Private Charter Boats and the World Renowned Great Barrier Reef Sights and Destinations

Cairns and Port Douglas are the gateways for two of the world's greatest snorkelling and diving icons, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is a broad chain of 2,900 individual reefs and is the Earth's largest living structure built by organisms, being clearly visible from space as commented on by astronauts; but you don't need to go all the way to outer space when you can get the real deal right here in Cairns and North Queensland on a choice of local private charter boats.

How exciting and adventurous to be out on a private charter boat with your own skipper navigating the waters and who else better to be in charge of the responsible things on a boat than a hired skipper! Experience the beauty of unspoilt coral reefs at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef; the glorious private boat charter destinations are endless; Here are a few favourites that your private charter boat may take you depending on how many hours or days you charter the boat for:

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The Osprey Reef

Depth: 2-20 Meters

Claim to Fame:Famous for being used as a shark feeding site for over 15 years and goes as deep as 1000 meters in depth. Natural underwater amphitheatre allows divers to sit 20m deep to watch the shark feeding frenzy above you.

You Will See:Species such as whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertips, dogthooth tuna, giant potato cod, seasonal schooling scalloped hammerheads,pelagic octopus, pleurobranch, nautilus, crabs and shrimps. The corals even include deep water trees that are exclusive to the Osprey Reef and they are gob smacking.

Lizard Island

Depth: 1-25+

Claim to Fame: The picturesque world renowned Lizard Island is located 120 km north of Port Douglas Queensland Australia with a travel time of approxamately 6-10 hours by boat. Or if you prefer you can fly to Lizard Island and meet your private charter boat on your arrival. Lizard Island is positioned to enjoy both the inner and outer reef areas. It is surrounded by 23 secluded beaches and numerous bays and lagoons. There are marked walks for guests to explore the island and Historic Watsons Bay. The Lizard Island Resort also provides luxury five star accommodation and restaurants for guests not wishing to stay onboard the private charter boat overnight.

You will see: The reefs surrounding Lizard Island offer an incredibly large variety of all types of tropical fish and corals. The star attraction and dominant fish to see in this area is the giant potato cod. Divers travel from all over the world to come and see these big guys and interact with them.

Tongue Reef

Depth:1-15 meters

Claim to Fame: The highlight to this part of the reef is Turtle Bay, where you will be sure to see MANY turtles.

You Will See: Turtles, massive moari wrasse, many species of sea cucumbers, giant clams, hard and soft corals, hovering trout, sweetlip and the occasional barramundi cod.

Upolu Reef and Sand Cay

Depth:1-10 metres

Claim to Fame:This site is great for everyone ranging from beginners to advanced; the Upolu Reef not only has a small sandy coral cay resembling the shape of the Mediterranean Sea. Instructors will tell divers to "Sail in through the Straits of Gibraltar, then dive and snorkel the Suez Canal and the depths of Dakar or drift the Casablanca Coast." The Upolu sandy coral cay on a low tide allows for time to relax off the boat and soak up some sun on the pure white sands that have been made by the Parrotfish knawing on coral and then excreting it back into the ocean. Isn't Mother Nature wonderful? Are you glad we told you that? This site is great for introductory diving and snorkeling as it is very shallow.

You Will See: A very wide variety of clams. The larger giant ones are brown, green, blue and turquoise, green and blue for smaller ones. Many of the corals in this area resemble "brains" therefore being nammed brain coral. This area is also home to many blue spotted rays that enjoy resting on the ocean floor amongst the sea cucumbers.

