Diving and Snorkelling

With 2,900 islands to explore, warm waters all-year-round and some of the world's best dive sites, from snorkelling right off the beach to jumping on a tour and head out to the wilds of the Reef.

Depending on the season, you can:
  • Glide with the Manta rays at Lady Elliot Island
  • Snorkel with Whales during their migration
  • Witness the rush of a live shark feed in Queensland's Wild North.
  • Stare in wonderment at the colourful coral of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a selfie with some reef fish for the ultimate profile picture
  • Swim alongside huge Turtles 

From casual snorkellers to experienced divers, everyone will discover their inner child in Queensland's heavenly waters.

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Seawalker Green Island

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Especially for those who might not want to or might not be able to participate in scuba diving or snorkelling, Seawalker @ Green Island is an underwater experience the whole family can enjoy. It is a fully guided underwater experience where your face stays dry and you walk underwater on the sea floor (not on an artificial platform) surrounded by fish and marine life at the beautiful coral garden. It's a low stress, fun, underwater activity that provides a natural experience at Green Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef - up close and personal. Seawalker @ Green Island is quick, easy, and there's no need to learn how to use complicated equipment. No experience is needed, and because you walk on the sea floor, it's perfect for non-swimmers or anyone else who might not be confident in water!
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Green Island, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a true coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and a huge coral reef system. Four metres above sea level, 606 metres long, 200 metres wide and half a kilometre in circumference. Good snorkelling, average scuba diving, underwater observatory. Excellent for day visitors. Dive shop, scuba diving tuition and dive charter Boats to reef nearby. Resort accommodation, Cafe and souvenir shops also on island.
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Located out in the open ocean this Site has consistently amazing visibility. It's always over 30 metres, and often better than that. The open ocean isolation also draws in large pelagic fish such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda. These reefs are great places to spot sharks of all kinds, especially white tipped reef sharks. Over the past 20 years, feeding by dive operators at certain dive spots has caused the resident reef sharks, potato cod and other fish to become accustomed to divers; they are not skittish and allow close observation. Some operators offer a shark feed dive, where sharks are drawn in to a feeding station. These reefs offer a combination of diving, from dramatic wall dives to intricate coral formations, huge soft corals and reef flats.
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The Three Sisters, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a series of three large bommies. The first "Gorgonian Gorge"; the second and third sisters rise to within one metre of the surface and the three metre gap between is utterly filled with schools of fusiliers and snapper. Swim-throughs, overhangs and crevices to explore, deep dives and pinnacles to swim around. A huge variety of pristine corals. Look for Barracuda, Reef sharks, Moray and Garden Eels, Lagoon Rays and Turtles.
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Split Bommie, off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef, has an array of colourful marine life from colourful flat worms and Nudibranchs to sleepy turtles and hungry hump headed parrot fish, putting on a show for the snorkeller and divers alike. The marine life thrive on two parallel Bommies, offering bright shallow conditions for snorkelling and a figure eight adventure for the curious divers. Commonly known for its beautiful schools of small fish blanketing the coral rises, or the friendly white tip who might pop in and say hello.
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The Whale, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a large isolated coral bommie with abundant marine life. On a low tide, waves break at the top creating a plume of water similar to a whale's tail splashing in the water, hence the site's name. Sleeping white tipped reef sharks and bumphead parrot fish are common on morning dives and sleeping turtles on night dives. An excellent wall dive site.
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Agincourt Reef, off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef, is a series of many smaller reefs with at least 16 different dive sites. The Channels offer interesting swim-throughs and caves, while The Gardens are renowned for their exceptional abundance of brightly coloured reef fish. Blue Wonder is a breath-taking wall dive to beyond 40 metres while Nursery Bommie is a spectacular pinnacle where pelagic fish gather to feed.
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Any diver's list of most outstanding dive regions on the Great Barrier Reef would include Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reefs. This string of long narrow reefs, also known as the Northern Reefs, lies about 60 miles north of Cairns. The most famous dive site on the Ribbon Reefs by far is Cod Hole. Cod Hole is known for the groups of large (150 kilograms or more) Potato Cod and Maori Wrasse that have become accustomed to divers over the past 30 years, and will approach quite closely. It's an excellent photo opportunity, these fish are huge! During the months of June and July, Dwarf Minke Whales are found on this section of the reef, and are known to linger in encounters with snorkellers that last for hours. Local dive operators do offer trips that aim to maximise these encounters, as well as dive some of the outstanding dive sites in the surrounding area.
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Located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, an isolated pinnacle known as Steve's Bommie attracts schools of bigeye trevally, barracuda, blue-lined snapper and moses perch. Macro photographers love the abundance of nudibranchs, flatworms, pipefish and other little critters. Steve's memorial plaque at 22 metres and a flame file shell (a carnivorous shell) at 13 metres are a must see. Look for five species of anemone fish at the top, and purple and gold anthias.
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Normanby Reef is located in the Frankland Islands on the Great barrier Reef, a group of relatively untouched national parks about 12 km off the coast near Cairns. They are a group of continental islands with good beaches and some fine snorkelling. Normanby Island's pristine waters are a coral haven for snorkelling and diving. Visitors share the immaculate reef with green sea turtles, tropical fish and giant clams.
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