The GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia is the world's largest coral reef system and biggest single structure made by living organisms, which can be seen from outer-space. It supports a wide diversity of life and in recognition of its significance, UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981.
A location of stunning contrast where the luscious tropical rainforest, and coast lines of scattered coconuts and bright blue ocean meet meets the crystal clear glistening waters of the reef, the ultimate luxury experience is offered to you by motor charter yacht Spirit to explore the magnificence this region has to offer. Abundant in natural beauty, activities to suit any holiday maker, delectable fresh, high quality produce, convenience of location, bustling boutique towns and fine dining experiences along the coastline, this is the perfect holiday destination.
Being based in the cosmopolitan city of Cairns, just south of the quaint and stylish town of Port Douglas means that on board Spirit we have unlimited access to all of this and more. Port Douglas is an incredibly diverse and activity-packed playground that we are passionate about sharing with our guests.
On board luxury charter adventure yacht Spirit we can take you to visit this wonder of the world in splendour and style, catered to by an attentive, knowledgeable and passionate crew, you will be in safe and capable hands.
If you are seeking some down-time you may like to escape to an anchorage where there is no sign of civilisation, soak up some sun and take a relaxed paddle on a SUP enjoying the serenity of the waves lapping against your board as you paddle over the luminous blue reef spotting sea turtles and other inquisitive locals. If you prefer sitting, take our kayaks out. Don’t forget to pack your snorkel incase you feel like a dip in the blissfully warm water andto peacefully observe the coral and schools of brightly coloured fish in this underwater wonderland. Back on board the yacht, enjoy a seductively still evening star-gazing the vast and bright starlight horizons from the comfort of the top deck.
After some time out, you may feel more energised and ready for action. Time for a trip out in the tender boat. This is our backyard, we will take you to the best local’s secret spots the Reef has to offer for guided scuba diving, island hopping or quality fishing.
If we are graced with some wind you may be an opportunist and take advantage of our kite boarding gear, and on-board instructor. If we are blessed with glassy waters, nothing better than picking up some speed and skimming behind the tender, whether it’s on water ski’s, a wakeboard or tubing!
Maybe you would like some solid ground and a chance to stretch your legs, then we can deliver you to a nearby island, armed with a pack of goodies, map with clear directions for hiking island trails and a radio to contact us at any time.
Captain Martin will be in direct contact with you to tailor an itinerary to your interests and personalise the tours around your needs and wants. Some of our popular tour destinations include Lizard Island, Cairns, Port Douglas and Whitsundays, including the world renowned Whitehaven Beach.
DIVING & SNORKELLING
Comprised of over 2,900 individual reefs, ranging in shapes from flat platform reefs to elongated ribbon reefs and 900 islands and coral cays, It stretches for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) and is a gathering of brilliant, vivid marine creatures, providing diver’s with the most spectacular underwater experience.
A breath-taking array of over 6000 different species of marine life including fish, sharks, rays, sea turtles, whales, dolphins. and giant clams over 120 years old thrive in this unique environment.
Take advantage of our local knowledge with a private tour of the underwater paradise. On board our luxury yacht Spirit, we can take you scuba diving in safety with our on-board diving instructor. Why not take your diving skills to the next level, becoming an Advanced or Rescue Diver on one of our trips? For those of you who do not wish to dive, the snorkelling is second to none, or enjoy other adventure activities we have to offer.
Hosting more than 1,500 fish species which represent around 10% known species of fish in the world, including Giant Trevally, Black Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and several species of Snapper and Coral Trout while entertaining all of our senses with Australia’s most scenic views, the Great Barrier Reef is a haven for avid fishers from around the globe.
We can organize day or week long fishing excursions through the Great Barrier Reef. We offer trolling, popping (top fishing), bottom fishing, spear fishing and game fishing. We offer all of these with the best equipment available and the most knowledgeable of guides. We have a custom built game fishing tender boat ready for you to use.
If you prefer to stay on board the sturdy Spirit Yacht, we will lower the hydraulic swimming platform of main deck, to sea level which creates a magnificent teak beach, ideal for comfortably fishing from the ‘comfort of your home’ with all amenities at hand.
Why not try your luck at Game fishing? From the novice to experienced angler, take advantage of this opportunity and hone your skills in this amazing, diverse, bountiful region.
Chef Jo will gracefully infuse your ‘catch of the day’ into her delectable menu for all to enjoy. Fresh as can be from pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef!
FOOD AND WINE
Set in a verdant corridor between rainforest and reef, Far North Queensland is full of abundant produce, from hand-pollinated vanilla beans to exotic tropical fruits and prized seafood.
On board Spirit, Chef Jo will passionately cater to your desired tastes, preferences and dietary requirements and wherever possible support local businesses and utilize local seasonal produce. Jo enjoys taking the opportunity to showcase native meats, spices and fruits while offering a taste of Australian outback infusion.
Unless otherwise requested we enjoy pairing your meal with carefully selected Australian wines.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
With mild to warm water and air temperatures, the Great Barrier Reef region has something to offer all year round, however there are certain times of year which draw some special attractions:
Minke Whales - grace us with their presence between May to September each year, though July to July is the peak of the season. The playful Minke Whales form the only known predictable aggregation in the world in the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland is the only place in the world where humans can interact with them.
Humpback Whales –June to September each year, Humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters of Cairns along the east coast of Australia. Each year these Humpbacks leave the frozen climates of the southern oceans and are in transit 8,000 km each year to get all the way from the Antarctica to the warmer waters of tropical Far North Queensland to either find a mate or to give birth to their calves in the safety of the waters of the GBR.
Black Marlin Game Fishing Season –this occurs between September and December and draws professional and amateur game fishers annually. This is the best place in the world to catch Marlin weighing in over 1000 pounds.
Kite Boarding – from May to November the South East Trade winds produce perfect conditions for kiting the reef.
Sports Attractions – Marathons, Triathlons and Iron Man events are held regularly, year round. Cairns will be hosting the Basketball event for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2018. See all events happening around the Reef HERE
Important note - although November to May is considered “stinger” (jellyfish) season in tropical Australian waters, these are predominantly only a problem along the coastal beaches and river mouths and do not usually affect the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. However, as a precaution and to ensure you enjoy your day in the water, we provide you with lycra body suits. As well as protecting you from stingers they offer great sun protection as the UV is also much higher this time of year.However, if you have any concerns around this please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and clarification.
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