2 Day Reef – Ocean Spirit, Daintree Rainforest & Culture tour from Cairns
Day 1: Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Cruise (Departs Daily except Christmas day)
Set sail aboard the 32m luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit. Enjoy a wide range of activities to experience Michaelmas Cay’s picturesque reef environment. Snorkel, cruise in the semi-sumersible or just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Your day includes:
- Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns
- 8.5hr experience with 4 hours at
- Morning tea with muffins and focaccia
- Afternoon tea with tropical fruit and cake of the day
- Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, including fresh prawns
- Snorkelling equipment and instruction
- Buoyancy vests and lycra suit
- Marine Biologist presentation
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
- Fish feeding presentation
- Complimentary glass of sparkling wine with cheese and crackers for the homeward journey
What to bring:
Hat, towel, sunscreen, swimming costume, cash or credit card for souvenirs or optional activities.
- Add a guided snorkel tour or an introductory dive
- Return Coach Transfers from Cairns: $24 per adult and $15 per child
- Return Coach Transfers from the Northern Beaches: $30 per adult and $15 per child
Day 2: Daintree Dreaming Day Tour (Departs Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun)
2 hour coastal and mangrove walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours
Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas to meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers, who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal environment has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons. The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying home made damper on the balcony of the family home while you taste your catch of the day.
Welcome to Country Ceremony at Mossman Gorge
You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. It is a ceremony of spiritual cleansing, to ward off evil spirits and to ensure that while you are on the traditional land of Kuku Yalanji people, you are accepted and honoured.
Mossman Gorge Centre – Lunch is included at the Mayi Cafe
The specially designed menu featuring predominantly locally sourced produce infused with Indigenous bush ingredients.
Nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge contains the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth. Experience this pristine natural wonder with a guided rainfrest walk. Adventure North’s qualified guide will unlock the secrets of this fascinating ecosystem. You will see strange primitive plants and there is even time for a swim in this magical rainforest environment, so don’t forget your swimmers!
Optional Extra – An opportunity for visitors to Mossman Gorge are the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the local Indigenous guides.
Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language. You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide will also demonstrate traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.
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**Please note: tour can operate in reverse due to tide times at Cooya Beach. Also, tours do not need to be taken in consecutive days.**