9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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9 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Yorkeys Knob Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

Honolulu, USA to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Cairns is 20 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in February, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Janbal Gallery. Visiting Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in February, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossman
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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