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Whitsunday Islands, Queensland Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s foremost living structure, right on our doorstep. A spectacular illustration of a natural ecosystem. Be a part of the implementation of marine based conservation projects in conjunction with James Cook University on this 7 night tour.

Departure Date
Day 1
Whitsundays
  • On arrival to Proserpine airport you will be greeted and transferred to Airlie Beach accommodation.
  • A welcome dinner and drinks follows for you to gather and meet your fellow marine explorers.
Day 2
Whitsundays
  • Briefed on safety procedures, board the majestic ‘Solway Lass’ tall ship for departure to the reef.
  • Your yacht will cruise to the first anchorage in the northern bays of Hook Island.
  • First snorkelling activity is an exciting, immersive experience on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Marine scientists will guide you through the fascinating marine world, the information will enable you to begin collecting valuable ‘reef health’ data.
  • At the end of the day relax and take in the stunning sunset, enjoy a delicious dinner while our marine scientist will lead a discussion on the day’s snorkelling activity and outline the next day’s plan.
Day 3
Whitsundays
  • A spectacular start at Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.
  • Our next snorkelling spot – Cateran Bay, Border Island.
  • Collect data using either the ‘Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring’ protocol or the University of Queensland’s Coral Watch program.
  • Quality-check the data to ensure its integrity and submit the information via an online database.
  • Anchor tonight off Hook Island.
Day 4
Whitsundays
  • Arrive at the outer reef, Bait Reef and experience the vast array of marine life and vibrant corals.
  • Compare this outer reef with the fringing reef.
  • Quantitively compare the different bio-regions of the reef.
  • Collect data which will guide management in the best methods of protecting and preserving the reef.
Day 5
Whitsundays
  • Reef Ecologic coral gardening project. Learn first-hand what it takes to grow coral in its natural environment.
  • Snorkel around the ‘Turtle Dream’; a 6-metre sculpture of a green turtle or Anthozoa, a giant coral polyp.
  • Discover the story behind the underwater artwork and get a better appreciation of how the artwork creates a new underwater ecosystem for both the marine life and the coral.
Day 6
Whitsundays
  • After breakfast, we revise data and the trip.
  • Provide feedback through further citizen science programs, looking at the efficacy of such projects.
  • Set sail for Coral Sea Marina and Airlie Beach.
  • A debrief at the marina with refreshments.
Day 7
Whitsundays
  • After breakfast you will be transferred to Port of Airlie for the ferry to Daydream Island
  • Marine Biologist will take you through the Living Reef Aquarium. Snorkel with the reef fish, small sharks and rays.
  • Experience the brand-new Touch Tank and Underwater Observatory and have a ‘Stingray Splash’.
  • Lunch at Inkstone Kitchen and Bar.
  • Overnight in Airlie Beach before you say farewell for your flight home.

**Ask us about extending your tour for a wonderful holiday.

INCLUSIONS:

  • All hotel accommodation (twin-share)
  • All land transportation
  • Breakfast and most dinners
  • Entrances to sites; Guided tours and lectures
  • Tipping for included services
  • Services of a tour manager and academic experts.
  • Travel wallet, Luggage Tag, Lanyard and Face Mask

For Full Itinerary contact us