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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

STAY 4 PAY 3

- FREE Wi-Fi
FROM $276 Per Night
SUMMER SPECIAL
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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:
- Bottle of Sparkling
- 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
& more..
FROM $305 Per Person
DEPARTS DAILY
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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
5 NIGHT PACKAGE
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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
FROM $2353 Per Family
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Cairns Tourism News

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Upon arrival, the marine life had seemingly organised a “welcome party”. Literally hundreds Fusiliers, Damsels, Juvenile Red Emperor, Moses Perch, Parrotfish, Butterfly fish, Silver bait fish filled the waters for snorkellers, divers and tourers on the Semi Submersible to see.

Introductory and certified divers were also graced with regular visits from “Wally”, the Hump Headed Maori Wrasse, a couple of Blue Spotted Lagoon Rays, several timid White Tip Reef Sharks tat were seen swimming along the sandy ocean floor.

A number of Green Turtles have been sighted throughout the day at Marine World, one of which today gave guest’s experiencing the Underwater Observatory quite a show. It was as if this little guy was bringing all his underwater friends to view the humans visiting Marine World!!

Water Temperature: 26 C
Underwater Visibility:  20 metres

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Tuesday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Wednesday: SE winds 20-25 knots
Thursday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Another great day here in paradise, calm sea and wind conditions greeted guest aboard Reef Magic Cruises today en-route to the outer barrier reef site of Marine World. Underwater visibility is at a stable 15mtrs + allowing snorkellers to view large schools of Sweet Lip and Red Bass, some of the smaller Drummer fish, Damsels, Butterfly fish and some Surgeon fish all interacting amongst the hard and soft corals of Marne World.

Certified divers observed three White Tip Reef Sharks cruising along the outer wall on site, Bump Headed Parrot fish were seen and heard crunching on the corals for food.  Trigger fish and some Napoleon Wrasse were also seen.

The weather is remaining stable for the next couple of days, so why not join Reef Magic Cruises for a day on the outer GREAT barrier reef.

Water Temperature: 26 C
Underwater Visibility:  15-18meters

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Sunday: SE winds 10-15 knots
Monday: SE winds 10-15 knots
Tuesday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mareeba Wetlands / Jabiru Safari Lodge was officially awarded Advanced Ecotourism accreditation after implementing a range of systems to ensure best business practice. The operators have embarked on a tree planting program to help revegetate the Mareeba Wetland Reserve and are opening new solar powered and energy efficient tent-cabins. All tours have eco-focused interpretation.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Say goodbye to the well loved Horizon at Mission Beach. Previously known as ‘The Horizon’, the new owners of the recently renamed ‘Elandra’, Katrina Knowles and Adam Karras, are committed to a long term vision of rolling out glamorous, sophisticated and eclectic boutique hotels around the world.

The Elandra (translates as an aboriginal name for ‘home by the sea’) Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland will be the very first.

The new Elandra will open 1 June 2008 (from 1 May – 31 May will still be The Horizon) and to celebrate will stage one of the most sought after party invitations of the year.

The Elandra Mission Beach is preparing for its night of nights on Saturday 28 June 2008. The exclusive poolside event celebrates the launch of its newly renovated four and a half star resort, new brand and performance by none other than Grace Jones. Elandra Director, Katrina Knowles has been working tirelessly with her partner, Mr Adam Karras to realize this dream of a boutique hotel resort chain. Katrina’s property development background from her family business, The Knowles Group, together with her career as a Broadway dancer and international traveler has educated her perfectly for her new role!

The first of many, The Elandra is situated on an incredible site, literally where the pristine prehistoric rainforest meets the sea, The Elandra boasts a jaw dropping location, overlooking Dunk and Bedarra Island and is conveniently located at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in Mission Beach.

Rare pieces of sought after tribal art are being integrated into a cool minimal white interior with plenty of added ‘schooz’ by flamboyant Melbourne interior designer, Jean Pierre Heurteau. The overall effect is bound to be an intoxicating sensory overload particularly when it is incorporated with the local flora and fauna, blue Ulysses butterflies as large as dinner plates, curious bilbies, monitor lizards and colourful cassowaries.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

PRESS RELEASE – PADI MEMBER AWARDS 2008
(Asia Pacific Region)

The 2008 PADI Asia Pacific Region Member Awards were held in Singapore last Friday (18/4/08). Pro Dive Cairns were very pleased to have received the most prestigious award of the night being the Outstanding Business Award (Dive Centre/Resort).

