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Where to stay Port Douglas or Cairns

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Where to stay Port Douglas or Cairns

We would like to do some diving/snorkeling at the reef. Where is the best place to stay, Port Douglas or Cairns? It sounds like we can book trips through either location. We are enjoy beach front which Cairns doesn't have, but we also enjoy a good selection of restaurants and other activities which Port Douglas may not have. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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11. Re: Where to stay Port Douglas or Cairns

Can anyone help, my husband and I are going to Port Douglas in dec 05 ,were booked to stay at the Prime Pacific Port Douglas Retreat has anyone stayed there?

We like nearly everyone else, are thinking of sailing on the GBR. It would be the first time we will have been snorkeling. Thought of the trip with the ocean flee to the green island. Can this trip leave from port douglas?

We would also like to go fishing?

any recommendations on transport from cairns airport?

we would be very grateful for any advice and suggestions

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12. Re: Where to stay Port Douglas or Cairns

for Karen56grandchildren - Ocean Free leaves from Cairns therefore you will have to get a bus trip from Port Douglas to Cairns - very long day. You could try Wavedancer (Quicksilver) - this goes to Low Isles - the reef and the visibility is not the best but at least you get to sail and do snorkelling. Get the place where you are staying at to book the trips for you. There is also fishing in the Daintree River, Cairns Inlet and also reef fishing.

Good luck

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13. Re: Where to stay Port Douglas or Cairns

Best snorkel out of Port D is wavelength. it's a snorkel only boat and its locations are excellent.

If you're up for game or bottom fishing try Dragon lady. Small family run but an excellent day out. They seem to catch fish when none are around. Also have a high level of return clientel. Norseman is also good but it has more people per square metre of deckspace so can be a little tight if a few a re reeling in at once.

There are transfer buses from cairns airport run by the local bus company..they shuttle to a most hotels. I'm sure yours will be able to organise these.

If you're looking for Limousine transfers try Acacia, these are double the price for 2 by bus. We've done both and they were both fine (it was actually cheaper to do the limo transfer for 4 than it was to do the bus)

Another great trip but hire a car and DIY is up to Mossman Gorge.