Great Barrier Reef

Diving The Great Barrier Reef Is A Truly Magical Experience

When people say they want to dive in Australia, what they usually mean is that they want to scuba dive in glorious Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef.

And it's not surprising since Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest and healthiest coral reef system. In fact, it's the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space. Made up of nearly 2900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays, it's the world's largest single structure made of living organisms.

Divers revere the reef for its biodiversity and the local aboriginal people hold it as a sacred component of their spirituality. It is a truly magical place and best of all, it is the cherry on the top of diving in Queensland.

 A liveaboard is a boat that has been built for scuba divers and provides space for scuba divers to live and dive for the length of their diving holiday. Scuba diving liveaboards can also be called dive charters or dive cruises and is the most economical way to dive the reef 

Liveaboards can vary widely in price, number of guests, amenities and size. Because of this, finding the best liveaboard trips can be difficult. This page is designed to help you find a liveaboard that will meet your needs on the Great Barrier Reef.

Recommended dive liveaboard is the award-winning Mike Ball liveaboard, Spoil-Sport, which gives the best diving on the Great Barrier Reef and with open deck policy enables the diver to maximise their diving.  For those looking for a more budget experience, then Pro Dive Cairns is a good option.

One further recommendation we have for those who would prefer a land-based holiday is Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, a fantastic array of spectacular marine life and an unspoilt coral reef. 

Great Barrier Reef Diving

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No Hidden Fees
No booking fees, no credit card fees and full transparency into all potential fees and surcharges payable onboard.

Free DAN Dive Insurance
PADI Travel has partnered with DAN - Divers Alert Network - to offer you free dive accident insurance for the duration of your trip (valid for bookings with a value of >USD 1,500 per person)

Free Rental of Nautilus Lifeline
For those divers who book their liveaboard from this page or have one of Instructors help them with the process, then that diver will receive, free rental of a Nautilus Lifeline (EPIRB) for the duration liveaboard trip.  (valid for bookings with a value of >USD 1,000 per person)

Free Pre Trip Dive Gear Inspection
For those divers who book their dive holiday from this page or have one of Instructors help them with the process, then that diver will receive, a free scuba gear inspection prior to the trip to ensure their gear is in A1 condition for your Liveaboard holiday.


If at any time in the process, you have any issues, please call us on (02) 9583 9662.

When booking a Dive Resort or Liveaboard holiday, PADI Travel will double-check the availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours.

If all is good, PADI Travel will send you an e-mail confirming that your booking is final. At that point, you then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that 24 hour period.

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You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period.

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