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Address: 121 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4051 0294
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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First Scuba Diving Experience

I stayed on the Kangaroo Explorer for 2 nights, 3 days and had a fantastic time. I was feeling incredibly sea sick the first day, and the staff did everything they could to make... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Zurich, Switzerland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very Nice water & reef !! The crew takes their responsibilities seriously, sharing the fun and joy, making the trip enjoyable and safe :D

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for 3 days/ 2nights snorkelling/diving trip on 21st November 2016. All trip was very well organised, crew very friendly especially ship captain Verners Rubulis, who showed me around the ship and made me feel at home. All dive masters were very helpful and knowledgeable.Also special thanks to chief cook on Kangaroo explorer, food was exceptionally tasty after all activities... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour started at Cairns Marina at 9 am. First our group was divided in snorkelers and divers, after that we got our equipment. We went about two hours to the reef, where we were instructed by a snorkel guide. Then we got about 1,5 h to snorkel. Then we had delicious buffet lunch offering noodles, potatoes and salads accompanied... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed on the Kangaroo Explorer for 2 nights, 3 days and had a fantastic time. I was feeling incredibly sea sick the first day, and the staff did everything they could to make my stay a little more comfortable. My Scuba Diving experiences were amazing, the dive instructor was very attentive to my needs. If you don't go diving,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and a few friend won part of the trip so we decided to also do diving. The boat is pretty small but that made it quite personal and the photographer had an amazing personality and just made the day on the boat. Since I am a certified diver and this wasn't my first trip to the Great Barrier Reef... More 

Thank Schachma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three awesome days spent onboard the kangaroo explorer, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Exceptional experience, extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming staff. Would love to repeat the activities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome time on the kangaroo explorer. The staff is soo friendly and funny.. The food is top..especially if you think about that you're in the middle of the nowhere on the sea.. The boat is really cool. A bit older but there's everything you need.. It is just an amazing experience.. Diving, eating, chilling, sleeping, repeat.. What... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently got back from the two night, three day live aboard trip and it was one of the best things we've ever done. Having only qualified with our Open Water in Thailand a few weeks earlier we were a bit worried about diving without a guide, but when we arrived on board we were given a thorough briefing of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing trip, nice, fun and professional crew. I am a certified diver, but before this trip I haven't dived for 4,5 years! They gave really good instructions and the first dive was an assessment dive with an instructor - really good! The food was amazing, big thanks to the cook Jamie and to the diving crew for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I, both divers, along with my sister and her partner just did 2 nights/3days. We had an awesome time and staff were very friendly. Jamie the chef made delicious food and we were never hungry even after 4 dives a day. Gino, Isaac, rob & Sebastian were excellent. Would highly recommend these guys. Def value for money

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