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Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

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Lugano (Switzerland)
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Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

Hello fellow travellers,

we (couple + 18 month old) will be travelling for the first time to the great barrier reef mid-September 2013. :) :) :)

We are staying 7 nights on Hamilton island and we are trying to find one or more cruises that will allow us to explore the reef and the Whitsundays.

Glass-floor boats and a bit of relaxed snorkelling would be great (nothing too adventurous, we have a small child...).

Can you recommend a company that takes you on a one-day or half-day trip (FROM Hamilton Island or with possibility to be picked up/dropped off there), suitable also for small children and that doesn't cost a fortune?

So far I found offers only for around 300-400 AUD, which seems pretty steep to me!

Thank you so much for any advice you can share! ;)

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1. Re: Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

No that is what you will pay for a day trip snorkelling to the reef. Its worth it too. Its about 1 hour on a high speed cat and you need to go that far out to get the good corals.

There are smaller day trip around the Whitsunday region- numerous which are easily organised from Airlie or Hamilton /Daydream/other islands.

Lugano (Switzerland)
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2. Re: Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

Thank you Hamiriver,

do you have any names to recommend though?

By searching in internet rather than in loco so many different companies pop up making it hard to make a selection...

We are looking for a calm cruise, something with glass bottom so also our small child can see the fish and coral and eventually also a snorkel tour. Not too expensive.

Thank you for your time!

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3. Re: Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

Being a small island you won't have a lot of choice as only a couple of companies operate from the island

There is a glass boottom boat ... If you go the the official HI site they list lots of activities and there is now an app for our iPhone/iPad with heaps of info

Trips, activities, daily activity sheet.. A wealth of information


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4. Re: Best cruise for GBR from Hamilton?

Hi Abbey,

great, found the different offers on the site you mentioned, thank you so much for your suggestions and your help! :)

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