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Cairns Dive Centre

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Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4080 9000
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Dream made reality!

CDC was amazing. Big thank you to Jeff (and Bruce), Rob, Seth, and especially Grayson who when my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike C
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3 Day Liveaboard - Kangaroo Explorer

Kangaroo explorer is a well-run, well-oiled machine! We were impressed with the organisation of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle W
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4080 9000

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

CDC was amazing. Big thank you to Jeff (and Bruce), Rob, Seth, and especially Grayson who when my girl was nervous he did everything possible to make her comfortable. Lifelong dream made reality. Sorry -- I left my swim trunks and rugby ball onboard. Please...More

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kangaroo explorer is a well-run, well-oiled machine! We were impressed with the organisation of the whole outfit from the get-go: starting at the Dive shop, to the transport to the main boat, and all throughout our stay on the water. We were a couple staying...More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 2 night, 3 day liveaboard just after Christmas. The previous reviews are accurate: old creaky ship, friendly staff, decent equipment, delicious food, great dive sites with plenty to see. If you can't handle a worn down room and boat, avoid the Kangaroo...More

1  Thank oregondollar2221
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a three day liveaboard on the Kangaroo Explorer, and absolutely loved it! Crew was amazing, and there was heaps of variety in the dive sites. Awesome, relaxed vibe on board - we didn't want to leave.

Thank Charlie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly I would like to say thank you to Nedd and Jack who were brilliant. Exceptional and professional! We stayed for 3 days/2 nights and enjoyed every moment. The Boat The MV Kangaroo Explorer is clearly an old girl, 25 meters long and well used...More

Thank Blake S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and some friends went on a one day diving trip with Cdc, and sorry to say that everything about the day was on a significantly lower level than the other companies I have dived with in cairns. The personal on the boat was not...More

5  Thank Mathias T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently got off the Kangaroo Explorer from a liveaboard trip and it was simply amazing. The crew on board was amazing, the food and of course the diving was great. It fully lived up to all my expectations and therefore, of course, I had...More

Thank Kasper M
CairnsDiveCentre, Reception at Cairns Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for your wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic time.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! Very well organised and executed. Brendan was a great instructor - good sense of humour, lots of patience, and very knowledgeable. If you’re going, ask for him and you won’t be disappointed.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided when booking my stay in Cairns that I would book a reef trip once I got there to see what was offered. I booked on a whim the CDC outer reef trip. I arrived in the morning and the ride over on the water...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My experience with this company is terrible. I booked one day snorkel trip, just to see the Great Barrier Reef. I decided the morning of the trip to have a dive also. The dive site was terrible, the worst I ever seen, the most of...More

5  Thank mad h
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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!
21 October 2015|
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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