Minke Whale Sojourn July 2020

Monday 6th to Wednesday 15th July

 7 nights on the Great Barrier Reef

and 2 nights in Cairns!

MUST DO TRIP!

Our 2nd trip of the Minke season 2020.

Join us during the migration of the Dwarf Minke Whales. Only discovered in the 1980s, they are the only whale known to initiate human interactions.

They are incredibly curious and in water encounters can last for hours. When we are not swimming alongside these amazing creatures we dive the beautiful outer reefs.

This includes world famous dive sites such as Steve's Bommie and Lighthouse Bommie.

Our extended dive trip has been organised especially for our group and is not to be missed!

We commence our trip on Monday in Cairns with our first days exploring the easy dives at such sites as Troppos, Caves and Playground before venturing up the stunning Ribbon Reefs. We have amazing dives scheduled plus in water sessions with the Dwarf Minke Whales.

We have up to 26 dives, including 7 night dives with the option to upgrade to an amazing fluoro diving experience too. The included 'Sharks in the Dark' are an added bonus!

Joining this group trip includes: all meals on board, ensuite cabins, Dwarf Minke Whale presentations, shuttles, t-shirt, taxes, games/competitions and accommodation before and after the boat.

This trip has our own Trip Leader meeting you in Cairns and travelling on the boat, taking care of all the logistics for you!

Dates: Monday 6th to Wednesday 15th July
Dives available: 26 including 7 night
Cost twin share: $3199 AUD per diver, $2949 per snorkeler

Itinerary

Mon 6th

  • Arrive into Cairns airport during morning

  • Transfer to Cairns resort

  • Afternoon visit to Aquarium

Tue 7th

  • Transfer to liveaboard at Cairns wharf

  • Relaxing trip to outer reefs

  • 1 afternoon and 1 night dive

Wed 8th, Thur 9th, Fri 10th

  • Wake up on the reef - start 'dive, eat, sleep repeat' routine

  • Diving on Norman/Saxon/Hastings Reefs

  • Each day 4 dives including 1 night dive

  • Overnight motoring to the Ribbon Reefs on Friday

Sat 11th, Sun 12th, Mon 13th

  • Diving on and around the amazing Ribbon Reefs

  • Varying dive sites to explore

  • Stopping for Minke interaction where possible

  • Each day up to 4 dives including 1 night dive

  • What an amazing week of diving!

​Tue 14th

  • Arrive Cairns early morning on the liveaboard

  • Breakfast on board before disembarking

  • Spend day relaxing or exploring Cairns

  • Accommodation in Cairns

  • Final night farewell dinner - included

Wed 15th

  • Breakfast at resort restaurant

  • Transfer to Cairns airport

  • Great memories and fond farewells till next time!

Inclusions
  • Transfers in Cairns

  • Dive boat trip

  • Minke Whale presentations

  • Night dive torches

  • All meals on boat

  • Twin share cabin with ensuite (beds not bunks)

  • Twin share at resort with breakfast - 2 nights

  • Reef taxes (EMC)

  • Trip t-shirt

  • Photography competition

  • Games

  • Trip Lead​er

  • Gift Pack

  • Group dinner - final night (voucher)

  • Tanks and weights

  • 'Sharks in the Dark'

Optional Extras
  • dive gear, or bring your own

  • Nitrox fills

  • Nitrox course

  • Fluoro night dive

  • PADI Advanced Course

  • Dive guides

​​Upgrades

  • Sole occupancy resort rooms

  • Tour package - extra nights land-based with local tours and transfers

PLEASE NOTE: 

your airfares, home town transfers and travel insurance are not included.

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