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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns

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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.68
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! You’ll visit 2 different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included onboard the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome. Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional instructors.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.11
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$143.11

Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns
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Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

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Enjoy the natural delights of the Great Barrier Reef on an activity cruise from Cairns that gives you several ways to experience this renowned underwater world. After traveling by catamaran to a pontoon moored on the reef, you can observe marine life on a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible vessel; go snorkeling to spot sea turtles; get your hands wet in the touch pool; upgrade to include a Seawalker Helmet dive; or upgrade to include an introductory or certified scuba dive. A buffet lunch is included, and the pontoon is equipped with showers.
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  • 8 hours
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$175.40
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Go snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise from Cairns. Relax on board your 80-foot (25-meter) luxury catamaran as your captain sails to two exclusive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel or dive, with full instruction provided by guides, and see an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and corals. Your tour includes morning and afternoon tea, and a buffet lunch, with additional beverages available for purchase.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.77
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef and a lush island rain forest on this full-day catamaran tour to Green Island from Cairns. Create your own perfect day on this protected coral cay with a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, Seawalking, nature walks, and tours on a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and/or a ride in a semi-submarine. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.45
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.20
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Rainforest River Tubing from Cairns
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Rainforest River Tubing from Cairns

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Get set for a wet and wild adventure as you hurtle down the Mulgrave River on a giant tube! Hang on tight as you navigate small rapids and then soak up the scenery as you drift through the rainforest. This fun-filled morning tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Cairns, plus around 2 hours of tubing. Best of all: there’s no experience necessary, so everyone can give it a go!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$58.71
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour to Fitzroy Island. After arriving from Cairns on a fast ferry, have free time to do what you choose: snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on the white-sand beach or see the coral from a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to add the Activity Pass Plus Lunch, which provides a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

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See snapping crocs in action on this half-day tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Departing from Cairns or Palm Cove, explore the five different zones of this eco-park and working crocodile farm, including a narrated boat tour through a coastal lagoon. Stroll along elevated boardwalks to observe cassowaries, turtles, lizards, and koalas, and admire the mighty stars of the attraction at the thrilling Crocodile Attack Show.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.64
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour

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Venture off-the-beaten-track and explore the UNESCO-listed wilderness of Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. Journey along the Captain Cook Highway; take a guided hike through the Mossman Gorge and cool off with a dip in the Mossman River. After lunch (included), look out for crocodiles on a scenic cruise down the Daintree River, then continue to Cape Tribulation to trek through the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy magnificent views over the Great Barrier Reef. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.13
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Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
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Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns

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Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience, just 45 minutes from Cairns by fast catamaran. Home to over 120 native plant species and colourful bird life, surrounded by abundant marine life. Full and half day options available. Your day can be as active or as relaxing as you choose. As a Great Adventures guest, you’ll also be able to enjoy many exclusive inclusions such as the use of the island swimming pool and a self guided eco island walk to discover some of the island’s unique rainforest flora. The island’s well appointed day visitor facilities include a pool bar, plus restaurant and retail outlets. A delicious range of lunch and snacks can be purchased from the island’s food and refreshment outlets.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.94
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Cairns Luxury Catamaran Harbor and Dinner Cruise

Cairns Luxury Catamaran Harbor and Dinner Cruise

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Hop aboard for a luxurious evening catamaran cruise of Cairns and experience Australia’s northernmost city from the water. Sip a complimentary drink as you glide along the Cairns waterfront precinct and along the idyllic Trinity Inlet, then tuck into a delicious 3-course dinner on-board as you watch the mesmerizing sunset over the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns

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Immerse yourself in Northern Queensland’s waterfalls, rainforests, and other natural wonders on this full-day tour from Cairns. Admire the untouched scenery and stop to swim in the famous Millaa Millaa, and Josephine Falls. In between, visit Babinda Boulders and Mount Hypipamee, watch for wildlife such as tree-kangaroos and platypus, and admire a tropical sunset at Lake Eacham. National Park admission, lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
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$94.67
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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Get a rounder perspective of the Great Barrier Reef by viewing it from the air on this scenic flight from Cairns. Soaring over the UNESCO-listed reef allows you to take in its colors and appreciate its vastness. Enjoy unobstructed photo opportunities from your window seat as you take in such sights as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Vlassof Cay, and Michaelmas Reef. Includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairns hotel.
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  • 40 minutes
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

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Customize your visit to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with your selection from three travel options with a choice of snorkeling, scuba diving, and a one-way or round-trip scenic helicopter tour. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders. Then enjoy a close experience of the coral reef by choosing to snorkel or enroll in an optional scuba diving course (additional expense).
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
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  • 8 hours
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and Aboriginal heritage of Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. First, head to the Mossman Gorge to take part in a traditional smoke ceremony with the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. Then, enjoy a close encounter with native wildlife on the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and visit Cape Tribulation, the meeting point of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. After lunch at Cape Trib Beach House, embark on a scenic cruise along the Daintree River (optional).
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.03
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Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
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Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns

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If you want to enjoy a tropical island beach paradise from Cairns but don’t have a lot of time, this half or full-day trip to Green Island is ideal. Be transported by fast catamaran from Cairns to save time. Choose between a glass-bottomed boat tour or the use of snorkeling equipment. Get access to the island’s pool or take a self-guided walk of the island if you want to be more active.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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$74.86
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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1 Hour Rainforest Quad Bike Tour in Kuranda
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1 Hour Rainforest Quad Bike Tour in Kuranda

