Adventures In Scuba, Option 3 [CD1294B]

Summary

Adventures In Scuba, Option 3 [CD1294B] Adventures In Scuba, Option 3 [CD1294B] 17 Days / 15 Nights - Cairns, Live-Aboard Dive Expedition, Ayers Rock, Sydney

This itinerary departs from Vancouver on Friday evening. Next stay in Cairns for one night before you board the diving vessel the next morning (Monday). You will visit the Coral Sea and after disembarking from the dive vessel stay in Cairns for two more nights and then travel to Ayers Rock for two nights. Lastly you will travel to Sydney and stay for three nights. Your arrival day back into Vancouver will be on Monday morning.

The dive vessel departs Cairns 08:00am Monday morning and returns 07:00am the following Monday. You will be transferred to and from your accommodation.

Features

Adventures In Scuba, Option 3 [CD1294B]
  • Accommodation - Cairns (1 Night), Live-Aboard Dive Vessel (7 Nights), Cairns (2 Nights), Ayers Rock (2 Nights), Sydney (3 Nights)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Airport to Accommodation (return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation (return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (return)
  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation, Low level reef flight Lizard Island to Cairns. Opportunity for 24 to 27 dives, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meal. Visit the Coral Sea.
  • Day Tour - Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass; Sydney: Opera House Tour
  • International Flight - Vancouver to Cairns, Sydney to Vancouver
  • Australian Domestic Flight - Cairns to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Sydney
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • F.I.T (Free and Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an organised Group Tour)
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (VISA) is an additional US$15 per person
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

21st Sep 2012 (Day 1) - International Flight from Vancouver to Cairns, Australia (via Brisbane)
21st Sep 2012 (Day 1) - International Flight from Vancouver 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 Dive Expedition
24th Sep - 1st Oct (Days 3 to 10) - 7 Nights Liveaboard Dive Expedition 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 26 dives
Cabin with private bathroom and 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.

Days 2 & 3: These two days are spent diving at the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 & 10 Ribbon Reefs, 120 miles to the north of Cairns. You will dive at the Cod Hole, where you encounter a family of massive and very friendly Potato Cod. Other sites may include Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie, and the Snake Pit, just to name a few. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on Day 2. On Day 3 you will overnight at beautiful Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.

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 renowned 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: After overnight travel back to the Great Barrier Reef we arrive at Ribbon Reefs Number 3 where we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve's Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Opsrey to Bougainville Reef, known for its unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and its partially submerged wreck. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.

Day 8: 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.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Travel along a scenic coastal drive to Port Douglas to experience the wildlife, rainforest, rivers and beaches of the region.


Your informative and knowledgeable driver/guide will collect you from your accommodation and travel one of Australia's great scenic Highways before arriving at the Daintree River. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Walk on this world-renowned Cape Tribulation rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding your eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/ guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world's oldest rainforests.

Operates Daily:
Pickup appx 6:45am
Drop-off appx 6:00pm
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - White Water Rafting
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - White Water Rafting Discover a fun and exciting way to discover the pristine rainforest, with a half day of rafting on the Barron River!


Located just 20 minutes outside of Cairns, the half day raft is perfectly suited for the first time adventurer! No previous experience is necessary to raft these exhilarating grade 1 to 3 rapids through the majestic scenery of Barron Gorge National Park. You don't even need to know how to swim as you will be fitted with a helmet and lifejacket and have your experienced river guide at your side. Here you can feel the rush of rafting within the awesome wilderness of Australia's tropical rainforests with operations all year round, tropical water temperatures and breath-taking scenery and rapids. So take a ride through our planet's oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild. Take home the memories and be sure to smile as professional photographers take your pictures which are available for purchase at the end of the day! Last stop is at the cafe where you can take a break and have some drinks before returning to your accommodation.

