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Alamanda by Lancemore
Alamanda Resort & Spa The only absolute beachfront resort in Palm Cove - 5 Star Luxury - 5 Star Service - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Suites

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- FREE Wi-Fi
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Mgallery by Sofitel - Reef House
Reef House Resort & Spa Luxury Resort opposite beautiful Palm Cove Beach.

STAY 4 PAY 3

Includes:
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- Brigadiers Punch at Twilight
- Wi-Fi and DVD library
- Late 1pm check out
FROM $169 Per Night
PALM COVE
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Kuranda & Reef Combo
Reef & Kuranda 2 Day Experience 2 reef destinations in 1 day on the fabulous Evolution vessel. Visit Kuranda on famous Skyrail and Kuranda Train and explore the village in the Rainforest.

Tour Combo SAVE $56!

- Famous Skyrail Cableway
- Evolution premium reef cruise
- 2 Outer Reef locations
- Snorkel gear
- Scenic Kuranda train
- Free time in Kuranda
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FROM $305 Per Person
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5 night Tropical Reef & Rainforest
Tropical Reef & Rainforest 5 nights at Bay Village with 3 most popular reef & rainforest full day tours.

EXCELLENT VALUE!

- 5 Nights in a Studio
- Breakfast daily
- 5 Hours internet
- Evolution Outer Reef Cruise
- Daintree Rainforest Tour
- Crocodile River Cruise
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
FROM $831 Per Person
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Hotel Cairns Getaway Package
The Cairns Getaway Package is an ideal option for those who simply want to escape for a short break to the beautiful tropical north.

4 NIGHT PACKAGE

- The Hotel Cairns
- Full Breakfast Daily
- Green Island Day trip
- Glass Bottom Boat or
- or Snorkel gear
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
FROM $483 Per Person
CAIRNS CITY
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4 Night Tropical Indulgence
4 Night Tropical Indulgence offers a complete city experience with a 5 star sailing daytrip to Michaelmas Cay including bubbly, cheese & crackers on the way home.

FUN ESCAPE - GREAT LOCATION

- 4 Nights VIP Shangri-La
- Horizon Club Breakfast daily
- Sunset Drinks & canapes daily
- Complimentary refreshments
- Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay day
- Semi-Submarine Coral Viewing
- Wine, cheese & crackers on sail home
FROM $897 Per Adult
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7 Night Vision Family Fun
Vision luxury apartments perfectly located on the Cairns Esplanade. Short stroll along boardwalk to famous Cairns Swimming Lagoon, Restaurants & Marina.

7 NIGHT FAMILY FUN

-Green Island Day Trip
-Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat
-Kuranda Train & Skyrail
-Fully Equipped Gym
-Lap Pool
-Spa & Sauna
-BBQ Area
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Cairns Tourism News

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Today at Marine World the guests enjoyed improved weather conditions with it being a little overcast and low winds at about 10 knots. The guests took advantage of the sun and lazed about and got a top up on their tan upon the Marine World sundeck and participating in all available tours. The divers were thrilled at spotting lots of small reef sharks, chevron barracuda and schooling pelagic fish along the drop off point at Moore Reef.

The Heli Magic tours were popular again today, soaring high above the reefs surface to display a three dimensional view of the world famous Great Barrier Reef. The semi sub glided along a large coral bommie to the western side of Marine World displaying thousands of fusiliers, altheas and tropical reef fish.

The marine biologist was busy with snorkelling tours, explaining about the ecology of the surrounding reefs and pointing out different species of interest such as sea anemones, herbivore fish species and plankton feeders. The biologist also pointed out a garden of giant clams, big eye travelly and garden eels.

