The famous Rumney family pioneered Minke Whale swims with scientists. What we now know about these inquisitive animals is a result of passengers supporting this unique science-tourism partnership. It’s among the top wildlife encounters in the world, suits almost any age and you don’t need to dive. Back on land, you’ll relax at the very spot that inspired acclaimed author Margaret Atwood’s novel ’Oryx and Crake’. Enjoy the hospitality at a world famous rainforest lodge where Cassowaries and birds of paradise make their home and experience the Atherton Tablelands exquisite wildlife with expert guides.
- ￼Swim with Minke Whales on their terms
- Stay in the famous Cassowary House
- Explore the Tableland’s iconic wildlife with an expert guide
Day 1 You’ll board the vessel in Port Douglas and meet the Minke Whale Swim crew for a 9:00 PM departure and steam overnight to our first destination.
Day 2 A light breakfast will be served as you wake up to the Ribbon Reefs stretching out before you take your first dive or snorkel followed by a hot cooked meal. In the evening you’ll be entertained by the researchers who’ll teach you about the whales and the history behind the Minke Whale Project.
Day 3-4 Today you’ll help us look for whales (though often they find you), explore the northern Ribbon Reefs and visit famous sites including the Cod Hole, Pixie Pinnacle and Steve’s Bommie. During encounters you’ll help the researchers identify individual whales and key behaviours - be sure to keep an ear out for the Minke’s unique acoustic repertoire.
Day 5 Another chance to enjoy a swim with the Minkes in the morning before steaming south back towards Port Douglas.
Day 6 Disembark at 10am for pickup and transfer to your accommodation in Kuranda for a leisurely and relaxing day in the Atherton Tablelands.
Day 7-10 These four days you'll stay at Cassowary House, a famous rainforest lodge just outside Cairns, where you’ll have chance to see much of the Tableland’s iconic rainforest wildlife. You’ll visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, BatReach, Venom Zoo and markets at Kuranda, stop at Davies Creek for a dip in the beautiful pools and Granite Gorge to see the cute Mareeba Rock Wallabies. Your guide will take you to mid-altitude sites including Lake Barrine, the Curtain Fig and Hasties Swamp, and high-altitude sites like Mt Hypipamee and Wondecla. You'll even take a boat safari on the Daintree River.
Spend a fascinating night spotlighting for Tree Kangaroos while at lunch dine with Platypus beside a secret billabong. Each morning, you’ll be treated to Sue Gregory’s famous breakfasts on the verandah at her renowned rainforest lodge Cassowary House. Depart from Cairns.
8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners and 9 nights accommodation. All snorkelling equipment is provided for the Minke Whale experience. Entry fees and a private wildlife guide and vehicle are included for the Tablelands and Daintree touring.
Note, we can arrange all travel to and from tour locations, quote for group bookings, and tailor any packages as required.
This is only one example of a TAILORED tour. Tailoring doesn't mean more expensive ... it can often mean less. We can develop tours to suit budgets and interests. The price depends a lot on what you want to do, where you want to go (some destinations are more limited than others), how often and the level of comfort and guiding you need. Drawing off our extensive portfolio, we find trips fall roughly into these price categories. Drop us a line with where you want to go, for how long and your approximate budget and you might be surprised what we can do for you.
AVG (Range) Tour type
$320 (230 - 380) Self-drive (twin share)
$490 (360 - 600) Small group touring (self drive)
$760 (670 - 830) Liveaboard vessel
$790 (520 - 990) Fully escorted
$980 (930 - 1040) Luxury
$1,000+ Luxury (private guided / aviation)