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Cairns vs Whitsundays?

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Cairns vs Whitsundays?

Hello-

We booked our flights into Cairns but are considering eating the cost of the flights and booking new flights to the Whitsundays. We definitiely want to do some sort of sail/dive trip either place. DO you think it is worth the cost to change the flights?

Where would you recommend staying in Cairns or Whitsundays?

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1. Re: Cairns vs Whitsundays?

The time of year is significant her....in june July august you want to be as =far north as possible threfore cairns.

In Jan Feb you want to be south ie whitsundays.

this maximises your chance of the best weather.

There really isn't a great deal between the two places just specific icons like Whitehaven and Daintree. i wouldn't change my flight.

Don't stay in CNS though...go abit further to Port D or palm Cove

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If the focus of your trip is the Great Barrier Reef then there is no contest the best trips depart from Cairns. The boats that do go out to the reef in the Whitsundays only do so for one day and that is if the weater permits them to. In Cairns you have boats that are permanently out on the actual reef. Like Reef Encounter.

…homestead.com/ReefEncounterCairns1.html

If you want islands and sailing then again there is no contest it must be the Whitsundays.

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Help Airlian

Have taken your advice and am now looking at 3-6 night sailing trip.We want to sail around the Whitsunay Islands and also go to the Outer Barrier Reef.

Have had a bit of a look on the net and the boats I have come up with are:

Whitsunday Magic

Solway Lass

Madison

Coral Trekker

Pacific Star &

Pacific Sunrise

We, (couple) are nearly 50, so don't want a real 'partying/backpacker' boat. An ensuite would be good, though not absolutely essential.

It seems to me that only the 6 night trips go the GBR. Is this correct?

I figure if we are going to do it, we might as well combine the 'islands' and 'reef' trips together.

W. Magic seems popular, but takes a lot of passengers. Maybe not quite as intimate as some of the others (?)

Also, we are both tall, so will either need a queen size bed, or double that doesn't hit a wall at the end (for leg overhang), or otherwise two x single beds that don't hit a wall at the end, with leg overhang room at the end. Maybe asking a lot!

Also, I wondered which of these boats are BYO and which are licensed?

Pacific Sunrise looks great, but is getting pricey for 6 x nights.

Do you have any ideas as to which would suit our needs (and age) best?

Both love snorkelling and want to see as much of the Whitsundays as possible.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Babz

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100% Whitsundays to Cairns.

Unique and beautiful.

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6. Re: Cairns vs Whitsundays?

Just read your other post, why dont you just go alone and hire your own boat/yacht.......and probably much cheaper; its easy sailing/motoring this area, waters are mostly calm and are protected by the reef.

Just have fun, exploring the Whitsundays alone, it is a wonderful place to do this.....

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7. Re: Cairns vs Whitsundays?

Hi Ellemay

Yes, doing it alone could work. Although I tend to think it may be more fun with a couple of friends, and we don't have anyone who is interested at this stage.

Went to Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove last year and went to Outer Barrier Reef, so feel may be a change to sail the Whitsundays.

If anyone has any idea re the bedding sizes and whether or not beds have leg overhang room on the boats mentioned, please let me know!!!

They were, from memory:

Whitsunday Magic

Solway Lass

Pacific Sunrise

Madison

Coral Trekker &

Windjammer

(Some of these vessels possibly take too many passengers for our liking, so if there is a 'happy medium' that would be good.)

Thanks!!

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8. Re: Cairns vs Whitsundays?

The best person to talk to is Airlian, she lives in the area and knows the boats..we only sail there once a year, from Sydney.

Airlian always suggests great ideas.

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9. Re: Cairns vs Whitsundays?

Hi,

I really wouldnt change your flights unless you're travelling next year. We booked a flight to Cairns, then decided to change & it ended up costing us £250.00 in admin costs & since the flights have almost doubled for Xmas (we previously booked approx 6 mths ago)

hope this helps

Cez

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