Most of the diving in
Queensland is done in buddy-teams, so grab your mate and a dive map and get set
for unbridled exploration! As a steward of the underwater world, remember to be considerate of the ecosystems that you're here to admire. To give the corals a helping hand, pack your reef-safe sun cream to protect this iconic yet fragile ecosystem.
There's too many great dive sites to list across the whole of the Great Barrier Reef! So instead, here's our pick of some of the best ones within reach of Cairns.
Flynn Reef - A great dive site for a little bit of everything; turtles, parrot fish, clownish and more...
The Cod Hole - One of the most famous, and for good reason, you get to witness giant potato cod feeding!
Osprey Reef - This one is for the adrenaline lovers in search of dozens of white tip reef sharks in a feeding frenzy.
Steve's Bommie - Here you can check out the fish-eating, fiery-colored flame file shell, plus all the other iconic reef fish these reefs are famed for.
Norman Reef - Morey eels, Maori wrasse and giant clams are the regulars at this reef, but visit in mid-winter for the chance to spot minke whales. At night, it's not uncommon to find sleeping sharks in the nearby caves.
Pixie Pinnacle - Part of the Ribbon Reef System and one of David Attenborough's favourites. Here you can see cod, cucumbers, whitetip sharks and rays in amongst colorful hard and soft corals.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the ocean's most important natural assets, home to a huge amount of diverse marine life. Look out for butterfly fish, parrot fish, coral trout, clown fish and surgeon fish swimming around the corals. Look closer and you might discover a blue sea slug, mollusc, sea cucumber or sea worm. Gliding through the channels are often green sea turtles or white tip reef sharks, while spinner dolphins dance in the open blue. Get lucky, and you may even see a minke whale or humpback on it's annual migration.
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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural feature on Earth, home to
over 2000+ unique bird, marine mammal and fish species. This iconic diving hotspot offers a range of scuba experiences for both the beginner and the experienced diving expert. Diving expeditions depart daily from all the major cities and towns along the coast and from most island resorts, with Cairns being a great base from which to dive excellent drop offs, coral gardens and Fitzroy Island. No matter where you stay along the reef, you're always within a 30 - 60 minute boat ride of a top notch diving spot.
Queensland is huge! At double the size of Texas, this beautiful stretch of coastline is not to be underestimated. To save your cash, stay flexible (and minimise carbon emissions too), opt for Greyhound coaches over domestic flights. You can hop on and hop off, exploring the Queensland coast as you wish. Those in search of paradise absolutely can’t miss Fraser Island or the Whitsunday Islands, both hotspots for perfect white sand beaches, crystal-clear blue lagoons, jaw-dropping tropical scenery and bags of adventure!
The best airport to fly into is Cairns International Airport, which is served by a number of international airlines such as Qantas, Delta or American Airlines on a daily basis.