7 day sample itinerary from Cairns to Lizard Island
Depart Cairns and cruise past the picturesque Snapper Island and the mouth of the Daintree River. Enjoy the spectacular views of the world heritage rainforest clad mountains and the Great Barrier Reef as you familiarise yourself with your vessel. You can try your hand at trolling as we cruise to Mackay Sand Cay. It is a very pretty place with abundant bird life and the perfect place for an introductory snorkel or even an introductory scuba dive. At the end of the day you can relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the magnificent sunset behind the Alexander Range.
Cruise to the outer reef to see the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at her best. We will spend the day snorkeling or diving. Here there is a profusion of corals and hundreds of colourful reef fish for your underwater entertainment. Depending on weather conditions and level of comfort required we can anchor at many uninhabited islands or anchor behind the outer Barrier Reef which is extremely comfortable and puts the most fantastic reef in the world, a step off the transom. Tonight we can enjoy a BBQ of succulent freshly caught painted lobster or delicious reef fish served with fresh salads and fine Australian wines under the twinkling stars. There is no place on earth quite like it!
We head north along the famous Ribbon Reefs or alternatively do some island hopping - Hope Isles, Two Isles which are situated on the inner reef. The outer reef provides the best snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing but the inner islands provide a lovely place to stretch the legs, beautiful beach walks at sunset, fishing, crabbing and some very pleasant and relaxed snorkeling, swimming and sun bathing.
Would also be spent with either an outer reef or island destination
We cruise to Lizard Island, a stunning continental island. Lizard Island is referred to as the "Jewel of the Reef". Here we have an exclusive resort and more secluded beaches than you could visit in a week. There is a walk to the lookout that is highly recommended for its spectacular views of the reef, this is the same spot from which Captain James Cook, who discovered Australia, also viewed the scenery. Lizard Island has a variety of reefs fringing the island with such spectacular sights as the "clam gardens" - coral gardens full of amazingly coloured giant clams, some over a metre in length. There is quite a choice of activities, either snorkeling, scuba diving, beach walking and exploring the island. We can arrange picnics or beach barbecues.
Two places which are a must when visiting Lizard Island are Mermaid Cove and Blue Lagoon, named for its amazing colour. It is a sheltered lagoon area surrounded by white sandy beaches. The only life we find here are birds and the occasional monitor lizard (for which the island is named) who will happily inspect any morsels you care to share. Your own private paradise. No visit to the Ribbon Reefs and Lizard Island would be complete without a snorkel or dive at the Cod Hole, the world famous Potato Cod, up to 1,000lb each gather in this area and can be hand fed. It is truly an incredible feeling to swim with these huge, but harmless creatures.
Perhaps a relaxing morning on the beach, a swim and a snorkel before a sumptuous lunch and then get ready for spectacular flight over the Ribbon Reefs back to Cairns International Airport. What a great way to finish your trip.
Cruising up and flying back is only one option, many clients cruise both legs of the journey. A seven day cruise south of Cairns taking in the Great Barrier Reef, Sudbury Cay, Frankland Islands and Dunk Island is also another option for consideration.
The 74 Islands of the Whitsundays offer a perpetual summer in this pristine paradise. The Whitsundays offer something for everyone, perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, fishing, parasailing or just lying under a palm tree...
Once you have boarded your yacht and met the crew, cross the Whitsunday Passage to Nara Inlet on Hook Island. This is a fjord like inlet offering protection and calm water in all weather.
Head south down the Passage to Cid Harbour on Whitsunday island in the clean unpolluted water and the purest air. This is a truly picturesque anchorage where you can sit back and enjoy the quiet peaceful setting, amidst the azure blue waters.
Cruise to Hamilton Island and enjoy everything this cosmopolitan resort has to offer. This is not just a resort, but an island village with a lifestyle all of its own. There are numerous activities to choose from or you can just relax at the pool bar.
Head for spectacular Whitehaven Beach. This magnificent 5 km white sandy beach is 98% pure silica. Squeaky clean and dazzling to see, it is set off by the contrasting aquamarine blue of the water. Anchor here for the night or just opposite at Chalkies Beach on Haselwood Island.
Enjoy a leisurely shipboard breakfast with views that stretch forever. Then head off north to beautiful Cateran Bay on Border Island. Here you can experience fabulous snorkeling and see the reefs teeming with tropical fish.
Sail north to the tip of Hook Island and enter another snorkeling paradise. Discover numerous bays where the turquoise waters lap up to the coral sand beaches. They offer wilderness anchorages and a metropolis or marine life amongst the coral forest.
Take a leisurely cruise over to South Molle Island where you can take advantage of the island's diversions such as golf, tennis and water-skiing. Celebrate the last night of your charter sitting on deck watching the sunset and the darkened sky become a glitter of stars.