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Cairns Dive Centre

#27 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cairns Features Animals
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4080 9000
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3 day diving liveaboard

Great crew, friendly and helpful. Food was great, thanks chef. Diving visability not fantastic but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cannybairn
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Not what I expected

When I booked the tour, it said that we would go to two different reefs to snorkel. We didn't... I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janneke Z
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As one of Cairns' pioneering reef operators we are to this day visiting dive & snorkel sites that were hand-picked decades ago from the best outer reef sites available in the Cairns region. Wherever we take you you'll find calm, clear waters with a vast array of corals and an abundance of marine life just waiting for you to discover. Our crew, from bus driver to skipper is here to ensure that you leave Cairns with the best memories of the reef and your time with us. Join one of our outstanding trips with our professional and friendly Reef Team to see why Cairns Dive Centre is an icon of the Far North Adventure Tourism industry. Cairns Dive Centre also offers PADI training for those wanting to learn how to dive or become a professional diver,plus of course everything in-between Day trips on the MV Reef-Kist A state of the art 17.5 Metre catamaran capable of carrying up to 75 passengers in air-conditioned comfort.With a top speed of 18 knots, MV Reef-Kist offers a fast two hour transfer to the true Outer Great Barrier Reef.Lunch is made fresh daily from our resident chef on the liveaboard vessel, with morning and afternoon tea also provided and a stocked bar (licence pending).A full range of all required snorkel and dive gear is also on board. Your comfort and enjoyment is our priority, so Cairns Dive Centre limits the combined diving and snorkelling day trip passenger numbers to a maximum of 40 - after the daily transfer of some divers to our live aboard vessel MV Kangaroo Explorer. MV Kangaroo Explorer The MV Kangaroo Explorer is a comfortable 25 meter catamaran specifically designed for Queensland coastal cruising. The main deck features a saloon, servery for the galley and a well stocked, licensed bar. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by our resident chef.The well equipped and spacious dive deck providing easy access to and from the water. If you feel like some quiet time, the comfortable sun lounge features a library.We have 16 comfortable cabins onboard made up of twin, double and 4 berth. Double & Twin cabins are no extra charge simply first in first served.All cabins are fully air-conditioned and feature ensuites and portholes for your comfort and convenience.All meals and linen are included whilst on the boat but we ask you to please supply your own towels. Fitzroy Island We operate an amazing dive and adventure centre on Fitzroy Island, a laid back and idyllic place sat on the inner reef.Fitzroy has great fringing coral,suitable for diving, amazing rainforest walks, glass bottom boat and a turtle hospital. All going on amongst a real tropical vibe. Fitzroy is unique, just off Cairn visit us on Fitzroy and you won't be disappointed .
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Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great crew, friendly and helpful. Food was great, thanks chef. Diving visability not fantastic but snorkelling was fine. Only downside was most of the dives done at one site.

Thank cannybairn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I booked the tour, it said that we would go to two different reefs to snorkel. We didn't... I booked a daytrip on the Sunkist, which brought us to the Kangaroo explorer. From here we could go in to the water. The first snorkel...More

Thank Janneke Z
CairnsDiveCentre, Administration at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Janneke, Thankyou for your review. We do offer a trip (Island Diver) that goes to two different reefs during the day trip however the trip you booked is advertised as a one site trip. I am pleased to hear you saw saw some beautiful...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

me and my boyfriend went to snorkel in the reef with CDC on a day trip, sunkist! there was so much wind on the way there that i got sea sick and puked three times on the boat, however, the team working there took great...More

Thank Caro S
CairnsDiveCentre, Administration at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip. Regards Lynne

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely staff members who made the trip. My hubby forgot his dive membership card and they went out of their way to help make sure he could still dive. One great staff member in particular I've forgotten her name (!) but she was French...More

Thank tdfonz
CairnsDiveCentre, Amin at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your kind words. Anaiis (french Lady) has been forwarded your review. Cheers and thanks again. Gary

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic experience. Staff very friendly and accommodating. One even took my mother around the reef for a while as the sea was a bit choppy. Great lunch. Not very expensive either. Would definitely recommend Cairns Dive Centre.

Thank DannyM0101
CairnsDiveCentre, Administration at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for your review. We hope to see you and your mother on one of our trips again in the future Regards Lynne

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a full day and night on the Kangaroo Explorer vessel. We snorkelled and I also completed four introductory dives on two different sites. It was a great experience. The crew was lovely, in particular the instructors Ned and Joey as well as Luke...More

Thank Carsten214_2
CairnsDiveCentre, Administration at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for your review. We have passed on your kind words to Nedd, Joey and Luke and the chefs. We look forward to seeing you again. Regards Lynne

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We only took this boat to be dropped at Fitzroy Island as diving was badly reviewed online so we chose a different company for that another day. As per the webpage the boat will pick us up from the island to get back at 4.30...More

Thank Sofía S
CairnsDiveCentre, Administrator at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Sofia We are terribly sorry you had a bad experience. We have shared your review with all people involved and taken action. We have also updated our website to reflect the correct return time from Fitzroy Island. Thanks for the feedback.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and i booked 1 night 2 days liveaboard on the Kangaroo Explorer to dive the GBR. We felt the dive company was really organised despite really poor weather conditions. We initially booked 6 fun dives, however, ended up getting our Advanced Open Water...More

Thank Teresa D
CairnsDiveCentre, Admin at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Teresa Glad you guys had fun and enjoyed the course with Joey. Hope to see you diving with CDC again. I have shared your review with Joey:) Gary

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was told that the lunch was really good which ended up being white bread and ham. There was more initially but they ran out before I got there as I was on the last dive. I pretty much was left starving and I wasn't...More

Thank Jess P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

i did my OWC with CDC and i had 4 great days! My instructor was Rob and i've never met a guy like him! very patient, friendly, always happy and up for a joke and always very helpful! he did a great job as a...More

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mariorO7600VM
Hi, My partner and me are going to Cairns this weekend (saturday and sunday) and we'd love to do some snorkeling in the great barrier reef. My question is mainly for the sunday, we have our flight back to sydney at 18:05, and we would like to know the time of the arrival in Cairns and if we have time to get to the airport around 5:00. I also want to ask about scuba diving. I saw the 1 Night Snorkel dive + introductory dives, when are the dives in the itinerary? It is between the snorkeling sessions or we need to choose between them? Thanks!
29 November 2016|
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Response from Jackie B | Reviewed this property |
So sorry just saw this question! Hope you had a good trip!
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IssacLohan
Hello - I can see your Certified Diver Day Trip includes all required dive gears. Just wondering if your crew will have those gears set up before each dive? As I haven't been diving for a while, might need to refresh myself with those steps if i need to do it myself... ;-) Thx!
21 October 2015|
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Response from joachimdugong |
After each dive the crew prepares for you the gear for the next dive. Anyway, if youre feeling that you might need a refreshing of your knowledge there are some special courses for that. I just did the openwatercourse with... More
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