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Can anyone try scuba diving?
Most people can try scuba diving while on board Reef Experience.
Age, medical and health restrictions apply for resort/introductory & certified scuba diving in Australia – and are stricter than in many other countries. *If you are thinking about trying a scuba dive, please read the Important Information page to ensure that you are fit to dive according to Australia’s regulations for diving.
Age limit Minimum age for participating in a resort dive is 12 years old. There is currently no maximum age limit, however scuba diving is a potentially strenuous activity and should be undertaken by fit and active people of all ages
Medical & Health Restrictions It is important that if you are thinking about going scuba diving while on board Reef Experience, that you read the Important Information’ page first, to ensure that you are fit to dive according to Australia’s health regulations for diving. You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities. Some medical conditions, health issues and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving (both past and current).For example: Heart disease, asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, high or low blood pressure or anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts. If you have ANY medical condition (past or current), health concern or ANY medication, please contact our friendly team before booking your dive – we’re here to help you have the reef trip of a lifetime and most medical restrictions for scuba in Australia can be addressed in advance with a simple email, whereas once you’re at sea it can be extremely difficult for us to get clearance for people to go scuba diving with a medical condition and/or medication – causing disappointment during the trip.
Can I decide later if I would like to try scuba diving on board?
Yes. If you’re not sure whether you would like to go scuba diving while on board Reef Experience, you can add your scuba dive later. Just talk to our staff on board and they can assist you.*Please note that age, health and medical restrictions apply for scuba diving in Australia – if you are considering trying scuba diving, please ensure you have read the Important Information page
Will I need travel insurance and dive insurance?
All passengers are strongly advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation insurance, evacuation and medical cover for all intended activities. Please read the wording of your insurance policy carefully and ensure it covers you for all potential activities. In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation, medical or other expenses are the financial responsibility of that passenger. Please be aware that scuba diving and other in-water activities are not covered by all travel insurance companies.We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance and scuba dive insurance.
What if I have special requirements?
If you have any special requirements it is important to inform the Reef Experience team prior to travel. You can do this by writing your special requirements in the ‘Booking Message’ section when completing your online reservation, or by contacting our friendly office – see Contact Us
Reef Experience is able to cater to most people’s needs.We are a family friendly and disability friendly trip. Please inform us if you require cots for babies, have any dietary requirements, allergies, mobility issues or have a disability that we should be aware of.
When do we depart?
When do we arrive back into Cairns?
How do I get to the Reef Experience?
Cairns city district INCLUDED Cairns Northern Beaches $22.00You can add bus transfers from your accommodation during booking.
How long does it take to get to the reef?
What is included?
- All snorkel and scuba dive equipment hire is included in your trip along with one free scuba dive!*
- Unlimited morning and afternoon snorkelling at two reef locations. Non-swimmer snorkel tours are also included throughout the day for those who require assistance in the water.
- Glass bottom boat tours are a great way to witness life beneath the waves. (Glass bottom boat tours are weather permitting).
- Breakfast bacon & egg rolls, lunch buffet and afternoon cheese, wine and biscuits are served. Dietary requirements will be met; please advise upon booking. All food is locally sourced and prepared fresh by our on board chef.
- The interactive Marine Biology Presentation is a great way to learn about the marine life from our resident, on board expert as you journey to your first reef destination.
- For those staying in the Cairns Business District area, bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the boat are included in your day trip.
- Unlike other operators we include mandatory reef tax and fuel levies for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the trip cost, so there won’t be extra hidden charges on the day.
- Tea & coffee served throughout the day except during journey times.
- Sun cream is provided on board free of charge.
Are there allocated seats on Reef Experience?
Is Reef Experience air-conditioned?
Are there toilets on board Reef Experience?
What shall I bring?
- Hat & sunscreen (SPF 30+)
- Sun protective clothing, like a t-shirt or rash vest
- Swimming costume
- Beach towel
- Cash for drinks at the bar (soft drinks, beer, wine)
- Credit card for on-board shopping and optional adventures
Will I need any money?
Our optional extras
- Second introductory scuba dive at the afternoon reef location (first scuba dive included) cost $65.00
- Second Certified scuba dive at the afternoon reef location (first scuba dive included) cost $55.00
- Professional underwater photographs taken on the day
- Underwater digital camera hire
- Marine Biology informative snorkel tour $25.00
- Scuba guide for qualified scuba divers (guides are free for those who do not hold a scuba licence)
- Prescription masks if required $10.00
- Souvenirs: Great Barrier Reef T-shirts, hats etc.
- Bus transfers to the marina for those staying outside the Cairns business area cost is $20.00 per person return
How long are we at the reef for?
Do you go to the reef every day?
Will the water be cold?
What if the weather is really bad?
Do you ever cancel?
Will I get sea-sick?
Can I use my credit card on the boat?
Where can I park my car?
What is served for lunch?
Do you cater for vegetarians?
What if I can't swim?
Can guests participating in different activities travel together on the same trip – such as scuba divers and snorkelers?
Do I need experience to Scuba Dive?
What's the difference between Certified Diving and Resort Diving for scuba divers?
Certified Diving is for Qualified Scuba Divers Certified diving is for already qualified scuba divers who hold a minimum licence of ‘Open Water Diver’ level or higher. The Dive Supervisor will check your certification card or dive license at the start of your Reef Experience tour.Resort Scuba Diving – no experience necessary Resort Scuba Diving requires no prior scuba dive experience. Whether it is your very first time trying scuba diving or you have been scuba diving before, Resort Scuba is for people who do not have a scuba licence (not completed a training course and received the licence) – but would like to do fun scuba dives on the Great Barrier Reef. All dives are guided tours with an experienced Dive Instructor, with a maximum number of four guests to one Scuba Instructor.
I am a certified diver but can't find my certification papers. Can I still do a certified dive?
What's the difference between SSI and PADI?
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
Are the prices on the website in Australian Dollars - and do they include taxes?
Yes, all prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD)Prices are inclusive of taxes and national park fees so there are no hidden costs! While these fees must be paid by all passengers travelling on tourist boats to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, many boats do not include the price upfront in their trip rates. Reef tax is a combination of government charges for visiting the National Park, a port charge, fuel levy and tax administration fee. All taxes are included on this website.
My partner and I want to go diving but we will have our children with us, is there anyone to supervise our children while we dive?
Will there be jellyfish in the water?
They breed in the freshwater streams and creeks and when the wet season arrives normally late January early February they get flushed back along the beaches which is the reason that you can’t swim at the beach in Tropical North Queensland unless you use a net – we have some of the most beautiful rainforest waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes in the World and of course you can swim at the Outer Barrier Reef all year round
Normal jellyfish the type that don’t hurt you are sometimes at the reefThere are also Irukandji sometimes at the reef but they are rare ….and it would be far worse odds to travel by plane or car and be involved in an accident than it would be to be stung at the Great Barrier Reef however we think it is a great idea to wear a wet suit.
Will I get sunburnt and would you recommend wearing a wet suit?
Important Information for Scuba Divers:
Please read our important information page and medical questionnaire if you answer yes to any of the questions then we suggest you see a Dive Doctor prior to your trip with us to avoid disappointment.
You need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying.
Certified divers are required to provide proof of their qualification aboard – dive license card. Minimum age for trying scuba diving is 12 years.
Minimum age for certified scuba divers is 10 years. All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board the vessel before diving.
Some medical conditions and/or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving.