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Australia flag Directory of 85 Dive Sites or Spots for Scuba Diving in Cairns, Australia




85 Dive Sites

Part 2: Dive Sites, Marine Life & Environment in Cairns, (Australia)

Cairns, Australia enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. Water temperatures range between 24 degrees Celsius in winter, around July, and up to 30 in summer, around February. In January to April there is generally more rainfall in northern Queensland, while December is considered the driest month.

Each season has something great to offer when diving the Great Barrier Reef. The rainy months of January though April usually bring some feeding action and a chance to see larger marine life, like the Giant Manta Ray. The dry months of September through December bring calmer and sunny conditions and an opportunity to see the Coral Spawning that happens between October and November. The coolest time of year, between May and August, brings the Dwarf Minke Whale to these waters.

Popular dive sites at the outer Great Barrier Reef include Flynn, Milln, Thetford and Pellowe Reefs. These four places offer multiple excellent dive sites each, with sheltered diving conditions, good visibility and beautiful coral structures. Marine life is abundant at this part of the Great Barrier Reef, and includes Parrotfish, Turtles, Angelfish and lots of colorful marine life. The dive sites around the reefs can be visited by daily dive trip from Cairns.

The Ribbon reefs are a chain of 10 reefs that are reached by multiple-day liveaboard trip. Coral formations here consist of pinnacles, walls, caverns and shallow gardens. Marine life is plentiful in this protected ‘no taking’ zone, and includes the Giant Clam, leaf scorpionfish and groupers. Dive sites at Ribbon Reefs boast interesting names like Temple of Doom, Challengers Bay and Dynamite Pass. Cod hole is home to a bunch of resident Potato Cods (groupers) of impressive size.

Another worthwhile liveaboard destination from Cairns is the Coral Sea. These isolated reef structures are situated beyond the Great Barrier Reef and offer more remote diving and amazing visibility. Pelagic fish like hammerheads, tuna, barracuda and manta rays frequently visit dive sites here. Osprey reef must be the most famous of all Coral Sea reefs. The tip of this reef, called North Horn, offers a year-round opportunity to see sharks like Grey Whalers and White tip reef sharks. 

 

 

 

Read "Part 1: Overview of Scuba Diving in Cairns, (Australia)"

Read "Part 3: Dive Shops, Airports & Logistics of Diving in Cairns, (Australia)"

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Dive Sites in Cairns, Australia

Cod Hole

Norman Reef - Troppo s

Admiralty Anchor

Moore Reef

Norman reef

Saxon Reef

michaelmas cay

Petaj, Milln Reef

Flynn Reef

Flare Point

Flynn Reef - Gordon s mooring

Whale Bommie

Swimming Pool 1

Swimming Pool 2

Pellowe Reef

Cathedral, Thetford Reef

Blue Lagoon, Thetford Reef

Steve's Bommie

Briggs Reef - Skull

Briggs Reef - The Wall

Broken Patches

Cairns Colonial Club

Crystal Cascades

Fitzroy Island

Flora Reef

Flynn Reef - Coral Garden

Flynn Reef - Coral Gardens

Flynn Reef - Three Sisters

Flynn Reef - Tracey s Bommie

Four Day Coral Sea

Green Island - New York

Green Island *16049*

Hastings

Hastings Reef

Hastings Reef - 1066

Hastings Reef - The Fish Bowl

Holmes Reef

Michaelmas

Michaelmas Reef

Milln Reef - Oasis

Milln Reef - Petaj

Milln Reef - Rainbow

Milln Reef - Swimming Pools

Milln Reef - Swimming Pools 1

Milln Reef - The Whale

Milln Reef - Three Sisters

Norman Reef - Bobs Bommie

Norman Reef - Caves

Norman Reef - Clipper

Norman Reef - Plate Top

Norman Reef - Playground

Norman Reef - Pontoon

Admiralty Anchor Bommie

Bougainville Reef

Carter

Castles

Challenger Bay

Clam Beds

Clam Gardens

Decapolis

Linnet

Lizard Island

Macgillivray

Martin *14123*

Mermaid s Cove

No Name

North Horn

Osprey Reef - Castles

Ribbon Reef 10 - Pixies Pinnacle

Diane Bank

Norman Reef - Waynes World

Pellowe Reef - Cucumber Alley

Predators Playgound

Saxon reef - Coral Garden

Saxon reef - Twin Peaks

Saxon Reef site 1

Seven Day Cod Hole/ Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea

Sudburry East Wall

Swimming pools

Thetford

Thetford Reef - Canyons

Thetford Reef - Cathedrals

Thetford Reef - Horseshoe

The Abyss

Bligh Reef