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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.