Breaking Patches

  • Location 16 134 865 S 145.57906E
  • Access by boat
  • Depth Range 0-12 metres
  • Visibility 15-20 metres

Breaking Patches location is 42 kilometres northeast of Cairns and just west of Michaelmas Cay.

This reef location offers a lovely shallow wall with picturesque beauty, making it an accessible site to navigate.  


While most of this reef location is relatively shallow and ideal for snorkelers, there is an opportunity for deep dives up to 30 metres out the front of the boats.  This reef location makes it perfect for scuba divers doing their advanced courses.

The Western coral wall does provide a little more depth but is also known to have some strong currents.


This reef location also has sandy patches, which are a great place to find reef sharks and lagoon rays.

Fish Life

A wide range of different corals grow along this wall like long whip coral, colourful fan coral, and fire coral, and for all you Finding Nemo Lovers, this is one reef where you can quickly locate him in his anemone.


With the reef being relatively shallow, scuba divers and snorkelers will spot the giant clams at this reef site.

Breaking Patches is famous for very tame sea turtles, and it’s pretty common to see several turtles at this location.

For visitors wishing to find Nemo, this is an ideal reef location to see an abundance of clownfish.

Breaking Patches Map


Breaking Patches is exclusively visited Reef Encounter and  Reef Experience.