This highly contested award recognises outstanding business performance, initiatives and achievements across all areas of business operation.
Pro Dive Cairns is renowned as one of Australia’s premier dive operators and has been in operation since 1983. They are a 5 star dive centre that specialise in 3 specific areas being diver training from beginner to professional levels, 3 day 2 night liveaboard trips for certified divers and retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment. There Cairns based operation consists of a purpose built diver training centre, 3 x 25 metre modern liveaboard dive vessels as well as a centrally located state of the art Retail Centre.

Achieving this award in their 25th year of operation is a significant milestone and recognition of their commitment to safety, quality and professionalism.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

What a great day on the outer barrier reef today. Snorkellers observed schools of smaller Fusiliers, Damsels, Butterfly fish, Drummer fish, Angel fish and of course the now famous Clown Anemone fish. These species live and eat amongst the hard and soft corals found throughout the waters of Marine World.

The Introductory divers of the day took a closer look at some smaller Crab-eyed Goby’s, a couple of Spotted Boxfish and a small Puffer fish. The larger Barracuda and some Spotty Mackerel were also seen swimming along the edge of the dive site known as “The Wall”. The Certified Divers had an awesome few dives today, they saw heaps of Reef Sharks, Green Turtles and 3 Eagle Rays!

The Semi Sub Coral Viewing Vessel tour was also quite popular today cruising and looking at such marine life as Blue Spotted lagoon rays, small timid Reef Sharks and a few Barracuda when venturing out into the deeper waters.

Water Temperature: 27 C
Underwater Visibility:  10-15 metres

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

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Most guests visiting Marine World today spent the day exploring our pristine reef site at Marine World by jumping into the water for a snorkel or a dive. Others chose to stay dry and joined in for a tour on our Semi Submersible. For those not spending the whole day in the water a cool, ocean breeze and Marine World’s large shaded main deck provided relief from the ever present sun.

Those in the water snorkelling and diving spotted lots of little (juvenile) Green Turtles, Red Bass and a shy White Tipped Reef Shark. With great visibility and lots of Marine Life the reef is the place to be for everyone. If not fond of the water there is still lots to do, our Hump Headed Parrot Fish, Wally the Maori Wrasse never shy for attention entertains those guests watching our marine biologist feed the fish from the Marine World’s platform and underwater observatory.

Water Temperature: 27 C
Underwater Visibility:  15+ metres

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Thursday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Friday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Saturday: SE winds 20-30 knots

Friday, April 11, 2008

“Experience the Magic”

Highlights in the water today included numerous large Bump-headed Wrasse, White Tip Reef Sharks, Football Trout, Barracuda, Schools of Red Bass, Trevally, Spanish Dancers (the fishy variety), Clown Fish, Giant Clams and areas of reef containing some of the best preserved and colourful corals in the region.    Book in early to ensure you experience the Outer Barrier Reef at its Magical best!!

Water Temperature: 27 C
Underwater Visibility:  10-15 metres

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Thursday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Friday: SE winds 20-25 knots
Saturday: SE winds 20-25 knots

 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

With just 90 minutes to Marine World aboard our vessel 'Reef Magic', getting out to reef is a breeze!  We're locally owned and operated and with our focus being on smaller numbers, you'll have a more personalised experience that'll make you feel one of the family - it's all about you!

With some of the most beautiful coral reef gardens in the area together with a wonderfully diverse range of marine life at Moore Reef, you're sure to have an exciting day of fun and discovery. Take a Semi Submersible tour, observe the fish life from below the surface with our underwater observatory, get your feet wet with a guided snorkel safari, do some diving or fly high in a helicopter - with 5 full hours at Marine World - you've got the time to do it all!!! "Experience the Magic"

Water Temperature: 27C
Underwater Visibility: 8-10 meters

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Thursday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Saturday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Many happy guests of Reef Magic today enjoyed escaping the early morning showers of the mainland to enjoy the sunny blue skies of Moore Reef; combined with fantastic water conditions and great underwater visibility to add up to a top day all round. Hundreds of tropical reef fish are present in the waters for all to see, large amounts of Snub Nose Darts, Rainbow Runners, Slimy Mackerel, Damsels, Yellow Tail Fusiliers, Red Bass, Surgeon Fish and Butterfly fish are being seen on a regular basis.

Snorkellers today observed schools of smaller Fusiliers, Damsels, Butterfly fish, Drummer fish, Angel fish and of course the now famous Clown Anemone fish. These species live and eat amongst the hard and soft corals found throughout the waters of Marine World.

