Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving

The Great Barrier Reef offers outstanding Scuba diving

Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef! Choose from our premier day trip ‘all-inclusive’ Reef Experience, travel to the outer reef on a shoestring with budget tour Compass Cruises or try a liveaboard scuba diving adventure with Reef Encounter and enjoy the wonders of scuba diving a world heritage marine park! Whether an experienced diver or it’s your first time, caters to all divers. Offering some of the very best Outer Barrier Reef locations every day, let us show you pristine coral havens and introduce you to some of our friendly fish!

We use years of marine experience to select our dive sites daily based on conditions, ensuring great scuba dive adventures every time!


Certified Scuba Dive Adventures

Liveaboard scuba diving and day diving – Certified dive tours on offer range from those suited to new divers to advanced level scuba divers. Each reef location you’ll visit is unique, bursting with tropical marine life and diverse coral colonies. Top quality scuba equipment (including high range dive computers) are available with every tour and guided dives are offered at each location. Certified divers can travel on the same tour as un-certified friends and family, and if you’re travelling alone our friendly crew will be happy to provide you with a suitable dive buddy.

Scuba Dive to surface

What is Certified Diving? Certified diving is for those who already hold a scuba qualification. If you don’t have a scuba diving license but want to participate in scuba activities, see ‘Resort Scuba Diving’.


Resort Scuba Diving: No-experience necessary

Scuba diving is easy, fun and exciting! 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! Top quality scuba equipment is included in every resort diving tour.


What is Resort Diving? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small groups under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor, resort dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course.

Can anyone try a resort dive? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably dive. 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 scuba diving equipment. Got your own gear? Our friendly dive masters will assist you to set up your equipment.

Full diver briefings are given for each reef location by experienced crew with in depth knowledge of the areas and marine life which can be found.

How deep are the dive sites? As the coral on the Great Barrier Reef needs sunlight to survive and grow, the majority of good dive locations are found in relatively shallow areas. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10-25 meters (30-80 feet). Unqualified scuba divers on Resort Dive tours are generally kept within 5 – 12 meters (15 – 36 feet). Advanced divers travelling on a liveaboard tour can expect depth ranges up to 40 meters (120 feet).

Who will I be diving with? Buddy up with another passenger or take the guided dive option, it’s your choice. If you’re travelling alone our friendly dive team will ensure you have a buddy to go diving with. If you are an un-qualified passenger trying a Resort Scuba dive, you will dive under the supervision of an experienced Dive instructor.

Guided Dives Go on a guided dive with one of our friendly and professional dive team 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.


  • Minimum age for scuba diving activities is 12 years (10 years if already a qualified diver).
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For example: heart disease, asthma, epilepsy or diabetes. If you are unsure of a particular medical condition, please check with us prior to making your reservation.
  • Flying after scuba diving: You should not travel to a high altitude (fly or visit a mountain area etc) within 12 hours of completing a single dive or 18 hours after multiple dives. It is recommended to wait 24 hours, if possible, before doing so.
  • Please bring your certification card or divers logbook if you are a qualified scuba diver – the dive supervisor will require to see it before you may participate in certified dives. If you do not have proof of certification, please contact us prior to your trip to avoid disappointment on the day.

Editor’s Choice: Reef Experience

Scuba diving day toursReef Experience is an all inclusive catamaran providing excellent value day trips to The Great Barrier Reef. Visiting two pristine Outer Reef locations daily and boasting up to 6 hours at the reef, there’s plenty of time to relax, snorkel, glass bottom boat tour and scuba dive! This tour remains our premier choice reef trip and is unbeaten on service and value.
8) A Possible Diving Day with Reef Experience, our outer reef day trip:
….Note: All dive locations and itineraries are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances 

Begin the day with complimentary return bus transfers to the marina from any accommodation within the Cairns area, followed by a barbeque breakfast roll and assorted fruit platter. Enjoy the Marine Biology presentation as you cruise to your first outer barrier reef location for the morning scuba dive and snorkel at Hastings Reef. Dive equipment and high-range dive computers are provided onboard. Marvel at the beauty of the famed Coral Gardens on your INCLUDED scuba dive* and find Nemo nestled amongst his anemone home as you explore fish-bowl lagoons and swim amongst giant clam grounds. There’s plenty of time to scuba dive, snorkel, glass bottom boat tour and lounge on the large upper sun-deck before a beautiful buffet lunch prepared fresh by an onboard chef.

Arrive at your afternoon barrier reef location Breaking Patches Reef. This is an exclusive site to Reef Experience located just south of Michaelmas Sand Cay. Turtles are sighted here almost every visit and can become quite playful! As the name suggests, this patch reef is intersected with clear sand lagoons and coral outcrops where you can spot blue spotted rays basking in the sunlight and schools of fish nestled all along coral walls. Choose to participate in a second scuba dive, go on a snorkel tour or relax on our huge sundeck – this is an ideal setting for photography lovers. Voyage back to Cairns with complimentary cheese, wines and biscuits whilst viewing the professional photography shots of the day.

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