Water Temperature: 27C
Underwater Visibility: 15-20 meters

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Sunday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Monday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Tuesday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Friday, March 28, 2008

Today guests travelling out to Marine World experienced an abundance of sunshine and blue skies. Marine World is the perfect base to explore the reef for a day and is located on the beautiful Moore Reef system. While discovering the coral reef garden and its visually spectacular topography, observers today saw quite a few of its colourful inhabitants. Spotted on the Semi Sub Tour was a Giant Clam, Coral whip gardens, schools of Many-lined Sweetlip and a Hawkesbill Turtle. Divers and snorkellers had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the very sociable Wally, our resident Maori Wrasse. They saw hundreds of tiny fish from the Damsel family, blue-green Chromis, Humbugs, Anemone fish and Anthias. Larger fish spotted were Chevron Barracuda, Big-eye Trevally, Footballer Trout, Alligator Garfish and two sleeping Reef Sharks. Water Temperature: 28 C Underwater Visibility: 10 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Friday: SE winds 10-15 knots Saturday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots Sunday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

At present the best way to visit the reef is direct from Cairns on a fast catamaran like Reef Magic. The sheltered location of Marine World ensures the most comfortable base from which to explore the reef whether you are a snorkeller, diver or terrestrial creature spending the day taking part in the range of "dry activities". Fish life visible included Black Tip Reef Shark, Red Emperor (especially at the lunch-time fish feed); Wally the Maori Wrasse and his girlfriend (who were happy to pose for some souvenir photos with our first time divers); Nemo darting in and out of his protective anemone; Trumpet Fish, Angel Fish, colourful Nudibranch attached to the hard corals, and loads of nicely preserved Staghorn, Plate & Boulder corals in easily accessible, shallow areas very close to the snorkel platform. Water Temperature: 29 C Underwater Visibility: 7-10 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Wednesday: SE winds 10-15 knots Thursday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots Friday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It’s been to the moon, the North and South Poles, the top of Mt Everest and now to Agincourt Reef!  The symbol of adventure and discovery for over a century, the National Geographic Society’s flag, visited the Great Barrier Reef recently during a National Geographic Expeditions trip - fittingly aboard our adventure dive and snorkel vessel Silversonic.

While at the reef, expedition members took the opportunity to photograph the flag at this living natural wonder. The National Geographic Society’s flag has been carried on hundreds of expeditions to all corners of the globe and beyond. The flag’s first assignment was the 1903 Ziegler Polar Expedition to the Arctic and since then has been on hundreds of Society expeditions, including treks to both the North and South Poles, the 1935 Explorer II Stratosphere flight, to the summit of Mount Everest and on all of the Apollo space missions. The flag’s colours of blue, brown and green symbolise the earth, sea and sky.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A little green turtle named Alfie has found a new home on Green Island thanks to Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and Great Adventures. Alfie, a juvenile turtle approximately 10 years old, was released at Green Island on Valentines Day after successfully recovering from ‘floaters disease’. Jennifer Gilbert of the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre said Alfie was found floating near Mission Beach about eight weeks ago and was brought into the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre by the rangers from Innisfail. “He was suffering from ‘floaters disease’ and was quite sick. He had been floating for a while as he had a layer of algae and barnacles on his shell. Without treatment, Alfie may have died from starvation as these animals (with floaters disease) are unable to dive, and therefore cannot feed.” Great Adventures Environmental Manager, Jason Reynolds said “Green Island was the ideal place to release Alfie as it has a healthy population of juvenile turtles, and the marine-park protected reef also supports significant seagrass beds in the shallows for him to graze on.” Alfie made his trip out to Green Island aboard a Great Adventures boat, much to the delight of many tourists travelling to the island on their day cruise. “When he was released, Alfie took off across the seagrass beds and did not look back. This was a great result. The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre would like to thank Great Adventures for taking him out to the island so he could go back home,” said Ms Gilbert. Great Adventures is pleased to have been able to assist the Turtle Rehabiliation Centre and congratulates the team of Jennie, Paul and Damian who cared for Alfie, returning him to health.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pro Dive Cairns is proud to have recently been accredited Ecotourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia for their training courses and Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trips. This is in recognition of the environmental initiatives implemented to ensure the sustainability of Pro Dive’s operation and to contribute to the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. As part of their reef experience Pro Dive ensures visitors have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the spectacular marine environment. Pro Dive is now moving towards further enhance the sustainability and obtaining Advanced Eco Certification. In addition to being awarded this Eco Certification, Pro Dive’s commitment to the ongoing conservation of the Great Barrier Reef received further recognition this week from internationally renowned Dive Agency PADI as a Project AWARE Go ECO Operator. Project Aware is PADI’s own eco program and is awarded to operators who are dedicated to protecting our marine environment through responsible business practices and to providing visitors with dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness of our local aquatic environment.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

RARE WHALE SIGHTING!...

