The Great Barrier Reef is an underwater paradise, and it is here, and only here, that you get the chance to swim alongside Dwarf Minke Whales. The one place in the world that you can get up close and personal with these majestic creatures is Queensland and BELUGA, a 114ft (34.7m) Dutch-built explorer-style superyacht, is the perfect luxury charter yacht to experience all of this in style.
But you will need to be quick. These Minke Whales mass together on the Great Barrier Reef every winter but only for a short time. It is a truly remarkable time though. Whether you are a snorkeller or scuba dive expert that moment when these gigantic gorgeous mammals gently approach you and drift unhurriedly past is breath-taking.
It was only discovered that Minke Whales aggregate in this area in the 19080s. Stunning really, considering they grow to over 8m in length (the size of a London double-decker bus) and 6 tonnes (almost the same as an elephant or Tyrannosaurus rex).
They are also known to be inquisitive and friendly which makes them so much fun to spend time around. They are interested in us and can spend hours interacting amongst themselves with us. Primarily they communicate by singing to each other with different shifts in pitch and pattern. Eavesdropping on this is a truly enchanting experience.
While we still have much to learn about the Dwarf Minke Whale while onboard BELUGA you will have the opportunity to listen to and discuss these amazing animals with Dr John Rumney, an expert whale guide and one of the first persons to discover Minke Whales swimming the Australian Ocean.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's natural wonders, varied, colourful and teeming with tropical fish, and there is so much to see and do. It is a living, breathing and resilient structure which sits on a shelf, 150 metres deep, and it is massive!
In these turquoise waters, as well as diving and swimming with an amazing array of marine life you can jet ski or kayak amid coral cays, or take in the panorama of that this landscape from a seaplane or helicopter! It is a tropical paradise of unspoilt beaches, reef islands, crystal clear waters and colourful coral.
For exploring these tranquil, azure waters BELUGA, a premium luxury charter yacht with well appointed accommodation for up to 10 guests is perfect. This custom-built, go-anywhere yacht has a range of 4,000nm and a wide beam which creates exceptional space onboard.
The sundeck with 4-person jacuzzi and undercover dining area is the ideal place for relaxing and socialising while her bridge deck aft has a dining table, while the upper deck has an extensive dining and lounge area for meals and entertaining.
BELUGA has an elevated tower platform, known as ‘monkey island’ or ‘the grand crow’s nest’, which is a sensational vantage point for whale watching, reef spotting or enjoying a cocktail at sunset.
The Owners are passionate about this region and the Minke Whales and are offering a very special package for 6 days/5 nights, embarking and disembarking in Port Douglas, for USD 99,000 all-inclusive*.
Contact our Australian-based luxury charter expert, Jeni Tidmarsh, for further details.
* Conditions Apply
* Subject to availability at time of booking
Photos of the Minke Whales and Great Barrier Reef are credited to Tourism and Events Queensland
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