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Island stay or Carins/Port Dogulus stay?

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Island stay or Carins/Port Dogulus stay?

We'll be in GBR in mid June. We are thinking of staying there for 3 full days, 4 nights. We will arrive late Tuesday and leave either mid/late Saturday.

We are debating with a couple of options.

1. Stay at the Fitzroy Island (suggestion for any other not expensive islands?)

2. Stay at Port Dogulus or Carins? Take a day tour to Fitzroy Island or any other island day tour, take Quick Silver day tour to and so on.

We like to snorkel in shallow water, Reef walking and take the tour of the GBR (by plane?)

I'll appreciate any suggestions.

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1. Re: Island stay or Carins/Port Dogulus stay?

My preference would be to stay in Port Douglas. Make sure you take a day and visit the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Multiple boats from Port Douglas will take you out to the outer reef to dive or snorkel. I also really enjoy the trip to the Low Isles from Port Douglas, snorkel off shore, more soft coral than the outer reef so quite different.

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2. Re: Island stay or Carins/Port Dogulus stay?

I like Port Dogulas ;} but I think you will find more info under Port Douglas!

Re shallow water snorkelling- when you are on the reef, the main parts you swim over are shallow- then there are the drop offs into the big blue. Thats when I get the rush when the reef just drops away ...!

However, I think the coral is far superior in the outer reef. I also think on the Low Isles trip that you do waste a fair amount of time getting to and fro the boat for lunch etc. Its a much smaller area for snorkelling as well.

As the above post says at the outer reef you see those beautiful soft corals that look like rugs - amazing.

If you are going to Fitzroy for a day then I would say stay at Cairns. Otherwise PD or Palm Cove are nicer /laid back locations.

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