I'll be in Cairns for a few days and was on the hunt for opinions:
Rainforest: My top pick is Barefoot Tours to head to the Atherton Tablelands given the lower price than Billy Tea Safaris to Daintree and the excellent reviews. Will the experience in Atherton really be that much different than Daintree? I also seem pretty set on not doing Kuranda as I've heard a lot of lousy feedback. Does anyone disagree?
Reef: I'm thinking of doing Reef Magic, but at $180, its pricey. My main purpose is to enjoy the cruise, get to see the Great Barrier Reef and probably do a semi-submersive or the like . I may re-consider on snorkelling, but am unsure for now. I saw a couple of Green Island options that were cheaper, but the reviews seemed disappointing. Is it worth the cost to do Reef Experience if I'm not snorkelling?
Hotels: I am looking for something around $100ish/night thats in a convenient location but have come back with a slew of options that are decently-rated and hard to distinguish. The options: Heritage Cairns, Reef Palms, Balinese, Reef Apartments and Best Western. Is there anything superior about one of these over the others?
As always - appreciate any input.