Flynn Reef offers dive sites unlike any other with swim-throughs, expansive coral fields, overhangs, wall dives and a vast collection of marine life. The hard coral is home to many sea creatures that you can swim with when diving this one of a kind destination in Cairns. Flynn Reef is home to many well-known dive sites, including Tracy’s Boomie, Tennis Court, Coral Gardens and Gordon’s Mooring. These sites offer excellent diving opportunities as there’s an abundance of marine life and thrilling hard and soft corals to explore.
The variety of marine life you’ll swim next to at the Flynn Reef dive sites include Clownfish, batfish, trout, cod, fusiliers, butterflyfish and angelfish, basslets and whitetip reef shark. With coral gardens covering the sandy bottom of the reef, you’ll come up close to table coral, boulder coral heads, and plates. The vibrant hard and soft corals are a spectacular sight, where giant clams, fan coral and staghorn find refuge. As you dive into the water of Flynn Reef, you’re likely to see grey reef sharks, moray eels, octopus, lionfish, barracuda and nudibranchs. Mackerel and trevally also frequent the water of Flynn Reef.
As you dive with the vast marine life and coral at the dive sites, you’re also able to explore swim-throughs and many wall dives. When you dive even further, you’ll see turtles, reef crabs and painted lobsters– making it an excellent location for night dives. Even at night, you can seek adventure in the many small caves, crevasses and overhangs. Night diving is often ideal as the reef becomes more active at night. You’ll witness a feeding ground for sharks and schools of barracuda. You’ll become one with the reef system as you explore the vibrant and various marine eco-system.
Although Flynn Reef is one of the closest reefs to the continental shelf and the Pacific Ocean, it’s only 30 minutes from Cairns. There are many dive sites at this reef, suitable for beginner and experienced divers and even snorkelers. No matter your diving preference, you’ll encounter marine animals small and large. You’re also likely to see dolphins, sharks and whales!
Flynn Reef offers ideal diving year-round; however, when visiting the reef from November to December, you’ll see the corals during their annual spawning– a ‘bucket list’ experience. Flynn Reef and its various dive sites are perfect for any diving enthusiast.