Best Cairns Scuba Diving Trips

WHEN YOU WANT THE BEST CAIRNS SCUBA DIVING TRIP TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, YOU WANT BLUE DIVE.

Cairns’ best scuba diving trips are privately guided by Blue Dive, aboard the dive boats Tusa Reef Tours or AquaQuest. When you choose Blue Dive for your Cairns scuba diving trip, you’ll explore the best reef sites from Cairns at Norman and Saxon Reefs, all a part of the Great Barrier Reef UN World Heritage Area and national park. These trips are suitable for divers of all experience levels, including introductory divers who have no prior experience. The Blue Dive private dive guides are experienced PADI dive instructors and professionals. For those trying diving for the first time, they’ll provide guidance above and below the water and will navigate you around the reef. While certified divers will appreciate the freedom of diving away from the crowds, with your own friends and/or family on an exclusive privately guided dive. That’s what makes ours the best Cairns scuba diving trips – your own private Blue Dive guide. If price is an issue, we can still make a booking for you to dive directly with the boats’ dive crew. At Blue Dive, we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, from first contact to waving goodbye. We are here to ensure you enjoy the very best Cairns scuba diving trip during your visit. Please note we also provide private guided diving in Port Douglas.

My name is Mark Fraenkel, and my primary role is to guarantee an exceptional diving experience for you from Port Douglas or Cairns. With over 5,000 dives under my belt on the Reef and having arranged thousands of diving trips for our customers, I am well-equipped to answer any questions you might have. Whether you’re seeking the top diving spots or need guidance, I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me out with your inquiries – our advice is complimentary, and I assure you a prompt response.

Best Cairns Scuba Diving Trips

WHERE DO CAIRNS’ BEST SCUBA DIVING TRIPS GO? THE GREAT BARRIER REEF’S NORMAN AND SAXON REEF SYSTEMS.

The Norman and Saxon Reef systems are classified as outer reefs, located on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. Here the underwater visibility can sometimes be more than 30m (90 feet). The coral cover and diversity are excellent and the dive styles can vary between drift dives and wall dives, to exploratory dives amongst the coral gardens, lagoons and bommies. Being a natural environment we can’t guarantee what you will see on your dive trip, however, we can tell you what we usually see when diving on Norman and Saxon Reefs. This section of the reef is home to an abundant population of Green and Hawksbill sea turtles, Blue-spotted stingrays, Humphead Maori wrasse and Black and White tipped reef sharks. There are many species of anemonefish, trout, snapper, trevally and parrotfish, as well as the smaller chromis, butterflyfish and angelfish.

Depending on the time of year, we sometimes see Manta rays, Whale sharks and up to four species of whales, including Humpback and Dwarf Minke whales which migrate through here between June and September. Tusa and AquaQuest have various moorings on the Norman and Saxon Reef systems and will choose the best destinations to maximise visitor experience, on the day of travel. Furthermore, if you book the private Blue Dive guided dives you can be assured that our personnel will ensure you see the best of the reef according to your limits and interests.

OUR EXPERIENCED LOCAL DIVE GUIDES, WILL ENSURE YOU HAVE THE BEST CAIRNS SCUBA DIVING TRIP

Our team of experienced PADI professionals are on hand to ensure you have the best Cairns scuba diving trip possible. We cater to all experience levels and provide exclusive, privately guided scuba dives on Norman and Saxon Reefs. At Blue Dive we are here to help you make the most of your Great Barrier Reef experience, keeping you safe and ensuring you don’t miss a minute of the action. We are a committed to providing outstanding customer service, diving to your experience and comfort levels. There are many reasons to choose Blue Dive, here is our top 7.

Why We Are The Best Cairns Scuba Diving Trip: The Facts

  1. We’re the only one providing genuinely privately guided scuba diving experiences from Cairns. You’ll experience the Great Barrier Reef in your own private group, with an expert instructor to guide you underwater and show you the best marine life. [Yes, there are other divers on the boats – but we do our own thing as a private group.]
  2. Access to the best of Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef destinations – Norman and Saxon Reefs.
  3. No expensive private guiding supplements – your Blue Dive private guide is included in our quoted price.
  4. A complimentary underwater photo shoot is included as part of your qualified dive package – all members of our team are accomplished underwater photographers and will give you some great memories to take home!
  5. Experienced divers will enjoy the freedom of diving, without being held back by other divers.
  6. Newly qualified or slightly nervous divers will appreciate the special care and attention of a private guide. Blue Dive even offers complimentary refresher sessions on board the boat, before you get in the water.
  7. If some of you are qualified and others not – we can still privately guide you safely together – to a maximum of 12 metres deep in this case. Please note: PADI standards prohibit our private dive guides and instructors from taking an underwater camera and/or photos with them if they are with introductory or student divers. So if this sounds like your group, then we are unable to provide the complimentary underwater photo shoot.

Blue Dive – Tusa Reef Tours Cairns Private Guided Diving [ more info ]
Our Blue Dive Private Guided diving rates are tailored to your your needs, please do not hesitate to call us on +61 (0)427 983 907 or email us info@bluedive.com.au and we can tailor a package to ensure you get the best possible dive experience from Cairns and Port Douglas.

