If you are looking for a premium, custom-built liveaboard dive vessel to take you out to the Great Barrier Reef then Pro Dive Cairns provides the ideal way to really experience the reef. The boat carries a maximum of 32, however, due to the current COVID restriction only 24 passengers are on board at the moment and all accommodation is twin-share, either single bunks or twin beds for couples.
We are part of Nautilus Scuba Club Cairns so on our trip, the majority of the passengers were our mates who are very experienced divers/instructors. The other passengers were all from Brissy and were such a great group of people. The boat provided dive customers with a variety of options from people undertaking their open water course to others who just wanted unguided fun dives. We saw that for the passengers taking courses, they got the highest standards of dive education available. Their instructor Lina, who took the open water course was one of the best instructors I have ever seen. Informative, cool, calm, and collected during the day but then friendly and personable every evening, getting involved in all the fun games that the Brissy lads showed us how to play. It was obvious that all their instructors were very experienced and carefully selected for their personality, customer service and passion for diving, teaching and the Great Barrier Reef.
Pro Dive Cairns has 16 exclusive dive sites situated on some of the best Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. Their sites are chosen for their spectacular coral formations, varied marine life, and consistent visibility. We visited a variety of these spectacular and unspoiled locations and it was such a memorable experience.
We specifically went to Flynn reef. Hitting up dive sites such as The Whale, The Boulders, Ski Slopes, Gordons, Little Tracey, and Tracey’s Bombie. On both the first and the second, we had 3-day dives and a night dive, and then the third day we had 3-day dives. We were picked up by the Pro Dive Instructor, Angus, at 6 am on Saturday morning and he took us to the Pro Dive Shop on the corner of Shields Street &, Grafton St to check-in and get our dive gear (all included in the price of the trip). We were then driven to the boat at the Cairns Marina and given coffee and a light brekkie on our way out to the reef.
Now for the food …. YOU WILL NOT BE HUNGRY ON THIS TRIP! The lovely cook/hosties onboard were two lovely European ladies called Elisbeth and Marine who could have not been more accommodating. Now if you have read any of our blogs before you will know I am a lactard/glutard (dairy-free/gluten-free) and when I told the hosties this they didn’t even bat an eyelid. They were SOOO accomodating which was lovely.
The skipper, Safa, was super competent whilst allowing us to have heaps of fun and he even let me fly my drone twice. Could not recommend this boat more for any CAIRNS LOCAL. When you call the shop you will probably talk to either Andrew or Damo, both super cool dudes, tell them your Cairns home address and they will lock you in a great local’s rate. Ohh, and another pro local tip is that if you need to buy any Go Pro camera accessories or diving equipment, etc, then buy it at their shop instead of JB Hifi because their in-store locals discount trumps anywhere else in Cairns.
Back to diving …..During the dives, we saw such a variety of underwater marvels. To be honest, the night dive on the second day was one of the best night dives that I have ever done, legit around every corner of every bombie my mind was BLOWN! First, we saw a giant sea turtle “Brian”, he was the same size as a dining room table and apparently 80 years old! Then his 2 girlfriends, apparently polygamy is chilled in the sea turtle community 🙂 then a cuttlefish, crayfish, stingray, moray eel, and finally a slipper lobster. I felt like I was in a David Attenborough doco. The early morning dives allowed us to see all the sleeping fish waking up for the day and the blacktip reef sharks cruising about.
Happy diving people 🙂