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Remote, non-liveaboard diving

Discussion in 'Australia' started by MGW1979, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. MGW1979

    MGW1979 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Edmonton
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    My wife and I are heading down under for two weeks in April. After spending a few days in Adelaide with family there we wanted to head up to the reef and do some diving.

    I immediately thought of a liveaboard but she is dead set against (for a variety of reasons, some rational, some not IMO :idk:)it so its basically not an option.

    Can anyone recommend somewhere we might stay, like an island in the middle of nowhere that would have a nice beach (her priority) and some great, unspoiled diving nearby?

    I was in Cairns and Port Douglas almost 20 years ago and it would be neat to go back. However, from what I can gather, diving based out of either involves a very long boat ride for some diving that may not be the greatest.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!
    Thanks, Marke
     
  2. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
    605
    75
    If you dont want to do a live aboard but want to dive the same sites (Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef areas) Lizard I(sland is probably teh best bet.

    Its not cheap but it is a 5 star resort (kid free) and smack bang in the middle of the Ribbon Reefs. You can get to the famous Cod Hole in small boat after 30mins.

    You get there by smal aircraft from Cairns.

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    Cairns Discount Dive And Snorkel Trips. Live Aboard And Day Trips To The Great Barrier Reef
     
  3. MA

    MA Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    413
    65
    I would try lady Elliot island! Very very basic, it's all about nature. Tiny it takes 5 mins to walk across. Amazing diving including around 40 resident mantas and turtles galore. Great snorkeling.
     
  4. MA

    MA Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    413
    65
    Or even better is coral bay in western australia. Beautiful beach snorkeling and diving and very very remote.
     
  5. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Illawarra.....south of Sydney australia & Balmain
    466
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    Agree remote, head to WA.
    Rowley Shoals is one of the worlds most beautiful and remote dive spots.
    You can only get there by liveaboard and they only operate certain months of the year.
    Lucky for you april is in season.
     
  6. MGW1979

    MGW1979 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Edmonton
    123
    0
    Thanks for the tips! I'll check them out.
     
  7. MGW1979

    MGW1979 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Edmonton
    123
    0
    Lady Elliot Island looks fantastic! Are there any other islands further north that you can stay on? I think we'll stay on the East coast.
    Thanks
     
  8. Aquapro Dive Services

    Aquapro Dive Services Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Cairns, Australia
    605
    75
    Heron Island also supposed to be excellent diving and on east cost. Lady Elliot is definately on of teh better ones, as is Lizard.

    There are plenty of islands to stay (Dunk, Orpheus, Brampton etc) but not all have good access to diving
     
  9. MA

    MA Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    413
    65
    Agree for diving lizard, lady elliot, and heron are the best option but still great for non divers who want laze around in a beautiful spot. Note the sand on lady elliot isn't ideal but grab a sunlounge and it's lovely
     
  10. MGW1979

    MGW1979 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Edmonton
    123
    0
    I think I'm leaning a bit toards Heron. Am I right in thinking that because its further north, it will be warmer then?
    Are there any spots in the Whitsunday islands worth checking out?
     

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