Great Barrier Reef Scuba diving tours
Great Barrier Reef scuba diving: immerse yourself in a world of wonder and experience the breathtaking beauty of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a must-see destination, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, and famous for incredible scuba diving.
With tours running every day year-round, you are sure to be accommodated for whatever your needs may be.
There are two main types of trips when visiting the reef: a day trip and an overnight trip. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and time limitations.
A day trip to the reef usually offers two reef locations and two opportunities to dive.
There are 100s of different day trips to choose from, so some things to consider are what you would like to get out of your day.
Most trips offer scuba diving onboard for an extra cost, and others include a dive in their package. If you are a certified diver, consider whether you would like a guide.
Guests can hire guides for an additional cost.
Included in liveaboard tours
All gear, including masks, snorkel, fins, and diving equipment, are provided, and most trips will allow you to bring your own and even set it up for you, and there’s no extra cost for tank fills.
Most operators will have an onboard photographer to capture your memories or offer to hire cameras at an average cost of $60 to rent for the day.
As you are out at the reef all day, another essential thing to consider is the food. Day trips are usually limited to what they can provide for lunch.
Expect a selection of cold meats and salads, although few tours have a BBQ on board for that all-time favourite Aussie BBQ!
Would you please advise if you have any dietary requirements?
Scuba diving locations
The Great Barrier Reef is t is made up of over 3,000 individual reefs, and we know you want to go to the best spots!
Most tour boats go to the outer reefs, and some liveaboards can go as far as the fringe or ribbon reefs as they have more time to do so.
The outer reefs are less visited and tend to be more pristine. They feature cascading reef walls and vibrant coral and are rich in marine life and diversity.
Great Barrier Reefs are pretty extensive and will usually have many different dive sites within them.
A liveaboard trip will give you more opportunities to explore all the different sites within the one reef, running anywhere from 4 to 6 water sessions a day.
Great Barrier Reef tours
Our Great Barrier Reef tours are onboard Reef Experience. This tour is all-inclusive, providing breakfast, a fresh hot bacon and egg roll (veg options available), and pick-up and drop off the shuttle bus, also included within the Cairns city area.
One dive is included in the package, whether you are an introductory diver trying scuba diving for the first time or a seasoned certified diver.
Another dive at the second Great Barrier Reef location is available to purchase onboard if you wish to do so.
Lunch is a delicious BBQ featuring sausages, chicken, steak, and freshly prepared buffet salads by the onboard chef.
A photographer will happily capture your day in and out of the water. You can also have an option to hire rental cameras for as little as $59, including an SD card.
Outer reef locations provide stunning dive sites and a sun deck with cushioned loungers to relax between dives. Whatever your needs, Reef Experience has you covered.
Overnight Great Barrier Reef tours
We also run a liveaboard trip to Reef Encounter if you would like to maximise your experience of the reef. Reef Encounter is not just a liveaboard. It’s a floating boutique hotel featuring spacious rooms, super comfortable double and single bedrooms, and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers.
Onboard chefs make gourmet meals just as you like it; you will think you’re in a 5-star restaurant.
Relax with a cocktail at the end of the day as Reef Encounter has a fully stocked bar, and you can take your pick of relaxing in our comfortable saloon area, cozying up on the sofas, or heading upstairs to the sundeck for some stargazing.
Whether you are a new or certified diver, we have you covered.
Reef Encounter offers
- introductory scuba diving
- introductory night diving
- open water courses
- advanced and speciality courses
- Nitrox courses and tanks to hire for those already certified
- Guided tours
Our friendly crew is always on hand to help you set up new gear or assist you with any special requirements.
Whatever you need. We’ve got you covered.