2 Days and 1 Night Coral Sea Dreaming Intimate Getaway
Come and experience the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef without the crowds! With a maximum of just 12 passengers and an attentive crew of 3, you can enjoy a more personal reef experience, exclusive to a small group. This is the Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Package, has everything needed for an amazing couple of days in paradise. Grab this getaway now and give yourself the break you deserve.
Coral Sea Dreaming is a 2 day small boat off-shore adventure tour, suitable for those who can swim, snorkel, dive or wish to dive. Enjoy 2 Days and 1 Night aboard a 16 metre (52ft) modern steel yacht, uniquely designed to travel to the Great Barrier Reef in all kinds of weather. Her rugged build provides a safe platform to sail, dive and snorkel.
The pristine outer reef sites we go to are not visited by the masses and have been chosen for their unique coral formations and abundant marine life. Without a real rigid schedule, we allow you to go at your own pace and to be as active or as relaxed as you like. Whether you are an avid diver or looking to experience diving for the very first time, both certified and introductory dives are available.
For the beginner or diver that needs a refresher, the smaller groups provide a fun setting where the utmost attention is paid to your safety and ensuring that you get the most value and enjoyment from your experience.
If you are a more advanced diver you'll be able to explore and discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without a large number of other divers surrounding you. To challenge you as a diver we provide the option for night dives, drift dives, swim-throughs, as well as following ravines and canyons.
Diving not your thing or perhaps you are traveling with a partner who doesn't dive? Because of the magnificent clear waters, snorkelling is also an excellent way to experience the reef, and you can enjoy it at all of the sites we visit.
Join in and help sail the boat or just supervise from the sundeck. Our friendly and experienced crew will pay every attention to your comfort and well-being, to help make sure that you return from your holiday with great memories to last a lifetime”¦ and quite often some new friends.
Board Coral Sea Dreaming at 7:45am for morning tea and greet the crew.
Set sail as we motorsail to Cairns outermost reefs. Along the way we conduct introductory and certified dive briefings and a marine naturalist brief. There is plenty of time for passengers to mingle and relax, and get to know each other.
Arrive at our first Outer Reef location (eg. Flynn Reef). This site will be chosen to suit the range of in-water experience of our passengers. Depths will range from 5 to 28 meters giving divers a wide range of options. For the snorkeler, you’ll experience extensive coral gardens with an unbelievable amount of marine life. Expect to encounter turtles, small reef sharks and schools of pelagic fish. Our in-water activities are followed by lunch and afternoon tea.
On the Outer Reef large coral bommies sit alongside a reef wall making diving and snorkelling truly spectacular. This is usually where one of our staff will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef. In the afternoon, the boat moves to its second location. This could be Milne Reef, home to the Three Sisters and The Whale .The Sisters is one of Cairns most famous dive sites and offers unsurpassed night and early morning dives. Depths range from 6 to 36 meters. An afternoon dive or snorkel opportunity is followed by preparations for nightfall. Passengers undertaking a night dive are briefed and the diving begins. Dinner is served once activities are completed (during winter, dinner may be served prior to night diving). After dinner, passengers enjoy tea and coffee, a BYO (bring-your-own alcoholic) drink and tall tales.
Awake to the dawn and watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea. Throw yourself into the warm tropical water and wake yourself up! This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning is a fantastic time to see reef sharks, turtles and cruising pelagic fish. Breakfast is served.
Boat departs to its next location. Generally this location will offer the more experienced diver the chance to have a great drift dive (if at The Edge or Pinnacles). Otherwise, expect a range of boomies and coral gardens at Hastings or Michaelmas Reef. Morning tea is served.
After mid-morning, depending on weather, the boat will move to another site or reef. If the weather is nice, we commonly go to 5 ways – at Moore Reef. This is Cairns best swim through dive. If to the north, we may visit Pretty Patches or Upolu where the protection from stronger winds makes it easier to dive and snorkel. These are shallower reefs with lots of soft coral and isolated bommies. If you are “activity-out”, this is also an excellent time to catch up on some serious sun tanning or relax, read a book and take in the stunning views. Lunch is served before departure.
Upon leaving our anchorage we hoist the sails. It is very common to have dolphins surf the bow wave and during the winter months, see humpback whales. The emphasis on the journey home is to relax and enjoy the company of new found friends. Finally, as we leave behind the wonders of the reef, passengers are treated to a spectacular view as we approach one of Australia’s most scenic harbours – mountains on the left and right rising high above a beautiful tropical city skyline.
General itinerary allows for 4 day certified and 1 night dive, and 3 day intro dives with an optional night intro (conditions apply) or 4th day intro. Snorkelling is available at all times except at night. We like to think that a small sailboat is always a more intimate experience than a motor boat but it is important to note, there are no activities on the boat that will suit the non-swimmer or very young children.
While we have tried to describe a typical trip, our itinerary is reflective of weather conditions at the time. As we have access to a large number of exclusive moorings, we will always seek out the most comfortable locations therefore times and areas/reefs visited may vary. In strong winds the boat usually travels North visiting a selection of reefs which may include Hastings, Michaelmas and Breaking Patches. In lighter winds, we visit the southern reefs comprised of Flynn, Milne or Thetford.
• Selection of 28 exclusive moorings on 9 different reefs
• Maximum of 12 passengers
• All snorkeling &quality dive equipment (wetsuits/ stinger suits)
• 1 x FREE (10min) TRY dive offered to all first-time divers
• Delicious homemade meals prepared onboard
• Morning/ afternoon tea and snacks
• Hot showers - SHARED
• Accommodation in cozy cabins with fresh linen & bath towels
• Unlimited snorkeling – guiding upon request
• Bar facilities on board (sorry no BYO)
• Cool merchandise for sale and underwater camera hire
Optional Extras: (payable onboard)
DIVING (Introductory Divers)
• First Dive - AUD $80
• Subsequent Dives - AUD $65
DIVING (Certified Divers)
• Individual Dive - AUD $50
• Subsequent Dives (after the Package of 4) - AUD $45
• Night Dive (Extra) - AUD $15
• Guided Dive (Extra) - AU $10
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2022 - 2023 season. The 2022 - 2023 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023. The 2023 - 2024 season rates commence on the 1st April 2023.
Due to the ongoing and evolving nature of Covid-19 restrictions and the unpredictable impact it is having on bookings we have temporarily ceased taking new reservations for this package. If you have a gift voucher that you would like to redeem please contact us and we will be happy to check availability.