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Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Whether you’re a snorkeller, first time diver or certified diver, you’ll spend a magical day with Divers Den.
Discover the marine wonderland of the outer Great Barrier Reef, just a 90-minute boat trip from Cairns. We’ll spend five hours at the reef and visit two stunning dive sites. These are expertly chosen from our exclusive moorings on the Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs to bring you the best quality conditions and diverse marine life, from colourful corals to inquisitive Nemos, turtles, stingrays and giant Maori Wrasse.
AquaQuest and ReefQuest are our newest vessels and purpose-built for diving and snorkelling. They have spacious dive decks and sunken platforms offering easy access to the water, plus state of the art equipment. Choose safe and enjoyable snorkelling for you and your family, introductory diving with full pre-dive tuition, or certified diving for a choice of three spectacular dives.
During your Great Barrier Reef day trip, enjoy our large sun decks, air conditioned indoor spaces and hot fresh water showers. After a morning spent exploring the reef, help yourself to a freshly pre-packed picnic lunch to refuel for the afternoon.
Divers Den Great Barrier Reef day trips are available every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with additional dates added according to demand.
Our Thursday and Saturday day trips take place on board ReefQuest, while on Fridays and Sundays they’re on board AquaQuest. When you click ‘book now’ you’ll see both options so you can choose the date that suits you.
8am: Check in at Cairns Marlin Marina and board the boat
8.30am: Depart Cairns and receive safety briefings as we travel to the outer reef
10am: Arrive at first snorkel and dive site
12.45pm: Move to second site and enjoy lunch
1.30pm: Continue diving and snorkelling
3pm: Depart reef site
4.30pm: Arrive in Cairns
“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!”
“Outer reef sites sure are the best! Two dives and snorkelling definitely gave me what I wanted to see – turtles and different kinds of clown fish were some of the highlights. Thanks guys.”
All introductory scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and 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. This includes going to the Atherton Tablelands (a popular local scenic attraction), so be careful if booking tours to follow your dive trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 12pm (midday).