This may be a bit obvious when out in stunning Cairns, but you must, must, must take at least one day-trip to the Great Barrier Reef! Here you can engage in snorkeling or just lay out on the white sandy beaches and catch a tan in the balmy tropical climate. Luckily, there are more than a handful of tour groups to show you around and even take you scuba diving in the Reef without even as little as a license. Once you’ve taken an introductory diving course and want seconds, there are intermediate and certified diving options (both day and night) that will give you the chance to fully explore this great reef.
Many of these day tours include your own snorkel and diving instructor and give you three authentic local meals, and even afford you the option to close out your day on the beach, where you can sip on cocktails as the sun sets.
For a more family-friendly trip, there are also family packages available where you can take a boat cruise on a catamaran, fully loaded with food and drinks. For an added treat, these boats are partially submerged and have glass bottoms in the clear blue water, giving you an up-close marine experience.
Boats will often cruise off to the beautiful coral cay beaches, including Green Island, an island resort where you can go to the shops, visit the island zoo, check out the underwater observatory or just relax at its bars and restaurants.