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Ocean Spirit Cruises' streamlined four-hour and full-day tours aboard the Ocean Spirit I, a large catamaran, and the smaller Ocean Spirit II andIII, cost from A$110 to A$195 per person, snorkeling gear included. Ocean Spirit IV takes up to 100 guests on a nightly, four-course dinner cruise along Trinity Inlet from 6:45 to 9:30 (A$89). Boats depart from Marlin Jetty, Cairns, and Palm Cove Jetty on demand. Transfers from Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, and Port Douglas are available (A$25–A$66).
BTS Tours & Transfers runs various trips out of Cairns and Port Douglas (and shuttle services between the two). From Cairns or Port Douglas, the popular full-day Kuranda tour includes the train, cable car, and around two hours exploring the township (A$132-A$138). You could also take an activity-packed day tour to the Daintree rain forest and Cape Tribulation (A$154), a half-day Mossman Gorge tour with a Ku Ku Yalanji guided walk (A$58), a quick trip to the Daintree (A$66) or a whistlestop tour of Mossman Gorge (A$20) from Port Douglas.
Advanced eco-certified Wilderness Challenge runs Daintree rain-forest day tours and multiday trips between the Daintree and the top of the Cape York Peninsula in the dry season, May through November, including off-the-tourist-track "advanced" safaris, and a 5-day, fly/drive rock-art and rain-forest camping safari between Cairns and Cape York for A$1,645 (twin-share) or A$1,745 (sole use) per person. Most tours visit the world-renowned Quinkan Aboriginal rock-art site near Laura and stay in bush cabins and/or safari tents.
Eco-certified Down Under Tours makes half- and full-day trips and four-wheel-drive excursions to Kuranda, Cape Tribulation, the Daintree, and the southern tablelands (A$88–A$252 per person). The company's luxury arm, Down Under By Appointment, takes small groups on customized journeys with expert driver-guides.
Blazing Saddles organizes half-day horse rides (A$105) and all-terrain vehicle tours (A$125) through bushland around Kuranda. A full day's horse-riding and ATV touring is A$215. All riders pay insurance of A$15.
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people have called the Daintree area home for tens of thousands of years, and have an intimate understanding of the terrain. Today the Kubirri Warra brothers pass on a little of that boundless ancestral wisdom on a two-hour beach, mudflat, and mangrove walk (daily, 9:30 am and 1.30 pm, A$75) with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours. Learn techniques for throwing spears, tracking coastal food sources, and much more from your knowledgeable, skilful guides. The tour company also offers two-hour night spearfishing walks (daily from 7:30 pm, A$150) as well as tour combinations and themed options, including multiday packages. Transfers between the Port Douglas area and Cooya Beach, a 25-minute drive north, are A$30.
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