Our three day live aboard adventure is over and we had a wonderful time. Snorkeling turned out to be just as fun as diving: we could be with our children and close to the surface colors just pop out. The boys had a blast, seeing fish, small sharks, and even swimming with and petting a turtle.
If you're looking for a diving adventure, we recommend Pro Dive Cairns
: the crew were friendly, enthusiastic, and professional, the accommodations good, and the dive sites excellent.
For an affordable stay in Cairns, we really liked Tropic Days Inn
. It has great atmosphere with hammocks, a swimming pool, musical instruments, pool table, etc. The owner, Gabriel, was incredibly helpful and made us feel at home. He also owns a sister hotel in Cairns, the Travellers Oasis