Discover the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Rainforest and the world’s oldest living culture over 2 days
Experience the Reef with Ocean Spirit Cruises luxury Sailing Catamaran to Michaelmas Cay
Day 1 Set sail onboard Ocean Spirit sailing and motor catamaran to Michaelmas Cay, a vegetated sand cay surrounded by spectacular reef and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Enjoy a wide range of activities to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, cruise in the semi-submersible or just relax and enjoy a leisurely day.
Day 2 Experience an exclusive cultural journey from coast to Rainforest to experience natural beauty and ancient culture of the Kuku Yalanji people. Walk in the steps of the ancestors… From Cooya Beach to Mossman Gorge, experience the Daintree Rainforest through the eyes of the traditional owners.
FromCairns 7:30 AM, Northern Beaches 8.00 AM, Port Douglas 9.00 AM
Returns Cairns 6:15 PM, Northern Beaches 6.00 PM, Port Douglas 5.00 PM
Daintree Dreaming Day Tour - Experienced guiding and commentary • Welcome to Country smoking ceremony • Interpretive Rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge • Swim at Mossman Gorge • Lunch at the Mossman Gorge Centre • 2 hour coast and cultural walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member • Damper and catch of the day • Return hotel transfers
Ocean Spirit Cruises - 8.5 hours experience with 4 hours at Michaelmas Cay • Morning tea including muffins and focaccia • Afternoon tea • Hot and cold buffet lunch including prawns • Snorkelling equipment and instruction • Buoyancy vests and lycra suit (from 1.4.16) Marine Biologist presentation • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary • Fish feeding presentation • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine on homeward journey.
What to bring
Shorts, T-shirt, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimwear & bottle of water, (poncho provided when required)
Daintree Dreaming Day Tour
Travel with your Adventure North Australia guide to Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), the traditional hunting ground of the Kuku Yalanji. A member of the Kubirri Warra clan will introduce you to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques as you explore this coastal habitat. Any catch of crabs, mussels and fish is cooked up to share with homemade damper on the balcony of the family home.
Continuing on to Mossman Gorge at the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. You will also have time to explore the gallery and its artworks from prominent and emerging local artists.
After lunch, wander into the lush rainforest, the traditional home of the Kuku Yalanji people. Experience one of the world's oldest and most beautiful rainforests with your Adventure North guide with an optional swim in Mossman Gorge before your day of adventure comes to an end and you are transferred to your accommodation.
From 7.30am: Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal 8.00am:
- Vessel boarding commences.
- Morning tea and coffee served on board vessel until departure. 8.30am:
- Depart Cairns for Michaelmas Cay.
- Safety demonstration, reef brief and snorkelling demonstration. 9.30am: Informative Marine Biologist reef presentation. 10.00am: Dive brief for introductory divers. 10.30am:
Arrive at Michaelmas Cay, Reef Activities and beach transfers commence:
- Fish feeding presentation (onboard)
- Snorkelling from beach
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tours
- Scuba diving sessions for introductory divers 11am, 12:15 & 1:30pm. 12-1.30pm: Buffet lunch served onboard Ocean Spirit. Time to enjoy more Reef Activities. 2.30pm: Afternoon tea served onboard. 3:00pm: Depart Michaelmas Cay for Cairns. 5.00pm: Arrive at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.