Welcome on board Beluga and the stunning Lizard Island you may have seen from your flights. Captain Bob and the Crew will show you around your cabins, and shortly we will be steaming for 2 hours towards the stunning Ribbon Reef 10 whilst lunch is served. BELUGA will anchor on the Northern point of this Reef, close to the famous “Cod Hole”. Swim and snorkel with these amazing fish. You can hand feed them and get some amazing pictures (selfie) with them. In the late afternoon we will go to a near by anchorage for the evening to enjoy your first Great Barrier Reef sunset cocktails and canapés before dinner.
A morning of diving, snorkelling and some water sports after breakfast al fresco on the aft deck, in the quietness of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a well deserved late lunch on board BELUGA whilst we cruise 3 hours South to Ribbon Reef #7.
Enjoy a late afternoon dive, or let the experienced Crew take you on board the chase boat to try your luck bottom fishing for a sought after Coral Trout – Perfect for lunch the following day!
Steam to Ribbons Reef #3 (3 hour early morning cruising) – when we arrive, dive or snorkel the famous “Steve Bomie” of Ribbons #3. If fishing is your preference, your chase boat is available for a morning of fishing – whether it be trolling for pelagic species such as tasty Spanish mackerel or bottom fishing for reef species such as Nannygai and Red Emperor! Enjoy lunch on board BELUGA then relax on the sundeck while we cruise to Cooktown for 3 hours.
Arriving in the late afternoon, Captain Bob offers a sunset cruise on the Endeavour River. Experience the Endeavour River at its most special time of day. Explore the harbour in the long afternoon light and then cruise upstream to watch the sunset over the distant ranges. While navigating the maze way of smaller creeks, enjoy a degustation of Australian cheeses and wines. Once the sun sets, spotlights add a whole new perspective to the impenetrable walls of mangrove that line the river. Listen to some stories about Captain Cook’s passage along the Cape, about the glory days of pearling luggers and about the new Cooktown, gateway to the frontier.This sunset cruise can make for a wonderfully peaceful way to end the day
Adventure Day! Aboriginal Historic Experience (land-based) & cruising.
Early this morning, your dedicated aboriginal guide, Willie, will meet you in Cooktown’s Fishermans Wharf, for an exclusive aboriginal discovery (approximately 5 hours).
Discover the legends of a fascinating culture entirely rooted in Australia’s history, and arrive at Rainbow Serpent Rock Art. Your guide will take you through a dramatic landscape to six rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent cave and an ancestral Birth Site where Willie’s grandfather was born. You will gain an understanding of the spiritual meanings and stories behind the paintings, and along the way learn some of the survival techniques of the Nugalwarra people – and maybe taste a green ant or two! A short 30 minute bush walk and short climb to two of the sites, this experience is accessible to the whole family.
Captain Bob will welcome you back on board BELUGA and you will be delighted to share your stories around lunch, whilst we cruise 3 hours out to Ribbons Reef #5 for a late afternoon dive, snorkelling or try and catch some fish on the Chase boat for the next day’s lunch.We will be cruising overnight back to Lizard Island.
(BELUGA will cruise to Lizard Island overnight or early morning)
Wake up to the picturesque views of Lizard Island. Tender over to beautiful Lizard island to explore the island and hike up to Cook’s lookout for stunning views over the reef and surroundings islands!
Back to BELUGA for a late lunch, followed by an afternoon of leisure – swimming, snorkelling and water sports in beautiful Mrs. Watson’s Bay. The crew will set up a beautiful BBQ for dinner under the stars and moon. During your short tender ride back on board BELUGA, look overboard to see the abundance of massive King fish and big Lemon sharks! BELUGA’s underwater lights attracts all these schools of fish.
Sunset BBQ dinner and jacuzzi on the sundeck overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a sleep in or awake to the smell of fresh fruit and the sun rising over the Island. A short move to North Point, an exclusive and private little bay located just north of Mrs. Watsons Bay for breakfast and a morning stroll along the beach, as well as a dip in the crystal clear water.
A morning of water sports, stand-up paddle boards or kayaks around the bay to capture a fantastic photo of your tropical getaway. Guests depart around lunch time, our tender will transport you to the beach where we will escort you to the small airfield.
Plan your experience on board BELUGA in the Great Barrier Reef.