Adventures In Scuba, Option 2 [CD1294A]

Summary

Adventures In Scuba, Option 2 [CD1294A] Adventures In Scuba, Option 2 [CD1294A] 14 Days/12 Nights

Great Barrier Reef, Liveaboard Diving Expedition & Sydney, Australia

Cairns, Liveaboard Diving Expedition, Sydney, Australia

This itinerary departs from Vancouver on Friday evening. Stay in Cairns for one night before you board the diving vessel the next morning (Monday). After disembarking from the dive vessel stay in Cairns for two more nights then travel to Sydney for 2 nights. Your arrival day back into Vancouver will be on Friday morning.

Australia's north eastern town of tropical Cairns is the gateway for two of the world's greatest diving icons, the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. It is also the base for the awesome Spirit of Freedom 120ft liveaboard dive boat.

The liveaboard dive vessel departs Cairns 12:00 noon Monday and returns 07:00 am the following Monday. You will be transferred to and from your accommodation.

Cairns the colourful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north is alive with life and charm. Experience the majesty of this underwater playground which is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and is known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day. With many unique attractions and activities such as a cruise to the reef or islands, a 4WD safari to the outback, trek into the rainforest or see it from the rainforest cableway above its green canopy on your way to or from Kuranda. These year round natural attractions are truly memorable and inspiring.

The oldest city in Australia, Sydney, is the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. It's blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. Bursting with character, Sydney is a vibrant city catering to all your desires whether you seek exhilaration and exploration or 100% relaxation.

Features

Adventures In Scuba, Option 2 [CD1294A]
  • Accommodation - Cairns (1 Night), Liveaboard Diving Vessel (7 Nights), Cairns (2 Night), Sydney (2 Nights)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (return)
  • Liveaboard Shuttle Transfers: Cairns: Accommodation to Liveaboard (Return)
  • Liveaboard Diving Expedition includes: Opportunity for 24 to 27 dives, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meal.
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House (1 Hour)
  • Optional Day Tours (Not Included) - Cairns: Cape Tribulation Safari; Sydney: Harbour Bridgeclimb, Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife
  • International Flight - Vancouver to Cairns (via Brisbane), Sydney to Vancouver
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Visa Issuance - Provides entry into Australia (USD$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel) - i.e. Not an Organized Group Tour
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included (Is an additional cost)

Detailed Itinerary

21st Sep 2012 (Day 1) - International Flight, Vancouver, Canada to Cairns, Australia (via Brisbane)
21st Sep 2012 (Day 1) - International Flight, Vancouver, Canada to Cairns, Australia (via Brisbane) Fly from Vancouver, Canada to Cairns Australia.
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
23rd Sep (Day 2)- Shuttle Transfer from Cairns Airport to the Accommodation
23rd Sep (Day 2)- Shuttle Transfer from Cairns Airport to the Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.
23rd - 24th Sep (Days 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire
Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.
24th Sep - 1st Oct (Days 3 to 10) - 7 Nights Liveaboard Diving Expedition of the Great Barrier Reef
24th Sep - 1st Oct (Days 3 to 10) - 7 Nights Liveaboard Diving Expedition of the Great Barrier Reef For Live-Aboard diving enthusiasts this live aboard dive trip represents the ultimate dive vacation. Dives include Osprey Reef, on the Coral Sea with other sites such as Cod Hole, Dynamite Pass, North Horn, Bougainville Reef, Steve's Bommie, Temple of Doom and Flare Point. With Gourmet Meals and the Outstanding Level of Service you will feel like you are aboard your own private yacht.
Departing: Cairns 12:00 noon Monday
Returning: Cairns 07:00 am Monday

Trip Includes :
Transfers to/from Cairns city accommodation
Opportunity for up to 27 dives
En-suite cabin with daily service
Chef prepared meals
Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
Time ashore at Lizard Island

Not-included (payable on board): Fuel & Marine Park Levies

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Board Spirit of Freedom at 11:15am at Trinity Wharf (complimentary transfers from Cairns city hotels are available) for a 12 noon departure. Lunch will be served on board while we cruise to the Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive.

Day 2: Today we may dive the amazing Steve’s Bommie, Clam gardens, Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall and other sites on middle Ribbon Reefs.

Day 3: This morning we will dive theCod Hole. This is a popular dive site famous for it’s resident family of large Potato Cod, (Groper). We may also dive Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Challenger Bay, and Pixie Wall. This evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay on Lizard Island.

