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Address: 121 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4051 0294
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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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Staff was really friendly and thorough. Louis especially was very calming and helpful during my first dive as I was quite nervous and uncomfortable. Overall it was a great day and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Kimberly P
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Diving staff was really professional and friendly. During the safety briefing for first time divers they made sure to explain everything in great detail, if you had any questions they did not hesitate to answer at all. During my first dive Jess made sure to once again show all the skills clearly so that you knew exactly what to do.... More 

Thank Sytze J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff was really friendly and thorough. Louis especially was very calming and helpful during my first dive as I was quite nervous and uncomfortable. Overall it was a great day and I'm glad I did it.

Thank Kimberly P
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly me and my partner booked the reef kist day trip through CDC shop whilst looking round cairns and the staff in the shop where great, very informative and helpful. The price wasn't too bad either The main reason we booked with them was they had availability the next day to dive and the friendly attitude from the staff in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great liveaboard experience with CDC and Kangaroo Explorer. 14 dives and 5ish snorkels in 4 days. The staff was fantastic, knowledgeable, and lots of fun. Shoutouts to Carlos, Chelsea, Yuta, Seabass, Christina, Katie, Brice, Edward, Kevin, Clinton, Chef, skipper, the hosties and vollies. You guys made the best out of some less than desirable wind conditions. Great... More 

1 Thank minnesotamonsoon
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in this company because they said they do introductory divings for people never did it before, but I had the worst experience ever! the female member of staff in charge of the diving that day (Lauren) was incredibly rude, not making anybody feel safe with her, when we asked questions she trated you like you are dumb for... More 

Thank july205
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This goes up there as one of the worst days of my life. As the boat left the harbour, we could see smoke coming out of the exhaust. My boyfriend then asked a member of the crew if it was okay, to which he was told it was normal. Well, after about an hour and a half of travelling, the... More 

2 Thank Georgie B
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great instructors, very thorough and patient with the introductory dive, welcoming and friendly crew, beautiful dive site (fish bowel)

Thank MelTillman
Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great trip cost us $200AUD pp that was for a certified diver & an intro. We also got to do unlimited snorkelling whilst on the reefs for no added costs. Food was lovely and plentiful. Large boat, Reef sites weren't the best a lot of damaged degraded coral but saw turtles and clown fish and lots of... More 

Thank Lauren J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had never SCUBA dived before so I signed up for their beginner certification course. My instructor Ethan was absolutely the best. He made it easy to learn and kept it highly entertaining! 4 days of instruction and training dives and now I'm certified! Oh, of course the Great Barrier Reef is incredibly gorgeous and we were able to see... More 

Thank Marshall G
Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Short version: avoid kangaroo explorer. Liveaboard diving should be a brilliant experience, and this was dangerously sub-par. Allow me to explain. It's not the worst experience, not a bad one, but wasn't _fun_. Especially not for the money I spent. I spent 2.5 times as much ($800 vs $2000) diving with Deep Sea Divers for the same length of time... More 

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