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Captain Cook Cruises – MV Reef Endeavour

Explore the Great Barrier Reef’s remote reefs, exclusive islands and shallow bays aboard Captain Cook Cruises’ MV Reef Endeavour. Discover the unique advantages of small ship cruising on a voyage that highlights the extraordinary. Stroll along fringes of white sand and snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of fish on the edge of the continental shelf. Hear native birds call from the towering rainforest canopy, climb the same lookouts as the first explorers, see dolphins and whales at play in the shelter of the reef and discover Lizard Island’s giant clam gardens only metres from the shore.

The cruise includes shipboard accommodation, dining, all onboard facilities, snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat tours, marine presentations, guided walks, islands and entertainment. The price excludes drinks, optional tours, shore excursions, dives facilities and any onboard charges.

The ship facilities include four elegantly appointed passenger decks all open onto the outside deck with swimming pool, two spa pools, sauna, gym, chart house, two lounges, cocktail bar and baby grand, dining saloon, video, gift shop, 24 hour self service coffee bar, laundry, glass bottom boat, snorkelling and dive facilities.

All staterooms and cabins are air conditioned with private ensuites. Staterooms open onto the outside deck with generous picture windows and a choice of twin, double and family bunk beds.

Reef Endeavour sails every Monday and Friday from Cairns. There is a choice of two unique cruises (three or four nights), which can be combined over seven glorious nights, (in either order) for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

Touring Options

Three Night Southbound Cruise

Fitzroy Island – Friday
Towering rainforest, giant ferns and native orchids await you on Fitzroy Island.

Hedley Reef – Saturday
A full day to snorkel, dive and explore the wonders of the sea of Hedley Reef.

Hinchinbrook Channel – Sunday
A morning passage to remember through Hinchinbrook Channel, Australia’s largest island national park. Green canopies, mangrove lagoons and long curving beaches provide refuge for native birds, dolphins, gentle dugongs and migrating whales.

Dunk Island – Sunday
Dunk Island is a tropical paradise and a beachcomber’s delight with exotic birds and plant life abounds. Join to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight.

Seven Night Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise

MV Reef Endeavour will carry you beyond the reach of holiday crowds – exotic island hideaways, soft sandy beaches, balmy bays and remote outer reefs. Their own Marine Naturalist will introduce you to the beauty of the Reef. The Northbound Voyage (four nights) will take you to remote and spectacular destinations including Lizard Island and the continental shelf ‘ribbon’ reefs. The Southbound Voyage (three nights) has an accent on the fascinating flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest islands and the outer ‘bombora’ reefs. Combined over seven unforgettable nights, the two voyages offer the ultimate Barrier Reef and Rainforest experience.

Four Night Northbound Cruise

Cairns – Monday
Reef Endeavour sails for Fitzroy Island. Time to relax and be carried away on your Barrier Reef adventure.

Cooktown and Two Isles – Tuesday
Cooktown’s Frontier history and Two Isles’ uninhabited coral cay combine a day of contrast.

Lizard Island – Wednesday
Lizard Island is the jewel of the reef. You can snorkel over coral gardens.

Ribbon Reef No.5 – Thursday
Ribbon Reef No.5 is one of the Marine Park’s most spectacular and remote destinations lying on the edge on the continental shelf. Join to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight.

Activites and Experiences at Captain Cook Cruises – MV Reef Endeavour

  • Bushwalking On island visits.
  • Cruising
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Exercising Gymnasium available.
  • Flora
  • Game Playing Bingo and games room.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition Marine naturalist presentations.
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Marine Animal watching Glass bottom boat, snorkelling, diving.
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Direct
  • Inbound
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Checkin Desk Shop 17, The Conservatory, Abbott Street, Cairns (two doors south of Cairns International Hotel).
  • Public Transport Trinity Wharf.
  • Public phone Trinity Wharf.
  • Public toilet Trinity Wharf.
  • Taxi rank Trinity Wharf.
  • Waiting Area
  • Active Snorkelling, walks, diving, swimming.
  • Adventure Walks, diving, snorkelling.
  • Beach
  • Cruise
  • Diving
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Health and Fitness Gymnasium and sauna.
  • Honeymoon Honeymoon packages available.
  • Island Island visits including Fitzroy, Dunk, Lizard, and Two Isles.
  • Marine Great Barrier Reef and Marine Naturalist onboard.
  • Mountain
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Rainforest
  • Reef
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Water based
  • Japanese
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Group
  • Luxury
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Senior
  • Australian Federation of Travel Agents Limited
  • Tourism Tropical North Qld
  • Sunlover Holidays
  • American Express
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Bankcard
  • Cash
  • Diners Club
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • Australian Travellers Cheque
  • Visa
  • Air-conditioning
  • Commentary
  • Drop off Limousine transfers available for honeymoon packages only.
  • Host/Hostess
  • Interpreter Service Japanese speaking staff, by arrangement.
  • Meal
  • Meet & Greet
  • Pickup Limousine transfers available for honeymoon packages only.
  • Resource Material Library and daily destination information.
  • Toilet
  • Cruise Ship

Accommodation In Cairns

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Where Are Australia's Best Islands?

Australia's Best Islands

Around the coast of Australia there are many amazing islands that are an unforgetable pleasure for all who visit. Naturally, the Great Barrier Reef dominates any list of great Australian islands, with pristine wonders like the Whitsundays, Dunk Island and Lizard Island. Further off the east coast is the spectacular Lord Howe Island and off the coast of South Australia is the unspoilt Kangaroo Island. See if you aggree with our selection of Australia's best island escapes.

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