Based in Cairns in far north Queensland, Aroona provides access to the Great Barrier Reef, the best known and largest reef in the world. Aroona offers you the opportunity to visit popular tourist islands, secluded quieter isles, outer reefs and inshore reefs and islands from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Whitsundays. We are keen to accommodate you if you have a specific destination in mind outside the Great Barrier Reef. Please contact Aroona Luxury Boat Charters and we will do our best to take you wherever you want to go!
Captain Ross Miller, will be on hand to make sure you get the most out of your time aboard Aroona. Suggested activities for your consideration include:
Depart from Yorkey’s Knob Marina at 8am for a 1.5 hr cruise to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef where you can set your fishing line or just sit back and enjoy the colours of the reef with morning tea and a tropical fruit tasting. Arrive at approximately 10am at a specially selected location for a snorkel, dive or fish or relax while your crew pampers your every need. Following a gourmet lunch, choose between a dive/snorkel, a walk at the breath-taking Vlasoff Sand Cay or a swim in the shallow crystal blue waters. Kick back on the cruise home over cold drinks and canapés before arriving at Yorkey’s Knob Marina at approximately 5:30pm.
Get more time soaking up the Great Barrier Reef by staying overnight in one of our luxury guest cabins. While enjoying your evening drinks and canapés on the top deck, our gourmet chef will create an unforgettable meal for you to enjoy during sunset over the sea. Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast to enjoy while cruising back to the marina and arriving at approximately 10am.
Depart Port Douglas Marina Mirage at 8am for a 1 hour cruise out to the beautiful wooded coral cays of the Low isles. Once in this world heritage marine park, guests can enjoy a stroll around the isles and learn about some of the Great Barrier Reefs maritime history at the light house. Snorkel or dive on the pristine reef, stand up paddle board/ kayak around the reef and isles or enjoy the serenity from the comforts of Aroona. A day trip to the Low isles includes a chef prepared BBQ seafood lunch, tropical fruit tasting platters, canapés and non alcoholic beverages. You will finish off your fabulous experience by cruising the Port Douglas inlet around sunset.
Depart from Yorkeys Knob marina at approximately 1700 and travel up the coast taking in the rainforest back drop whilst enjoying a drink as the sun drops behind the mountainous range. Awake to a remote location on the Great Barrier Reef where you can enjoy a full day of activities diving/fishing/watersports/relaxing. With evening approaching and not under pressure to rush back you can enjoy sunset drinks and canapés whilst fishing for dinner or perhaps a night dive. During the night Aroona will steam back to the marina where you will arrive in the morning for breakfast before departure. This is the best way to experience the reef in luxury with only a short period of time to spare!
Begin the day with a breathtaking sunrise over the reef and an alfresco breakfast on the aft deck. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying the underwater views scuba diving or snorkelling. You can even finish off the day with a night dive to see the reef come alive after dark or navigate the patch reefs to find the perfect fish. Catch a tasty trout on a bottom line or chase red emperors after sunset. (spearfishing offered to experienced divers) After another fun filled day on the reef, get a good night’s rest while the skipper cruises back towards the marina. Wake up to a light breakfast on board before departing.
fly to Lizard Island where you will board Aroona and meet your crew. Enjoy a delectable lunch spread created by our gourmet chef before heading out to explore the majestic island in all its beauty. Climb up to Cook’s Look for a spectacular view of the Ribbon Reefs, hike over to Blue Lagoon and explore the southern side of the island, relax at the beach in Watson’s Bay or settle in to your cabin and discover the vessel’s luxurious amenities. Spend your first evening on the top deck with a sunset BBQ in the sheltered anchorage of Watson’s Bay.
Wake up at the world famous Cod Hole where you can jump in with the giant potato cod, dive amongst the rich coral gardens where enigmatic creatures may appear from pygmy seahorses to reef sharks. Top side, cruise out into the deep blue and try your luck catching giant trevally, wahoo, mahi mahi and other game fish at the edge of the continental shelf. End the day with drinks and canapés while hoping to spot the hundreds of spinner dolphins as they make their way out the reef passage to feed at sunset. After dinner, get a good night’s sleep as your skipper transports you to the remote atoll, Osprey Reef, in the middle of the Coral Sea.
Enjoy three action-packed days at one of the best dive sites in the world. With 1000m vertical reef walls and visibility typically at 50m or more, you will be mesmerised by the underwater view. Drift dive past soft coral gardens, take in the massive schooling pelagic fish, and swim with the grey reef, silvertips and white tip reef sharks as they cruise by. Keep your eyes peeled in the deep blue for the graceful manta rays and hammerheads coming in to get a clean on the reef. Try your luck at catching fresh fish for our skilled chef to prepare for your dinner after a long day on the water.
Return to the Great Barrier Reef for one last snorkel, dive and fish before cruising for Lizard Island around midday. Our chef will serve up a final gourmet feast before you catch a flight home after one of the most memorable weeks of your life!
After the wet season April through to June Aroona will head up to Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria for the Barramundi fishing season. After all the rain the rivers are flowing with many species of fish and wildlife which makes for amazing angling and spectacular birding. We will be offering guided Barramundi fishing trips for groups of 6.
Aroona is an adaptable vessel with enough space to cater for smaller film crews and research groups.
All trips can be tailored to suit desired number of days and locations for your personalised trip. Other itineraries can include the picturesque Hinchinbrook Island south of Cairns where you can enjoy barramundi fishing or discover the lush rainforests on a leisurely walk or hike. Or, choose to unwind and absorb the beauty of your own remote island in the Far North. To maximise your time and experience on the Ribbon Reefs, fly in and/or fly out options are available from Cooktown, Lizard Island, Lockhart River, Hicks Island or a remote sand cay. By reducing cruising time to and from Cairns, you can maximise your time in the remote north.
Contact us for further details and to customise your trip.