Coral Sea Dreaming has exclusivity to a number of dive and snorkel sites. This allows them to choose the best locations for the conditions on the day of travel. You’ll be treated to an incredible array of marine life on pristine outer reefs such as Milln, Thetford, Flynn, Hastings, and many other sites, not frequented by the masses. Enjoy up to five certified dives, an introductory scuba dive or just simply relax. You may join in and help sail the boat or just supervise from the deck. With only a maximum of 12 passengers and 3 crew, you will receive unparalleled and personalised attention. Every attention to your comfort and well-being is attended to by their experienced and friendly crew, making your stay on-board an adventure of a lifetime, exclusive to a small few.
Coral Sea Dreaming is a strongly constructed 18 metre (60′) steel ketch with a beautiful wooden interior. She is spacious and comfortable and offers different cabin options to please the most discerning travellers. Coral Sea Dreaming also has its own dive compressor which means unlimited tank refills for a greater range of flexible diving options. Her luxurious and modern amenities make Coral Sea Dreaming the perfect boat for your Great Barrier Reef escape. Coupled with our captain and crew’s local knowledge, your vacation or yacht charter will be a personal adventure that many people do not experience in a life time. Normally scheduled cruises depart each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
What to bring
A small overnight bag only (soft backpacks or similar & without wheels are best if possible). Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hat and Swimwear, Beach Towel, Camera, Long pants and jumper for colder months, Cert card/logbook for certified divers. Alcohol is BYO – no glass bottles, please (i.e. cans of beer and/or small casks of wine). Vessel is limited for extra storage & refrigerator space, so limited quantities is appreciated.
Certified Divers – You will be able to organise onboard all dives including a night dive (additional charges apply)
Departures: Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays
Marlin Marina, Finger A(berth 2), directly behind the Shangri La Hotel and Pier Shopping in Cairns.
If return transfers are required please confirm pick up point by calling (0740 411600) 24 hours prior to departure. All transfers come at additional costs.
For those clients who are making their own way, please arrive for boarding at 07:45 am sharp for an 0800 departure.
The best part of this 2 Day 1 Night liveaboard dive trip is that although the skipper has a plan in mind where to take over the next two days it is fully up to the winds, divers experience and interests. In other words be prepared for two really exciting days of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and while onboard this classic yacht your time is yours to do whatever you like. No hard and fast schedule, just enjoy yourself. This is one trip I would do again and again and again!
Board Coral Sea Dreaming at 0745, finger D12, Marlin Marina for morning tea and greet the crew.
Set sail 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 Flynn Reef, our first Outer Reef location. We love this site for its fabulous visibility. Depths range from 5 to 28 meters giving divers a wide range of options depending upon experience. 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.
Boat generally moves to a second mooring on Flynn Reef. Here, large coral bommies sit alongside a reef wall making diving and snorkelling truly spectacular. Dive to 18 meters or snorkel the shallow reef flats. This is usually where one of our staff will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef. Afternoon tea is served
Boat moves to 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. 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 on Milne Reef (The Whale).This large coral bommie stands in 24 meters of water with excellent surrounding coral gardens, perfect for snorkelling, close to the boat. The Whale is a great dive to see basking sharks. Morning tea is served.
After mid-morning, the boat travels to Thetford Reef, its last anchorage for the day. Coral draped walls rise up from 18 meters in a circular lagoon to ensure great diving and snorkelling. This is also an excellent time to catch up on some serious sun tanning or relax, read a book or 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.
Please note: The itinerary is reflective of weather conditions at the time. With access to a large number of exclusive moorings, the operator will always seek out the most comfortable locations therefore times and areas/reefs visited may vary.
Passengers are at all times consulted and briefed on what they would like to do at each site.
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