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Dive the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs

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We have a great selection of liveaboard dive trips departing from Cairns weekly, which will still see you diving the spectacular Ribbon reefs and Coral sea. This section of the Reef is pristine & offers some of the very best diving, excellent visibility and larger schools of pelagic marine life.


The Ribbon Reefs lie well to the north of Cairns and are home to many world famous dive sites, including the Cod Hole.    Their remote location means they are only accessible on a liveaboard dive trip.  Water / dive depth varies anywhere from 8m to 35m, making this a perfect destination for divers of all experience levels, from Open Water to Advanced.  The Ribbon Reefs and the liveaboard operators who visit it, offer a range of diving experiences and locations, including drift dives, wall dives, swim throughs, caves and exploring colourful coral gardens and bommies.  A consistent factor of diving the Ribbon Reefs will be the absolute wow factor of the reef.  A multitude of colourful fish and some amazing marine encounters, from giant (diver-sized) Potato Cod (Cod Hole) to Dwarf Minke Whales (seasonal) to sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, stingrays and more. The water temperature varies between 22 degrees to 29 degrees and all operators provide wetsuits / lycra suits for certified divers. 

Dive depth is only limited by your experience and certification.   Water temperature along the Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea varies between 22 degrees to 29 degrees.

Booking a Ribbon Reef/Cod Hole Liveaboard Dive Trip

Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy booking service for all Cairns liveaboard dive trips and you can save money with no booking or credit card fees.  We have visited and dived all of 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 below for your convenience, or contact us today or FREE CALL 1800 323 703

  • Most Liveaboard Trips depart on set days so to help in planning your itinerary including your accommodation and flights contact us.
  • Book ahead to avoid disappointment as these trips often sell out.
  • Booking ahead alos will ensure your cabin type of preference. Most Liveaboard boats offer Double, Twin and Quad Share accommodation. Ask us for more information.
  • Must be a Certified Diver to book a Ribbon Reef, Cod Hole or Coral Sea.
  • You will be doing deep dives (20 meters +) so being Advanced Certified is advised or completing your Advanced Certification on the trip is a great option.
  • Most boats offer diving on Enriched Air (Nitrox) - Completing your course is also possible.
  • Travelling alone? No problem, a dive buddy can be allocated to you.
  • Liveaboard boats take anywhere from 20 - 30 guests. Ask us for more information on your vessel preference.
  • Do you have special dietary requirements? Best to advise early as not all boats cater to a lot of special dietary needs. Ask us for more information.
The Cod Hole -  A well known dive site for the number of large potato cod in the area. You will witness a crew member feeding the cod which makes for an exciting dive having these large fish swimming very close to you.  Enjoy also a couple of great swim-thoughs on this dive site as well as pristine coral structures and an abundance of a variety of marine life. Lighthouse Bommie Challenger Bay Pixie Pinnacle Pixie Gardens Steve's Bommie