Great Barrier Reef scuba diving expedition tours

From: AUD1687 - AU$4987

per person (3, 4 or 7 night tour)



Fly Dive Cod Hole (3 Nights): $1687-$2435 per person
Fly Dive Coral Sea (4 Nights): $1909-$2686 per person
Coral Sea Safari (7 Nights): $3322-$4987 per person

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Great Barrier Reef scuba diving expedition tours

Our 3, 4 and 7 night liveaboard dive expeditions to the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef give you the opportunity to experience some of the most exhilarating diving in the world. Expeditions suit both novice divers and the adventuresome diver seeking exciting big fish and shark action. Novice divers are given the opportunity to enhance their skills with complimentary orientation dives, and experienced divers are given the freedom to do their own thing. It is our attention to detail that sets us apart and puts a smile on your face. Our boat is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard dive vessel. The boats's twin hull design maximizes your comfort in allweather conditions and her combination of space, stability and diver conveniences is unmatched. Dives are exclusively conducted at the sites of best biodiversity north of Cooktown including the Acropolis, Cod Hole and Coral Sea.

 

3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition

Prices: Budget: $1687, Club: $1963, Standard: $2221, Premier: $2435

Experience: Novice to Advanced Divers 

Departs: Every Monday, 7am from Cairns (Except for where special expeditions or refits are scheduled)

Returns: Thursdays, 8am in Cairns

Dives Included: 12

 

12 Dives. Suits: Novices to Advanced. Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Appeals to the broadest section of divers, from beginners to mad keen photographers and snorkelers. Showcases the Ribbon Reef diving with incredible marine biodiversity, including Australia's famous Cod Hole. The Fly Dive Cod Hole showcases the best of the Great Barrier Reef featuring:

  • A spectacular low-flying start to Lizard Island
  • Prime Ribbon Reef sites
  • Best fish & coral biodiversity
  • The world famous Cod Hole
  • Outstanding marine life biodiversity
  • All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns
  • Guaranteed access to restricted dive sites
  • 50% reduced cruise time and within sheltered waters
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions
  • Minke Whales (Jun/Jul)

 

What awaits you? Imagine yourself on a spectacular ‘flying start’ to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 metres (600ft) above the sites you will dive along the Great Barrier Reef’s continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition.


Lizard Island - See where the famous English navigator James Cook climbed in 1770 to find a way out of the labyrinth of reefs. Naturalist Joseph Banks lamented that he had too little time to study the wealth of strange creatures he saw in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Will you have time to record the wealth of creatures you find?


The turquoise chain of Ribbon Reefs - This 55 mile chain of reefs from Lizard Island to Cooktown is the most prized dive region of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is where you can see more of the Great Barrier Reef’s 1,500 fish and 400 coral species than elsewhere. The currents that channel between the ribbon reefs attract large fish populations.


Exciting Marine Life Encounters - The currents that channel between the ribbon reefs attract a bigger fish population than elsewhere. Marine life encounters range from pygmy seahorses to manta rays and whales. The Great Barrier Reef has 9 species of anemone fish, 43 species of butterfly fish, 1001 species of nudibranch, and 6 of the world’s 7 turtle species.


Diver size fish at the Cod Hole and Cod Wall - One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits at the Cod Hole. Swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Tidal currents ensure the coral growth here is very diverse. The Cod Hole’s Shark Alley is a great place to see sleeping white tips in the sand and the occasional grey reef shark.


Shallow but fantastic - Challenger Bay - One of the Ribbon Reefs most interesting sites is Challenger Bay, a sloping reef with large sandy patches. The biodiversity here is outstanding, rich with hard and soft corals and all the associated reef fish. As well as great day diving, this is one of the most spectacular night dive sites on the GBR.


Lighthouse Bommie - Big schools of brightly coloured yellow and blue snapper cruise the top of an adjacent reef, while numerous species of anemone fish have also made it their home. During minke whale season (June to August) this is one of the best spots to see these magnificent creatures.


Acropolis - Voted 30th in the Planet’s Best Dives, Acropolis is a hard coral wonderland with rolling hills of staghorn and plate corals dotted about with giant clams and anemones. The site is prolific with small fish, including chromis and fusiliers, which attract many large mackerel and tuna.


