If you’re going Down Under, take a peek at the Great Barrier Reef

Fish swim through coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Fish swim through coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
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One of the world’s great natural wonders can be visited on Coral Expeditions cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, Earth’s longest coral reef off the northeastern coast of Australia.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmark, which is so big it’s visible from space, is 1,250 miles long and composed of more than 3,000 reefs, coral cays and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands in the Coral Sea.

The four-day cruise sails from the Coral Expeditions’ home port in Cairns, Australia.

The itinerary includes a full day at two sections of Ribbon Reefs, considered among the most colorful and pristine reefs found along the length of the longer reef.


The ship also visits fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles.

Voyages are limited to a maximum of 44 passengers. Three-day and weeklong cruises are also available.

Dates: Cruises depart Cairns weekly on Mondays; three-day cruises depart on Fridays.

Price: The four-night Great Barrier Reef voyage starts at $1,656 per person, double occupancy. Included are accommodations, meals, select beverages and daily guided activities, including snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours.

International airfare from LAX to and from Cairns Airport is not included.

Info: Coral Expeditions, 011-61-7-4040-9999


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