Additional Inclusions & Notes

  • Prices per person with Blue Dive private guide and host for your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Complimentary dive refresher session on the boat, perfect if you are nervous or haven’t dived for a while.
  • Underwater photo shoot – for certified divers – plus a memory stick with images of your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Cairns transfers from accommodation to Cairns marina (if needed).
  • Full and sanitized dive equipment hire, including dive computer.
  • 3 privately guided scuba dives (or snorkel sessions) per person.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, plus super lunch options, tropical fruit platters and cake, hot drinks and cold water
  • Unlimited quality wine and beer – After in water activities!
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Blue Dive – Aqua Quest Cairns Private Guided Diving [ more info ]
Our Blue Dive Private Guided diving rates are tailored to your your needs, please do not hesitate to call us on +61 (0)427 983 907 or email us info@bluedive.com.au and we can tailor a package to ensure you get the best possible dive experience from Cairns and Port Douglas.

Additional Inclusions & Notes

  • Blue Dive private guide and host for your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Complimentary dive refresher session on the boat, perfect if you are nervous or haven’t dived for a while.
  • Super also for experienced divers as only your privately booked party plus Blue Dive guide on the dive.
  • Underwater photo shoot – for certified divers – plus a memory stick with images of your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Full and sanitized dive equipment hire, including dive computer.
  • 3 privately guided scuba dives (or snorkel sessions) per person.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, plus hot and cold lunch buffet, tropical fruit platters and cake, hot drinks and cold water
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IF BUDGET IS AN ISSUE, WE CAN ALSO BOOK YOU TO DIVE DIRECTLY WITH THE CREW OF THE BOATS

While the Blue Dive privately guided trips are recognized as being the best Cairns scuba diving trips, we also book plenty of non-Blue Dive guided trips too. This is an alternative for those on a budget; and in this instance you will dive with the crew of ReefQuest or AquaQuest, depending which boat you are traveling on. So, what’s the difference between a Blue Dive private guide and diving with the boat crew? See below.

What’s The Difference Between A Blue Dive Private Guided Trip And A Crew Guided Trip?

  1. When you choose a privately guided Blue Dive trip you receive: a complimentary dive procedure and equipment refresher session on the boat, underwater photo session and digital images, plus a personalized experience where you are diving with your private guide and group. We take a different route to the other divers on the boat, diving to your depth, experience levels and interests. Just you and your friends and/or family.
  2. When you dive with the crew of ReefQuest or AquaQuest: it is usually a larger group of divers – maximum of 8 –sticking to a scheduled dive plan and route. You will still have a great time, but you are missing out on the benefits of a Blue Dive privately guided trip – including the refresher session and underwater photos and seeing the reef up close and personal.

Tusa Reef Tours Cairns Diving [ more info ]
Item # Pax Adult Child
Tusa - Group Dive & Equipment Per person from $420 POA

Additional Inclusions & Notes

  • Full and sanitized dive equipment hire, including dive computer.
  • Up to 3 privately guided scuba dives (or snorkel sessions) per person.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, plus super lunch options, tropical fruit platters and cake, hot drinks and cold water
  • Minimum age 16 on these trips
  • Cairns transfers from accommodation to Cairns marina (if needed).
  • Unlimited quality wine and beer – After in water activities!
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Aqua Quest Cairns Diving [ more info ]
Item # Pax Adult Child
AquaQuest - Group Dive & Equipment Per person from $339 POA

Additional Inclusions & Notes

  • Full and sanitised dive equipment hire, including dive computer.
  • Up to 3 guided group scuba dives per person. Child rate 12-14 years old.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, plus lunch buffet, tropical fruit platters and cake, hot drinks and cold water
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IMPORTANT MEDICAL AND SCUBA DIVER INFORMATION FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS

Regardless of whether you choose the premium Blue Dive privately guided trip, or the crew guided group dives, there’s a range of important medical and regulatory information you need to know before you come diving on the Great Barrier Reef. All divers will need to show proof of their diving certification: if you have lost your certification card, please contact us at the time of booking so we can provide further advice. We recognize and accept certification from all major training agencies (PADI, SSI, BSAC, CMAS etc). To dive in Queensland, you have to sign a COVID screening form for everyone’s safety and be in good, medical health.

To avoid the disappointment of not being able to dive when here, you must be able to answer ‘NO’ to the following questions.

  1. Are you currently suffering from any illness or injury that may be incompatible with diving?
  2. Have you ever had any medical condition that may affect your heart, ears or lungs (e.g. heart disease, sinus/ear operations or asthma)?
  3. Have you used any type of oral inhaler or medication to relieve breathing difficult, airway issue or allergy symptoms within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever had any medical condition that may result in loss of consciousness (eg. epilepsy or diabetes) or have you previously fainted?
  5. Are you currently taking any medication (excluding oral contraceptive)?
  6. Do you have high blood pressure?
  7. Have you had any injury or operation within the last 6 weeks?
  8. Are you pregnant? If you are pregnant, you should not dive for your safety.

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, you Must bring a “Clearance to Dive” which states the condition(s) and is signed by your doctor, dated within the last 12 months. If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor. Please contact us prior to seeing your doctor, so we can advise on any additional information we may require.

Please Note: All divers with asthma or diabetes, including certified divers, are required to contact us prior to booking a dive. There are very strict requirements around diving with these conditions and we need to discuss these directly with you. For more information please visit our medical page.

YOU WANT THE BEST GREAT BARRIER REEF EXPERIENCE YOU WANT BLUE DIVE

While a private guided dive with Blue Dive does cost more than diving directly with the boats’ crew, there are so many benefits. You’ll be diving as your own private group – just you and your friends and/or family – we take our own underwater route, without being bothered by other divers, and include a complimentary refresher session on the boat, as well as an underwater photo shoot. The Blue Dive privately guided trips are locally recognised as being the best Cairns scuba diving trips. Not Dived For A While? If you want to refresh your skills prior to being in the ocean, we can help with that too – check out our dive courses.

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