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Cairns holiday tour activities such Great Barrier Reef Tours

Written by Aksel Ritenis

“Cairns holiday tour activities such as Great Barrier Reef Tours”

Cairns Visitors Centre

We offer you the best choice of Cairns holiday tour activities such as Great Barrier Reef tours, Reef Diving, Snorkelling, Sailing Tours, Learn to Dive Courses, Daintree Rainforest Tours, Kuranda Train and Skyrail Tours, Cape York Tours, Skydiving and White Water Rafting tours and plenty more. Whatever you wish to do when visiting Cairns we can provide you the best recommendations made with the benefit of local knowledge!

Great Adventures – Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Destination: Outer Barrier Reef plus 2 hour stopover on Green Island
Duration: Day TourDeparts: Cairns Daily 8.30am
Returns: Cairns 5:30pm

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The Cruise

This option includes all the features of the Great Barrier Reef Adventure with the additional inclusion of a two hour Green Island stopover.

The beauty majestic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Green Islands is yours to experience in one day. Travel  via modern, comfortable, high-speed catamaran to Green Island. Enjoy two hours free time on Green Island with all snorkelling equipment included before journeying on to the Outer Barrier Reef onboard to arrive at a first class multi-level pontoon – combining a visit to a true coral cay and the Outer Barrier Reef at either Norman or Moore Reef activity platform locations.

The Great Adventures pontoon, or activity platform which is often used as an alternate name for pontoons these days, is the perfect option for those with no previous experience, travelling with children or wanting a shorter timeframe day tour to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

The activity platform offers shelter with undercover seating and table , bar facilities, a sundeck on the pontoon’s upper deck, change rooms with freshwater showers and great scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform! There is even a swimming enclosure for infants to have splash around in safety with mum or dad in attendance!

Snorkelling is oh so easy from the stairs that lead from the pontoon into the water with bouyed off snorkelling areas and professional crew to give snorkelling tips and safety offers on watch the entire time!

Glide effortlessly from the activity platforms’ edge, as here you will easily be able to snorkel and dive amongst some of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life diversity on the Great Barrier Reef.

If you prefer not to get into the water and choose to stay dry, you can still embrace the natural wonderland below with a visit to the activity platform’s underwater observatory or from the comfort of the semi-submersible submarine tours which offers a full and interesting commentary.

For the more adventurous, there are also a variety of exciting optional activities; there is Certified Diving for licensed open water divers, fully guided Introductory Diving for those without a license or any previous experience, Fully Guided Snorkel Tours with the vessel’s Marine Naturalist, Scuba Doo and stunning Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flights – all waiting for you to try!

This is a fantastic tour by which to see the best of an Coral Island, Green Island & the Outer Barrier Reef, and is ideally suited to the nervous, first time snorkeller, non-swimmer or for families with young children who need space and a variety of activities of interest to keep them entertained.

The Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Adventure departs from Cairns at 8.30am daily (check-ins start from 7.30am) and arrives back into Cairns at approximately 5.30pm in the afternoon.

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran transfers to Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffee*
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Guided Eco Reef Talk

Rates – Valid 01st of April 2019 to 31st of March 2020Ex Wharf – Based on Self Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal – Cairns Marlin Marinas

  • Adult AU$263.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$139.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$667.00 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax

Ex Cairns – With Return Coach Transfers from Cairns City Accommodation

  • Adult AU$292.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$158.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$763.00 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax

Ex Cairns Northern Beaches – With Return Coach Transfers from Cairns Northern Beaches Accommodation

  • Adult AU$299.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$159.50 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$779.00 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax

Infants Aged under 4 year of age travel free of charge
Family Package rates are based on 2 Adults & 2 Children aged between 4 – 14 years of age

Important Booking Notes: On making a reservation please indicate in ‘Comments Box’ if requiring return coach transfers from Cairns or Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation or making own way to check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal; as well as indicating if any optional activities, e.g. diving, snorkelling tours, helicopter scenic flights are required on top of standard package. .

Government Reef Tax: An Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. The Government Environmental Management Charge is payable direct by passengers to Great Adventures on the day of travel.

Weather in the Tropics! 

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

At present Cairns has not sustained any major flooding episodes, unlike those poor souls who have been inundated in South West & Central Queensland some 1000’s of kilometres away.

From Christmas Day onward our weather has thrown sunny days, days with sun & a little rain and the odd day with just rain, but this is to be expected as the monsoon trough has arrived signaling the beginning of our ‘Wet Season’. The rain is warm and as long as the winds are light and there isn’t a cyclone sitting directly off the coast of Cairns, then the weather is generally more than pleasant on land and at out at sea.

At this time of year with extreme humidity it’s too hot to bear if it doesn’t rain! Consequently when one sees and hears of a thunderstorm starting to develop west ‘up over the mountains’ in the late afternoon, it is often a welcome relief to the day’s intense heat and humidity and we pray for some respite that the warm tropical rains may bring!

The unique and somewhat rare rainforest areas that we have on our doorstep just outside of Cairns i.e. the Daintree Rainforests and the Atherton Tablelands to name a couple only exist because of our ‘area specific’ annual amounts of rainfall. If we didn’t receive the amounts of rainfall that we do in this part of the world, perhaps you would be visiting a desert rather than the tropical rainforests! The rainforest truly comes alive with the rain, birds sing, frogs croak and the emerald rainforest trees glisten in the wet and the waterfalls start to flow!

Sadly, I do think that a few internet weather predictors and some of our national news stations always seem to mention Cairns weather at this time of the year, showing a picture icon with clouds and lightening symbols, sometimes with the sun peeking out from the clouds; even on days when the writer is sitting (here in Cairns) looking outside the window at bright blue sunshine and bemoaning the stiflingly hot and humid conditions. Perhaps it’s easier advertise Cairns weather conditions by giving a blanket prediction in order to hedge their bets in ‘predicting conditions’?

So whilst you might be reading headlines such as “Gillard to Boost Aid for Flood-Stricken Queensland as Thousands Evacuated” and graphic images regarding “Queensland’s Flood Crisis” please remember that the state of Queensland encompasses a very large area and whilst it may be flooding in Central and South West Queensland it is not necessarily flooding in Cairns!

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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