Cairns is situated in the north of Queensland, and is best reached by flying to Cairns Airport from either another city in Australia or selected cities in Asia. As the gateway to dive the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns boasts an enormous amount of dive centers and dive trips to choose from. When limited on time, a day trip from Cairns is an excellent way to get a taste of what diving the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. In order to reach more remote dive sites and explore more of the Great Barrier Reef, liveaboard dive trips offer an excellent opportunity to spend several days on the reef and get many dives in. For people new to diving and beginner divers, Cairn’s many dive centers teach many courses, starting from introduction dives and Open Water to specialties like Underwater Photography.
A professional center with multiple locations in Australia, Pro Dive Cairns is a 5 star PADI dive center that offers dive courses and liveaboard trips on the Great Barrier Reefs. This gives beginner divers a chance to learn to dive on one of the most impressive reefs in the world.
Tusa Dive, a well-established Cairns dive center, organizes day trips to the outer reefs. It takes an approximate 90 minutes to get there by boat and the dive trip takes all day with about 4-5 hours on the reef. Other interesting options are offered by Down Under Cruise & Dive, which arranges day trips on the Great Barrier Reefs, as well as packages that combine diving with trips to the Cape Tribulation rainforest.
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is a highly recommended operator that offers 3-7 day liveaboard dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef, including special shark and whale expeditions. The trips are suitable for all levels of divers and they offer dive courses on board the expeditions to continue dive education.
CDC How many different ways can I describe a bunch of incompetents? All these good reviews... from novice and first time divers. No-one seems to know how good diving and live aboard diving can and should be - least of all the crew. Short version: avoid kangaroo explorer. Probably best to avoid all outer reef trips. It's not the worst experience, not a bad one, but wasn't _fun_. Not for the money I spent. I spent 2.5 times as much ($800 vs $2000) diving with Deep Sea Divers for the same length ...