Pixie Reef: Pixie Gardens & Vertical Gardens - You will spend the next morning at Pixie Gardens where you may find harlequin ghost pipefish, leafy scorpion fish and lace scorpion fish. Vertical Gardens is only accessible on a handful of days every year: this dive site is home to a herd of large green bump head parrotfish.


Steve’s Bommie - On the final day, you will find yourself at one of the Great Barrier Reef’s best and most popular sites, Steve’s Bommie. This site is a photographers dream! It’s hard to put into the words the quantity and variety of Great Barrier Reef fish and corals that you will see here. A showcase of the best of the best. Then we disembark Thursday 8:00am at Trinity Wharf, Cairns. Courtesy transfers are provided from the vessel to the office, inner city hotel locations and the Cairns Domestic and International Airports.

 

 

4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition

Prices: Budget: $1909, Club: $2202, Standard: $2444, Premier: $2686

Experience: Advanced Divers Only

Departs: Every Thursday, 6pm from Cairns (Except for where special expeditions or refits are scheduled)

Returns: Thursdays, 11am in Cairns

Dives Included: 14

 

 

14 Dives suiting Advanced Divers. Adventure liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Australia. Appeals to advanced divers who are chasing clear water, plummeting walls and amazing shark action. Features an exciting shark feed dive. Divers should be comfortable in exposed sea conditions on deep walls. The Fly Dive Coral Sea includes the Coral Sea & Great Barrier Reef featuring:

  • Diver-sized fish at the Cod Hole
  • Coral gardens and sea snakes at the Snake Pit
  • Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn
  • The world famous Cod Hole
  • Big fish action in 40 meter visibility
  • All dives over 150 miles north of Cairns
  • Coral sea walls with 1,000m drop offs and huge soft corals
  • The amazing Amphitheatre shark dive
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions
  • A spectacular low-flying flight back to Cairns

 

What awaits you? - As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board our boat to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise northward overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.


Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits you at the Cod Hole, where you’ll swim with ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Spend the dive amongst shallow, sunlit coral gardens or venture deeper into the parallel gullies where huge Queensland groupers face into the current.


Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs - This Ribbon Reef site is one of the few places on the Great Barrier Reef where olive sea snakes are found. Sea Snakes are both very curious and very complacent, allowing the more adventurous diver and photographer to get very close indeed! It is also common to sight a variety of ray species.


Fairy Grotto - Coral Sea - Cruise overnight Friday, venturing 75 miles northeast beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Awake to find yourself exploring plummeting reef walls in gin clear water at the Fairy Grotto. This dive site offers a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs.


Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea - Glide past huge black coral trees, giant feathery soft corals, golden fans and red whips housed along the plummeting walls. Swim amongst schools of giant trevally, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. Observe or be observed by the many shark species in the area.


North Horn - Coral Sea - Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea! Your Osprey Reef adventure builds to a climax with a spectacular shark dive at North Horn. You will see 10-30 grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks as well as other species. You can photograph these sleek high order predators at close- range, or not so close, you choose!


False Entrance - Coral Sea - False Entrance is another amazing dive site! Other than the resident schooling big eye trevally and barracudas, which make for a great photo opportunity, there’s colorful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals. Keep one eye out on the blue water for cruising hammerheads in the cooler months.


Returning to Cairns - End your epic diving adventure with a stunning, low-level flight from Lizard Island back to Cairns. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 meters (600ft) and we provide detailed flight maps so you can anticipate the low altitude pass over Endeavour Reef where Captain Cook ran aground.

 

 

7 Night Coral Sea Safari Expedition

Prices: Budget: $3322, Club: $3909, Standard: $4530, Premier: $4987

Experience: Novice to Advanced Divers

Departs: Every Thursday, 8am from Cairns (Except for where special expeditions or refits are scheduled)

Returns: Thursdays, 8pm in Cairns

Dives Included: Unlimited

 

Unlimited dives, suiting novices to advanced. An amazing liveaboard dive trip incorporating the best of the Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea. Appeals to divers who want to explore colourful coral gardens, swim with giant potato cod, drift along coral walls with 1,000m drop offs and participate in an exciting shark feed dive! A combination of the best of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea featuring:

  • Prime Ribbon Reef sites,
  • Diver size fish at the Cod Hole,
  • Best fish & coral biodiversity,
  • Exploration of Lizard Island,
  • Outstanding marine life biodiversity,
  • All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns,
  • Plummeting Coral Sea wall dives in gin clear water,
  • Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea,
  • Amazing amphitheatre shark dive,
  • Schooling trevally and barracuda in the Coral Sea,
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions.

