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Which dive company would you recommend in Cairns?

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1. Posted by Krikri3 (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

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Hey I am new to Travellerspoint, and so impressed...
I am going to Australia (finally) in october/november to the East coast for only 4 weeks, so I have a tight schedule...

I have 2.5 days in Cairns in the middle of november, and I want to go for a one day diving trip. Any recommendations? Prodive - is that any good? Or any better companies? I really would prefer someone who can offer a dive guide too. I want to book it, since I only have specific day to do it on.

And I really want to have a one day trip in the Rainforest, so I need a recommendation there too. I dont want to end up on a very crowded tour... and I want to see as much as possible.

I am soooo excited to get down under. I hope there is anyone who can help me to choose...

Thanx :-).

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

http://www.cairnsdive.com.au/ and http://www.diversden.com.au/ are both good. I won't recommend one over the other because like most dive companies in Cairns - despite what they tell you - you can't tell them apart. www.downunderdive.com.au is also a good company. It all comes down to the weather, the people, the visibilty, and most importantly - the lunch.

3. Posted by Krikri3 (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Thank you. Well that was I was afraid of, impossible to choose
Well, so WHICH LUNCH would anyone recommend then - cause that is of course also of HIGHLY importance....

4. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi,

try this site also : www.divingcairns.com.au
It has vessel, number of passangers, reefs visited and most importantly, lunch menu's :)

We decided on the day as there's loads of companies, however, we definately decided upon a smaller boat (not too small though)
I Think we went with Reef Quest (how bads my memory... was less than a year ago !!) Think it's owned and run by Diversden (the web site Majito posted)
Anyway, Have fun and enjoy yourself

Taffski.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Quoting Krikri

And I really want to have a one day trip in the Rainforest, so I need a recommendation there too. I dont want to end up on a very crowded tour... and I want to see as much as possible.

I took the Down Under Eco Tours daytrip to Cape Tribulation, and although it's a very full day, and very much a tour (which I'm really not a fan of), I'd still recommend it as the best way to see a lot of rainforest if you don't have transport of your own. It visits the Daintree Environment Centre with its Canopy Tower and Aerial Walkway, where you have something like an hour and a half of walking high through the rainforest, the beach at Cape Tribulation where you get right to the edge where the rainforest meets the sand - stunningly green (I'm actually just now in the process of editing my pictures from when I was there, so... *uploads* Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation rainforest) - then you have lunch nearby under an open roof in the middle of the rainforest, and then (after a crocodile 'safari' boattrip without any rainforest to be seen) the day ends with half an hour or so at Mossman Gorge, which is another part of the Daintree National Park.

Since the trip to Cape Tribulation makes use of a small ferry to cross the Daintree River, every tour there travels by minibus - I think the largest that'll still fit on the ferry takes 20 people: so small groups are pretty much guaranteed. (Although this particular tour did it with two ~15-person buses on the day I took it, with the groups joining for most activities.)