4th August 2022 to 12th August 2022

Great Barrier Reef Explorer

£2195 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
A relaxing 9-day cruise around some of the world's most beautiful reefs.
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
8
Vessel type
Steel-hulled Ketch
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk

Explore one of the world's greatest natural wonders

8 nights: 04 - 12 August 2022

Price: £2,195 per person

Join us for an unforgettable 9-day tour of idyllic anchorages, coral reefs, and the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. A relaxing cruise along the southern Great Barrier Reef's anchorages, we will explore some of the best and lesser-known locations at the southern end of the reef. We will arrive at anchorage in plenty of time to explore the reefs and shoreline. In the late afternoon and evening, we will relax, snorkel, swim, and watch the sun set over the uninhabited Whitsunday islands.

Depending on the weather each day, we will determine our final itinerary based on the anchorages that are suitable for varying wind and sea conditions. Thanks to an abundance of idyllic anchorages offering crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and a peaceful escape from everyday life, we have a variety of options.

An 8-day Great Barrier Reef explorers cruise provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a memorable cruise within the reef that’s packed with exciting activities from dreamy anchorages to great food, wine, and entertainment, as well as stunning sunsets as the night’s backdrop. Our sailing and adventure activities will end with us anchoring in magical bays for relaxation and unwinding.

Although we will mostly be using visual navigation, tides up to 8 knots, uncharted bommies, and moving sand bars will require daily passage and pilotage planning. By participating in this event, you will have the opportunity to brush up on your pilotage and navigation skills.

On the 4th of August 2022, you’ll land at Airlie Beach (Proserpine). There will be a crew dinner on the night of the 4th at Airlie Beach, and final preparations for departure will be made the next day. We will leave Airlie Beach on the 5th of August and head to our first of many island stops. It is fine to stay on board the night of 4th of August; however, if you plan to arrive prior to that, you will be required to arrange accommodation ashore.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard and ashore in Airlie Beach, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

S/Y Salt Lines

Salt Lines is a 70ft, steel-hulled, 30-ton, ketch-rigged sailing vessel. Built to Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) unlimited survey requirements, she was the second of the Laurent Giles Shipwright 70 class built on Tyneside by AMARC (TES) Ltd in 1990 for the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT). She was launched and named the John Laing by Lady Laing in Poole, UK.

Over her many years of service, she has sailed under multiple names including, “John Laing”, “Yacht Discovery” and most recently “eXXpedition”. Although the name may have changed, what has always been common is every owner has used Salt Lines for true adventure sailing. From sailing around the world, collecting plastic samples with Emily Penn, to exploring Antarctica with the British Army, Salt Lines has done it all.

Airlie Beach, Austrlia

Airlie Beach, Austrlia

Depending on the weather each day, we will determine our final itinerary based on the anchorages that are suitable for varying wind and sea conditions. Thanks to an abundance of idyllic anchorages offering crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and a peaceful escape from everyday life, we have a variety of options.

An 8-day Great Barrier Reef explorers cruise provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a memorable cruise within the reef that’s packed with exciting activities from dreamy anchorages to great food, wine, and entertainment, as well as stunning sunsets as the night’s backdrop. Our sailing and adventure activities will end with us anchoring in magical bays for relaxation and unwinding.

Although we will mostly be using visual navigation, tides up to 8 knots, uncharted bommies, and moving sand bars will require daily passage and pilotage planning. By participating in this event, you will have the opportunity to brush up on your pilotage and navigation skills.

On the 4th of August 2022, you’ll land at Airlie Beach (Proserpine). There will be a crew dinner on the night of the 4th at Airlie Beach, and final preparations for departure will be made the next day. We will leave Airlie Beach on the 5th of August and head to our first of many island stops. It is fine to stay on board the night of 4th of August; however, if you plan to arrive prior to that, you will be required to arrange accommodation ashore.

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