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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef with Alyson Adventures

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Scuba diving never gets better than this: A friendly gay group on our own liveaboard boat, exploring the underwater world of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


Down Under: Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, from a liveaboard dive boat.

Any diver will tell you: There's no better scuba diving destination than Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Here, off the eastern coast of Queensland, lies a coral reef alive with a magic all its own: giant humpback whales, beady-eyed sharks, graceful sponges, and a vast array of other life.

We begin with a night in the town of Cairns. The next day we board the Nimrod Explorer, a liveaboard boat with an experienced crew of 6.

Because we're on a liveaboard boat all week, we can visit pristine dive sites inaccessible to land-based dive boats. Our itinerary could vary based on weather conditions, but generally we can count on time exploring the sites along the Ribbon Reefs. We'll also visit the world-famous Cod Hole, considered among the Reef's top dive spots and home to a family of huge potato cod, which range in size from 50 to 120 pounds..


  • Drift dive with a giant manta ray or shark, as ocean currents sweep through Dynamite Pass.
  • Explore an underwater fairy garden known as Pixie Pinnacle, a coral pinnacle that rises from 100 feet to within six feet of the surface.
  • Between dives, enjoy the boat's movie collection and library.
  • Expand your diving skills with PADI advanced or specialty programs such as underwater photography.
  • Discover an entirely different underwater world on a night dive.

Is it the right vacation for you? You should be a certified scuba diver (or ready to finish certification via a PADI referral), but no other special skills or training are needed to enjoy this week.

Past travellers comment on this trip: "I have been on a number of dive vacations and this one was, by far, the best one yet! Great diving, wonderful boat and crew, and a fantastic group of guys."— Jonathan Bregman, Durham, N.C.

"I said that our previous trip with Alyson was the best vacation we've ever had. I lied. This one was."— Eric Britten, Anchorage, Alaska

Dates and Price:
We don't offer every trip every year, and no departures are currently scheduled for this trip. Our home page will make it easy to locate forthcoming departures of interest.
Prices are per-person, based on double occupancy. Tours often fill up months before departure. We regularly update our travel schedule to show the status of this and other trips.

Travelling Alone?
So are most of the people who travel with us. You do not need to pay extra to travel by yourself. Prices are per-person, and the single supplement applies only if you'd like a room by yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can't match you with someone.

Location: Begins and ends in Cairns, Australia.

Price includes: Seven nights accommodations on a live-aboard boat in shared cabins (4 to a room), plus one night on land; All dives (including night dives), up to 30 dives during the week; All meals daily, beginning with dinner the day the trip begins; Use of all dive equipment (except dive computer); Low-level plane flights, Cairns to Lizard Island and back, when needed; Snacks, wine, and beer; Environmental Fee; All Port and Immigration Fees.

Not included: Airfare to and from Cairns; Dive computers; Instruction fees, if requested; Crew gratuities.



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