2 Day Great Barrier Reef – Rainforest & Culture Tour from Cairns
Day 1: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Silverswift (Departs Daily except Christmas Day)
$453.00 per adult $387.00 per child
Departing from Cairns, Silverswift will whisk you away to three Outer Great Barrier Reef sites,
Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Enjoy 5 hours of fun with unlimited snorkelling, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, air conditioned lounges and licensed bar.
Your day includes:
- Return Silverswift cruise from Cairns
- Three spectacular outer reef sights, with five hours or actual reef time
- Qualified lifeguard supervision
- Scrumptious morning tea including focaccias and muffin cakes on boarding, Afternoon tea cakes, cheese & biscuits
- Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
- Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) and instruction provided
- Snorkel brief at each site
- Guided snorkel tour
- Qualified lifeguards on hand
- Lycra suits provided
- Prescription masks available at no extra cost
- Free wi-fi on board
What to bring – camera, swimming costume, towel, hat, sunscreen, cash for drinks at the bar, credit card for shopping.
- Certified Scuba 1-3 dives available – can be pre arranged or booked on board
- Underwater digital cameras available for hire
- Professional underwater photo and video service on board
- Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $6.50 is payable on check-in
- Return Coach Transfers available from Cairns & Northern Beaches at additional cost
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Day 2 – Daintree Dreaming Day Tour (Departs Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri)
2 hour coastal and mangrove walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours
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. The 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 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’s 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 features predominantly locally sourced produce infused with Indigenous bush ingredients.
Guided interpretive tour through the rainforest of Mossman Gorge
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 and Adventure North’s qualified guide, who will unlock the secrets of this fascinating ecosystem. You will see strange primtive 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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