Ribbon Reefs

Ribbon Reefs are part of the northern Reef’s continental shelf.  There are ten separate reefs in a line housing different dive sites.  The Cod Hole is the most popular and is home to large potato cod families.

The Ribbon Reefs are a series of ten coral reefs located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, in the Coral Sea.  They are part of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, and are situated north of Cairns.

The Ribbon Reefs are long, narrow reefs stretching for approximately 50 miles (80 kilometres) along the continental shelf.  Famous for diverse marine life, including hundreds of fish species, sea turtles, sharks, and colourful coral formations.

The Ribbon Reefs are a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, with many operators offering day trips and liveaboard dive tours.  Visitors can explore the reefs and encounter various marine creatures.  Visitors see giant clams, Reef sharks, and the occasional manta ray or humpback whale at these Reef locations.  The reefs are also home to several shipwrecks, providing opportunities for wreck diving.

A must-see destination for anyone interested in marine life and coral reefs.

Scuba diving the Ribbon Reefs. 

Scuba diving the Ribbon Reefs in Queensland, Australia, is popular among diving enthusiasts.  Visitors are amazed by the clear waters, diverse marine life, and stunning coral formations.  Making it a unique and exciting underwater experience.

Many diving operators offer day trips or liveaboard tours to the Ribbon Reefs.  These tours typically depart from Cairns and usually include multiple dives daily on different reefs and surface intervals for rest.

Some popular dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs include:

Divers can expect to encounter various marine creatures on the Ribbon Reefs, including colourful Reef fish, sea turtles, Reef sharks, and sometimes even larger marine life, such as manta rays or whale sharks.  The water temperature on the Ribbon Reefs averages around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), making it comfortable to dive in year-round.

Scuba diving at the Ribbon Reefs in Queensland offers a unique and unforgettable experience for novice and experienced divers alike. It’s worth adding to your bucket list if you’re a diving enthusiast.

Liveaboard Options

Spirit of Freedom

The Spirit of Freedom is a luxury liveaboard vessel. It operates scuba diving trips to the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. This vessel is designed for scuba diving.  They offer a comfortable and spacious environment for divers to relax between dives.  Find out more and live availability.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is a well-established liveaboard company that operates scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef.  These trips visit the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia.  Their flagship vessel, the “Spoilsport,” is a spacious and comfortable liveaboard.  Visitors can choose from a range of diving itineraries to suit all levels of diving experience.  Find out more, including prices and trip duration.

Nearby Reefs


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