Guests aboard Port Douglas-based dive and snorkel vessel Silversonic were recently witness to a rare sighting of what is believed to be a Sei Whale at Agincourt Reef. The whale was first spotted about 200 metres from Silversonic in the channel between Agincourt 2B and Agincourt 2A where passengers were able to catch a glimpse of the rare whale. While the boat was stationary, the whale emerged in full view spending several minutes around the boat before swimming away.

Quicksilver marine biologist and Environmental Compliance Manager, Doug Baird, said the whale was approximately 16 metres long and due to its inquisitive nature several good photographs were taken as it circled Silversonic, which after consultation with experts at Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) enabled the identification. The Sei (pronounced say) Whales are among the more elusive of the large whales and are rarely seen inshore preferring the deeper oceans. They are one of the fastest whales with bursts of speed up to 55km/hr. The Sei Whale is very similar in appearance to the Fin and Brydes whales being long, streamlined and having a v-shaped head which is flat on top. Growing up to 20 metres and 30 tonnes, they are the third largest of the baleen whales, after the Blue Whale and the Fin Whale. Their body is dark grey with a paler underside. It has twin blowholes with a low splashguard to the front. A distinguishing feature is a single ridge extending from the blowholes to the tip of the upper jaw.

The Sei Whale is a filter feeder, feeding on small schooling fish, squid and crustaceans. It feeds by swimming at a relatively high speed, opening its jaw which causes it to engulf up to 18,000 gallons of water. It then closes its jaw and pushes the water back out its mouth through the baleen, which allows the water to leave while trapping the prey. They can consume up to 2 tons of food per day. In general, the Sei whale migrates annually from cool and subpolar waters in summer to temperate and subtropical waters for winter, where food is more abundant and mating occurs. The Sei Whale remains on the endangered species list with reports of less than 54,000 in the world.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

With blue skies and plenty of sunshine our guests enjoyed the comfort and shelter that Marine World offers at the moment. Fortunately, conditions are set to be getting better and better the next couple of days and the forecast are looking good for a wonderful day out on the reef. At the moment the waters around Marine World are full of large schools of Sweet Lip, along with arrays of colourful reef fish including Yellow Tail Fusiliers, Giant Trevally, Damsels, Butterfly fish, a little Flat Worm and 3 gorgeous Nudibranch. The Semi Submersible was as popular as ever today, cruising alongside the reef and looking through the water with a clear 8-12 metre visibility. Black and White Tip reef sharks could be seen swimming in the depths. Two turtles, a LARGE school of Spotted Mackerel were also seen. Why not see for yourselves! Water Temperature: 29 C Underwater Visibility: 8-12 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Tuesday: SE winds 15-20 knots Wednesday: SE winds 10-15 knots Thursday: SE winds 10-15 knots

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Today guests travelling out to Marine World experienced an abundance of sunshine, blue skies and fantastic underwater visibility. Marine World is the perfect base to explore the reef for a day and is located on the beautiful Moore Reef system. While discovering the coral reef garden and its visually spectacular topography, observers today saw quite a few of its colourful inhabitants. Spotted on the semi-submersible Tour was a Giant Clam, Coral whip gardens, schools of Many-lined Sweetlip and a Hawkesbill Turtle. Divers and snorkellers had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the very sociable Wally, our resident Maori Wrasse. They saw hundreds of tiny fish from the Damsel family, blue-green Chromis, Humbugs, Anemone fish and Anthias. Larger fish spotted were Chevron Barracuda, Big-eye Trevally, Footballer Trout, Alligator Garfish and two sleeping Reef Sharks. Water Temperature: 29 C Underwater Visibility: 10-15 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Sunday: SE winds 15-20 knots Monday: SE winds 15-20 knots Tuesday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Sunday, March 23, 2008

