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3 Incredible Experiences on the Great Barrier Reef

BLOG | Discover the unparalleled allure of the Great Barrier Reef in our latest travel article, showcasing a trio of curated experiences that transcend the ordinary and celebrate one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Boat anchored on blue water out the front of Lizard Island’s accommodation option The Pavilion

Whether you yearn for the seclusion of a private island sanctuary or prefer the exhilaration of exploring the water ways of the outer reaches of the reef aboard a luxury vessel, there’s an experience tailored to elevate your journey. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising world beneath the surface through diving or snorkelling adventures or gain a new perspective with guided boating excursions and aerial tours.

Island Hopping on Aroona

Aroona Luxury Yachts Island Hoping

Venturing out from its mooring at Half Moon Bay Marina in Cairns, Aroona becomes your gateway to the magnificent marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef. Sail through secluded sandy isles, explore coral rockpools teeming with colourful fish and enjoy a a variety of activities such as fishing, diving, and kitesurfing, or participate in citizen science projects. Explore Rain Island, home to the largest green turtle rookery in the world and learn about reef conservation efforts alongside some of the most esteemed scientists in the region. The yacht offers an array of pre-designed and custom itineraries, including seasonal expeditions, catering to both leisurely day trips and extensive explorations of the Northern Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, and even remote locations like Cape York.

Designed as a boutique-style luxury vessel whose size means it can gain access to areas other vessels cannot, Aroona stands out as an exceptional ship for those seeking a blend of luxury and adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. Crewed by what is arguably some of the best in the region, Aroona is a preferred charter of none other than Sir David Attenborough on his expeditions to explore the world-famous reef.

Constructed in 2010, this 22-meter yacht offers plush accommodation for up to nine overnight guests in three twin-share staterooms, each with an ensuite for privacy and comfort. With a crew of five, Aroona ensures a bespoke service, whether you’re lounging on the spacious Flybridge deck with 360-degree ocean vistas or enjoying the culinary delights of a private chef. The yacht is equipped with modern technology, including Wi-Fi, ensuring connectivity even amidst the tranquillity of the sea far from the mainland.

Lizard Island

Exterior of The House at Lizard Island, showing surrounding bush vegetation, white sand beach and crystal-clear ocean

The House at Lizard Island, an impressive world-class reef house positioned on a secluded peninsula of the island surrounded by the natural wonders of the outer Great Barrier Reef, epitomises barefoot luxury. This private retreat, featuring The House and The Cottage, offers a connection with nature through its award-winning design that seamlessly embraces the bush terrain of the island and expansive views of reef from every angle. The tailored experience includes a private chef, sommelier, and host, ensuring that each guest’s stay is unforgettable.  

From this private sanctuary, guests can delve into a variety of bespoke activities. Start your day with a snorkelling excursion to witness the vibrant marine life, then transition to a sunset cruise aboard the yacht Pisces, and finally take in the incredible night sky filled with thousands of sparkling  stars from the rooftop of this secluded paradise. For those wanting further adventure, embark on a private charter flight, offering a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking reef, enhancing the exclusivity of your adventure before landing on a private sand cay for a picnic lunch made of fresh local produce. Whether it’s through paddleboarding, fishing for the elusive Black Marlin, or participating in a private yoga session, every aspect of your stay is curated to provide an intimate and luxurious connection with the world’s largest reef ecosystem.  

From Reef to Rainforests

Aerial view of the Daintree River in Tropical North Queensland

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to two UNESCO World Heritage-Listed sites in this bucket list day trip from the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest. Take in the aquatic marvel of the reef from the air as you fly over sprawling coral reefs and tropical islands in a picturesque private charter before landing on a sand cay for a gourmet picnic lunch. Leave the world behind as you relax in the shallows, enjoy the white squeaky sand between your toes or snorkel the coral reef waters surrounding this tropical paradise.

Continue your journey to the incredible Daintree Rainforest, a pocket of pristine habitat in Far North Queensland. Emerald canopies, tranquil riverbeds and incredible wildlife can be found in this lush rainforest habitat that has been growing for more than 180 million years. Explore where the rainforest meets the sea on foot or via a river cruise to spot wildlife and learn about the complex ecosystem and its traditional custodian, the Kuku Yalanji. Finish your day with a trip to Botanical Ark, a modern-day Garden of Eden of ethnobotanical (edible) plants owned and operated by conservationist Alan and Susan Carle. Dedicated to unlocking the nutritional secrets of the world’s rainforests, Botanical Ark is a haven of more than 2,000 plant species ready for you to explore on a journey of taste, touch and smell.

Whether you are seeking a solitary adventure on your own tropical haven or hear the call of adventure tempting you to set sail, these unique experiences on the Great Barrier Reef will unlock the best-kept secrets of the region and change the way you view this natural wonder. Try one, two, or all three in your next itinerary with The Tailor and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

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