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Advice for first day (out of 3) in Cairns

Sacramento, CA
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Advice for first day (out of 3) in Cairns


For our family, (2 adults, 2 boys--9 and 11yrs) we are doing Discovery Tour on 2nd day and Reef Magic on 3rd day.

Please help with our 1st day. Want to do GBR. Should I take transfer down to Port Douglas and take the Wavelength tour? Or, should I just take the Sea Star tour from Cairns? We all have never snorkeled before.

How would we get to Port Douglas, since we will have no car?

Any other recommendations?

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1. Re: Advice for first day (out of 3) in Cairns

There a myriad of reef tours available from Cairns and Port Douglas. If it were me, I'd look at SilverSwift or SilverSonic (both are Quicksilver boats - one goes from Cairns, the other from PD). They differ from Reef Magic in that you don't go out to a pontoon, you snorkle directly off the back of the boat.

Wavelength does get good reviews. I haven't been on it myself but it was recommended to me for our last trip to PD. Wavelength and many of the other reef tour operators will be able to arrange bus transfers from Cairns to PD for you. On the Wavelength website it states that these are $30 per adult and $15 per child.

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