Agincourt Ribbon Reef

Depth: 0-24 meters

Claim to Fame: The numerous different dive sites, most popular being Point Break, Three Sisters, Horseshoe Reef, The Wreck, where you can still find pieces of the Taiwanese Wreck at the Fishbowl. Amongst the pristine Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, be sure not to miss the Nursery Bommie, also featured in the Disney hit "Finding Nemo". It goes as far as 22 meters and there are baby fish galore. An even bigger claim to fame for Agincourt Ribbon Reefs is the whaling season May to September when the Dwarfe Minkes and Giant Humpbacks make their way to Agincourt Ribbon Reefs to calve in amongst the dense corals safe from marauding sharks looking for an easy target. The whales then stay here for a few weeks while the calves grow stronger and then start heading south again for the southern oceans summer when the krill is at its peak in the Antartica with the melting snow

You Will See: Giant clams, Maori wrasse, karge fish, turtles, fairy basslets, yellow striped barracuda, green eels, groups of fairy basslets, garden eels, yellow-striped barracuda, lionfish, drummer, unicornfish, clownfish and MANY large fish and turtles. Stagborn and boulder corals are plenty the area too.

Snapper Island

Depth:The island itself rises 102m above sea level.

Claim To Fame:The island is part of the traditional sea country of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, who continue to hunt and fish around the island. The watercourse stonework of what is believed to be an early Chinese market garden is still visible on the island today. The island has many tourist activities from camping, beach and rainforest walks, wildlife watching, scenic lookouts and ocean views, and sightseeing along with and amazing array of bird species that inhabit the island and its surrounding waters, fishing (subject to marine park and fisheries restrictions, snorkeling and diving.

You Will See: Many Seabird species, particularily the pied imperial-pigeons.

Some say a private charter boat on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a luxury they cannot afford but if you arrange a few friends to get together it can work out to be not only affordable but one of the most memorable experiences in your lifetime.

Private Charter Boats on Australia's Great Barrier Reef come in all sizes from the smaller 45 foot motor vessel to the larger white boats that are hundreds of feet long and have all the luxurious toys like jet ski's, speed boats for water skiing and bumper tubes for the kids. Some even have helicopters and your own personal chefs onboard. Private charter boat hire from Cairns and Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef can be used soley for a luxurious day or a few overnight charters for snorkelling and diving. If you are a keen fisherman or woman then a private game boat charter may be what you need to find those elusive fighting fish that Cairns is famous for. The days fishing can be on a smaller purpose built fishing vessel and then your nights spent luxuriously on a Mother Ship

A private charter sail boat is a romantic easy going way to experience the reef at an unhurried pace. You can just sit back and really appreciate the scenery with the wind in your hair or if you are feeling energetic jump in and help the crew set the mainsail and learn how to watch the tell tales and plot a course to your next reef destination.

Boats from Cairns and Port Douglas can also be privately hired for conference and incentive groups as well as special occassions such as a wedding and can be a combination of snorkelling, diving, visiting tropical islands or casting a line to catch some fish

Private Charter Boats can be small enough for four passengers overnight or up to 400 passengers for a day trip, catering is personally arranged along with other special requests guests may have for their private charter Great Barrier Reef adventure.

To arrange your private charter boat for your next holiday on Australia's Great Barrier Reef from Cairns or Port Douglas contact info@cairnsholidayspecialists.com.au or phone 07 4059 5959

Private Sunset Cruise Port Douglas | Stunning Colours As The Sun Sets Over The Daintree Rainforest Range

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SV-INO Port Douglas Sunset & Afternoon Charter Options
  • Departs From: The Reef Marina, Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    Sunset Cruise: 2 hours (approx)

    Afternoon Charter: 6.5 hours (approx)

Available for half day tours, full day tours or a romantic sunset afternoon boat charter. This lovely little catamaran is the perfect private charter boat available from the Port Douglas marina for weddings, corporate get togethers, a fun day out with friends or just your loved one. Caters for 12 guests

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$900.00

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$3250.00

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SV-INO Port Douglas Day Charter
  • Departs From: The Reef Marina, Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    Up to 6.5 hours (approx)

Take a private charter catamaran from Port Douglas to a tropical island or outer reef destination on the Great Barrier Reef for a day of pure pleasure. Swimming. snorkelling, eating drinking and socialising are the order of the day on this charter boat for 12 lucky guests

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$3250.00

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$2120.00

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Private Boat Charters Cairns - MV-OFD Sunset Private Charter Cruise
  • Departs From: Marlin Marina Cairns, A Finger
  • Duration:

