Lizard Island has announced details and dates for its Reef Expedition experiences for 2019, offering guests access to usually unseen snorkelling areas around the island and exclusive areas of the Great Barrier Reef.
The four-night Reef Expedition program features a raft of extraordinary adventures of the World Heritage-listed reef, with the Lizard Island luxury lodge – along with all-inclusive gourmet dining, fine wines and special extras – as a base. Dates for this year’s expeditions are 20–24 June and 21–25 November 2019.
Guests are urged to dive right into the action, with included guided snorkel trips around the inner reef, a full day’s snorkelling or diving in the outer reef and guided tours above and below the water with Lizard Island’s naturalist Beth Bull. A four-kilometre hike to Cook’s Look follows Captain Cook’s original trail and delivers panoramic views of the island and reef from the summit.
Expedition numbers limited to just 12 guests deliver a personal experience. Lizard Island is the only resort located on the 1,013-hectare national park, offering the rare privilege of simply stepping off the beach to snorkel, taking in the wonders of Giant Clam gardens and schools of tropical fish including Simon the resident Groper, manta rays, turtles and coral.
A personal tour of the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station is another highlight on the itinerary. A world-leading supplier of on-reef facilities for coral reef research and education, the Research Station provides a fascinating insight into the reef and the challenges of its conservation. Private sunset drinks with the station’s Directors, Dr Anne Hoggart AM and Dr Lyle Vail AM offer a firsthand understanding of the research into the reef’s incredible ecology and a chance to get involved.
Among the special touches of a Lizard Island stay are access to a private, motorised dinghy and use of clear-view sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling gear. A deluxe picnic hamper for private beach outings completes the picture.
Rates on the Lizard Island Reef Expedition start at $2,924* per room per night (based on twin share), including expedition activities and events, equipment use, all dining, all non-alcoholic and selected premium alcoholic beverages along with an in-suite bar and airport transfers. Flights are not included.
*Based on availability, conditions apply