diving in cairns, australia

Cairns dive guide

Cairns Diving

Scuba diving in Cairns

Cairns diving opportunities are so diverse, sites are continually discovered and yet there are still thousands of unexplored underwater spots. Cairns dive sites are fine spots for snorkeling and diving. There are great reefs to explore which boast vast amounts of breathtaking marine lives. Explore its tunnels and caves to get to see these gorgeous creatures.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Cairns diving centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average annual temperature: Between 25°C to 31°C (78° F and 88° F)
Average water temperature: Between 24°C and 30°C (75° F and 86° F)
Average Visibility: from 16 to 82 feet (5 to 25 meters)
Coldest time: July
Warmest time: January
Best time to visit : during spring months.
Possible to dive all year round.

Diving Cairns has became one of the biggest attractions in Australia. Divers come to this beautiful spot to enjoy its spectacular dive sites and marine life see the Cairns diving map. Cairns' natural reefs are home to the some of the most stunning hard and soft coral formations in the area. Also its home to a wide diversity of fish and aqua life including sea fans, angelfish, butterfly fish, white tip reef sharks, wrasse and parrotfish. Due to the great visibility and the warm water the area is suitable for underwater photography.

Some of Cairns dive sites.

Briggs Reef is at a depth ranging from 3 to 82 feet (1 to 25 meters). It suits novice and advanced divers as well. The site is rich with large marine life. Bommies have great swim throughs. Wrasse, parrotfish, emperors, butterfly fish and surgeonfish are some of the marine life you will get to see in this area as well as white tip shark and schools of grey reef sharks at some occasions.

Pellowe Reef is a small isolated reef. It is at a depth of 16 to 82 feet (5 to 25 meters). With wall dives and great swim throughs. The reef is home to sea cucumbers and nudibranchs and schools of chevron barracuda.

Milln Reef is at a depth of 108 feet (33 meters). The reef has three large bommies called the Three Sisters. It is an intermediate site with a wide variety of sea life. See coral trout and cod swimming in and out of the overhangs and crevices. Also the site is home to sharks, blue spotted rays, various snapper and chub.

Saxon Reef is a beautiful small reef suitable for snorkeling. You will find hard coral formations as well as many kinds of marine life including moray eels, lion fish and Maori wrasse.

Flynn Reef is a novice to intermediate dive site. It is at a depth of 16 to 98 feet (5 to 30 meters). It offers one of the best wall dives and swim through in the area.

Michaelmas Reefs another snorkeling reef. it have walls, swim throughs, black coral trees and a wide variety of sea life like lion fish, maori wrasse, batfish and crayfish.

Thetford Reef is an intermediate dive site at a depth ranging from 16 to 82 feet (5 to 25 meters). It is formed by coral bommies with lots of swim throughs and walls. It is home to soft and hard corals. Giant clams, butterfly fish, damsels and angelfish are seen in the area.

Moore Reef is a great spot with drop offs and swim throughs. It is at a depth of 3 to 82 feet (1 to 25 meters). This large reef is suitable for snorkelers and novice divers. It is rich with marine life. Look for rays buried in the sandy bottom. Lots of hard corals are growing in this area. Grey reef sharks and white tip shark are spotted in here. This dive is best done in spring.

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