    2 hours

The perfect corporate, wedding, incentive charter boat for 45 guests. Cruise around the Cairns harbour and Trinity Inlet for an evening of wining and dining with friend and business associates

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$2120.00

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Full Day Private Fishing & Snorkelling Charter | Cairns Great Barrier Reef Australia

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$2250.00

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Cairns Private Boat Charter - MV-BF Snorkelling And Fishing Charter
  • Departs From: C31 Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street

Join us on a day of angling adventures on Australia's Great Barrier Reef chasing the big reds, the big blacks and the sail fish. This is a luxury private charter fishing boat that is in high demand over the Marlin season for full day private charters based in Cairns Queensland. Caters for 6 passengers

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$2250.00

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Sun Setting Over The Daintree Rainforest | Private Charter Sunset Cruise For You And Up To 44 Guests

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SV-AQUA Private Luxury Yacht Charter | Sunset Sail | Port Douglas
  • Departs From: Reef Marina Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    1.5 hours

    Extended times can be arrange

Simply stunning is the world for this private charter boat that is based in Port Douglas Queensland Australia. Take her out for a sunset cruise with your wedding group of 45 guests, your lucky loved one, conference or incentive group. The sky lights up and the colours dance across the waters its simply spectacular

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$2250.00

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Luxury Yacht 52 ft

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$372.58
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SV-MC Luxury Charter Boat | Port Douglas
  • Departs From: Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    7 hours

Jump on board this luxury mono hull sail boat for an adventure that will take you to some of the most brilliant sites, bays and islands on the Great Barrier Reef. Based in Port Douglas Queensland Australia she sails all year round taking couples, families and groups to see the magnificent scenery of the reef. Catering for 4 guests overnight or 12 guests on a day charter

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$372.58
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2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Sailing Trip | Great Barrier Reef Australia

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$2615.00

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Private Charter Dive & Snorkel Tour | Great Barrier Reef | Australia
  • Departs From: Marlin Marina, Cairns
  • Duration:

    1 Day up to 5 Days

2 Day 1 night liveaboard boat charter from Cairns cruising the Great Barrier Reef. See the best of the best and spend your days scuba diving and snorkelling and then enjoying sundowner drinks at night bobbing around on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Caters for 12 guests overnight.

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$2615.00

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$2500.00

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SV-RDT Private Charter - Private Charter Boat
  • Departs From: Check in on-board Reef Daytripper on D Finger at Marlin Wharf, Cairns
  • Duration:

    Approx 4 hours at Upolu Reef

    1.5 hours boat cruise each way

A great value private charter boat for 20 guests from Cairns is available for a day of scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Guests will love the casualness of this boat and the snorkelling and diving destinations of your private day on the reef

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$2500.00

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$3300.00

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MV-MON Port Douglas Day Charter
  • Departs From: Close Haven Marina in Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    Private charters are flexible with times.

    Available from 8:00am to 4:30pm

A luxury 54 foot fly bridge charter boat is now available from Port Douglas to spend a day on the outer Barrier Reef or cruising around for a sunset dinner for two or for 10 guests. Enjoy all sorts of in water activities such as snorkelling and fishing, and other optional extras kayaks, SUP boards and scuba diving. Extended overnight liveaboard charters also available

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$3300.00

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$3750.00

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MV-MOA III Private Charter Whale Watching
  • Departs From: Cairns Marlin Marina

Only available from June to September for Whale Watching. Having your very own skipper showing you these magnificent creatures up close without the crowds is very special indeed for you and your friends. a maximum of 12 passengers for whale watching or 6 passengers for an overnight liveaboard charter on the Great Barrier Reef

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$3750.00

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Sailing tours Great Barrier Reef Australia

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$4550.00

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Private Boat Charters Cairns - Green Island Pinnacle Reef - SV-OFree
  • Departs From: Marlin Marina, Cairns
  • Duration:

    2 hours sailing each way to Pinnacle Reef

    4.5 hours to explore/snorkel/scubs dive Pinnacle Reef and Green Island

     