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Join us to explore World Heritage Rainforest & more on easy-to-ride quad bikes at a relaxed pace. Our tour guides will make sure you have a safe, fun & enriching experience.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.72
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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway, Rainforestation & lunch. CKB

Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway, Rainforestation & lunch. CKB

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest and observe native Australian wildlife on a full-day tour from Cairns. View the rain forest as you ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in a gondola. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle that offers another vantage point on the forest, visit the koalas, kangaroos and other critters at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Learn about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. After a classic Aussie barbecue lunch, take the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)

Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)

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Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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  • 10 hours
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What people are saying about Cairns & the Tropical North Tours

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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
"Thanks to the crew for their energy Food was delicious. We saw a big turtle and a lot of different fishes, sea stars and octopus Highly recommended"..."
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
"The crew was the best so nice, funny & accommodating. It was perfect day and the experience was superb"..."
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Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns
"The buffet lunch was great. Kids had a fab time going on slides going into ocean. We loved the snorkeling experience so much marine life to see. It was like watching finding Nemo movie in real life. I would do this again."..."
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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
"Incredible experience, the crew were so lovely and accomodating. They were very knowledgeable and had an overall good vibe! The food was so yummy and fresh Such a lovely experience, I will definitely be back!!!"..."
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
"It was the first time on this trip and I had ever gone snorkelling before and it was breathtaking! My partner and I had an amazing time and managed to see a reef shark and a stingray!"..."
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
"You won’t regret the epic scenic view you’ll see up in the cable. All the staff members are super helpful and friendly too."..."
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Rainforest River Tubing from Cairns
"The tubing trip was enjoyable and well organised, all team staffs were funny and caring, we had a great time and highly recommend it if you are looking for activities to do in Cairns!"..."
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns
"The beautiful beach and scenery Great crew on boat, fantastic corals on glasbottom boat, great commentary, all staff very friendly Nice restaurant to have a drink and lunch A fantastic experience"..."
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour
"Great facilities, lots of information provided. Not too far from Cairns on a great stretch of coastal road. Guides and anima handlers are funny and very helpful with questions and engaging with guests. Also has a bar with cold beer. 10/10 will be back"..."
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
"Unique experience! Picked up and dropped at the hotel by excellent guides who ran amusing commentary. The train journey was scenic and very informative, with many photo opportunities. Staff on the train are friendly and efficient. Kuranda is a small pleasant place with many restaurants and shops for every taste and pocket. We loved the chocolate shop and the honey shop. Trip back to Cairns is stunning, high over trees and waterfall. We were little apprehensive at first but it really feels safe and smooth. Both ways we stopped at lookouts. I highly recommend this tour!"..."
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
"A fantastic experience. Our tour guide Darryl, was amazing and passionate about the sights we were visiting during the day. He had an abundant knowledge about the area, landscape, plants and wildlife. The lunch was quite yummy and our host entertained us with a presentation of the local produce. The tour was worth the money."..."
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Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
"My family and I had a wonderful trip to Green Island. One of the reasons we chose this trip was because we weren't sure whether we wanted to go on one of the longer trips to the outer reef or not as this was our first attempt at snorkelling. The trip to the Island was only 45 mins and we had approx 4 hours on the Island to explore, snorkel and take a trip on the glass bottom boat. We could have stayed longer as we all thoroughly enjoyed the snorkelling, seeing many fish and stingrays. The tour on the glass bottom boat was very informative and we saw various types of coral, clown fish and a couple of turtles."..."
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Cairns Luxury Catamaran Harbor and Dinner Cruise
"This was an amazing experience, my sister and I decided to do this the first night we were in Cairns and it was A great start! Food was great, drinks were flowing and the staff were attentive and accommodating! A small criticism is it was a smidge long but you definitely got your moneys worth!"..."
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
"Diving was excellent! The crew was super helpful as I’m a novice (only just got certified). Highly recommended 👍"..."
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns
"I loved the waterfall. Tour guide was fantastic. He made sure everyone enjoyed the tour. The music he played was good"..."
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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns
"The pilot was really great, we felt safe and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The view of the reef was wonderful"..."
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
"Going out on the boat was great and the lunch they supplied . And the swim in the nice blue water the crew were helpful and the helicopter was very enjoyable ride back."..."
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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
"Such history! Professional staff, amazing views and fantastic history. A lovely pace. Recommend the rail first and the cableway in the afternoon after a lovely lunch in Kuranda."..."
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas
"Tour guide explained about everything about the trip. Learned about different trees of rainforest, territorial nature of crocodile in the dentree river. It was a memoriable day."..."
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Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
"It was an amazing experienced and lovely staff. The Cruise was beautiful and comfortable. We had great time snorkelling at green island and saw a lot of amazing creatures under water."..."
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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas
"We had so much fun. Rhees was a great guide and although a few scary moments we felt safe the whole time. Highly recommend for all ages. Our boat ranged from 12-65. 13 yr old - it was exciting and will definitely do it again"..."
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1 Hour Rainforest Quad Bike Tour in Kuranda
"The quad biking tour was very fun and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We had a great time."..."
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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway, Rainforestation & lunch. CKB
"Great day with magnificent scenery and lovely people. Had some interesting information forthcoming a lot of things we didn't know. The Rainforestation tour is a must do, Chris our Duck driver was a fountain of knowledge and the Pamigirri dance was fabulous and a lot of fun"..."
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Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
"It was great experience and really loved all the activities. Worth it. We had an amazing time. The kangaroos we saw in the wildlife were so cute and the tour driver was so nice person. Friendly people and great discovery."..."

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