The Ribbon Reefs lie well to the north of Cairns and are home to many world famous dive sites, including the Cod Hole. Named after the large potato cod in the area, which you will encounter and swim close too, the Cod Hole also offers a couple of great swim-throughs, as well as pristine coral structures and an abundance of a variety of marine life. It is not unusual to spot reef sharks during this dive.
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.
Ribbon Reefs Diving – Facts at a Glance