Ultimate Charter

Embark on a voyage of discovery of the Great Barrier Reef over 5 days and 4 nights. Dive spectacular reef sites, visit sandy coral cays, and conclude your trip at the iconic Lizard Island.

Day 1 – Mackay Picnic and Snorkel

• Depart Port Douglas Marina at 8:00am cruising along the tropical coastline taking in views of the Daintree Rainforest whilst getting familiar with the vessel and the crew (cruise time approximately 3 hours)

• Arrive at the sandy Mackay Cay atoll, which is an important nesting and breeding ground for many sea birds and turtles. Take the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet picnic on the secluded beach, play a game of beach cricket or snorkel the surrounding protected reef for the afternoon. This can be a great opportunity for those not familiar with snorkelling to master the simple process from the beach. Grab a kayak for a paddle of enjoy the tropical sun – the day is yours.

• Sundowners and canapés are served on the top deck overlooking the Daintree Rainforest coastline. Following this, be tantalised by your first night’s dinner served by the on-board chef. For the more adventurous, a spot of night fishing in to the late evening.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Day 2 – Wonders of Anderson Reef

• Wake and be amazed by morning peak hour traffic below the surface of the Great Barrier Reef followed by a gourmet breakfast before cruising for two hours to Anderson Reef. During the cruise, we will drop a line and troll for tuna and mackerel in the hope of catching the evening’s dinner feast.

• Arrive at our skipper’s favourite site, Anderson Reef, and get the chance to spot sea turtles, anemone fish and even a cheeky shark or two. Spend the afternoon snorkelling the reef wonders or enjoying one of our many water toys. Try your hand at catching a coral trout by casting “Poppers” and an assortment of lures over the reef shallows.

• Enjoy sundowners as the sun disappears followed by a sumptuous dinner surrounded by the glistening stars and stillness of the open sea. A spot of night fishing is always on hand for those that wish to keep trying for the elusive catch.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Day 3 – Ribbons Reef

• Start your day with one last chance to discover Anderson Reef before breakfast and then cruising to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs. The Ribbon Reefs are one of the Reef’s longest reef chains spreading over 90 kilometres along the Great Barrier Reef’s outer edge. Here you will find untouched and rarely seen beauty – stunning reef walls where one can drift dive or snorkel along the abundant coral gardens which drop off into the blue abyss of the greater Pacific Ocean. By the end of the day MV Bahama would have reached Ribbon No.10 where the anchor will be dropped to enjoy your daily sundowners ritual before dinner and the option to once again partake in a spot night angling.

Day 4 – Ribbons Reef

• The outer edges of Ribbon Reef No.10 is a wellknown pit stop for many a Minke Whale migrating north through the months of June and July, a once in a lifetime experience. Start your day with a refreshing dip in the Coral Sea and then enjoy a sumptuous breakfast prepared by the chef.

• With Breakfast underway, we steam to the famous Cod Hole and spot the gigantic Potato Cod followed by a visit to the nearby Snake Pit where almost every snorkeller has encountered more than just one sea snake on each dip – be assured there is nothing to be frightened of with the sea snake!

• Then MV Bahama travels to the iconic Lizard Island to drop anchor in the afternoon. Take a kayak to shore and take a walk along the historic foreshore of Watson’s Bay and learn about Mary Watson’s great escape from the Island. Walk across the island and discover the Blue Lagoon and its pristine crystal clear waters and unique coral cay marine life.

• Spend your final night on-board discussing your favoured seafood dishes with the chef before retiring to the top deck for that last evening nightcap.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Day 5 – Cooks Look and Clam Gardens

• Wake early and be prepared for a hike to the summit of Cook’s Look that perches above Lizard Island and witness what Captain Cook experienced in 1770 as he devised the Endeavour’s navigation through the treacherous and intricate reef system.

• Such a trek will ensure a hearty appetite for breakfast back! Following breakfast, take the opportunity to snorkel Lizard Island’s Clam Garden one last time. Your MV Bahama voyage has come to an end; prepare to be transferred to the Island to check-in into the resort or fly onto your next destination.