Includes: Transfers to/from Cairns accommodations, 2 hours of rafting, equipment: life jacket, helmet, spray jacket and experienced river guide, light refreshments

Operation Days: Daily
Age Restrictions: 13 years or older
Estimated Times: Departs: 2:15pm Return: 5:00pm
Payable on Board: AUD$25.00 Environmental Levy

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Full Day Tully River (Grades 3-4)
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 - Cairns to Ayers Rock
3rd Oct (Day 12 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight - Cairns to Ayers Rock Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru).
3rd - 5th Oct (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
3rd - 5th Oct (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.
3rd & 4th Oct (Days 12 & 13) - Day Tour - Uluru Tour Pass
On your vacation explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia's Red Centre.
Day 1: Sit back and relax as you travel into the beautiful Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. You'll be amazed by the surrounds and incredible sight of Uluru in the distance.
Historic Overview
As you enjoy the view, your experienced Driver Guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. The Aboriginal people have lived in the area for 22,000 years, so there's plenty of history to cover.
Panoramic Views from Viewing Platform
Just 40 kilometres to the west of the iconic Uluru, we'll take in the sites of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. When you stop at a viewing platform that boasts the most spectacular views of Kata Tjuta, be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Walpa Gorge Walk
Walpa (meaning windy) Gorge is a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood. The Walpa Gorge Walk takes around one hour and here you'll have time to explore at your own pace and take many memorable photographs.
Wine and Nibbles
After the Walpa Gorge Walk, you'll head off to the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area. En route, you may see some dromedary camels casually strolling through the park. On arrival at the Sunset Viewing Area, you'll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles while you absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing Red Centre sunset.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Arguably Australia's most recognisable and fascinating icon, Uluru (Ayers Rock) stands 348 metres high, however, most of its mass is below ground level. You'll be overwhelmed by its monolithic size, presence and inherent spirituality.
Uluru Sunset
As the sun sets over the western horizon, you'll be witness to the majestic presence and many shades of colour for which Uluru is most famous. Be sure to have your Driver Guide take a photo of you with Uluru - although they say that the memory will stay with you forever!


Day 2: Today you'll rise early and travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku - the Uluru Sunrise Viewing area.
Morning Tea
You'll be served tea or coffee while you begin to absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings.
Sunrise over Uluru
You'll have an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity.
Uluru Base Tour
Once you've experienced the amazing sunrise over Uluru and enjoyed a relaxing morning tea, you'll head towards the base of Uluru. Your experienced Driver Guide will join you on a tour around the base of Uluru and give you details on its geology and incredible history. You'll be fascinated by the Aboriginal stories that go back many thousands of years.

Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk
The Mutitjulu Waterhole is a valuable source of water for the Aboriginal people in the area. Here you'll see wonderful Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru.

Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
The Anangu people are the traditional custodians of Uluru and you'll be introduced to their way of life. See a vast array of ceramics, paintings and woodwork that provide an insight into the unique and spiritual culture of the Anangu people.

Note: The tour may be closed without notice due to weather or cultural reasons.

Includes: Transfers to and from accommodation, National Park Entry Fee
5th Oct (Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight from Ayers Rock to Sydney
5th Oct (Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight from Ayers Rock to Sydney Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Sydney.
5th Oct (Day 14 cont) - Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Accommodation
5th Oct (Day 14 cont) - Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
5th - 8th Oct (Days 14 to 17) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney
5th - 8th Oct (Days 14 to 17) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 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
6th Oct (Day 15) - Day Tour - Opera House Tour
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) - Blue Mountains
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Blue Mountains 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
Insiders Tip: Opal Shopping
View the world famous black opal, the 'Aurora Australis', valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world's precious gem opal found in exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Ruby's.

Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:

18 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Bridge Climb
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Bridge Climb 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
8th Oct (Day 17) - Shuttle Transfer from Accommodation to Sydney Airport
8th Oct (Day 17) - Shuttle Transfer from Accommodation to Sydney Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
8th Oct (Day 17) - International Flight from Sydney to Vancouver
8th Oct (Day 17) - International Flight from Sydney to Vancouver Fly from Sydney to Vancouver, Canada.