellow fusiliers, neon wrasses and clownfish swim.Daily :
Discover historic Cooktown, which dates to the 1870s. Walk in the steps of Captain Cook as you pass along the main street and visit the botanical gardens and James Cook Museum. Here you will find original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour and learn of the story of Cook’s landing from an Indigenous perspective. Afterwards, head up to Grassy Hill with a local guide, and take in the view of the Coral Sea and Endeavour River, where Cook and ship naturalist Joseph Banks first saw a kangaroo. Tonight is our farewell dinner.Daily :
After breakfast, disembark in Cairns and transfer to the airport for your flight home.Daily :
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