Southbound
Eco-Venture

 
 
 

Southbound Eco-Venture
Cairns to Brisbane / Gold Coast

7 nights

$1999 per person

Reef and beach clean-ups, education, and sustainability

DAY 1 - SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2021

Board our luxury coach in Cairns early this morning, and enjoy a coffee or tea as we hit the road and head towards the beautiful Whitsundays. We'll stop in Townsville along the way to collect more passengers, before arriving in Airlie Beach in time for lunch.


Before you know it, we'll be on board The Atlantic Clipper, the largest boat based in the Whitsundays. This 34-metre yacht was built in the UK and initially operated between England and the Caribbean. She came to Australia and was completely overhauled to run passengers from Melbourne to Perth, to Singapore and on to England. Built for long-distance trips, she was designed with space in mind and as such, offers a very comfortable sailing experience.


Over two days, we'll sail around the Whitsundays, visiting pristine Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is offered to beginner and more advanced divers - an experience not to be missed! Not to mention the outdoor spa bath and giant slide. We'll experience sunset over the reef, and watch stars fill up the night sky. One of the benefits of a trip on this vessel is that you can do as much or as little as you like.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: On board The Atlantic Clipper




DAY 2 - SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021

Feel free to join us this morning for our onboard ANZAC Dawn Service, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. 


The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the vessel, the reef, and the great company of your fellow guests.


Divers: Don’t let your dives go to waste! Grab a mesh bag and data card from us and you can Dive Against Debris®. In conjunction with Project AWARE, Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours encourages our guests to take positive actions to contribute to a cleaner and healthier future for our oceans. 


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight:   On board The Atlantic Clipper



DAY 3 - MONDAY APRIL 26, 2021

Enjoy your last morning on The Atlantic Clipper before we disembark to board our luxury coach to our next destination. We’ll stop enroute for meals (not included) prior to reaching Mackay.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel



DAY 4 - TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2021

We'll wake up bright and early for an unforgettable breakfast experience. This morning we’ll travel to Cape Hillsborough National Park, one of the most striking and peaceful places on the Central Queensland Coast. It's often described as a rugged natural paradise, where dense rainforest meets the ocean, and volcanic rock formations add to the almost pre-historic ambience. You'll find that the closest thing to a crowd here, is the group of wild agile wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos that fossick in the morning tides at sunrise. Having breakfast on the beach with these gentle locals is a unique experience, giving you the perfect chance to capture the ‘ultimate Australian' photo.  


On the way to our next destination Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours, in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue and ReefClean, would like to invite you to participate in a beach clean. Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris - one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Their project ‘ReefClean’ is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and was launched in early 2019, aiming to remove and prevent marine debris along the Great Barrier Reef region. The ReefClean project helps prevent marine debris entering our oceans. During this monitoring event you’ll be helping clean our beautiful beaches whilst also gathering important information for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.


Diving: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight:   Hotel


DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 2021

This morning you'll enjoy another highlight of the trip, as you board a scenic flight transferring you to your unique island paradise. Welcome to Lady Elliot Island! 


To experience a magnificent bird’s eye view of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime event. Be sure to make the most of your short scenic flight, taking aerial photos to capture this remarkable moment. 


Lady Elliot Island is a beautiful coral cay located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and is a sanctuary for over 1200 species of marine life. It’s known to be one of the best places in the world to swim with manta rays, and is often referred to as ‘the home of the manta ray’.


This afternoon is at your leisure to either enjoy one of the many land-based or water-activities on offer: bird watching, nature or historical walking trails, fish feeding, snorkelling, kayaking. Or simply just relax.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 6 - THURSDAY APRIL 29, 2021

Today, divers and snorkellers will enjoy crystal clear water, as visibility 

is over 20 metres for much of the year. Lady Elliot Island offers an almost unparalleled diversity of uncrowded and easily accessible dive locations. It's highly likely you will have a few encounters with giant manta rays, and green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, as there are twenty dive sites to select from.

For guests who prefer to stay on land today, there are numerous activities and presentations to choose from, including a historical tour, marine pollution presentation, and various marine life talks.

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 7  - FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021

Make the most of your last day at this paradise location. Whether it's in the water or on the land, there are, again, many activities for you to enjoy.  

You may wish to take another dive, or you might even like to embark on a snorkel safari. Snorkelling is also a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing marine life and explore the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Lonely Planet voted Lady Elliot Island #2 of the ‘7 best beaches for snorkelling around the world’ in 2020.

Whilst snorkelling, you will have the opportunity to help monitor the health of the coral reef at Lady Elliot Island. ‘Eye on the Reef’ is a government initiative that allows individuals to take an active role in better understanding and protecting our reef and ocean environment. 

All information obtained from the session will be entered into an online database afterwards. 

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort





DAY 8  - SATURDAY MAY 01, 2021

After breakfast, it's time to leave this unforgettable location and board your flight to your home port (flight cost included): Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. 

Drive 'n' Dive Tours would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your company on the wonderful journey you have shared with us. We trust you are leaving us with new-found friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Southbound Eco-Venture
Townsville to Brisbane / Gold Coast

7 nights

$1899 per person

Reef and beach clean-ups, education, and sustainability

DAY 1 - SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2021

Board our luxury coach in Townsville this morning, and we'll arrive in Airlie Beach in time for lunch.


Before you know it, we'll be on board The Atlantic Clipper, the largest boat based in the Whitsundays. This 34-metre yacht was built in the UK and initially operated between England and the Caribbean. She came to Australia and was completely overhauled to run passengers from Melbourne to Perth, to Singapore and on to England. Built for long-distance trips, she was designed with space in mind and as such, offers a very comfortable sailing experience.


Over two days, we'll sail around the Whitsundays, visiting pristine Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is offered to beginner and more advanced divers - an experience not to be missed! Not to mention the outdoor spa bath and giant slide. We'll experience sunset over the reef, and watch stars fill up the night sky. One of the benefits of a trip on this vessel is that you can do as much or as little as you like.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: On board The Atlantic Clipper




DAY 2 - SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021

Feel free to join us this morning for our onboard ANZAC Dawn Service, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. 


The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the vessel, the reef, and the great company of your fellow guests.


Divers: Don’t let your dives go to waste! Grab a mesh bag and data card from us and you can Dive Against Debris®. In conjunction with Project AWARE, Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours encourages our guests to take positive actions to contribute to a cleaner and healthier future for our oceans. 


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight:   On board The Atlantic Clipper



DAY 3 - MONDAY APRIL 26, 2021

Enjoy your last morning on The Atlantic Clipper before we disembark to board our luxury coach to our next destination. We’ll stop enroute for meals (not included) prior to reaching Mackay.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel



DAY 4 - TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2021

We'll wake up bright and early for an unforgettable breakfast experience. This morning we’ll travel to Cape Hillsborough National Park, one of the most striking and peaceful places on the Central Queensland Coast. It's often described as a rugged natural paradise, where dense rainforest meets the ocean, and volcanic rock formations add to the almost pre-historic ambience. You'll find that the closest thing to a crowd here, is the group of wild agile wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos that fossick in the morning tides at sunrise. Having breakfast on the beach with these gentle locals is a unique experience, giving you the perfect chance to capture the ‘ultimate Australian' photo.  


On the way to our next destination Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours, in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue and ReefClean, would like to invite you to participate in a beach clean. Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris - one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Their project ‘ReefClean’ is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and was launched in early 2019, aiming to remove and prevent marine debris along the Great Barrier Reef region. The ReefClean project helps prevent marine debris entering our oceans. During this monitoring event you’ll be helping clean our beautiful beaches whilst also gathering important information for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.


Diving: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight:   Hotel


DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 2021

This morning you'll enjoy another highlight of the trip, as you board a scenic flight transferring you to your unique island paradise. Welcome to Lady Elliot Island! 


To experience a magnificent bird’s eye view of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime event. Be sure to make the most of your short scenic flight, taking aerial photos to capture this remarkable moment. 


Lady Elliot Island is a beautiful coral cay located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and is a sanctuary for over 1200 species of marine life. It’s known to be one of the best places in the world to swim with manta rays, and is often referred to as ‘the home of the manta ray’.


This afternoon is at your leisure to either enjoy one of the many land-based or water-activities on offer: bird watching, nature or historical walking trails, fish feeding, snorkelling, kayaking. Or simply just relax.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 6 - THURSDAY APRIL 29, 2021

Today, divers and snorkellers will enjoy crystal clear water, as visibility 

is over 20 metres for much of the year. Lady Elliot Island offers an almost unparalleled diversity of uncrowded and easily accessible dive locations. It's highly likely you will have a few encounters with giant manta rays, and green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, as there are twenty dive sites to select from.

For guests who prefer to stay on land today, there are numerous activities and presentations to choose from, including a historical tour, marine pollution presentation, and various marine life talks.

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 7  - FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021

Make the most of your last day at this paradise location. Whether it's in the water or on the land, there are, again, many activities for you to enjoy.  

You may wish to take another dive, or you might even like to embark on a snorkel safari. Snorkelling is also a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing marine life and explore the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Lonely Planet voted Lady Elliot Island #2 of the ‘7 best beaches for snorkelling around the world’ in 2020.

Whilst snorkelling, you will have the opportunity to help monitor the health of the coral reef at Lady Elliot Island. ‘Eye on the Reef’ is a government initiative that allows individuals to take an active role in better understanding and protecting our reef and ocean environment. 

All information obtained from the session will be entered into an online database afterwards. 

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort





DAY 8  - SATURDAY MAY 01, 2021

After breakfast, it's time to leave this unforgettable location and board your flight to your home port (flight cost included): Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. 