 

What awaits you? - As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board Mike Ball’s Spoilsport to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise northward overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.


Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits you at the Cod Hole, where you’ll swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Also a great site to check out white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand, the occasional grey reef shark and if you’re lucky, sometimes a hammerhead.


Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs - Spectacular coral gardens and snakes await at this amazing Ribbon Reefs dive site. Eight (8) coral bommies are roughly aligned in two parallel rows to create a haven for a multitude of marine life. Expect to see reef sharks, green turtles, nudibranchs and of course olive sea snakes.


Fairy Grotto - Coral Sea - Traveling overnight Friday, we venture northeast 75 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Here we find plummeting walls in gin clear water. Fairy Grotto is a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs, and a wall that plummets away to 1,000 meters.


Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea - Fantastic colors, corals and pelagics. Glide past huge black coral trees, giant feathery (yellow, white, pink) soft corals, golden fans and red whips housed along the plummeting walls. Swim amongst schools of giant trevally, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. A great site.


North Horn - Coral Sea - Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea! Your Osprey Reef adventure builds to a climax with a spectacular shark dive at North Horn. You will see 10-30 grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks as well as other species. You can photograph these sleek high order predators at close- range, or not so close, you choose!


False Entrance - Coral Sea - Schooling trevally & barracuda in the Coral Sea! The dive at False Entrance is not to be missed. Colorful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals flourish beneath the reef undercuts, while the tops are encrusted with hard corals. The resident schooling big eye trevally and barracudas make for a great photo opportunity.


Lizard Island - Cruise to Lizard Island on Sunday night. This is the halfway point on your safari, guests from the Fly Dive options join or leave the boat. 7 Night guests can off-gas and take some unique photographs on Lizard Island during a walk along Watson’s Bay and climbing the hill to Chinaman’s Ridge.


Challenger Bay - Ribbon Reefs - Challenger Bay is both shallow and fantastic, for day and night diving. It’s a sloping reef with large sandy patches, home to an amazing diversity of marine life. Watch out for schools of diagonal-banded sweetlips, ghost pipefish, garden eels, leaf scorpionfish and more.


Lighthouse Bommie - Ribbon Reefs - During minke whale season (June to August) this is one of the best spots to see these magnificent creatures. At any other time, watch out for the resident Green Turtle, usually seen resting on a shelf at around 12m and the big schools of brightly coloured yellow and blue snapper.

 

Acropolis - Ribbon Reefs - Voted 30th in the Planet’s Best Dives, Acropolis is a hard coral wonderland with rolling hills of staghorn and plate corals dotted about with large giant clams and anemones. The site is prolific with small fish life such as chromis and fusiliers which are predated upon by many large mackerel and tuna.

 

Pixie Reef: Pixie Gardens & Vertical Gardens - Spend the next morning at Pixie Reef, exploring Pixie Gardens and in very good weather, Vertical Gardens. Some of the highlights of this pretty dive site include seeing harlequin ghost pipefish, leafy scorpion fish and lace scorpion fish. Vertical Gardens is home to a herd of large green bump head parrotfish.

 

Steve’s Bommie - On the final day, you will find yourself at one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most popular sites, Steve’s Bommie. Schooling trevally, barracuda and large mackerel hang in the current, reef sharks patrol in the depths, fantastic coral and a huge diversity of reef fish surround the top of the site. A photographer’s dream!

 

Additional Pricing Information

Snorkeler: 10% less

Snorkeler/age 15 years or less: 25% less

Single Occupancy cabin: 70% extra

Gear Rental (if needed): $44 per day (payable onboard)

Reef Tax: $18 (payable onboard, subject to CPI increase)