2 Day Reef – Passions of Paradise, Rainforest & Culture Tour from Cairns
Day 1 – Passions of Paradise (Departs Daily except Christmas Day)
Your Day Includes:
0715 – 0800 Check in at Reef Fleet Terminal
0800 – 0815 Raise Sails and Safety Briefing
0815 – 1015 Sail to First Outer Barrier Reef Location
Passions of Paradise has a selection of more than 24 exclusive outer reef locations to choose from. Each day we will select the two best sites suited to the weather conditions to give our guests the best possible experience. Our exclusive sites include: Hastings Reef (Some sites Include: 1770, Coral Gardens, Turtle Bommie), Paradise Reef, Norman Reef – Shark Mountain, Long Bommie, Flynn Reef (Little Tracey & Three Sisters), Milne Reef (The Whale, The Edge) and MORE!
1015 – 1245 Arrive at First Outer Barrier Reef Location – THE POOL IS OPEN!
Snorkelling – Our reef sites are selected for their abundance of marine life and diversity of healthy corals. Access to and from the water is via snorkel platforms at the back of the vessel. Our snorkel guides are on hand to assist new or nervous snorkelers to feel comfortable and at ease.
Introductory Dives – are available for those who wish to try SCUBA Diving for the first time. These are fully guided dives in small groups under the competent instruction of one of our fully qualified and experienced Dive Instructors.
Certified Divers – have the opportunity to conduct two dives during the day. All dives are guided in small groups of no more than 6, by experienced dive masters.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour – Passengers can enjoy an optional glass bottom boat tour with full commentary by our marine naturalist.
1215 – 1245 Lunch
Lunch is served on-board; enjoy a sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch including local prawns, selection of fresh salads and tropical fruits. Lunch is prepared daily by our chef on-board the vessel for maximum freshness and taste. Vegetarians are catered for daily.
1300-1445 Arrive second Outer Barrier Reef Location
Water activities begin with passengers free to snorkel, conduct another introductory or certified dive or simply soak up the sun on our large sun decks
1445 Depart Second Outer Barrier Reef Location
Time to enjoy a cold beverage from the bar as we set sails for a relaxing sail back to Cairns
1700 Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
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Day 2: Daintree Dreaming Day Tour (Departs Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun)
2 hour coastal and mangrove walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours
Today you will be collected from your accommodation and travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and 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. It’s a unique coastal environment comprised of 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 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’s home while tasting 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.
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 rainforest walk led by Adventure North’s qualified guide, who will unlock the secrets of this fascinating ecosystem. You will see strange primitive plants and there is 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 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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