Every tour I have looked at to go out to the reef has mentioned a reef tax on top of their tour price. I have experienced this type of environmental fee before, and am not suprised or disturbed by it.
But I'm very confused by the fact that every tour seems to charge a different reef tax. If it's a government fee, shouldn't it be the same for everyone?
So I did a Google search and found the Environment Management Charge imposed by the GBR Maritime Park Authority. It specifies the charge is $4.50 per day up to a maximum of 3 days. But some of the tour companies are asking for $9, $10, or even $12 per day.
Is there another authority that's imposing a fee that would explain the difference?