We will be going to Cairns/The WhitSundays next February 2014. We have 7 days to work with and I originally planned to spend 4 days in Cairns where the main priority is diving, spend 1 day driving down to Airlie Beach, then 2 days in the WhitSundays. However, with the February weather being a bit unpredictable, I am nervous to limit Cairns and the GBR to only 4 days. Yet, if we have 5 days in Cairns that leaves 1 driving day and 1 full day in the WhitSundays. So, my next idea is to fly from Cairns to HTI, saving the driving time and having a decent amount of time in the WhitSundays on that first arrival day. The price of the flight might be worth it, considering we likely won't be back to Australia for many, many years. Has anyone tried both options? Which do you prefer? How is the flight from Cairns to HTI, is it a scenic flight over the ocean? Is the drive scenic? Any info would be helpful! Thanks in advance!