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Diving and Snorkeling
Many people enjoy diving and snorkeling while in Cairns and surrounds. We do have instant access to the great barrier reef! It is good to know a few facts and tips about visiting the reef before you go.
Dive boats will usually require children to be at least 12 years old to do a dive course or introductory dive. Kids aged 4 and above are able to snorkel.
Most boats will have ‘noodles’ to hold onto for extra water safety but remember that snorkeling is tiring so keep a close watch on children snorkeling. Stinger suits are highly recommended and can be hired from most boats. This will not only provide protection from marine stingers, but it will help with buoyancy, keeping warm and, importantly, sun protection. Sun protection is important even in overcast conditions. A clear still day is best, obviously, but if your day on the reef happens to be overcast you can still have a fun day and see some amazing things.
If you prefer snorkeling off land rather than a boat - there are options to head to Green or Fitzroy Islands where you will have resort facilities on land, and some lovely beaches and snorkeling opportunities in the water. This is a good option for those who find boats a little queasy!
There is information aplenty in Cairns about the different dive boats and tours to the reef. My tip is to just choose one and go for it. Try not to be too baffled by all the different tours as they all are essentially trying to offer you a good day. I would, however, recommend a faster boat as better so you aren't whiling away time on your way to or from different sites. Most boats will offer a local's discount so make sure you ask when booking.
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