Willis Island cruises destination information
|Willis Island itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 12, 2019||Queensland, 8 nights||from $2475|
|Jan 11, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2060|
|Nov 16, 2019||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2554|
|Nov 30, 2019||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2544|
|Mar 23, 2020||Queensland, 14 nights||from $4080|
|Feb 8, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2076|
|Nov 29, 2019||Barrier Reef Discovery, 6 nights||from $2628|
|Jan 10, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $1935|
|Apr 4, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2094|
|Oct 18, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 6 nights||from $1449|
|Jul 20, 2020||Great Barrier Reef, 10 nights||from $2742|
|Apr 25, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $4175|
|Feb 16, 2020||Queensland, 7 nights||from $1868|
|Sep 8, 2020||Great Barrier Reef, 9 nights||from $2347|
|Oct 3, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $1605|
|Jun 6, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 7 nights||from $2595|
|Aug 11, 2020||Barrier Reef Discovery, 10 nights||from $2412|
|Oct 20, 2020||Queensland, 10 nights||from $2849|
|Jan 14, 2020||Great Barrier Reef , 11 nights||from $4172|
|Apr 5, 2020||Queensland, 10 nights||from $3004|
The Stunning Main Port of Willis Island
Willis Island is an island in an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea some 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Cairns, Queensland. Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in Australia's Coral Sea Islands Territory.
There is a recreation room which includes amenities such as a pool table, darts and table tennis in the island. An outside sporting area and a home gym are also provided. There is also recreational fishing.The most common inhabitants are Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Sooty Terns and Common and Black Noddies.
Cruise Port: What to do in Willis Island
Willis Island is the only inhabited isle in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, which is one of Australia's external territories. A weather station and accompanying accommodation buildings house four permanent staff and up to ten visiting staff, but cruise ship passengers are not permitted to land.
Outnumbering the humans on Willis Island are the various types of bird which frequent the small dot of land in the Coral Sea. Together with the gorgeous oval-shaped and sand-fringed isle, there is plenty for cruisers to feast their eyes upon.
The nice thing about Willis Island as a cruise destination is that it requires nothing of you! As you will be remaining aboard the ship, there's no need to worry about acquiring the correct currency (not that you could spend it anywhere), no stress about how to get onshore and no language or culture clashes.
Instead, passengers can enjoy the comfort of the ship and even their own cabin as it slowly cruises past the island or anchors just offshore. Most ships will offer a port lecturer to point out the sights to interested cruisers - don't forget to bring binoculars and a camera!
What to see on WIllis Island
The history and operations of the weather station on Willis Island are fascinating, so be sure to have a look at this remote little community. The sandy islet is quite the sight in itself, completely ringed by beaches and covered in thick vegetation. However, it's the feathered friends which really attract the cruise lines for scenic cruising.
Most commonly sighted at Willis Island are wedge-tailed shearwaters, sooty terns, common noddies and black noddies. If you're lucky, you might spot one of the more occasional visitors:
masked, brown or red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, crested terns, buff-banded rails, wood sandpipers and red-tailed tropicbirds.
If your cruise itinerary includes scenic cruising at Willis Island, you're in for a treat! Pack your binoculars and camera and keep a weather eye on the horizon.Cruises visiting Willis Island
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