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    Just go to the tourist information office near your accommodation, they have stacks of brochures advertising the various trips. You'll need to decide if you want to go to the outer reef (better underwater viewing, but it can get a bit rough on the way), or the inner reef, which is closer and means you can do a half-day trip.
    Whichever you choose make sure you put on lots of sunscreen, and re-apply every couple of hours. Wear a 'rash vest' too to cut down on sun exposure.
    Phil from the safety hub over 6 years ago

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    Many great tours atm. Have a look at www.tusadive.com; www.passions.com.au; www.downunderdive.com.au; www.reeftrip.com over 6 years ago

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    We stayed at the Shangralai at the marina. The tourist center is right next to it, as is the departure for the Reef. Use the tour from the Silver star (or close to that name, can't remember exact name) They have the best reputation, ask the concierge. Don't go to Green Island, only for beginners. Take the 90 minute ride out to reef, it's awesome! over 6 years ago

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    Part 2: boat ride out to reef. includes lunch & cocktails. Plus they provide the stinger suits over 6 years ago

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    Reef magic or Poseidon both great companies and fantastic customer service. Travelled with them only last week over 6 years ago

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    If you have the time do a 4 day live aboard with Mike Ball. Sometimes they have last minute deals and if those align with your schedule and your hotel can be cancelled, it's way worth it. ALL the day trips go to the nearest reefs which are the most visited. It takes a full day plus to get to the ribbon reefs but boy what a difference. More for divers though, not so much for snorkelers. NB I've been to green island, thought it was ok. over 6 years ago

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    I went on the Ocean Spirit twice. They set sail to come back in at sunset and have live music. Last time I was in Cairns they operated out of Cairns and Port Douglas. over 6 years ago

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    If you like diving, I went with Deep Sea Diver's Den on an overnight cruise in 2010 and loved it, Great company with excellent instructors. over 6 years ago

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    if you are only going to visit the great barrier reef once, it is definitely worth doing this reef tour, they have been awarded best in australia for many many years, http://www.quicksilver-cruises.com/ they have a range of about 5 different tours to the reef. I definitely recommend if you are not a strong swimmer, to go to a reef island instead of the outer barrier reef. they also include transfers from your hotel and the staff are all pretty cool about 6 years ago

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