Posted May 14th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Thanks so much. I've read great things about Quicksilver, too, but I wanted to be sure that there wasn't something out there better that I hadn't come across.
That being said, I do have a "logistical" question regarding the scheduling of the GBR snorkel trip. Ordinarily, I'm the type "A" that always schedules our excursions, private guides, days on our own, etc. long before we actually arrive at the destination. Not only is the planning fun, but my philosophy is that I will agonize over the choices at home, and then, I don't have to think about a thing once I arrive. That way, all I have to do is read my little itinerary that I planned in advance to know what I'm doing each day. However, I have read postings here and on Tripadvisor that suggest we wait until we arrive in Port Douglas to have our hotel Concierge make the reservation so that we can be sure that we visit the GBR on the best "weather" day during our visit to Port Douglas. This goes so against the grain of my pre-cruise planning philosophy! Nonetheless, it makes a lot of sense because we would not want to go to the GBR on a day when the weather doesn't permit us to see very much. Have any of you waited until last minute like this to make your Quicksilver reservations? Don't we run the risk of finding out last minute that the tour is full? Or does everyone do it this way so they get the best weather? Or does Quicksilver send out additional boats based upon the demand each day?
We are also planning to visit the Daintree Rainforest. Yes, of course, I was planning to purchase tickets online from home. Does the weather play into the choice of day for this excursion, too? Same questions as for the Quicksilver trip?
Please advise and ease my mind.