Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Pristine beaches and reef

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Mission Beach is a natural mid way point between Townsville and Cairns.  It’s just under two hour drive from Cairns to Mission Beach.  Mission Beach is made up of four beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach, a perfect base to relax and explore this unspoilt natural environment. A blend of sophisticated eateries, boutiques and art galleries nestle against lush tropical rainforest. Mission Beach is a beautiful little beachside town now offering Certfied Diving, Introductory Diving  and Learn to Dive courses on the Great Barrier Reef. Blend your day's diving with vibrant art and culture that Mission Beach has to offer.

As a destination, Mission Beach is ‘out of the way’ and has less tourists and people than the major regional townships either side of it. It has a very relaxed vibe and many North Queenslanders have holiday houses here. Mission Beach diving is accessible and enjoyable with some dynamic reef sites on offer. Suitable for everyone from the novice diver, to the advanced and those wanting to learn to dive.

Mission Beach Diving Experiences

Mission Beach diving tours are more personalised than those available in nearby Cairns and Townsville. Why? Less people visit Mission Beach, so there’s less crowds. Why? While Mission Beach is not quite a locals’ secret, it’s certainly not as well-known as the larger centres around it. This provides visitors with the opportunity to experience Great Barrier Reef diving, without the crowds.

This idyllic village community offers visitors diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a great range of accommodation options and some fabulous cafes and restaurants. When you aren’t on the water, relax on the golden sandy beaches or explore the tropical rainforest. Cassowary’s, an endangered rainforest bird, are often seen at Mission Beach, so have your camera ready.

Popular Mission Beach Diving Sites

The reef sites visited from Mission Beach are just 20 miles from Dunk Island. Sites visited will vary, pending your experience and the conditions of the day. Some popular Mission Beach diving sites include North Wall, Trevally Pass, Shark Alley, Eddy, Plates and Fingers. 

What will you see? Obviously, being a natural environment this will vary, but being a part of the Great Barrier Reef, you can certainly expect an abundance of marine life including fish, crays, moray eels, turtles and more. 

Mission Beach Diving Bookings 

Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy Mission Beach dive booking service. You can even save money with no booking or credit card fees. We offer first-hand experience and advice. Please note: This is a very popular spot during school holidays, so accommodation should be booked in advance. For more information and bookings, contact Dive in Australia on +61 499 464 007 or info@diveinaustralia.com.au



  • Day Trips, Dive Charters, Dive Courses

  • Reefs: Great Barrier Reef

  • Depth: 5mtrs to 20mtrs

  • Currents: usually protected and mild

  • Dive Experience: Drift Dives, Wall Dives, Isolated Coral Bommies and large Plate Corals

  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life

  • Diver Level: From the novice to the experienced

  • Dive Guides: Yes, included and compulsory. Will show you the best parts of Mission Beach diving.

  • Dive Briefings: Yes and included. Covering equipment, dive sites and all important information.



Day Dive 

Day dive trips from Mission Beach transfer to nearby Dunk Island, before boarding the dive boat and travelling 20 miles to the Great Barrier Reef. Time for up to 2 certified dives, also provides the opportunity for introductory diving. Great price, fully inclusive packages.

Trips Dive Charters 

Mission Beach also offers certified divers the chance to book a dive charter. More expensive than a day tour (obviously) but a completely personalised experience for a maximum of 2 divers, who can do 2 dives each. Fully guided and all equipment included.

Dive Courses

Learn to dive in Mission Beach. Open Water and Rescue Diver Courses available. Small numbers (max 6 divers) and dedicated dive classroom and learning pool. Training includes island dives and Great Barrier Reef dives. All equipment, tuition and books included. 

Contact Us

Dive in Australia are dive specialists. Based in Cairns, we made a point of diving at Mission Beach and were delighted to discover some fabulous Great Barrier Reef dive spots. Close to the coast with lots of marine life. Escape the crowds and go Mission Beach diving.

  • Eddy - Fantastic fish life, protected lagoon
  • North Wall - Loads of fish life, crays, moray eels and pelagics - Max depth 18 metres
  • Plates - Amazing ridge of large plate coral nice easy drift dive
  • Trevally Pass - Schools of Trevally swirl around you with other pelagics joining in
  • Fingers - A amazing array of Finger corals and Anemones with colourful fish everywhere
  • South Wall - Dive the South Wall with vivid colours, plenty of fish life
  • Shark Alley