Certified Diving Day Trip


Want to add the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef to the list of places you’ve dived? Choose the best in Cairns diving day trips with Divers Den!

Travel in style on your 90-minute trip from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef and you’ll soon be diving among coral gardens or along reef walls, spotting an incredible array of fish, turtles and other colourful species.

Your day will include as many as three dives at our amazing sites spread over the Norman, Hastings and Saxon reefs. Choose to dive with a buddy or let our expert guides show you the best sights beneath the waves.

Our day trip vessel AquaQuest is a purpose-built dive vessel, with a spacious dive deck and state of the art diving equipment. While on board, enjoy large sun decks and air conditioned indoor spaces. Fuel up between dives with delicious food and beverage options, including a tasty and filling tropical buffet lunch.

At Divers Den your diving experience can be catered to your needs, we offer the option for certified divers to dive with a buddy or with one of our professional guides, giving you the independence to explore the Reef how you like! Travelling with snorkellers or intro divers? No problem – you’ll share your journey out on the reef together on the same vessel, and complete your dives/snorkel experiences at the same dive sites.


Seven days a week

Departure/Return Location:

B Finger, Cairns Marina


8am - 4.30pm

Snorkel Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef

Medical Information:

All certified scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. Visit the Can I Dive page to see if you meet the requirements before booking.


  • Two locations
  • Five hours at the outer reef
  • All diving equipment and tank fills
  • In depth briefing and equipment tuition
  • Wetsuit/lycra suits
  • Prescription masks
  • Snorkelling
  • Fresh tropical buffet lunch with hot and cold options
  • Chilled drinking water
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Hot fresh water showers
  • Marine life presentation
  • Buddy diving option available

Book now

Outer Reef Day Trip: Snorkelling + Certified Diving

per person from
Day Trip: Snorkelling + 2 dives (Full equipment rental)
Day Trip: Snorkelling + 3 dives (Full equipment rental)
Day Trip: Snorkelling + 2 dives (tanks & weights only)
Day Trip: Snorkelling + 3 dives (tanks & weights only)

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31st March 2025. Price is per person and inclusive of GST and all fees, including the GBRMPA environmental management charge (EMC) which contributes directly to the management of the Marine Park. Learn more at gbrmpa.gov.au


Great Barrier Reef Certified Dive Day Trip


8am: Check in at Finger B, Cairns Marlin Marina

8.30am: Depart Cairns

10.00am: Arrive at first snorkelling and diving site. Max dive duration 50 minutes

12.45am: Move to second snorkelling and diving site and enjoy lunch

1.30pm: Continue snorkelling and diving. Max dive duration 50 minutes

3pm: Depart reef site

4.30pm: Arrive Cairns

Additional info


  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Nitrox fills – $15 per dive
  • Guided dives – $20 per dive
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Cert card and logbook for certified diving
  • Reusable water bottle



“I did a fabulous day trip recently as a certified diver. I would highly recommend going with these guys. Thanks to everyone for making my 100th dive day so great!”

– Katie


“I spent the day with Divers Den and did three guided dives where the ocean came alive and I was in awe! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was newly PADI certified, but the staff was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The vessel was clean and there was plenty of room for everyone on board. Thanks for the amazing day!”

– Bonir

Medical and Altitude/Flying Info

All certified scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. These requirements can be found on our Can I Dive? page, and we strongly recommend reviewing before booking.

Queensland’s code of practice on diving states that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 24 hours if divers have had multiple dives per day for several consecutive days, or have made dives that require decompression stops.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. This includes going to the Atherton Tablelands (a popular local scenic attraction), so please be aware if booking tours to follow your dive trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water from your last dive of the day at 2:30 pm.

Cancellation Policy

You can reschedule or cancel your trip any time up to 48 hours departure with no penalty. Read our terms and conditions.