From April we will have two tours. Mareeba Tour Monday, Thursday, Saturday (plus Tues 8 April) This is the tour we have now been doing for 5 years. Highlander Tour Wednesday, Friday, Sunday The new tour will do a loop of the Tablelands, going up the Kuranda range, across the Tablelands, and will then return via the Gillies Highway. Features of the new Highlander Tour NQ Gold Coffee Plantation - tour and tasting deBruey’s Boutique Winery - Wine tastings Wondaree Macadamia Plantation - tour and tastings Barramundi Lunch Wild Mountain Cellars – Wine tastings Gallo Dairyland – Cheeses tastings, Chocolates, and the milking shed Curtain Fig Tree Morning and Afternoon tea. Recent Feedback We loved this trip because we went to small family farms and we were able to interact with the owners and family members who worked the business. Our guide was excellent and told us all the important facts about the area. Bill & Sharon Healdsbururg and Sara & Art Tevendale CA USA Food Trail Tours is a different type of tour, which gave an insight into aspects of Australian life which sightseeing tours do not. We know a lot more about Australian life as a result. Brenda & Jay Kirby. Ireland

Friday, March 21, 2008

Today at Marine World our certified divers were diving with an eagle ray along the Moore Reef Wall. The divers were delighted at the colourful soft corals waving in motion with the ocean currents. Our first time introductory divers were happy to see large schools of paddle tailed snappers, red bass, golden trevally and convict surgeon fish. Guest's snorkelling at Marine World were thrilled to see a green turtle feeding, Wally our resident maori wrasse, and schooling bannerfish. The Semi-Submersible glided over a white tip reef shark, giant clams and colourful gorgonian fans. Water Temperature: 27 C Underwater Visibility: 8-10 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Friday: SE winds 20-25 knots Saturday: SE winds 15-20 knots Sunday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Friday, March 21, 2008

APRIL 18th - 20th 2008 3 Days, 23 ARTIST, 2 STAGES, AND OVER 20 HOURS OF LIVE MUSIC !! Announcing our feature artist, FELICITY URQUHART: Golden Guitar winner , Female Vocalist of the Year – ACMLA People’s Choice Awards Female Vocalist of the Year – Tamworth Independent Artists’ Recognition Awards (TIARAs) Female Vocalist of the Year – Australian Independent Country Music Awards (Mildura) Felicity has won two MO Awards and three ACE awards. Other Artists include Luke O’Shea and Medicine Wheel, Steve Eales, Mark Nuske, Corey Livey (Australian Idol), Nellie Donovan and The Rain, Shane Flew and Keri McInerney and The River band. Program Friday Program 6pm till 12.45pm (Followed by a Jam Session around the Campfire after the show) Saturday Program 12pm till 4pm - Songwriters Circle - Acoustic sets held at Undara Central featuring major and local original aritsts. 6pm till 12.45 - Main show featuring all lead acts. Sunday “Recover” Program 11am - 2pm - Final All-Star Show

Friday, March 21, 2008

ANNOUNCING OPERA IN THE OUTBACK will be held on 10th and 11th October - 2008 Voted #10 - 100 Great Things to do in Australia That You’ve Never Heard Of, Australian Traveller Magazine 2007. Pitch your tent, Roll out your swag or get into your caravan for Australia's most unique, magical outback event. If you enjoy a magical evening and love superb singing then come and be entertained over 2 nights by a sparkling and theatrical performance of your favourite songs from all the greatest operas, Broadway shows and contemporary classical hits to be held once again in the outback at Undara Experience. Sitting out under the stars in the amphitheatre for two one-hour sets while the sun sets, you will be mesmerised by five professional opera singers in this unexpected setting. Two separate shows will be performed by Australian singing sensations Pot-Pourri, just returned from their international success in Asia, New Zealand and Europe. Meet prospective lovers, divine divas, a tempting tenor, booming baritone and a ravishing pianist with highlights from Madam Butterfly, The Pearl Fishers, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Lakme, Turandot, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera and divine arrangements of contemporary hits from Morricone and IL DIVO to Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli and lots more!! Tickets Friday night: Broadway in the Bush $85 Saturday Night?: Opera in the Outback $110 Kids half price.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

