CAIRNS NORTHBOUND TO LIZARD ISLAND Sample Itinerary
Cairns is a thriving North Queensland city geared to Tourism. Here you have the gateway to the reaches of the Northern Great Barrier Reef and instant access to the ever present Rain Forest. The only place on Earth where two world heritage sites meet in perfect harmony.
This beautiful bustling sea side boutique city boasts numerous bars and restaurants with the glorious Northern beaches just a short drive away.
Enjoy Northern Queensland’s legendary hospitality in this vibrant young city.
Upon arrival you will be met by Captain Martin and introduced to your crew for the next few days. Time to unwind with a cocktail and canapés. At your leisure you will be briefed on safety and fully familiarized with Spirit, her facilities and toys, we hope you will treat Spirt as your home away from home for your time on board. The rest of the day you will be free to use Spirits water sports equipment if you wish or perhaps just relax with a cocktail served by your Chief Stewardess Caitlin, a chance to take in the glorious tropical surroundings and look for the breaching humpback whales. The crew will be on hand to make sure you enjoy all that we have to offer.
Anchorage for that evening will be taken at Fitzroy Island, Dinner will be prepared by Chef Joanna and served on board at your leisure.
Today will see Spirit underway before sunrise, we will travel North some 55 nautical miles to anchor behind Rachel Carson Reef. named after the famed Marine Biologist.Rachel Carson has one of the most pristine reefs that the area has to offer. Snorkel to your hearts content enjoying these calm tranquil waters. For the divers amongst you a short tender ride away from the yacht you will be immersed in the calm colourful underwater world. For the non-certified we can offer instructor assisted dives and snorkelling is always available, from June to September you have the unique opportunity to snorkel with the incredibly inquisitive and gentle Minke Whales prevalent in these food enriched waters. In the afternoon perhaps try your hand at fishing or SUP. Breakfast will be served underway with Lunch and Dinner at your convenience whilst at anchor. During the evening Spirit will depart the anchorage and cruise North to Lizard Island arriving with the sunrise.
Lizard Island is located 150 nautical miles north of Cairns, and approximately 60 miles north east of Cook Town. Without doubt on board MY SPIRIT you are visiting one of the unspoilt gems that make the Northern Great Barrier Reef so special and unique. In 1770 Captain James Cook anchored in Watson’s bay and climbed to the highest peak on the Island to try and find a way out from the beautiful yet treacherous reef complex. From there (the now aptly named Cooks Lookout,)he was able to see clearly the numerous passages that would enable him to navigate the Endeavour to the open ocean…..
On Lizard Island Goannas/Monitor Lizards are found everywhere…it didn’t take the Captain long to come up with the name for this tropical paradise..
Lizard Island is a National park covering around a 1000 hectares, it has its own airstrip, over 20 beaches with powdery white sand, fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities and ideally located to explore the Northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to an amazing array of birdlife and a fish sanctuary. It also boasts a world class kiteboarding destination in the Blue lagoon.
Today we will be anchored in the calm tranquil waters of Watsons Bay. After a leisurely breakfast you will be able to fully explore the island and its beaches, the blue lagoon and the pristine surrounding reefs. Today will be a great day for Paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Or perhaps head off in our Game Fishing boat to try your hand at catching us dinner! In the evening sit back with a cocktail and relax in one of the many areas Spirit has to offer, enjoy the sunset as itmakes its way beneath the horizon. Once nightfall is upon us watch the incredible marine life come to visit and feed in our under water lights..
Lunch and Dinner will be artfully prepared by Chef Joanna and served at your convenience perhaps Dinner experienced at water level with the ever present Lemon Sharks, Giant Trevally,s and Reef Sharks just below.
Will see us head out from Lizard Island with the sunrise to the pristine Ribbon Reefs. This morning will see us anchored off Ribbon reef number Nine, home to a resident pod of Spinner Dolphins and the ever curious Minke Whales.Today everyone will have a chance to catch dinner from the back of My Spirit, these waters teem with Coral Trout, Nanagai and Job fish to name but a few. For the divers and snorkelers you have one of the lushest areas on the reef literally meters away.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as always served with flare by your on board chef Jo and at your pleasure.
After a leisurely breakfast on board MY Spirit and perhaps a final snorkel, kayak or paddleboard you will be escorted to the airstrip to start your return journey. We sincerely hope you will carry away fond memories of your trip to Far North Queensland, the home of the Great Barrier Reef and MY Spirit.
There will always be a qualified crew member to guide and instruct you in the use of Spirits water sports equipment. In the interest of safety all water sports will be supervised.
The following equipment is readily available.
- Inflatable/Towable toys
- Selection of wet suits, dive skins and rash protection
- Kite boarding equipment for qualified kite boarders can be rented ashore
- Scuba Diving is available for certified divers with insurance in place
- Instructor accompanied Scuba diving is available for non-certified divers
- Kite Boarding is available for IKO certified kiters
- Kite Boarding lessons are available but need to be booked in advance
- Scuba Diving
- Wake Boarding
- Water Skiing
We have a selection of wet suits, Dive Skins and rash protection on board however we suggest if you have your own then bring it along as you will be far more comfortable.