I will be visiting Cairns in November and am looking for recommendations on a) where to stay and b) tour/diving companies to do a 2 night/3 day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
Are there any good companies you would recommend? Do you think the 2 night, 3 day option is the best one if time is limited? I've heard good things about Pro Divers who seem to have a good reputation. Are there any specific sites in the GBR that would be the best ones to cover on this type of trip?
I will be arriving by plane from Sydney and will be leaving by the Greyhound bus to Arlie Beach.
With regards to accommodation, I am a solo female traveller in my early 30’s so would like to meet people along the way so am fine with hostels but I would like to have a private room and bathroom. Budget obviously is a consideration given I will be going alone and that Australia is not cheap!
If I am staying on board a boat and would like to be on a good nice, new, comfortable boat, are there any that you would recommend that are also reasonably priced?