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Address: 121 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4051 0294
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00

As one of Cairns' pioneering reef operators we are to this day visiting...

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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Wonderful dive sites, Great crew at an affordable price.

We spent 4 days 3 nights on the K.E. and constantly in awe of the Great Barrier Reefs dive sites and also of the surrounding views from the boat. Liveaboard in Australia does not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the most amazing time with CDC last week living aboard the Kangaroo Explorer. The crew were excellent and always kept the atmosphere fun. A massive shout out to the best dive instructor Richard, who is the most knowledgeable person about aquatic life ever. Thanks for taking us for the Open Water and Adventure dive courses, and for making each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I had an amazing experience while sailing, snorkeling and diving. The staff is amazing, very friendly and nice. We scuba dive for the first time, they were so cool you felt no fear or whatsoever. The boat is really nice. And you get to dive and snorkel in different places. And the best thing is that the... More 

Thank Maria Teresa F
Plounevezel, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful time snorkelling, lots of time in the water at different sites, an amazing variety of fish, corals and more, friendly and helpful crew, plenty of great food cooked by the chef Jamie. Basic but comfortable boat and accommodation. A great value no-frills memorable experience - highly recommended.

Thank juliabrailsford
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the best experience you can get: - prebooking requestes where declined last minute. - very commercial, no warm buddy diving atmosphere. - very conservative diving plans ( can enjoy the full experience). - some poorly planned dives *specialy night with no proper site scouting or surveying... very stressful dive. - on departure day we checked out at 10am and... More 

Thank Ahmed K
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked in for the day trip with the introductory dive - which was what I was most looking forward to. Morning tea and afternoon tea was advertised so due to an early start we thought we could afford not to have breakfast, but there was no morning or afternoon tea. Unfortunately Brendan didn't allow me to dive although I was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Course. The Padi course was really well run, 2 days in the pool and 2 days on the boat. The instructors made it interesting and helped us to understand the importance of each skill. It seemed a much better option doing the liveaboard, as you get an extra dive after the course once you're certified which is awesome. The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Massive thanks to the team at CDC, Seb our instructor (and Brendon), Tom for the mad video and pics, and the crew onboard the Kangaroo explorer! Did the 4 day open water course with one night live aboard with my boyfriend - and had an amazing time. We spent 2 days in the pool and 2 days on the reef... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 4 days 3 nights on the K.E. and constantly in awe of the Great Barrier Reefs dive sites and also of the surrounding views from the boat. Liveaboard in Australia does not have to break your wallet, well CDC does just that. The all inclusive liveaboard is a great deal and you get to maximise your time out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did a 3D2N liveaboard on the Kangaroo Explorer just before Christmas getting off on Christmas Eve. ACCOMMODATION The boat is a bit tired but it's nevertheless clean. All rooms come with a bathroom so it's not a bad liveaboard experience. Given the reasonable price charged I have absolutely no complaints. FOOD I have to say I was very impressed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a phenomenal day snorkelling with Cairns Dive Centre. The boat we went out on was lovely with an indoor area as well as an outdoor area at the top. The team was extremely welcoming right from the beginning and really got everyone excited for the snorkelling & scuba diving ahead. I chose to do the day trip &... More 

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