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Posted: 20 Feb 2017
Guests on the “Coral Gardens Snorkel Tours” today had a fantastic time with our experienced local Marine Biologist. These tours are a great way to learn about the reef as you are learning how to snorkel. The biologist took several small groups around the lagoon area of the reef, pointing out some interesting marine life (including sea stars and a Moray eel) for guests to see up close. Passengers who joined today’s Coral Gardens Snorkel tour were also privileged enough to get a visit from a few big beautiful Green Sea turtles, Reef Sharks, Stingrays and Wally, (of course!) our resident Maori Wrasse. Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour: $35 per adult, $25 per child Water Temperature: 30 degrees Underwater Visibility: 15-20 meters CURRENT OBSERVATIONS As of 4pm Today Moore Reef: SE winds 10-15 knots Low Isles: E/NE winds 7 knots Cairns Airport: NE winds 10 knots THREE DAY OUTLOOK As per Bureau of Meteorology – Cooktown to Cardwell at 4pm Sunday: N/NW winds 10 knots Monday: N winds 10 knots Tuesday: Variable winds 10 knots Today’s Magic Moment: The first bathing suit for women was created in the 1800s. It was long sleeved with woolen bloomers.
Posted: 20 Feb 2017
We’ve got some unique dive expeditions coming up soon, so read on to find out more about shooting sharks, the amazing turtles and corals of Raine Island, plus see who surprised our videographer on a night dive recently! Every week we head out to the Coral Sea for some exciting shark action but just once a year we do something extra special. Damien Siviero is an award winning underwater photographer and renowned shark shooter, and in April he will be joining us on board Spoilsport. If you’ve always longed to get right amongst the action and capture that perfect shot then this is the expedition for you. Damien will provide presentations, tutorials and workshops on shark and general underwater photography techniques, and he will coach you to help you achieve your dream images. Expect to get very up close and personal with grey reef sharks and white tips, and often the awesome silvertip. It’s also hammerhead season too so you never know your luck! This special Shark Shooter expedition is operating from 6-13 April. *Note: The seven night expedition combines 3 days diving in the Coral Sea with a focus on sharks plus 3 days diving the Ribbon Reefs focussing on macro photography. If you’re pushed for time, just join Damien for either the first half or last half. *Special rates now apply! $500 discount on the 7 night itinerary, or $200 discount on the 3 or 4 night options. Turtle Spectacular If you’re looking for a new area to dive that will blow your mind then look no further than our annual Turtle Spectacular expedition. This week long journey cruises north from Lizard Island all the way to Raine Island, almost level with the top of Cape York. Raine Island is a small coral cay and the world’s biggest green turtle nesting area in the world, with up to 60,000 females laying their eggs here each season. Dive here and you will see tonnes of turtles and they’re BIG, with male shells measuring up to 1.5m long. It’s not just the turtle action that makes this expedition so spectacular though but the coral. Vast banks of it roll on and on, in dazzling shades of blue, pink, purple, yellow, green and more. It’s the most abundant, diverse and healthy coral we’ve visited yet on the Great Barrier Reef. In waters this far north we commonly see mega marine fauna such as silvertip sharks, manta rays and giant Queensland Groper. For history buffs, another highlight of this expedition is visiting the site of the wreck of the Pandora. This ship sunk in 1791 with 14 mutineers from the Bounty onboard and you can visit the still intact anchor and stove. We just ran our last Turtle Spectacular in November will a full boat of happy divers. If you want to take part in this very special opportunity our next expedition will run 20-27 November. Be sure to book early as this will sell out. Tiger in the night Our videographer, Jake Parker, had an exciting moment recently when a tiger shark cruised by on a night dive. “I was filming divers dropping into the water and one of them pointed behind me," he said. "I turned around and was like whoa! He was about two and half metres long. Awesome to see though." In fact a group of guests on a separate expedition recently spent twenty minutes with a tiger shark (also at night!) You never know what you’re going to find when you jump into the ocean, but that’s exactly what I love so much about diving here. Until next time…
Posted: 19 Feb 2017
