Lizard Island announces exclusive 2018 Great Barrier Reef expeditions
Lizard Island is delighted to announce its 2018 Great Barrier Reef expeditions following overwhelmingly positive feedback of the introductory tour in 2017. The Island will host three expeditions across 2018 in May, September and November, offering a unique experience for guests to Lizard Island to experience the reef like never before.
The partnership between Lizard Island, the Lizard Island Research Station and the Australian Museum invites guests to explore parts of the Great Barrier Reef not usually accessible by guests, all under the guidance of some of the nation’s leading experts on the history, current state and future of Australia’s most precious natural ecosystem.
Guests taking part will come away armed with knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef, including insights into the environmental challenges the reef faces, but also, how this natural beauty continues to regenerate and flourish. They will also be able to experience the native Australian wildlife on the island, showcasing the breadth of species that exist in the environment both in and out of the water.
The first two events of 2018 will be hosted by Wendy Morris, founder of The Reef Society – an enterprise that promotes the stories of living animals of the Great Barrier Reef through art, photography and clothing. From 1986 to 1989, Wendy held the reigns as founder and managing director of Reef Biosearch PL, the first Marine Biologist reef interpretive company working commercially on the Great Barrier Reef and a prototype for many later eco-tourism operations.
Australian Museum’s senior research fellow, Dr Penny Berents, will lead the final expedition of 2018. With extensive experience in all aspects of museum biodiversity collections and research, Penny’s field experience has included widespread work on deep sea expeditions and coral reefs.
Itinerary highlights will include a private charter from Cairns showcasing spectacular views over the reef, guided snorkeling sessions, tours of the Lizard Island research station, and hikes with the island’s very own naturalist Ben Carroll. During downtime, guests can relax in the comfort of the Saltwater Restaurant or Marlin Bar, enjoy total seclusion on any one of the island’s 24 private beaches, pay a visit to the luxurious Essentia Day Spa, or partake in a variety of aquatic activities available on-island.
Commenting on the upcoming reef expeditions, Lizard Island general manager Emilio Fortini said, “Following the incredible success of our 2017 expedition, we’re thrilled to welcome guests to and offer the opportunity for them to get to know the breathtaking reef in this exclusive way, all while enjoying the first-class dining, accommodation and service that Lizard Island is famous for.”
The island is the premium destination on the Great Barrier Reef, and one of the only places where visitors step off the sand and right into one of the best marine environments in the world.
Prices start from $5,808 per person, twin share and only 12 places are available on each trip. For more information and to secure your spot on this exciting adventure of a lifetime, visit lizardisland.com.au