Scuba diving Great Barrier Reef

Scuba diving is a choice of day tours and liveaboard trips on the Great Barrier Reef.

We are starting with the choice of our premier day trip ‘all-inclusive’ Reef Experience.

Next, look at our liveaboard adventure with Reef Encounter.

Enjoy the wonders of the World’s most extensive coral Reef.  During your tour, visit the  World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park!

Whether an experienced diver or your first time, caters to all scuba divers.

Tours that offer the best Outer Barrier Reef locations every day.

Onboard is a friendly professional crew who will be delighted to show you new coral reefs and stunning tropical fish.

We use years of marine experience to select our dive sites based on conditions.  This ensures excellent snorkelling and scuba diving.

Certified Dive Adventures

Certified dive tours range from those suited to new divers to advanced-level scuba divers.  Each Reef location you visit is unique, bursting with tropical marine life and diverse coral colonies.

Top-quality scuba equipment (including high-range dive computers) is available with every tour.

Take a dive guide.  The scuba guides  know the area and are always happy to share the best of Reef.

Certified divers can travel on the same tour as uncertified friends and family.  Also, if you are travelling alone, our friendly crew will happily provide you with a suitable dive buddy.

What is Certified Diving?

Certified diving is for those who already hold a scuba qualification.  If you don’t have a scuba diving license and like to participate in scuba diving, see ‘Introductory Scuba Diving’.


Introductory Scuba Diving

Introductory diving is fun and safe.   A hand-held introductory dive is a fantastic way to try scuba diving before committing to a dive course.

Whether you’ve got a day or a week, there is simply no better place to try diving than the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

The protective ‘barrier’ of the Reef provides calm waters perfect for beginners.  Once comfortable, your dive leader will guide you on supervised underwater tours.  Let us show you our passion and give scuba diving a go!

What is introductory diving?

Introductory diving requires no previous experience—introductory scuba dives in small groups under an experienced dive instructor’s supervision.  Introductory dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a  scuba diving course.

Can anyone try an introductory dive?  If you can swim and are in good physical health, you can probably dive.  The minimum age for resort diving is 12 years.  Some medical conditions or medications may prevent you from participating in scuba activities.

Why book a scuba diving tour with

The Best Equipment

All of our tours offer high-quality, up-to-date equipment.  Our friendly dive masters will assist you in setting up your equipment.

Full diver briefing

A thorough dive briefing will be given for each reef location by an experienced crew with in-depth knowledge of the areas and marine life found.

How deep are the dive sites?

As the coral on the Great Barrier Reef needs sunlight to survive and grow, most good dive locations are in relatively shallow areas.

Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10-25 meters (30-80 feet).  Unqualified scuba diver’s introductory scuba diving tours within 5 – 12 meters (15 – 36 feet).  Advanced divers travelling on a liveaboard tour can expect depth ranges up to 40 meters (120 feet).
See: Reef Locations

Who will I be, my dive buddy?

Buddy up with another passenger or take the guided dive option.  It’s your choice.  Our friendly dive team will ensure you have a buddy to go diving with if you travel alone.

If you have never dived before, you will have an opportunity to try an introductory dive.  Introductory dives are all done with an experienced dive instructor.

Guided Dives

Go on a guided dive with one of our friendly and professional dive teams and take all the hassle off navigating yourself!  Our experienced guides will show you the best dive spots, get you back to the boat and ensure you have a fun and comfortable scuba.


All scuba divers must read and agree to the ‘Scuba Diving Important Information’, medical requirements for scuba within Australia and all other terms and conditions of their trip.

At the start of your tour, all persons participating in scuba activities must fill out a standard Queensland Medical Declaration form [view form].  This form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for children.  Next, please answer all questions honestly, as it is a legal document.  Your safety is of primary concern.  For snorkelers, this information will help operators advise accordingly regarding snorkelling safety.  For scuba divers, some medical conditions and medications and health issues (both past and present) may prevent a person from participating in scuba diving activities.

Minimum age for scuba diving

Introductory scuba diving (beginners) or participation in scuba diver training must be at least 12 years in Queensland, Australia.  Junior certified divers must be at least ) is ten years old in Queensland, Australia.

All junior divers must dive with a certified parent or guardian or with a dive professional at an additional charge.

Certified divers must be at ‘The Open Water Diver level or higher and bring proof of their qualification to be checked by the Dive Supervisor.  If unable to verify your certification level, tour Operators reserve the right to refuse a person scuba diving as a certified diver.


Our ten best scuba diving tips

  • Always dive with a dive buddy
  • Make sure you buddy check
  • Dive with a reputable company
  • Dive within your limits.  Never dive deeper than 40 metres.
  • Never hold your breath
  • Equalise several times while you descend
  • Keep an eye on your dive gauge
  • Don’t touch anything
  • Ascend slowly at the end of every dive.
  • Do not fly or go to altitude 24 hours after your dive.

Comprehensive travel insurance

Travel insurance should include trip cancellation, evacuation, and medical cover for scuba diving.  Please read your insurance policy’s wording carefully to ensure you know all conditions.

Ensure it covers you for all intended activities, including all scuba activities.  In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation, medical or other expenses are the financial responsibility of that passenger.

Tour Operators reserve the right to change locations, prices, vessels and itineraries due to unforeseen circumstances.

Next, read the individual terms and conditions applicable to each tour.

Then book a dive trip and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

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