We decided to stop at Airlie Beach for a few days, it’s not a bad spot but a little too touristy for our taste. There are lots of restaurants, clubs and bars and loads of tour operators wanting to take your money. We thought we might be able to do a bit of scuba diving from here, but it was way too expensive. A day trip out to the reef stopping at the islands and then doing two scuba dives will set you back between $280.00 and $350.00 per person.
However you don’t have to go too far to get away from the tourist traps to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.