What another beautiful day in paradise with all the guests of Reef Magic's Marine World enjoying the wonderful conditions on the water. All of the activities on offer where very popular with many coral reef creatures spotted including: Mushroom Leather Coral, Encrusting Coral, Snow Flake Coral, Dwarf Staghorn Coral, Green Turtles and an Ornate Spiny Lobster. Also many fish including: Giant Trevally, Tuna, Parrotfish, Chevron Barracuda, Golden Sweet Lip, Golden Damsel and loads of Nudibranchs. Water Temperature: 27 C Underwater Visibility: 10-12 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Thursday: SE winds 20-25 knots Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots Saturday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Great news, after a refit and restoration Shaolin is now back operating daily to Low Isles from Good Friday! The sun is shining and our Easter weekend weather is looking ideal, so lets get our visitors out having a "great" barrier reef experience! Shaolin, now only 47 years young!, feeling strong and looking fantastic. Shaolin offers a unique way of visiting our idyllic Low Isles with late departure, delicious lunch, island access, lagoon snorkelling with turtles, glass bottom boat and a maximum of only 23 adventurous guests. Shaolin has been operating for 25 years from Port Douglas to Low Isles and is an iconic part of Port's varied attractions and is one of the last remaining sail rigged junks in the world. Happy Easter from the Shaolin and Reef Adventure Centre team. Kind regards Steve & Katrina Edmondson Owner Operators

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Today at Moore Reef was another fun day of discovery. Guests took to the water as passengers on the semi submersible tours, as snorkellers, certified divers or as first time bubble blowers on an introductory dive. Even if you have never dived before you can still descend into the big blue (subject to a medical questionnaire). Today our introductory divers spotted a large green turtle feeding on the algae gardens whilst enjoying a grooming session from the local cleaner wrasse. The tropical reef fish were out in abundance as well today. Highlights of the day were schools of Barracuda, Barramundi Cod, Regal Angelfish, Nudi branches laying eggs, Reef Sharks, Green Turtles and many varieties of Parrotfish. Water Temperature: 27 C Underwater Visibility: 10-12 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Wednesday: SE winds 20-25 knots reaching 25-30 knots South of Cooktown Thursday: SE winds 20-25 knots reaching 25-30 knots South of Cooktown Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Marine World, in only 90 mins from Cairns on our fast stable catamaran and its position tucked in behind the reef is the perfect refuge with spacious decks, no crowds, and a full 5 hours to relax or take advantage of all the activities available. Today on the Adventure Snorkel Safari our marine biologist explained about the ecology of the leopard shark sleeping peacefully on the bottom of the ocean floor and abundance of colourful soft corals along with large schools of bumpheaded parrot fish, trevally, surgeon fish and red bass. Our first time introductory scuba divers were pleased to spot a green turtle, and our ever friendly resident maori wrasse - Wally. Meanwhile, Bec our photographer was able to capture images of a large moray eel being cleaned by three small cleaner shrimp under Marine World and of course all those snorkelling and diving around Marine World. Water Temperature: 27 C Underwater Visibility: 10-12 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Tuesday: SE winds 20-25 knots Wednesday: SE winds 20-25 knots Thursday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Our large pontoon provided stable conditions for all passengers today. The divers were lucky to see a grey tip reef shark, a school of unicorn surgeon fish and a colourful variety of sea cucumbers and chevron barracuda. Our Interactive Semi Sub Tours glided over large coral structures to the northern end of Marine World displaying vibrant sea whips, soft and hard coral species along with a green turtle, cow tailed ray and hundreds of yellow tailed fusiliers. The Introductory Scenic Helicopter Flights as well as, the Vertical Magic Heli Adventures were popular today, allowing the guests a once in a life time opportunity to soar high above the reef structures to get a three dimensional view of the vibrant colours and marine life unique to the Outer Barrier Reef. Water Temperature: 29.5 C Underwater Visibility: 10-15 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Sunday: SE winds 20-25 knots Monday: SE winds 20-25 knots Tuesday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Friday, March 14, 2008

