The colourful and abundant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef offers a first-time scuba diving experience you’ll never forget! Learn to dive with the local experts on a Great Barrier Reef day trip.
It’s just a 90-minute cruise to the outer reef from the tropical town of Port Douglas. In these warm, clear waters, there is an incredibly diverse range of fish, turtles, rays, corals and more.
You don’t need any previous experience to explore this underwater world – if you can swim, you can usually dive. Our friendly crew will give you briefings, tuition and plenty of practice at the surface, so your experience is safe and enjoyable.
With a maximum of four divers to one instructor, you’ll learn to use your gear and enter the water. Once you’re comfortable breathing underwater, it’s time to set off, descending to 12m (40 feet) and beginning to explore the world beneath the waves.
AquaQuest is our latest vessel, featuring state of the art equipment and facilities purpose built for diving and your comfort. We select two sites from our exclusive moorings at Agincourt, St Crispin’s and Opal Reefs according to the day’s conditions, so you can see all the best treasures beneath the waves.
After your first dive experience, enjoy a delicious hot and cold tropical buffet lunch, plus a marine life presentation from our expert crew so you can identify the wildlife you’ve seen so far.
In the afternoon, we’ll move to our second dive site of the day, where you can choose to head back underwater for more diving, or spend some time snorkelling.
Includes all equipment and tuition. Intro dive participants must be 12 years or older. Prices valid from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. Price includes $6.50 EMC (Environmental Management Charge).
8am: Check in at the Port Douglas Marina Mirage
8.30am: Depart Port Douglas
10am: Arrive at first snorkel and dive site
11.30pm: Move to second site
12.30pm: Enjoy lunch
1pm: Great Barrier Reef presentation
2pm: Continue snorkelling and diving
3pm: Depart reef
4.30pm: Arrive Port Douglas
“After some research into the numerous dive companies operating out of Port Douglas, we were confident in booking with Divers Den on their custom built dream boat, AquaQuest. The trip was everything we could have hoped for and more… We were able to see some of the beautiful creatures that call the reef home, including parrot fish, stingrays, cuttlefish, reef sharks, jellyfish, nudibranchs and even a chilled out green sea turtle. The boat was set up perfectly, the gear was all well maintained, and staff were always happy to help. Special thanks to our guide, who helped my partner through two amazing introductory dives.”
“Went diving with the Port Douglas crew and it was an amazing experience. All the staff were super friendly and had a great sense of humour with all the divers. Our dive guide was very knowledgeable and told us all about the marine life we had seen during and after our dives. could not fault the experience. Awesome group of people and definitely a must when in Port Douglas! A massive thank you to all the crew at Divers Den.”
All introductory scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.
Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.
Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive by 2pm.