Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef Cairns

 

“I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory.  But the most single revelatory 3 minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It’s just the unbelievable fact that you can move in 3 dimensions” – David Attenborough.

 

When you think of scuba diving, do you think of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef?  This iconic destination is the place that has sparked thousands of peoples’ passion for scuba diving.  This is where it starts. This is where it begins. Are you ready to give it a try?

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on earth.  It is made up of around 2,900 different individual reef formations. It is a living breathing wonder that is visible from space.

Scuba diving beneath the crystal waters gives you a glimpse into this flourishing underwater world of wonder!

The reefs Compass Cruises, Reef Experience and Reef Encounter travel to are:

Norman Reef – features cascading reef walls that stretch further than your eye can see.  They are vibrant and full of life and is the home of our friendly Maori Wrasse, Frank!

Saxon Reef – a shallower reef with structures more scattered. Weave your way through the coral bommies and witness the diverse marine life of this area.

Hastings Reef – a popular spot and a favourite amongst divers, famed for is vibrant gardens of coral and many giant clams.

Breaking Patches Reef – a fantastic location with its rolling hills of spaghetti coral, a soft coral that flows and dances with the movement of the water. Frequent turtle sightings it is loved by divers and snorkellers alike!

What to Expect on your Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef Cairns Tour

Our tours are affordable, and our crew highly regarded for their excellent customer service.

It will take around 90 minutes or so to get out the reef.

You will have an in-depth briefing, in which you will be shown the equipment and talked through how it works, the effects of water pressure on the body and the different hand signals. Our skilled instructors will answer all your questions and concerns, and they will guide you effortlessly and patiently through the whole experience.

Groups are kept small, 4 divers to 1 instructor. You will need to complete 2 skills; a mask clear and a regulator clear. These are done just a metre or 2 under the water on a bar that hangs from the boat. Once everyone has completed the skills the dive can begin. Expect to be held on to by the instructor first while you orientate yourself in the water – think of it like being in space, suddenly you are weightless, suspended in the water, it’s a fantastic feeling!

Then you are free to explore, stay close to your instructor and follow their lead.  You can take a camera but don’t forget to be in the present, see it all through your eyes, not just the screen. A once in a lifetime opportunity and could be the start of a new passion, so don’t miss a second!

Mask, snorkel, fins and stinger suit (stinger season only) and dive gear are all provided for you! Reef Experience also provides reef-friendly sunscreen, breakfast, lunch and tea and coffee is available all day.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What if I can’t breathe properly?

This question is common for introductory divers, so let us explain a little bit about how a regulator (the thing you will be breathing from) works. The regulator works on something called a demand valve, and this means when you demand air from it, by breathing in, the valve opens and gives you all the air you need. Once you breathe out the valve closes and the air you expel leaves the regulator through the bottom as bubbles. If you feel as though you are not getting enough, relax, calm down and take longer and deeper breathes in and out.

 

What if I am nervous?

It’s normal to feel nervous; however, once you see all the magic that the reefs have to offer, it won’t feel so scary any more. It is a uniquely fantastic experience, that will last in your memories for your lifetime.  So relax.

 

I can’t swim, can I still try scuba diving?

Absolutely! Just let your instructor know, and they will link arms with you and guide you throughout your dive.

 

How long is the scuba dive, and how deep will I go?

The first introductory dive will last approximately 20 minutes and will usually be between 5-8 metres with the deepest you can go being 12 metres in depth. Your second dive will be anywhere from 30-40 minutes should you wish to go again.

 

Do I need prior training or certification?

Not at all!  To complete an introductory dive, all you need to do is show up and listen to the briefing, jump in and give it a go. You are supervised by a trained instructor the whole time, so have fun and enjoy.

 

See our Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling page for more information about marine life!

We look forward to seeing you on board!