Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba diving is the ultimate underwater adventure.

“I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory.  But the most revelatory 3 minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral Reef.  It’s unbelievable that you can move in 3 dimensions,” – Sir David Attenborough.

When you think of scuba diving, do you think of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef?  This iconic destination is the place that has sparked thousands of people’s passion for scuba diving.  It starts here!  Your love for scuba diving begins here!  Are you ready to give it a try?

The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest living thing on earth, with around 2,900 unique reef formations.  It is a living, breathing wonder that is visible from space.

Scuba diving beneath the crystal waters gives you a glimpse into this flourishing underwater world of wonder!

What to Expect on your Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef Cairns tour

Our tours are affordable, and our crew is well-known as the best crew on the reef.

It will take around 90 minutes to get out to the outer Great Barrier Reef by boat.

Take your choice between day tours and liveaboards.

You will have an in-depth briefing in which you will be shown the equipment and discuss how it works, the effects of water pressure on the body, and the different hand signals.

Our skilled instructors will answer all your questions and concerns and guide you effortlessly and patiently through the whole experience.

Groups are kept small, four divers to one instructor.  You must complete two skills: a mask clear and a regulator clear.

These are done just a metre or two under the water on a bar that hangs from the boat.  Once everyone has completed the skills, the dive can begin.

Please expect to be held on to the instructor first while you orient yourself in the water; think of it like being in space.  Suddenly, you are weightless, suspended in the water.  It’s a fantastic feeling!

Then, you can explore, stay close to your instructor, and follow their lead.  You can take a camera, but don’t forget to be in the present, seeing it through your eyes, not just the screen.

Experience this ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  It could start a new passion, so don’t miss a second!

Mask, snorkel, fins, stinger suit (stinger season only), and dive gear are all provided for you!

Frequently Asked Questions about scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef

Q. What if I can't breathe properly?

A. This question is common for introductory divers, so let us explain how a regulator (the thing you will be breathing from) works. The regulator works on a demand valve, meaning when you demand air from it by breathing in, it opens and gives you all the necessary air. Once you breathe out, the valve closes, and the air you expel leaves the regulator through the bottom as bubbles. If you feel you are not getting enough, relax, calm down, and take longer and deeper breaths in and out.

Q. What if I am nervous?

A. It’s normal to feel nervous; however, once you see all the magic the reefs offer, it won’t feel so scary anymore. It is a uniquely fantastic experience that will last in your memories for your lifetime. So relax.

Q. I can't swim. Can I still try scuba diving?

A. Absolutely! Just let your instructor know; they will link arms with you and guide you throughout your dive.

Q. How long is the scuba dive, and how deep will I go?

A. The first introductory dive will last approximately 20 minutes, usually between 5-8 metres, with the deepest you can go being 12 metres in depth. Should you wish to go again, your second dive will take 30 to 40 minutes.

Q. Do I need prior training or certification?

A. Not at all! To complete an introductory dive, you must show up and listen to the briefing, jump in, and give it a go. Have fun and enjoy yourself because a qualified instructor will be watching you the entire time.



See our Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling page for more information about marine life!

We look forward to seeing you on board!

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