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Has anyone dived great barrier reef from Cairns recently?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by luk, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. luk

    luk Registered

    How was it? what did you see?
    I'm debating if it's worth going this month (Sep) or early Oct.
  2. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    No reason it would not be okay. No cyclones recently.
  3. mattia_v

    mattia_v Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
    It’s been a while for us (5 years), but if you can afford it do a liveabord. The day bit sites we hit the first day of the trip were not nearly as nice as the somewhat farther afield ribbon reefs...
  4. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
    I have a thread that I have been updating in Cairns trips and also updated on our website what trips are running.


    Only Reef Encounter is constantly running as an overnight boat with Scubapro (Pro dive) running weekends only.

    Most day trips running but still reduced scheduling.

    Sept and Oct are best months of the year by far. Glassed out seas and perfect temperatures with no humidity.

    More will be running over school holidays but still a good selection to choose from.

    I am a local so PM if you want more details
    delacrue96 likes this.

    SCUBA MD New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Maryland U.S.A.
    Anyone have any advice in terms of drive boats/companies to dive the reef from Cairns?
  6. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
    Look at the post right above yours.
  7. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
    Still updating on our site so check there.

    Everything still reduced scheduled but all running.
  8. David Novo

    David Novo REEF Volunteer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Porto, Portugal, Europe
    I did the Spoilsport (Mike Ball) 4-night Minke Whale Expedition in June/July 2019:
    - Minke whales (snorkeling but could be seen from below on one of the dives) everyday for several hours, with a peak of 16 at the same time - Dr Alastair Birtles from James Cook University, who studies minke whales was on the boat (as far as I got, there is always someone from his team in these minke whale liveaboards in June/July) and gave us presentations after dinner on the minkes and the behaviours we had observed.
    - Sharks on both night dives, specially at Challenger's Bay (several white tip reef sharks and at least one grey reef shark);
    - Turtles on almost every dive;
    - Large potato cods in Cod Hole as expected (and a white tip reef shark).
  9. CapnBloodbeard

    CapnBloodbeard Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Good trip? We're thinking of doing it later this year - not the minke whale one, but one of his other shorter ones
  10. napDiver

    napDiver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
    The further you can go out from the coast, the better the dives will be. But the cost will be substantially more, but most people would agree it's worth it if you can afford it.

    We did divers den since we just didn't have the funds. This was 2 years ago. It was some pretty good diving, but won't be as amazing as the Mike Ball posted above.

    Also if your going to that part of australia, I highly recommend you dive the SS Yongala. You'll have to drive out to Ayre, but best wreck I've ever dived (based on animals). It's a real choppy ride and current is strong.

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