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Going to Cairns / Port Douglas in May

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ioncloud9, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Ioncloud9

    Ioncloud9 Angel Fish

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    Looking for some good recommended dive operators in the area. Preferably not a big operator with dozens of people on the boat.
     
  2. Jay_Antipodean

    Jay_Antipodean Barracuda

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  3. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
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    Plenty around. See here for some of the better trips. Reef Day Tripper has low numbers and a really fun day out.

    Don't discount some of the bigger operators though because have fantastic sites and plenty of room on board as well as the Reef. Tusa or Evolution for Cairns and I agree with ABC out of Port or Aquaquest which although is bigger boat rarely takes capacity.
     
  4. Ioncloud9

    Ioncloud9 Angel Fish

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    What are typical dive profiles? Should availability of nitrox be a concern?
     
  5. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
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    Nitrox not necessary on day trips and rarely available.

    Average depths around 15m (50ft). Day trips suit all level of divers but the Outer Reef boats that can get further out usually have deeper sites. Having daid that best stuff is shallower.
     
  6. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy Staff Member

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    I recall diving out of Cairns when I was new to diving (less than 25 dives). The feeling I got was that the day boat operators there are very conservative, and they don't take new divers to challenging sites. I used one of the big operators, Tusa Dive, because I didn't know anything about choosing a dive op. They dropped me onto a reef about 25 ft down, and it was spectacular. (Not sure how healthy the Reef is today, but that's not your question.)
     
  7. Eptel

    Eptel Angel Fish

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    I dove with "ABC Scuba Diving Port Douglas" in Port Douglas 2 years ago. It was a fun day trip on a nice boat with small group of people.
     
  8. Joshua Pritchard

    Joshua Pritchard Angel Fish

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    i went out with Tusa from Cairns and had an amazing 3 dives on the reef ... i cant recomend them enough

    i haven't dived out of Port Douglass but we stayed up there last year and went out with Calypso Reef Cruises who were recommended by the resort staff (housekeeping Lady who gushed about them) and then the front desk staff who booked it for us. on that day i was talking with some of the divers on the way back and they were happy.

    i would go out again with either
     

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