Cairns Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving INTRODUCTORY & CERTIFIED SCUBA DIVING

On board both of our vessels we offer optional diving; certified diving for those who have done and passed a diving course and have a certification card and introductory diving, for those who have not done a dive course and have no previous experience. Introductory diving is highly recommended to guests have never dived before; all introductory dives are fully guided and in fact, you don’t even need to be able to swim!

Why Dive With Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours?

Our team is renowned for giving people an unforgettable experience for their first time dive, as we are passionate about giving others the opportunity to experience the joys of the underwater world. We offer a guaranteed 1:3 ratio of dive instructor to diver on Ocean Free but mostly do 1:2 and even 1:1 for those needing extra attention. Most boats offer 1:4. On Ocean Freedom we guarantee a dive ratio of 1:2 intro divers to one intro dive or 1:1 if needed.

Ocean Free Diving

Ocean Free sits just 1km off Green Island on a private mooring, this is an exclusive site and only our guests get to dive here. The exact course of the 2 dives is decided on the day to best suit the conditions. The depth is about 10-12m depending on the tide, which is perfect for diving the Great Barrier Reef as the most colour and life is at this depth. Swim around “bommies” (coral outcrops) just by the boat, go through the swim through on the coral garden, where you can find a cousin of Nemo residing. See an array of hard corals and soft corals, including some beautiful beds of turquoise staghorn corals. These are a favourite of ours, where you can watch the little damsel fish dart in and out as they inquisitively check out the divers, before heading back into the coral for cover. Look out for and hear (!!) the stunningly coloured Parrot Fish as they graze the algae off the coral. Swim with schools of trevally, spangled emperors and sweet lips, to mention just a few of the residents around Green Island. Keep your eyes peeled for everyone’s favourite, the sea turtles that commonly frequent the site and another crowd pleaser, the black–tipped reef sharks who are very shy and timid.

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Ocean Freedom Diving

Ocean Freedom goes to 2 sites each day, the best sites will be chosen on the day of travel to maximise diver experience. The depth of these dives goes from 10-15m depending on the tide. This is a spectacular dive. Drop down to about 10-12m and follow the wall to see beautiful hard and soft corals, look out for brain, boulder and branching corals. Check out the large Gorgonian sea fans and the different coloured soft corals gently waving in the water. Find the multitude of different anemone fish, all related to Nemo of course! Look out for our larger friends, the hump-backed Maori Wrasse, occasional Bull ray, white tipped reef sharks and groupers. Don’t forget to peak under ledges to look for large painted Crays.

Upolu Cay Reef diving allows you to swim around a pretty, colourful coral garden, which makes an amazing contrast to the surrounding white coral sand patches. Look out for stingrays hiding under the white coral “sand” and turtles having a feed. There’s many different types of smaller reef fish darting in and out of the corals, Parrot fish grazing on the algae and coral trout swaying lazily amongst the coral.

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