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Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

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1. Posted by benethomas (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y


When my friend and I travel to Australia we were planning on trying Scuba Diving. We thought the Great Barrier Reef would be one of the best places to try this for the first time.

Does anyone know of any reasonable companies based in Cairns or elsewhere that offer this service. As neither of us have dived before, is it possible to do a 1 day dive. Or would we need longer to have training first? Any example prices would be useful if possible.


2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

There are loads of companies in Cairns that offer this. I had a couple of days at the Barrier Reef. Go on a boat trip, put all the scuba gear on and hang off the back of the boat, if you feel comfortable the instructors will take you in groups of 2 or 3 for about a 20 minute dive. If you get the taste for it after that then go for longer. I think it cost about 40$ AUS. That was 8 years ago.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Whatever you do, don't watch Open Water before you go.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Whatever you do, don't watch Open Water before you go.

Very good advice!!!

5. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Quicksilver are a large reputable company that have great day trips out to different parts of the reef, they are one of the more expensive companies

There are several smaller companies who offer week long expeditions, such as Pro-dive, Down Under Dive, Deep Sea Divers Den, Cairns Dive Centre. Type any of these into Google and you should get loads of info.

Hope this helps!

6. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Forgot to mention all of these companies offer qualified diving instructors who could assist you with your first dive. The week long expeditions can be taken to obtain your diving certificate, or a day trip can be made and you can go on an intoductory dive with training on the day.

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I would always recommend to get your PADI open water cert. which enables you to go diving independently all around the world.
When I was in Cairns, I had a 2-day training in the pool and then went on a sailing boat diving at the GBR for 2 nights and three days. The company (Down Under Dive) and dive instructors were great and I especially loved the diving at night.If you only go diving for a day you will obviously not experience that. All together my open water cert. cost me around 400 Aus$, compared to prices in Europe it was a real bargain.

8. Posted by benethomas (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the info everyone.

I think that I will probably go for the full diving certificate as it doesn't sound too expensive, and will give me more options for the future. I've got a good list of companies to try when I get there, and I'll be sure not to watch Open Water first!

That night dive sounds like fun!