We are coming to Cairns for 5 days in late January, we are well traveled, now just retired and first time in Australia and have a number of questions
1. We arrive at Cairns Airport mid morning and are staying at the Holiday Inn, what will it cost for a taxi, and are they readily available? Would you recommend trying to book one in advance?
2. We regularly travel by public transport (UK, Europe, Tunisia, Singapore etc.,) and find we see more of the people, life, and the countryside. Is it practical to visit the likes of Port Douglas, Daintree and the Mossman Gorge under our own steam using public transport. Where else would you suggest for scenery, flora and fauna?
We intend to spend one day on the reefs but are confused by the many companies and offers. The outer reefs seem to have more to offer, prices advertised here in the UK vary considerably for 5 hrs on the outer reef from around GBP80 to GBP150. Am I better booking before we go or is it possible (and maybe cheaper) if I book locally when we arrive. I want to snorkel!
All and any advice appreciated.