Cairns | Day Tours

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Cairns has a fantastic range of day dive trip destinations and experiences, all on the Great Barrier Reef. Outer reef, sand cays and tropical islands, even reef pontoons. Suitable for divers of all experience levels. Usually maximum of 3 dives per day.

Cairns Reef Day Dive Trips
Cairns reef day dive trips depart the city every day of the year (excluding unforeseen weather events, such as particularly strong winds and/or cyclones).  Exact departure times vary from boat to boat. All boats depart from Cairns Marlin Marina.  Check-in may be at the Reef Fleet Terminal or at the boat, pending operator, and inclusions, itinerary and destinations all vary. 

Cairns Reef Day Dive Trips versus Liveaboard Trips
Cairns reef day dive trips generally allow / provide up to a maximum of three (3) dives per trip, per day.  If your itinerary and budget allow it, then you might want to consider booking a liveaboard trip, to maximize your dive time on the Great Barrier Reef. There’s many benefits to a liveaboard trip, including but not limited to: more dives, night dives, accommodation and meals included; more dive variety.  There’s a range of liveaboard dive trips departing Cairns each day, visiting a variety of destinations, from those mentioned above to the Ribbon Reefs, including Cod Hole and Osprey Reef with its shark diving.  Check our liveaboard page for more information.

Cairns Reef Day Dive Trips – Dive Guide – The Facts at a Glance

  • Reefs: Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Depth: Cairns to Port Douglas – 5mtrs to 20mtrs
  • Currents: Low but can be moderate at times
  • Dive Experience: Coral Gardens, Isolated Bommies of Coral, Wall Diving, Drift Diving and Coral Swim Throughs
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life
  • Diver Level: Suitable to novice to experienced divers
  • Dive Guides: Majority of day boats insist on guided dives, although some will allow more experienced divers in buddy pairs to dive unguided
  • Dive Briefings: The operators provide very detailed dive site briefings, highlighting specific coral formations, compass bearings and marine highlights of the dive site
  • Photo/Video – If you don’t have your own underwater camera they are available for hire

Booking a Cairns Reef Day Dive Trip
Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy booking service for all Cairns reef day dive trips and you can save money with no booking or credit card fees.  We have visited and dived all these great locations.  We offer first-hand experience and advice, choosing the operator and destination to best suit your experience and itinerary.  Products are listed on this site for your convenience, or contact us today on +61 499 464 007

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