Great Barrier Reef - Tour Suggestions?

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    Sep 09, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Hi guys,.. Taking a trip to Australia this November and planning on visiting the Great Barrier Reef ( from Cairns ).
    Just wondering if I should pre-book the tour from North America or just book it when I get there. Also, any tour packages/ operators you'd recommend for the reef?
    Thanks,

    John
  • kew1

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    Sep 10, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    I booked when I was there, but that was a few years ago. Went out on a catamaran & was seasick all dayicon_sad.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    Book when you get there, you can generally get things cheaper when you buy on location as opposed to out of the country.
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    Sep 11, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    The Great Barrier Reef is awesome!
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    Sep 11, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    Book when you get there. Don't plan to spend too much time in Cairns.

    Heron Island (at the southern beginning of the Reef) is beautiful and has accommodation and 15+ dives within 5 mins from the island. Highly recommended. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Book when you arrive mate .
    Go to CDC " Cairns Dive Center " , they have been in business for more than 25 years , good reputation , nice boats , introductory to certified dives , they have day trips , 3 days trips and more . They also run Specials , so don't forget to check those ones too . I have friends that have used that company for years and are always satisfied .
    Phone# 61 7 4051 0294 from the U.S
    free toll in within QLD 1800 642 591
    C.D.C
    121 Abott street
    Cairns QLD 4810


    http://www.cairnsdive.com.au/contact/


    Have fun and enjoy , it is one of the most beautiful place on Earth
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    I went on a week long dive boat. That was so cool. You can choose to skin dive rather than scuba. There are 3 day trips and day trips I believe. Great Barrier is phenomenal. Really beautiful especially from the air. Catch the reefs while they are still alive. They are dying off slowly. Cairns has so many dive shops around. Go Mike Ball diving online and email someone there. If they don't have trips, they will suggest someone. Also rent a car and travel up the coast in a day or two. You can only go so far. I forgot the end though. Also check out the sex club in Cairns if you are open to that. Australians are wild and less inhibited. I met a guy that was built like an athlete. Muscular and good looking. Maybe you would meet him.
  • calibro

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    Sep 11, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    go on the one where you don't get eaten by sharks
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Sep 11, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    Definitely make sure the tour you select goes to the outer reef, and if you can help it, go on a sunny day so the sea life is more visible!
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    It's amazing that you brought this up. Animal Planet had an AMAZING new special on the Great Barrier Reef and it will re-air this Thurs, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. Spectacular imagery above and below the water. You will love the turtle segment.
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    Sep 11, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    Thanks all for the great advice... I'm really looking forward to this trip and sure that it'll be memorable.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    Definitely book once you arrive and not overseas as you definitely receive wider options at such bargain prices! I went with Deep Sea Diver's Den and it was an utmost beautifully 3 days 2 nights live-a-board dive experience I've ever had. Also dove in Heron Island and it was fantastic! When you can, definitely stay in the island, check out the dive sites (and I reckon one of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen in Australia). At this point there are a lot of University of california students that might be popping there soon for study abroad programs (end of october/ beginning of nov), so you might see them diving as well (they're mostly certified!)
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    I'd recommend renting your own camera to use down there, too. They have some for like $50 if I remember, right and you get to take as many photos and videos as you want. I rented one and edited all my photos in Aperture and all the colors came out looking amazing!

    Also, my default photo is from Cairns, or Ca'ns as they make you say! Have fun! icon_lol.gif