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Combining Great Barrier Reef Trip and Wet Tropics in one day

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Combining Great Barrier Reef Trip and Wet Tropics in one day

Our ship will be in port for one day. We would like to visit the GBR and take a glass bottom boat (no snorkeling or ddiving for us), and also see the Rainforest. Can this be done? Does anyone know of a tour company that combines the two?

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1. Re: Combining Great Barrier Reef Trip and Wet Tropics in one day

You can get a taste of each with the following tour company. (Caveat: I know nothing about them and have never done a tour with them. You can read reviews about this company here on TA)

If you specifically want to see the Outer Reef of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park, there is no way you can do both places in one day. However, if you do one of these combo tours with Big Cat, you will see a coral reef at Green Island and you will see a rainforest going to Kuranda.

www.greenisland.com.au/combo-day-tours/

Just be sure before you book that your ship will be in Cairns long enough for you to do one of these combo tours.

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2. Re: Combining Great Barrier Reef Trip and Wet Tropics in one day

First of all where is your ship docking/anchoring? Some tie up at the wharf in Cairns but many others anchor off Yorkey's Knob which is about 20 minutes north of Cairns.

If you're in Cairns you will definitely have more time for self-organised tours - the one suggested by longhorn looks a reasonable option but you would have to check what time it returns - according to their website it leaves at 9 am but doesn't mention when it gets back, and the Green Island vessels leave from just along the waterfront from your ship.

But if you are anchored off Yorkey's it takes much longer to be ferried ashore. In that case you might have to check out the ship's tours (yes, always more expensive unfortunately!) but they would at least ensure you get onto your tour and back again before the ship sails!

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