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Bay Area Scuba Lovers Message Board Travel › Port Douglas/Cairns diving suggestions needed

Port Douglas/Cairns diving suggestions needed

user 9545467
San Jose, CA
Post #: 9

I'm planning to go to Australia either in late April or early May. I was thinking to do day dives from Port Douglas. Has anyone been there before? Any suggestions and recommendations would be great!

mr. B.
user 59341212
Santa Clara, CA
Post #: 2
My only recommendation Maria is to spend a bit more $$ on the smaller dive boats. The large cattle boats are cheaper, but that wasn't a great dive experience. Also, the Australians tend to be much stricter with their rules. I couldn't even barrow some weights to go free diving?

good luck,
Liz M.
user 15972511
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 2
Hi Maria,
I'm from Australia but from down south and I'm still to get to the Barrier Reef. [BTW the diving in Port Philip Bay and other parts of Southeast Australia is excellent, probably similar to here at least where water temp is concerned but I imagine you're looking for some tropical dives.] While I haven't dived the GBR, being from Australia it often comes up in dive conversations and I've heard different things over the years that I think I pay more attention to because it is close to home. One thing I've heard is that it's worth your while, and the extra money, to take a 3/4 day liveaboard out into the Coral Sea. I've heard some bad stories about the cattle truck boats and when I was considering a trip there it seemed to me that if I went on one of the big boats it would be up to me to find a dive buddy and a dive guide would be extra (most people go for the snorkelling). I'd had that view confirmed on a few occasions. I've been diving in a few places on my own: Thailand, Mexico, Bahamas, South Africa and Puerto Rico, and all the operators I've used have had guides for all the dives and I've always found a buddy easily. Apart from safety considerations a guide knows the sites and you don't have to worry about navigating an unknown site. If you were able to fit in a side trip to Papua New Guinea I've heard the diving there is incredible and unspoiled. I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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