Sail the Torres Strait islands
BECOME an expeditioner in 2019 as you explore a rarely visited part of Australia, the Torres Strait islands.
Five Ahoy Buccaneer expeditions will journey to southern islands of the Torres Strait archipelago as well as to Cape York.
Spread out across 150km of ocean between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the archipelago is home to a blend of Melanesian and Indigenous Australian cultures surrounded by stunning blue waters. Dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and sea turtles thrive in the crystal blue waters. The reefs provide opportunities for fishing, snorkelling and fishing.
The 19-guest motor yacht Oceanic will take passengers on a round-trip from Horn Island to the unique and culturally rich islands where a local guide will each day showcase the diverse history of the Torres Strait Islands.
Guests will be immersed in indigenous cultures, tales of head-hunters and the history of Possession Island, the place where Captain Cook claimed Australia for England in 1770. Travellers can also visit the remains of the World War II airbase on Horn Island or enjoy a beer at Australia's most northerly pub - the Torres Hotel on Thursday Island.
Accommodation on board is in double bed and bunk cabins, as well as sleeping under the stars in deluxe swags on deck. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa. Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day.
The cruises begin and end on Horn Island with daily Qantas flights to the islands from Cairns.
The tour costs $2520 per person, including for solos, in a deck swag and from $3150 per person in a cabin, twin-share. The cost include meals, shore excursions and transfers during the cruise. The flights to and from Horn Island are additional.
Ahoy Buccaneers is offering a 10 per cent saving on its six-night Torres Strait Islands cruises departing on February 25 and March 4,11,18 and 25 in 2019, if booked by June 30, 2018. For more information call Ahoy Buccaneers on 08 9193 7650 or go to www.ahoybuccaneers.com.au.