The perfect small sailing boat to charter for 35 guests to take you to a private reef mooring just near beautiful Green Island. Spend the day snorkelling and catching the suns rays or jump in the charter boat tender and explore Green Island

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$4550.00

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$6063.00

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MV-MOA III Private Luxury Day Charter | Snorkel And/Or Fishing | Cairns
  • Departs From: Cairns Marlin Marina
  • Duration:

    8 hours (approx)

47 foot private charter boat able to cater for 8 guests or just a honeymoon couple. She is based in Cairns Queensland Australia and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef are her highway to happiness. Snorkelling and scuba diving are all yours to enjoy. Sleeps 4 guests for overnight livaboard scuba diving and 6 guests liveaboard snorkel tours

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$6063.00

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Luxury private charter sailing boat on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

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$5650.00

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SV-AQUA Private Luxury Charter Boat | Low Isles Port Douglas | Great Barrier Reef | Australia
  • Departs From: Port Douglas Marina
  • Duration:

    8 hours (approx)

A luxurious 64 foot catamaran is all yours for 23 passengers to enjoy a day of sailing and snorkelling around Low Isles Islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Based in Port Douglas she is available for private charter tours all year round

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$5650.00

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Exterior view MV-A Cairns luxury private charter boat

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$8350.00

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Luxury Boat Charter MV-A Cairns
  • Departs From:
  • Duration:

    Available for 1 day charter or extended charter

70 feet of pure luxury on water. She can be chartered as far south as the Whitsundays to the Cape York peninsular and all ports in between dependant on the season. She sleeps 7 guests on a liveaboard and 12 day charter guests. All sorts of in water toys are optional extras

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$8350.00

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Small group luxury catamaran reef tour to Low Isles on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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$6700.00

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Private Boat Charters | Port Douglas | Great Barrier Reef | Australia | MV-SAIIV & MV-SAIV
  • Departs From: Port Douglas Marina

Catering for 2 guests on a romantic cruise or 40 guests invited to your nautical wedding. These two luxury catamarans are available all year round for business meetings and incentives guests to enjoy a day on beautiful Low Isles on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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$6700.00

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Private boat charters Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Australia

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Private Charter Boat Port Douglas | MV–Baha
  • Departs From: Close Haven Marina in Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    This luxury vessel can be chartered from 1 day

If it's a luxury liveaboard private charter boat accommodating 6 guests you are after then MV - Baha is the boat for you your friends and loved one's. It is also a perfect choice for corporate charters to impress your business associates. Based in Port Douglas you can board for a day or for multi-overnight charters on the Great Barrier Reef.

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$7200.00

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$6400.00

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MV-PHOEN1- Luxury Charter Boat
  • Departs From: Cairns Marlin Marina
  • Duration:

    Dependant on request

This boat has chartered the waters of Australia and internationally with many a famous person on board and ably catering to their every need. She is 110 feet of pure comfort and luxury. At various times of the year she is based on the Gold Coast, the Whitsundays and Cairns. She also Motherships each year in the Gulf of Australia for the Marlin Season and big fishing tournaments

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$6400.00

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Fast Cat ride to the Great Barrier Reef

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Private Boat Charters Cairns - MV-OFD Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Departs From: Marlin Marina Cairns, A Finger
  • Duration:

    Variable - on request

    Usually day tour which consists of 6 hours snorkel/scuba diving/relaxing at Upolu Reef with approx one hour boat cruise each way

Available for day charters or sunset charters is this good looking boat that is based in the Cairns Marina. She can cater for 75 guests which is perfect for a wedding group, incentive group or private corporate charter. She cruises at 23 knots so you will be on the outer reef in no time at all.

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3, 4, 7 day luxury scuba dive tour to the famous Cod Holes on the Great Barrier Reef Australia

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MV-SOF Private Charter Liveaboard Scuba Diving Adventure
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Take a private charter for 3, 5 or 7 days for an incentive group, wedding group or a 50th birthday with 26 guests to dive the Code Hole and Osprey Reef on a luxury motor cruiser that has a history of taking divers and snorkelers to the best locations on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

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