In the current conditions the guests enjoyed the comfort and shelter that Marine World has to offer. Our Semi Sub glided over the outer edge at Moore Reef to display the spectacular plate corals, bolder corals and colourful invertebrates such as feather stars, gorgonian fans, sea whip gardens and tube anemones. The certified divers enjoyed gliding along a 40m drop off to find hidden treasures of the deep like colourful sea squirts, a variety of molluscs, decorative sea cucumbers, garden eels and large pelagic fish species sheltering from open currents. The snorkelling tours were popular once again providing detailed descriptions of the surrounding marine ecosystem. They spotted a large shovel nose ray cruising over the sandy patches, hundreds of herbivore fish such as damsels, surgeon, parrot, unicorn, sergeant majors and moonlight wrasse. Water Temperature: 29.5 C Underwater Visibility: 10-14 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Friday: E/SE winds 20-25 knots Saturday: E/SE winds 20-30 knots Sunday: E/SE winds 20-30 knots

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Guests visiting Marine World today spent the day exploring our pristine reef site at Marine World. The cool, ocean breeze and Marine World's large shaded main deck provided relief from the occasional showers for those not spending the whole day in the water. Those in the water saw lots of little (juvenile) Green Turtles, Trevally and Red Bass. A shy White Tipped Reef Shark on our Guided Marine Snorkel Safari was the highlights of the day followed by a group Hump Headed Parrot Fish. Meanwhile the divers were entertained by Wally the Maori Wrasse and his girlfriend Sarah. Water Temperature: 29.5 C Underwater Visibility: 10 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Thursday: E/SE winds 20-25 knots Friday: E/SE winds 20-30 knots Sunday: E/SE winds 20-30 knots

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

With conditions on the improve, the most comfortable option when visiting the reef is to access it direct from Cairns. Reef Magic cruises to our stable Marine World pontoon in just 90 minutes where guests enjoy a spacious, stable base from which to explore the reef. Fish feeds are conducted daily in front of the windows of our underwater observatory ensuring those guests not wanting to spend much time in the water can still experience the wonders of the reef. Our guided snorkel tours are very popular with the non-swimmer who is escorted personally by our marine naturalist complete with oodles of flotation devices, a lesson in snorkelling and a hands on interpretation of the reef corals and fish life. Water Temperature: 29.5 C Underwater Visibility: 10 meters 3 DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm Wednesday: SE winds 15-20 knots Thursday: SE winds 15-20 knots Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cairns Tours is proud to announce the recent Eco Certification of an additional 3 FIT products. We now have Advanced Eco Certification on both of our Cairns Tours by appointment FIT products: -Cape Tribulation by appointment (CTBA) -Kuranda by appointment (KBA) We have also received Eco Certification on our: -Kuranda & Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures (KHC) These new certifications complement our existing Eco Certified products, which are: -Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge (CTR) -Tablelands, Waterfalls & Spanish Castles (ATS) -Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures (HCPM) Cairns Tours is proud to be providing eco sustainable tourism products. Ecotourism certification provide industry, protected area managers, local communities and travellers with an assurance that a certified product is backed by a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

National School Holidays are approaching!
To support families visiting Cairns during the School Holidays we are pleased to release our popular kids travel free campaign "SUNLOVER REEF CRUISES" Kids Travel FREE with every full paying Adult on our Moore Reef Cruise.
Valid for travel between March 21st to April 30th 2008! Please contact a Cairns Info.com consutant for more info or to make a booking PH: 1800 663 396

