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Tours: book now or when we arrive?

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Tours: book now or when we arrive?

We will be in Cairns at the beginning of April--should we book our tours now or when we arrive? We want to do a snorkel cruise to Green Island/Outer Reef, my sister wants to go sea kayaking and we want to do a trip to Kuranda.

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1. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Book when you know you are going to get suitable weather. April is still shoulder season.

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2. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

We have a similar dilemma. We are travelling up from Brisbane on the Sundowner to Port Douglas on Good Friday, stopping for 9 nights. Will the kids be on holiday for the week following Easter and, if so, do we need to book all our tours prior to arrival? Appreciate any advice.

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3. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Hi Cali & H20

As the various states of Aus spread their easter school holidays out,Vic 20th Mar, Qld 4th Apr, NSW 11 Apr, it will pay to to seriously think about booking ahead. Especially if you want to do a Daintree Rainforest Tour.Quite often these tours will be booked out 2-3 days in advance.

Leave booking your reef trip until you get here, then you can factor the weather into what day you want to go, although the weather is usually reasonably nice for April.There's nothing worse than booking a reef trip and then having to go out in 25-30knt SE'res. A general rule for fisher people around here, is not to go to the reef if it's over 15knts SE.The water gets very choppy and rough, and if you do have to go when it's rough, take a travel sickness pill before leaving your hotel, as this will give it time to work properly, you don't want to be half way to the reef, and realise you should have taken one.

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4. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Book ahead as per prvious post, the more popular tours tend to book out quickly during Easter break and school holidays and Christmas breaks.

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5. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Thanks guys - one concern is that it being the wet season, good chance of trips being cancelled?? If we book from UK by email and our trip is a non-starter, would we get a refund? Another query, as it's tropical around that area, is it necessary to take anti-malaria tablets while we're there?

Thanks again.

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6. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Hi Cali,

You do not need to worry about the Malaria Tablets(thank god we don't have that variety of mozzie around here). You should be fairly safe with booking your tours in advance. If your tours are cancelled due to weather, the tour operators will try to take you another day or refund you your money if you aren't able to travel another day.Tour operators won't refund your money only if you cancel within a certain time period. Their cancellation policy will be explained on their web sites, so you can check this up before you book your tour and part with your money.

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7. Re: Tours: book now or when we arrive?

Thanks TrueLocal - reassuring to know that we don't have to start on the tablets soon. Will find some websites and get booking; thanks again to all for your help.

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