Great Barrier Reef Wellness Expeditions are coming

Coral Expeditions introduces expert-led customised wellness program

Coral Expeditions has introduced a new seven-night Revitalise on the Reef wellness expeditions on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, commencing in 2021.

Travelling aboard the yacht-like small ship Coral Discoverer, the new sailings feature a customised wellness program against the backdrop of extraordinary marine life and the natural heritage of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage icons, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Wellness expert Kris Abbey has curated the program and says it makes sense to combine a wellness program with natural attractions to enhance overall health and vitality for the mind, body and soul.

Abbey continues: “Wellness and the Great Barrier Reef are the perfect synergy. Wellness isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise, it’s also about nurturing yourself in natural surroundings and enjoying new experiences to create whole body happiness.”

A specially developed program draws on the latest wellness practices alongside ancient Indigenous traditions.

Wendy Jones and Sue Pope from Yoga Soul Sisters conduct yoga classes in unique locations on the islands and cays of the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, Qi Gong classes, relaxation sessions and fitness, nutrition or wellness workshops are held each day, with guests taking home life skills to adopt into daily living. Health-oriented cuisine is offered along with opportunities to swim, snorkel and scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, allowing guests to settle into the soul-enriching rhythms of the Coral Sea surrounded by solitude and seabirds.

Tamara Sweeting, Product Development Manager at Coral Expeditions, says the business has plans to establish a year-round series of wellness themed itineraries to cater to the needs of current and future guests.

“Our new ‘Revitalise on the Reef’ expeditions focus on the lesser-seen outer reefs and islands of the northern region to offer health-oriented guests from across the globe an authentic and immersive experience like no other available on the reef. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef is in our DNA and we aim to create experiences beyond imagination in this new era,” Sweeting said.

New destinations include the Daintree Rainforest, Hope Island and remote Osprey Reef, described by Sir David Attenborough as “an oasis for living creatures of all kind”. Osprey Reef lies beyond the continental shelf and is an isolated sea mount, rising 2,000 metres above the seabed within the outer limits of the Coral Sea Marine Park.

Highlights of the new ‘Revitalise on the Reef’ expeditions include:

  • Sunrise Yoga on the soft sand beaches of Sudbury Cay and uninhabited Hope Island, along with daily Qigong and Yoga classes onboard
  • Expert wellness practitioners lead guided meditation classes and provide Thai yoga massage
  • One-on-one consultations with Wellness Expert Kris Abbey
  • Nutritionally focused menus developed by chefs in conjunction with a well-being nutritionist
  • Indigenous elders at Cooktown conduct welcome to country and explain traditional healing methods
  • Lizard Island hike to historic Cooks Look, drift snorkelling over giant clam gardens and yoga on the beach followed by sunset drinks
  • Float along with the rhythm of the Coral Sea with dive and snorkel activities at the remote outer Ribbon Reefs along with Osprey and Escape Reefs
Image credit: Dianne Swain

The seven-night Revitalise on the Reef expeditions depart Cairns on 15 and 22 September 2021 and are priced from $5,590 per person twin share.

View the full Great Barrier Reef program here.

For more information, see www.coralexpeditions.com/au/destinations/great-barrier-reef/revitalise-on-the-reef or phone 1800 079 545.

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