Water Temperature: 27C
Underwater Visibility: 8-12 meters

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Wednesday: S/SE winds 20-25 knots 15-20 knots in south
Thursday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots

Monday, April 07, 2008

Ocean Freedom is due back in the water and ready for booking on April 15 th 2008 with great NEW Features!

What changes are being done to an already newly refitted boat?
Extended back deck by 3 metres 
Changing from Jet Engines to Props
Teak decking snorkel and dive deck
Respray and re-branding

What does this mean to guests?
Faster boat - more snorkel time / more relaxing time
Sleeker and even better looking boat–have to look good as you enjoy the reef!
Larger snorkel and dive deck – plenty of space to move around - no toes stepped on!
New back seat for easy viewing of divers and snorkellers for those that prefer observing!

What hasn’t changed?
Still premier service
Still high ratio of snorkel and dive crew to guests
Still a luxury reef experience that feels like a day out with friends
Still low guest numbers

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Introductory Divers enjoyed perfect conditions spotting a large green turtle feeding on the algae gardens whilst enjoying a grooming session from the local cleaner wrasse. Tropical reef fish were out in abundance today. The divers enjoyed the company of masked angle fish, barrier reef anemone fish, yellow lined snappers and schooling rabbit fish.

The Certified Divers allowed the gentle currents to guide them along the Moore Reef drop off, enjoying the colours of the gorgonian fan gardens, bolder corals and plate corals. The larger fish inhabiting this environment includes coral trout, snapper, trevally, red bass, barracuda and reef sharks. The Semi Submersible ventured to the northern side of Marine World to explore the clam gardens, neon damsels, colourful anthias, yellow tailed fusiliers and hundreds of bicoloured parrot fish

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

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Wednesday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Thursday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Friday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

At present the most comfortable option when visiting the reef is to access it direct from Cairns, spending as little time as possible travelling.

Reef Magic II cruises to our stable Marine World pontoon in just 90 minutes where guests enjoy a spacious, stable base from which to explore the reef. Even thought the ride to Marine World was a bit bumpy today; once out there the conditions were great. Moore Reef was teaming with reef life! Highlights included Giant Clams, Clown Fish darting in and out of their protective Anemone, Barracuda, Mackerel, a couple of Silver Whalers, Loggerhead Turtles and a solitary Manta Ray sifting the sandy bottom in search of food. The water temperature is currently a very comfortable 27c.

Water Temperature: 27C
Underwater Visibility: 10-12 meters

3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Tuesday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Wednesday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Thursday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Vagabond will be out of the water for annual refit starting Friday 4th April to Friday 11th April. We will be taking bookings for trips beginning Saturday 12th April.

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3 night Green Island Getaway
3 Night Green Island Resort Package Premium 3 night stay on gorgeous tropical Coral Cay on Great Barrier Reef only 45 minutes from Cairns

Special includes:

-Return ferry transfers
-Full buffet breakfast daily
-Sunset drinks daily
-Glass bottom boat tour
-Evening nature walk
-Fish feeding
-Snorkel equipment
-Kayaks, beach volleyball etc..
Outer Reef Pontoon Cruise:
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Snorkel - Dive - Heli
Get High Up Top, Dive Down Under Truly memorable reef experience to outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel-Dive-Heli

- 10 min scenic Heli flight
- 1x Certified or Intro Dive
- Glass Bottom Boat tour
- Snorkel gear
- Guided Snorkel tour
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- 5 hours on the reef
- 2 different reef locations
- Glass of wine and cheese platter on return
- Live on-board entertainment on journey home
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Humidity: 70%
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Ultimate Kuranda Day Out
BALLOON, TRAIN & SKYRAIL Magical flight in the world's largest commercial Hot Air Balloon followed by Skyrail, the world's longest gondola cableway, and journey back to Cairns on famous Kuranda Scenic Rail.

MOST POPULAR FULL DAY!

- Morning Hot Air Balloon
- Stunning landscape
- Kuranda Markets, Galleries, Cafe's
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- All levies included
FROM $364 Per Adult

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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

STAY 4 PAY 3

- FREE Wi-Fi
FROM $276 Per Night
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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

BUFFET WITH SEAFOOD

- Beverage on arrival
- Ultimate waterfront dining
- Entertainment
- Luxurious vessel
- Large outdoor decks
- Calm water evening cruise
FROM $95 Per Adult

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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.

BEACHFRONT RESORT

- STAY 7 PAY 5
- STAY 4 PAY 3
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
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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
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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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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
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