Drive 'n' Dive Tours would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your company on the wonderful journey you have shared with us. We trust you are leaving us with new-found friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Southbound Eco-Venture
Airlie Beach to Brisbane / Gold Coast

7 nights

$1799 per person

Reef and beach clean-ups, education, and sustainability

DAY 1 - SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2021

Early this afternoon, we'll meet in Airlie Beach to board the The Atlantic Clipper, the largest boat based in the Whitsundays. This 34-metre yacht was built in the UK and initially operated between England and the Caribbean. She came to Australia and was completely overhauled to run passengers from Melbourne to Perth, to Singapore and on to England. Built for long-distance trips, she was designed with space in mind and as such, offers a very comfortable sailing experience.


Over two days, we'll sail around the Whitsundays, visiting pristine Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is offered to beginner and more advanced divers - an experience not to be missed! Not to mention the outdoor spa bath and giant slide. We'll experience sunset over the reef, and watch stars fill up the night sky. One of the benefits of a trip on this vessel is that you can do as much or as little as you like.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: On board The Atlantic Clipper




DAY 2 - SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021

Feel free to join us this morning for our onboard ANZAC Dawn Service, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. 


The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the vessel, the reef, and the great company of your fellow guests.


Divers: Don’t let your dives go to waste! Grab a mesh bag and data card from us and you can Dive Against Debris®. In conjunction with Project AWARE, Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours encourages our guests to take positive actions to contribute to a cleaner and healthier future for our oceans. 


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight:   On board The Atlantic Clipper



DAY 3 - MONDAY APRIL 26, 2021

Enjoy your last morning on The Atlantic Clipper before we disembark to board our luxury coach to our next destination. We’ll stop enroute for meals (not included) prior to reaching Mackay.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel



DAY 4 - TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2021

We'll wake up bright and early for an unforgettable breakfast experience. This morning we’ll travel to Cape Hillsborough National Park, one of the most striking and peaceful places on the Central Queensland Coast. It's often described as a rugged natural paradise, where dense rainforest meets the ocean, and volcanic rock formations add to the almost pre-historic ambience. You'll find that the closest thing to a crowd here, is the group of wild agile wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos that fossick in the morning tides at sunrise. Having breakfast on the beach with these gentle locals is a unique experience, giving you the perfect chance to capture the ‘ultimate Australian' photo.  


On the way to our next destination Drive ‘n’ Dive Tours, in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue and ReefClean, would like to invite you to participate in a beach clean. Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris - one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Their project ‘ReefClean’ is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and was launched in early 2019, aiming to remove and prevent marine debris along the Great Barrier Reef region. The ReefClean project helps prevent marine debris entering our oceans. During this monitoring event you’ll be helping clean our beautiful beaches whilst also gathering important information for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.


Diving: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight:   Hotel


DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 2021

This morning you'll enjoy another highlight of the trip, as you board a scenic flight transferring you to your unique island paradise. Welcome to Lady Elliot Island! 


To experience a magnificent bird’s eye view of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime event. Be sure to make the most of your short scenic flight, taking aerial photos to capture this remarkable moment. 


Lady Elliot Island is a beautiful coral cay located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and is a sanctuary for over 1200 species of marine life. It’s known to be one of the best places in the world to swim with manta rays, and is often referred to as ‘the home of the manta ray’.


This afternoon is at your leisure to either enjoy one of the many land-based or water-activities on offer: bird watching, nature or historical walking trails, fish feeding, snorkelling, kayaking. Or simply just relax.


Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 6 - THURSDAY APRIL 29, 2021

Today, divers and snorkellers will enjoy crystal clear water, as visibility 

is over 20 metres for much of the year. Lady Elliot Island offers an almost unparalleled diversity of uncrowded and easily accessible dive locations. It's highly likely you will have a few encounters with giant manta rays, and green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, as there are twenty dive sites to select from.

For guests who prefer to stay on land today, there are numerous activities and presentations to choose from, including a historical tour, marine pollution presentation, and various marine life talks.

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort


DAY 7  - FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021

Make the most of your last day at this paradise location. Whether it's in the water or on the land, there are, again, many activities for you to enjoy.  

You may wish to take another dive, or you might even like to embark on a snorkel safari. Snorkelling is also a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing marine life and explore the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Lonely Planet voted Lady Elliot Island #2 of the ‘7 best beaches for snorkelling around the world’ in 2020.

Whilst snorkelling, you will have the opportunity to help monitor the health of the coral reef at Lady Elliot Island. ‘Eye on the Reef’ is a government initiative that allows individuals to take an active role in better understanding and protecting our reef and ocean environment. 

All information obtained from the session will be entered into an online database afterwards. 

Diving: Optional and not included

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Lady Elliot Island Resort





DAY 8  - SATURDAY MAY 01, 2021

After breakfast, it's time to leave this unforgettable location and board your flight to your home port (flight cost included): Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. 

Drive 'n' Dive Tours would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your company on the wonderful journey you have shared with us. We trust you are leaving us with new-found friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

 
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