Rydges Esplanade Holiday Apartments

Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870, Australia
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The Picture doesn't do the reef justice!  Really!The Picture doesn't do the reef justice! Really!

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Great Barrier Reef

by ohaiyo


I really want to see the Great Barrier Reef. My problem is that I don't know how to swim or know how to snorkel.

Are there tours in Carins that specialize in us non-swimmers and non-snorklers who really want to experience the Great Barrier Reef?

If not, I guess that is no reason in coming to Carins.

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by Gillybob

I don't know about Cairns but from Airlie Beach there is a trip out to a moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef (can't remember the name at present). There they have a semi-submersible and an underwater viewing chamber so you can take a trip along the edge of that part of the reef in the semi-submersible and go underwater in the viewing chamber as well. Might be worth checking online to see if there is anything similar from Cairns. Will re-post if I remember the name.

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by colin_bramso

You could go to the outer reef for a day trip with companies such as Quicksilver and Sunlover.
They have pontoons out there with underwater viewing chambers and a semi-submersible in which the passengers sit under water. They have marine biologists on board to explain things, a good buffet lunch etc.
Check them out on www.quicksilver-cruises.com

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by 1+1

Most of these places have 'glass-bottomed' boats so you shouldn't have any problems. I know at Ningaloo (WA) you can even hire glass-bottomed canoes and paddle around yourself. These types of places are geared to cater for everyone.

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by northeast80

The company I went, Down Under Dive, with had a glass bottomed boat that the none swimmers could go out on, their more expensive day trip has a semi-submersibal which might be more interesting for none swimmers.

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by julieo63

I'm not the best swimmer(scared of it in fact). I used a noodle to stay afloat, stayed in the middle of the group.Ihad so much fun I went back in the water after lunch. There is tons to see and do in Cairns apart from the reef. Kuranda skyrail/skytrain visit the markets in Kuranda and go to Tjapukai village. Daintree day trip. Atherton tablelands, Paronella Park

Re: Great Barrier Reef

by Anne12

I would recommend the Quicksilver outer reef experience for you.
This is excellent for non swimmers. You as a non swimmer will still be able to put your toes into the water and see the fish. There are life guards on duty all the time and also you have the little semi submersible sub to go in.The staff will show you how to snorkle, there is a rope area where you can hold on too, this is close to the pontoon. You will feel very safe.
There is heaps of room on the pontoon, once you have done what you would like you can sit and soak up the sun.
The price of this experience is a lot, but in my book it is worth every dollar.
Just the ride out to the pontoon is lovely.
The staff will look after you.
Have a great time in Paradise.

Travel Tips for Cairns


by Anne12

There are a number of little hidden treasures around Cairns.
You don't have to go far off the beaten track to find them.
Crystal Cascades is one of these lovely places you can visit, especially on a hot/humid day. Here you can swim all year around. Always take care though, as there are deep water holes and follow the rules of not diving into waters you don't know.

Crystal Cascades has a lovely walk along the river bank. Also lots of grassed areas that you can sit on under some lovely rainforest vegetation have a picnic or BBQ on/around.

This is a popular local place.

DANGER...If you decide to go there in the summer months and it has been raining, remember it will be flowing fast. Be very careful.


Before you head out and about around Cairns, grab a map of the local area, a good one is worth the few $'s it will cost.

Find the suburb of Redlynch on your map, head towards this along the Western Arteral Road/Reservoir Road , signs for this will have Redlynch/Freshwater on them.
One you reach Redlynch you will see the signs, it's about 7 k's from the main rd.
There isn,t any public transport to this jewel, also if you grab a cab, remember that there isn't any mobile coverage so you can't call them back!!


by scharneckk

You can get an Airoplane to Cairns Airport from Brisbane. Or you could drive for approximately two days from Brisbane. Or you could catch the train from Brisbane.

Getting around Cairns - they have little Sun Buses, taxies and trains.

A huge choice.

by colin_bramso about On The Esplanade, Cairns

There is a huge choice of restaurants and cafes on The Esplanade, Cairns' main street. They vary from food court take-away outlets to coffee shops to up-market restaurants, all within a few steps of each other. The choice is anything from the exotic such as on this menu, to more basic. The seafood is exceptional in most places - look out for fresh Barramundi, a wonderful local fish.

The Esplanade

by bluesmama

There are lots of benches to sit at on the Esplanade of you just want to relax. The tide goes out quite a long way and leaves lots of mud, so you'll see many birds looking for food there.
There were lots of pelicans and they all did that funny thing with their neck, they sort of wobble it - I think it is to keep cool maybe...

Even very touristy places can offer something spec

by SPW

We went on a day trip to Green Island with Big Cat Cruises, out of Palm Cove on their newish boat, Reef Rocket.
When we arrived the tide was too far out for snorkelling but we could see many fish from the pier.
The island we didn't find particularly interesting but after a swim we went aboard the Big Cat at the end of the pier for lunch, followed by a trip in the glass bottom boat. The chap gave an excellent commentary, identifying many of the fish and coral species, as he moved to different areas. He made a particular effort to find a coral fish so a little girl could tell everyone she had seen Nemo, and then foud some turtles for us to watch, both under the glass and beside the boat. Even the grown ups were entertained by the fury of the fish feeding when he put out pellets.
By the time we returned to the beach the tide had come in sufficiently to allow snokelling. While not as spectacular as the outer reef there was still a lot to see and I was particularly thrilled to see my first ray, even if it wasn't very big!


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