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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is an experience you will never forget and it's impossible to cover it all even in a fortnight. Divers come back here time and time again to experience the warm waters, billions of coral and tropical fish that regularly swim among this living environment.
Scuba diving in Cairns is the best city to base one's self as there are many hotels and places to stay and the perfect spot to hop over to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boat tours. The city of Cairns really is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Many divers who come to Cairns go out on day trips to the outer islands of the Great Barrier Reef. A lot of focus is on day trips to the Inter Reef Gardens where you can snorkel and dive off Green Island and Fitzroy Island.
Boats leave the Cairns marina usually at around 8am and do not return until five o'clock in the afternoon. But it is also possible to venture out on a three day boat trip to some of the luxury boats that will take you all the way out to the very farthest points of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can experience a trip to The Ribbons, as they are known locally; an area where there are 10 corals stretching around 110 miles. This dive will let you experience waters teeming with colorful reef fish and delightful corals swaying gently in the soft currents.
The fish down these waters are not scared of divers and some even seem to pose when you take their picture. You will also spot the Potato Cod fish and some sharks swimming among the corals at Dynamite Pass. Day trips are really the best option for diving among the corals for those who only have limited time. It is still possible to reach some of the outer reef areas and return within a day from Cairns.
The city of Cairns also offers many dive centres where inexperienced divers can go on introductory courses, glass bottom boat trips or trips in boats which a partly submerged. Of course, Port Douglas is a short drive from Cairns and is a great option for the more laid back diver that is looking for more of a laid back, small town dive trip.