Citizen Science Cruise On The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Special Tour Availability: 30 June 2021
Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Australia , Expedition

In partnership with Australian Geographic Society and GBR Legacy

10 Nights | Departing Cairns 30 June 2021 | Onboard Coral Discoverer

We have partnered with the Australian Geographic Society for a once-in-a-lifetime nature conservation experience on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This special Citizen Science departure will explore some of the most remote edges of the outer reef, discover beautiful and complex habitats, and find sanctuary in the peaceful solitude of the Coral Sea.

Hosted by some of Australia’s most accomplished reef experts including Dr Dean Miller from the Australian Geographic Society and Dr Charlie Veron, widely known as the ‘Godfather of coral’, you will participate in real scientific research projects.

The Citizen Science component of the expedition will be curated by this expert team, and includes a focus on the annual migration of the dwarf Minke whales – with the opportunity to swim eye to eye with these magnificent creatures – and coral surveying and identification for the world-first Living Coral Biobank project.

With full access to the most knowledgeable and respected Marine Scientists in the world and the opportunity to witness their expertise, energy and passion, this expedition offers a rare chance to learn and make a difference in coral conservation. $500 from your fare benefits GBR Legacy.


Expedition Highlights:

  • Have the chance to swim amongst the Minke Whales and come eye to eye to make a true personal connection with these beautiful and curious creatures.
  • Be a part of conservation history by taking part in coral surveying and collections for the world’s first Living Coral Biobank project
  • Share your journey with a team of the most respected and knowledgeable Marine Scientists in the world
  • Discover Australian heritage and history as you explore the frontier township of Cooktown
  • Make connections with ancient indigenous culture and hear the tales of creation from a traditional elder amongst the rock art at the sheltered Yindayin cave.
  • Learn about reef conservation at the Research Station on Lizard Island and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy island
  • Close each day over a refreshing sundowner as you watch the sun set over the vast expanse of the Coral Sea
  • Explore spectacular Osprey Reef, and observe overnight scientific research on the elusive Nautilus


Priced from $12,400 twin share per person, Main Deck (Category B)


Terms & Conditions:

All fares and offers are subject to availability and may not be combinable with other offers except Xplorer Club Benefits or Onboard Offer. Offers are valid on new bookings only on selected departures. Prices and discounts listed are in Australian dollars, per person, based on twin share. Discounts are not redeemable for cash, non-refundable, and non-transferable. Coral Expeditions reserves the right to correct errors or omissions or make any necessary changes at any time. Offers may have additional terms & conditions – full terms & conditions available. Regular Terms & Conditions apply. 


 Call Center: 1800 249 804
Total: $12,400 From $12,400 /person