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Ocean Spirit have made some significant changes to their Oyster Reef and Upolu Cay Cruise. These changes are effective immediately. The name of the cruise is now Oyster Reef and Upolu Reef Cruise. This is due to a change in destination. The Great Barrier Reef day trip will now be going to 2 reef destinations as apposed to 1 reef and 1 cay destination. The new mooring at Upolu Reef is much better suited to both Introductory divers and snorkellers alike. All diving and snorkelling will take place from the rear of the vessel at both destinations. This will allow more water time for everyone. Also the Glass Bottom Boat will no longer be an option on the reef trip. The price of the Oyster Reef and Upolu Reef cruise is now $115 per adult and $75.50 per child. This price is still inclusive of 1 introductory dive.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The rain has gone but the barron falls rock on. The next few days will be ideal to jump on the Kuranda Train & Skyrail to see the mighty Barron Falls in full flood. Kuranda Train & Skyrail day trips start at $95 per person including accommodation transfers. Call our team for options: 1800 663 396 Don't forget your camera!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Deep Sea Divers den now run a PADI Rescue course. The course runs every Thursday from the 6th of March. The Rescue Course is open to all divers qualified to PADI Advanced diver level or equivalent. Inclusions: * PADI Certification & Manuals * Cairns City Return Transfers * Use of quality dive equipment * Meals whilst at sea

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Alamanda by Lancemore
Alamanda Resort & Spa The only absolute beachfront resort in Palm Cove - 5 Star Luxury - 5 Star Service - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Suites

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Seafood Buffet Dinner Cruise
Luxury Dinner Cruise 2.5 hour evening cruise soaking up glorious scenery of Cairns waterfront & Trinity Inlet

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The Beach Club Palm Cove
The Beach Club Palm Cove Captures the leisurely tropical lifestyle. Modern hotel rooms with spa, 1 & 2 bedroom fully equipped apartment within resort with 3 swimming pools.

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FROM $125 Per Night
LAP POOL, TENNIS COURT
FITNESS CENTRE
Book early for stays: 16th October - 24th December 2018 & 16th January - 23rd June 2019
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Cooktown 4WD Adventure
1 Day Cooktown 4WD Adventure Travel through the rugged terrain of the famous Bloomfield Track from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown

VISIT AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SETTLEMENT

- Cape Tribulation & Daintree
- The Rugged Bloomfield Track
- Lunch at an Aussie Bush Pub
- The Black Mountains
- 2 hours free time in Cooktown
FROM $329 Per Adult

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Tully Raft + Skydive
Tully Raft & Skydive Super thrills & spills 2 day combo!

Awesome combination: Australia's #1 Rafting full day & a 14,000 ft Skydive
FROM $499 Per Person
Adrenaline to the MAX!!
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*Includes all levies
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Reef Magic Cruises
Reef Magic Cruises Back due to popular demand!

Heli Special

- Full Day Marine World
- Outer Reef Cruise
- 10 Minute Heli flight
- Lunch
- Semi-Submarine
- Glass Bottom Boat
- 5 hours at Reef
- Morning & Afternoon Tea
FROM $341 Per Adult
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2 day Cape Trib & Rock Art
CAPE TRIB & ROCK ART !! Day 1-Daintree, Cape Tribulation & 4WD Bloomfield Track. Day 2-Chillagoe Caves, Aboriginal Rock Art & Granite Gorge.

2 Day Ultimate Tour Combo

- Custom built a/c 4WD
- Maximum 16 passengers
- Spectacular wildlife
- Outback experience
FROM $340
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Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns Spacious and elegant rooms with private balconies, most with views over Marlin Marina, Trinity Inlet and park lands.

STAY 4 PAY 3

- Free Wi-Fi
- History & Character
- Newly appointed rooms
- Waterfront City location
FROM $159 Per Night
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UNBEATABLE! We've checked
*Based on 4 night stay in a Standard Room
*Black out dates apply
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The Hotel Cairns
The Hotel Cairns a tropical experience in traditional Queenslander style

STAY 4 PAY 3

- Free Internet
- Full breakfast daily
- Unique & Unbeatable offer!
- New Cardio Gym
FROM $134 Per Night
Full Breakfast daily
*Based on 4 night stay
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