We went on one Northern Experience Eco Tour when we visited Cairns in January 2017 and we had a wonderful experience despite the intermittent rain on the day. The tour guide Brett was a fantastic tour guide. He was friendly, helpful and very enthusiastic about his job. An additional bonus was that he has studied ecotourism and had loads of knowledge about plants and animals in the rainforest, so we learned a lot from him. It's a fully scheduled day tour, covering the Atherton Tablelands, a cruise on Lake Barrine, Miillaa Miillaa Falls, Babinda Boulders and Paronella Park. The tropical scenery was stunningly beautiful especially at Babinda Boulders and Paronella Park where we listened to an interesting history of a Spanish castle and had a delightful guided tour. The tour had a bit of everything for everyone: nature, historical places, cruise, bush walking... There was an option to swim at the waterfall, and if you are a keen bush walker like us, you can also walk around Lake Barrine along the boardwalk in the thick rainforest instead of going on the lake cruise, although you have to walk briskly to be able to cover the 5km in an hour so to make it back in time for the next destination. The lunch at Paronella Park was not bad either and there was also a simple afternoon tea at Babinida Boulders. In addition, because we took a different route back to Cairns, we were able to see more, including the wettest town in Australia - Babinda, the town which won the Golden Gumboot! It was a fantastic tour with a great price too and we highly recommend it! We also highly recommend Jane as a tour guide
Atherton Tablelands Tour: World Heritage Rainforest, Breathtaking Waterfalls & the famous "Must See" attraction, Paronella Park
We tour south of Cairns for a full day out travelling through the magnificent World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforests of Wooroonooran National Park, swimming in waterfalls, travelling through the Atherton Tablelands, and visiting local must see attractions such as beautiful Lake Barrine, Millaa Milla...
If you are looking for a Cairns Reef Tour and you only visit the Great Barrier Reef once, you will want to see it at it’s best! Reef Magic Cruises has exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for it’s superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life.
SMALL PERSONAL GROUP TOUR........The Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas & Mossman Gorge Premium Day Tour.
This great Day Tour of Cape Tribulation,the Daintree Rainforest, spectacular Mossman Gorge,Port Douglas ,Daintree River and Palm Cove,operates daily. It offers very small & personalised touring with a maximum of 14 - 18 guests. This ensures you receive the ultimate in personal attention from our gui...
Our Exclusive Half Day Rainforest Four Wheel Drive and Water Fall Tour is amazing. We invite you to jump on board our 4WD for this exclusive and spectacular visit to the rainforest and surrounding area? You will be amazed in what you will see in 5 hours. This tour is ideal if you have limited time,...
About Palm Cove
Where the foothills of the rainforest clad mountains meet the palm fringed beaches of the Coral Sea nestles Cairns' premier beach destination - Palm Cove.
A dawn walk in the ever present company of brightly coloured lorikeets, kookaburras, flocks of sulphur crested cockatoos, wallabies and rare green tree frogs, belies the fact that Palm Cove is just 20 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport.
Palm Cove, your ultimate lifestyle destination, is both affordable and caters for all accommodation needs, from international standard resorts to self catering holiday apartments, all carefully positioned amongst majestic melaleuca trees interspersed with coconut palms and tropical gardens.
Wherever you stay in Palm Cove you have access to the World Heritage rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef boarding from the Palm Cove Pier or you can simply enjoy nature's playground with an exciting challenge and adventures like white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding or trekking. Those who are less energetic can enjoy a fascinating glimpse of this ancient world dominated by pre-historic tree ferns, travelling by four-wheel drives, rainforest cableway, train or coach.
Palm Cove, with its distinctive character and intimate ambience, its old world charm with splashes of tropical colour, its Australian architecture, its idyllic setting, glorious sunshine, serenity and security - will enchant you! So take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque esplanade and enjoy the experience of the village shopping precinct with its many specialty shops. Take a swim on the patrolled beach, walk to the tranquil beaches of Clifton or Kewarra.
It's your holiday... floral scents, flashes of gigantic butterflies and the tiniest of brilliantly coloured sun birds, balmy nights and a magnificent beach front setting - this is Palm Cove. So whether you do it all or chose to do nothing, Palm Cove will leave you with a lifetime of memories to treasure.
Palm Cove is Cairns' most popular holiday beach, for locals and visitors. Its long sandy beach is lined by tropical coconut trees on one side and the clear, blue waters of the Coral Sea on the other. The beachfront esplanade is shaded by ancient paperbark trees and peppered with hotels, restaurants and retail opportunities. Cairns and its international and domestic airport is a 40-minute drive south, the rainforest is on the mountains behind you and the Great Barrier Reef lies offshore, waiting to be explored. A stunning destination in paradise.