About The Great Barrier Reef
One of the "must do" things in Queensland is to dive the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder of the world and a declared World Heritage site. It is made up of approximately 2900 separate reefs stretching as far north as Cape York and south to Bundaberg along the Queensland Coast.
With approximately 400 different species of coral which includes both hard and soft corals and 1500 species of fish it is no wonder one can never be bored diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Some of the more exclusive and non populated reefs and dive sites the Great Barrier Reef has to offer are Flynn, Milln, Thetford and Pellowe. These reefs are where our 16 dive sites are located.
During the months of May to August whales visit the Great Barrier Reef. These spectacular creatures migrate to our tropical waters to mate and give birth to their young. These commonly sighted whale species are the Dwarf Minke Whales and the Humpback Whales.
Every year more and more divers and snorkellors are having close encounters with the Dwarf Minke Whales. The Humpback Whales are sometimes more commonly sighted breaching in the distance and from the reef and while our vessels are moored at the reef. The Humpback Whales are generally a more timid than the Dwarf Minke Whales but put on a more spectacular show for everybody.
The experience of interacting with whales is something not to be missed. If you're not sure of what time of the year you should be planning to do your dive course or a liveaboard dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns then what better reason than this to book for this time of year!
Another major event that occurs on the Great Barrier Reef usually during the months of November & December is Coral Spawning. Also described as "sex on the reef"! This simultaneous mass spawning of corals was first scientifically observed in 1981. This event usually only happens at night and requires several contributing factors for the coral to spawn which can make it very difficult to predict specific dates.
If you would like to experience this event then a liveaboard dive trip provides you with more night dives. Our 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Dive Trip gives you the opportunity to do two night dives.
For more information see Coral Spawning
Diving On The Great Barrier Reef
Learning to dive on the Great Barrier Reef could not be more accessible than it is from Cairns. The city is home to many great adventure activities but it is known as the "learn to dive" capital of the 'world' with the Great Barrier Reef right on the door step.
Here at Prodive Cairns we offer both 4 Day Learn to Dive and 5 Day Learn to Dive Courses. The 5 Day Learn to Dive Course is the most popular because you get more diving including your very first night dive along with two nights accommodation onboard one of our premium liveaboard dive vessels.
Already Certified! Then take the time to really enjoy the reef in a more relaxed environment on our 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Dive Trip. The amount of diving and snorkelling you'll get to do as well as the opportunity to do night dives combined with 2 nights accommodation makes this live aboard adventure unmatched for experience and value.
So if you want to learn to dive, continue your dive education, or just enjoy some great diving on the Great Barrier Reef Pro Dive Cairns really is "Simply the Best".