Cairns Journals

Great Barrier Reef

A September 2003 trip to Cairns by Chrissy1

Diving is fun Photo, Cairns, Australia More Photos
Quote: Take a trip to Cairns and then go north to Port Douglas -- this is the best part of the Great Barrier Reef. Come and enjoy Australia.

Dive the Reef

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Diving is fun Photo, Cairns, Australia
Come visit Port Douglas. I think this is the best place to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef. We stayed in the Hibiscus Hotel, which is a four-star hotel designed like a Balinese-style bungalow. We went with one of the local boat operators (there are many to choose from) and arranged a day out on the reef. The boat left at 9pm and headed out to the reef. We had great weather and the visibility was amazing, with so many fish to see. The boat supplied a buffet-style lunch and we rented the diving equipment on board. The cost is around $120 for the day, but it was definitely worth it -- a once-in-a-lifetime trip sometimes. I had friends from overseas with me and we had an...Read More