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Nov 17

Cairns Habitat Sunset Cruise & Dinner

Posted on November 17, 2009 by

What a great night!  After a quick 5:00 PM check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at the Big Cat Cruises desk at the Marlin Marina, we boarded the Cairns Habitat Explorer for the beautiful sunset cruise.  The sunset cruise runs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  The cruise is an hour and a half long and just the perfect amount of time to see the beautiful Cairns sunset over the rainforest clad mountains. 


Upon arrival you are greeted by a complimentary glass of champagne, beer or soft drink.  The friendly skipper gives a briefing about the boat and our safety, where you will be cruising to and the return time.  There is seating available on the front deck of the boat in the fresh air as well as the back deck.  There is a main level air conditioned inside area, an upper level inside area as well as the most popular place, the back upper level outside deck.  Throughout the cruise, the friendly bartender will be around to take drink orders for purchase as well as provide complimentary bar snacks.  The views on board not only include the sunset but also gives magnificent photo opportunities of Cairns Harbour, Cairns City, the Mangroves where the salt water Crocodiles hide and the forests that surround the inlet. 


For $19.00, this is all included but why stop here when you can keep the evening going with the 3 course dinner package!  Cairns Habitat Cruises offers all of the above AND the 3 course dinner package at Dundee’s, a fantastic modern Australian cuisine restaurant right on the esplanade after getting off of the Cairns Habitat Explorer.  The price for the cruise and dinner is $67.00 per person and well worth it.

Please note that the cruise & dinner package must be booked before arriving on the evening cruise boat to allow the team the time to reserve you a table.


Immediately upon entering Dundee’s we were seated to our table, which was booked for us through the Cairns Habitat Explorer staff.  The amazing view simply continues as the restaurant is right on the harbour.  It is a table d’hote menu, with choices for entrees, mains and desserts.  For Entrees, we chose the calamari and the skewers of kangaroo rump and chicken, all of which was very fresh and flavourful.  For mains, the vegetarian ravioli was absolutely fantastic as well as the sirloin steak was cooked to perfection.  For dessert don’t miss out on their delicious Pavlova.  Everything was included along with the excellent service.  Cocktails and other beverages are available for purchase.


The tour specialists tip:- The evening was well worth it and was a lot of fun!  The price for this was very affordable and included so much; I would highly recommend this fantastic package to anyone of all ages ranging from the romantic couple to the family or friends having an evening out.  Be sure to bring your camera as your do not want to miss out on the amazing memories that you will capture on this fun evening out in beautiful Cairns, Australia.


For more information about this tour please visit The Tour Specialists

By: Blythe Rallo, Tour Consultant, TTS Palm Cove.

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