Monday 23 August 2010

Coral Princess Cruises' Reef and Rainforest Package Combines Top Tropical Experiences

Thala Beach Lodge
Coral Princess Cruises, Orpheus Island Resort and Thala Beach Lodge have put together three of the top tropical experiences in Australia in a reef and rainforest package that includes exploring remote coral cays and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef on a Coral Princess cruise; an indulgent resort stay on Orpheus Island; and relaxing amid World Heritage rainforest at Thala Beach Lodge.

Coral Princess Cruises – the family-owned and eco-accredited business that pioneered small ship cruising on the Barrier Reef – operates three-night voyages between Cairns and Townsville that reach remote islands and reefs that are normally inaccessible to tourists.

Aboard the purpose-built, 50-passenger Coral Princess, a marine biologist unravels the fascinating complexity of the coral reef ecosystem during daily snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions. Guests can venture ashore on deserted coral cays and at historic sites and there is even a BBQ on Coral Princess’s own private island – Pelorus Island – with no-one in sight but fellow passengers.

Coral Princess Cruises
The cruise shows off some of the world’s best snorkelling, swimming and coral viewing sites, such as Thetford and Sudbury Reefs; visits Dunk Island and cruises the Hinchinbrook Channel. The package includes a complimentary introductory SCUBA diving experience, while experienced divers can make daily dives from the ship or from shore.
The cruise can be combined with stays at Orpheus Island and Thala Beach Lodge.

A three-night stay on Orpheus Island begins with a scenic flight transfer over the reef from Townsville. The focus at Orpheus’s resort is on the island’s spectacular natural beauty, the secluded beaches – and on pampering guests with fine food and luxurious relaxation. The package offers unlimited use of the resort’s facilities, including motorised dinghies, catamarans, snorkelling equipment, fishing gear, gymnasium, tennis court and selected interpretive activities.

Thala Lodge’s deluxe bungalows are nestled in the rainforest canopy atop a headland that affords spectacular views over the rainforest, untouched coastline and ocean. Rainforest denizens including possums, sugar gliders, butterflies and myriad bird species can be readily seen from the lodge’s verandahs and on guided nature walks. The package includes a two-night stay, evening presentations by local specialists and star gazing from the lodge’s specially designed observatory.

The seven-night package is available year-round. The package costs from $5259 per person, twin share and includes accommodation, all meals, transfers and selected activities.

For further information contact Coral Princess Cruises on 1800 079 545 or visit

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