DH and I will be spending 4 nights in Cairns (3 full days) at the end of May. We want to do 2 day trips to the GBR and spend 1 day in Kuranda (hugging a koala is a must on this trip!)
First, the GBR. We have our nights paid for at a hotel in Cairns as part of a trip package, so we would rather not do an overnight trip on GBR unless it is much cheaper than to book 2 trips. We are avid snorkelers, but we don't do scuba diving.
It sounds like Passions of Paradise gets rave reviews around here, so that's the #1 consideration for us right now. For our second day, we were considering Wavelength snorkel tour out of Port Douglas, but it looks like transfers from Cairns are about $40 each plus the price of the trip. Is that company that much better that it would be worth the extra money? GBR is top of our lists of sights to see in Australia, so we don't mind spending extra, but only if it is really worthwhile! We want to be "wowed" by the coral and sea life. :) We do like that it seems like each company goes to different sections of the Outer Reef. If you don't think Wavelength is worthwhile, what other company out of Cairns would you recommend? Or would it be a better value just to book an overnight stay out on a boat and try to forget that we already paid for a hotel one night? :)
On to Kuranda. Like I said, we would like to go up there to the Koala sanctuary and walk around the town. Are there any hikes in the rain forest that you can take from Kuranda, or do you absolutely have to do the Skyrail to be able to stop in sections and hike around? We would like to take the bus from Cairns at least one way to save some money, and wouldn't be opposed to using it both ways if we can do a little hiking from Kuranda. We've done a lot of rainforest trips in some recent vacations, so the Skyrail isn't quite a major draw for us (especially at $45 each!)
Thanks so much!
RebekahEdited: 02 November 2011, 18:10