Cairns Dive Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Is Amazing. A living, beating underwater heart that has evolved over thousands of years, providing safe habitat and home to the most diverse and unique array of coral and marine species. It never fails to delight and excite, from your first visit to your last. Gazing into its waters you glimpse the reef beneath, slipping beneath the surface you enter its world, a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. A wonderous new place, like nowhere else on earth. A peaceful place, where you leave the race behind and go with the ebb and flow of the sea. At Cairns Dive, we love the Great Barrier Reef and this website is dedicated to sharing our stories of swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving its many amazing locations, providing you with an online portal to this amazing underwater world. As we grow the content of this site, it will evolve to be the ultimate guide to Cairns diving Great Barrier Reef trips – providing you with information to help make your Cairns Great Barrier Reef visit, the best it can be. For non-swimmers, young swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and those wanting to learn to dive.

We’ll take you from the fringing reefs and inner reefs, to the coral cays and islands, outer reef and beyond. We’ll swim, snorkel and scuba dive, showing you the latest conditions and sharing our adventures. Driven by a desire to showcase Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef to new and repeat visitors.

Great Barrier Reef.Swim. Snorkel. Scuba Dive.

The Great Barrier Reef is a natural marvel of incredible value to the entire planet. Not just for its beauty, and it is beautiful, but for its unique evolutionary ecosystem and diversity of life. We’ve swum, snorkelled and scuba dived (over 400 dives) across the Great Barrier Reef and travelled on every boat and reef tour from Cairns. We’re here to tell you that you can experience the reef too, it’s accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Our stories are written as a guide, to help you pick the best tour to suit your skills and experience levels. We love the reef and you will too.

2,500 Individual Reefs

Over 2,500 individual reefs make up the Great Barrier Reef, from shallow fringing reefs, to mid-shelf reefs and right out to Australia’s continental shelf and beyond. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and tours depart daily.


Tropical Islands

Coral gardens surround the Great Barrier Reef’s 900 islands. At Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Low Isles you can walk off the beach, into the sea and snorkel in the shallows with starfish, clams and colourful fish, while divers take a tender to offshore reefs, teeming with life. You might even see a sea turtle.


Coral Cays & Sand Cays

The cays are created by the shifting sands, thanks to the ocean waves and tidal currents. White sand and shallow, clear water with coral bommies, giant clams, anemones and more. A beautiful place to explore.


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