Great Barrier Reef 4 day cruise in Australia

“The dream three day small boat cruise around the Great Barrier Reef. Tropical islands, snorkelling, rainforest and of course coral. With naturalist guides on board.”

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Ecotourism accredited cruise vessel | Great Barrier Reef | Cairns | Thetford Reef | Sudbury Cay | Hinchinbrook Channel Pelorus Island | Dunk Island | Nathan Reef | Fitzroy Island

Description of Great Barrier Reef 4 day cruise in Australia

A four day Great Barrier Reef cruise, taking in some of the key sites such as Thetford and Nathan Reef, but also journeying down the Hinchinbrook Channel that separates the mainland from the reef islands. Travelling on a luxury ecotourism accredited boat, you will not only snorkel, swim and scuba dive to see the vast array of marine life, but also take hiking trips with a naturalist guides on highly protected natural heritage spots such as Dunk and Fitzroy Islands.

On board we will also have a fully qualified marine biologist who is a font of knowledge on the reef and surrounding beauty spots all of which make up this one vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. We pack plenty of visits into this itinerary, although there is also time to just sit on our observation deck and watch the sun rise and set, go on a glass bottom boat tour or just chill at a beach barbeque, enjoying one of the best bits of North Queensland culture!

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Great Barrier Reef 4 day cruise in Australia

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The smaller size of our ship and the smaller passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised. Most tourists to the Great Barrier Reef stay (and often don’t leave) in the Cairns area and in a few other restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.

The ship’s owners take their responsibilities to the environment very seriously and are proud to be acknowledged as an ecotourism certified operator through the world-leading Ecotourism Australia organisation.

In March 2015 the ship was completely refitted with new, state-of-the-art engines. These new whisper-quiet engines have been developed to minimise emissions and improve fuel efficiency, whilst providing increased power and greater stability

The food on board is bought locally; Queensland is blessed with being, in parts, very fertile and ideal for growing fruit and vegetables. Fish is locally abundant, and meat is a major local industry, so all the food is very locally sourced.

Grey and brown water waste are both held in on board tanks until the vessel returns to port, where they are emptied and the waste is treated. Any rubbish generated during the cruise is similarly held on board until the vessel returns to port where it is recycled if possible.

Community

We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. By visiting some of the more outlying communities we will spread the financial benefit of our visit to some rarely visited areas of the country.

These Great Barrier Reef cruises have an on board fully qualified Marine Biologist who will ensure you gain a full appreciation of the ‘Reef’, rainforest and tropical islands of this World Heritage-listed environment. The Marine Biologist provides huge amounts of information about the coral, flora and fauna of the local area, what threats it faces and how to preserve it. You also have the option to join a qualified naturalist on guided walks through the rainforests where they will inform anyone who wants to listen about the spectacular wildlife and the threats it faces. The Marine Biologist and the naturalist will also be available for on board discussions and occasional talks about their respective subjects.

We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The weather changing, high winds and torrential rain while out on the glass
bottom boat. First time wearing a life jacket was so exciting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take sea sickness pills even if you’re not usually seasick

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic despite the weather.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Denise. Thank you for your feedback, I am delighted that you enjoyed your cruise so much. I am sorry to see you felt that the cruise didn't benefit the local population or reduce the environmental impct of your cruise. My promise to sustain my environment:
The smaller size of our ship and the smaller passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised. Most tourists to the Great Barrier Reef stay (and often don’t leave) in the Cairns area and in a few other restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.

The ship’s owners take their responsibilities to the environment very seriously and are proud to be acknowledged as an ecotourism certified operator through the world-leading Ecotourism Australia organisation. They have taken steps towards being the most sustainable operstor on the reef - In March 2015 the ship was completely refitted with new, state-of-the-art engines. These new whisper-quiet engines have been developed to minimise emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The food on board is bought locally; Queensland is blessed with being, in parts, very fertile and ideal for growing fruit and vegetables. Fish is locally abundant, and meat is a major local industry, so all the food is very locally sourced. This reduces food miles and provides an income for the local communities involved in food production.

Grey and brown water waste are both held in on board tanks until the vessel returns to port, where they are emptied and the waste is treated. Any rubbish generated during the cruise is similarly held on board until the vessel returns to port where it is recycled if possible.

These Great Barrier Reef cruises have an on board fully qualified Marine Biologist who should have provided huge amounts of information about the coral, flora and fauna of the local area, what threats it faces and how to preserve it.

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