We plan to be in Cairns for a few days next year as part of our latest Australia trip. Does anyone have any info about boat tours to the great barrier reef from Cairns? As we aren't the greatest fans of boats, we wanted to know how long the trips are, what are sea conditions like etc. Of course we plan to snorkel, what are the conditions for that like. We ahve read that helicopter trips are available as an alternative, maybe they are a bit too expensive. Thanks for any help
PS any hotel recommendations?