Coral Discoverer will be locally deployed for the first time and will focus on the marine life, cultural and natural heritage of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. ‘Our new seven-night expeditions, Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef, focus on the lesser seen outer reefs and islands of the northern region,’ says Jeff Gillies, commercial director. As the company moves to an all-new blue-water expedition fleet by 2021, new destinations include the Daintree Rainforest, Hope Island and remote Osprey Reef – an isolated sea mount rising 2000m above the seabed within the outer limits of the Coral Sea Marine Park.
Highlights on the expeditions include educational and nature walks at Cooktown, to the summit of Lizard Island and in the Daintree Rainforest; connecting with indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown; swimming, snorkelling and diving the Great Barrier Reef; visiting a turtle rehabilitation centre and participating in efforts to conserve the Great Barrier Reef. Cruises on the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer are inclusive of excursions, food and wine. The shallow draft vessel can access remote locations and cruises with a zodiac and Xplorer tender as well as a glass bottom boat. www.coralexpeditions.com