Diving Australias Great Barrier Reef is something that virtually every scuba diver aspires to do at least once in their life. The best way to experience it is on a liveaboard diving trip. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest single structure on the planet built by living organisms. It stretches for over 2,000 km from north of Cairns & Port Douglas in North Queensland to Lady Elliot Island & Fraser Island in the south & it is clearly visible from space. It is home to thousands of species with others still being discovered, hosting over 400 different types of Coral and 500 different varieties of Mollusc including many types of Giant Clams & Cone Shells. For the SCUBA diver it is an absolute paradise. You could spend your entire lifetime liveaboard diving the Great Barrier Reef and you still would not have come close to covering all the spectacular dive sites it offers. It is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and over 900 islands and it covers over 340,000 Square Kilometers so it's easy to see how you could devote your entire life to diving it and still never see it all.
The barrier reef is a good distance offshore so there is considerable cruising time to get there and back even in the faster diving boats. The best way to dive it is on a liveaboard from Cairns and spend as many nights as you can afford (both time and money wise) to dive this wonder of the world. A Cairns liveaboard is a far better use of your time, far more relaxing, offers far more dives and also offers you the chance to night dive. It fully justifies the time spent travelling to the reef and back for the amount of diving you get. It can also be quite economical as every night you spend on the dive boat you don't spend money on your hotel room or on eating and drinking. Food and drink (usually non-alcoholic) is included on Cairns liveaboard diving trips.
Certain times of the year offer special Australia liveaboard expeditions to see Minke Whales or watch the Coral Spawning. Both events are truly memorable. The Great Barrier Reef coral spawning only occurs on one or two nights per year and happens in late spring or early summer. It usually coincides with full moon. This is truly a spectacular natural phenomenon to witness if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity. Minke Whales can be seen on a liveaboard from Cairns with reliability for a month or six weeks of the year. These friendly inquisitive docile mammals are a wonder to behold.
We hope you enjoy browsing our site and choose to book a quality liveaboard diving trip with us. We can assure you of the lowest rates and a great choice of boats.
Take the opportunity whilst you have it! Don't miss out on the liveaboard diving experience of a lifetime!
The DIVE Deals Team.
We work with a small number of Cairns Hotels from budget to luxury. These hotels are all well established and reputable.
You are welcome to book your own hotel however many people find it convenient to book everything together dealing with one point of contact to keep things more straightforward. Your priority however should be to secure your Liveaboard Diving trip first. Many trips and boats are extremely popular and spaces fill fast. It is far more likely that you will miss your space on the boat than not be able to find a vacant room in a Cairns Hotel. . .