Day 4: This morning some of our guests will depart at Lizard Island and some new guests will join us. There will be time for a morning walk on the island. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites such as the Cod Hole, Pixie Pinnacle and Challenger Bay before departing in the evening for the Coral Sea.

Days 5&6: Osprey Reef. Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with average visibility in excess of 100 feet. Two days can be spent diving at Osprey Reef, including North Horn, well known for its shark action. You can expect to see grey whalers, silvertips, reef sharks, occasional hammerheads, schooling barracuda, trevally, and other pelagics. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from thousands of feet below.

Day 7:
Option 1: Still in the Coral Sea, weather depending we will dive Bougainville Reef.
Option 2: Today we return to the Ribbon Reefs # 3 to 5 to dive sites such as the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns

Arrive Cairns approximately 06:30am. Breakfast will be served on board and hotel transfer will be arranged for approx 07:30am.

Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary, the Coral Sea and specific sites on the Great Barrier Reef are not guaranteed. Cabin types available: Quad, Double/Twin, Ocean View Standard, Ocean View Deluxe & Stateroom.
1st - 3rd Oct (Days 10 to 12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire
Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.
Insiders Tip: Visit The Esplanade
Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!
With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don't forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don't miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground "Muddy" with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!

If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you're there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am - 4pm.

Lagoon Hours:
All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cape Tribulation Safari
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cape Tribulation Safari Travel along a scenic coastal drive to Port Douglas to experience the wildlife, rainforest, rivers and beaches of the region.


Enjoy one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives via the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. Join a guided tour and see the endangered cassowary, handfeed free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies, and view the many free-flying parrots, cockatoos, and other native birds at the award-winning Wildlife Habitat (morning tea included). At the Daintree River Cruise Centre, cross the Daintree River on cable-driven ferry into Daintree National Park, a
spectacular wilderness region. Spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife as you journey through the mangroves. Arrive at the other side of the Daintree River and travel along the rainforest fringed Cape Tribulation Road though the Daintree National Park. Stop at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views. Stop at Floravilla Art Gallery & Ice Cream Factory for a picnic lunch. At Dubuji Boardwalk enjoy a guided rainforest walk and visit Myall Beach before your return journey back to Cairns.

Includes: Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Daintree Cruise, Cape Tribulation, Picnic Lunch, Guided Walks, morning and afternoon tea
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:30am Return: 5:30pm
Operation Days: Daily
3rd Oct (Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer from the Accommodation to Cairns Airport
3rd Oct (Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer from the Accommodation to Cairns Airport Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight from Cairns to Sydney
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight from Cairns to Sydney Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to the Accommodation
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to the Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
3rd - 5th Oct (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney
3rd - 5th Oct (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Embrace Sydney's best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property - Fees Apply
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)
On your vacation participate in an inspiring tour of the opera house in Sydney, Australia.


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity.

Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Adventure (3 Hours)
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Adventure (3 Hours) On your vacation climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney.


Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately two hours you, along with 11 other eager climbers and a climb guide, weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all - the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbour city surrounds. It is at this point that you not only have a bird's eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilaration of the truly rewarding experience of reaching the top to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you'll remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the Harbour spread before you. All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Photo Credit: Bridgeclimb Sydney
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife Day Tour
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife Day Tour On your vacation, discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, located outside of Sydney, Australia.
Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and see native wildlife. Stretching for over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, truly one of Australia's natural one wonders.

Your first stop is at Echo Point where you can view the famous Three Sisters rock formation and hear the ancient Aboriginal legends of this impressive rock formation.

Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and expreience Aboriginal song, dance, didgeridoo and culture.

Next, arrive at Scenic World where you will have free time to join the optional rides or grab some morning tea and enjoy the amazing views (own expense).

Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura and enjoy a delicious two course cafe style lunch at the Loaves and Dishes.

Next, experience an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park and have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins. Full Day Tour.

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 5:45 PM.

Upgrade to small group touring available - please inquire
5th Oct (Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer from the Accommodation to Sydney Airport
5th Oct (Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer from the Accommodation to Sydney Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
5th Oct (Day 14) - International Flight, Sydney to Vancouver, Canada
5th Oct (Day 14) - International Flight, Sydney to Vancouver, Canada Fly from Sydney to Vancouver, Canada.
Your flight home will give you the opportunity to reflect on your Australian vacation. Please tell your friends if you have enjoyed the experience and direct them to "ABOUT AUSTRALIA " for information via our website at www.aboutaustralia.com