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Dive Locations

8 recommended locations:

Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a tiny island in the vast Indian Ocean, an outpost of Australia on the fringes of Asia. Shallow waters with fringing reef surround the island, before plunging dramatically into the depths of the Java Trench, the Indian Ocean’s deepest point.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, christmas island red crab, common dolphin, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are made up of 27 small islands, forming a ‘U’ shaped coral atoll located 2,700 kilometres from Perth in the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a crowd free diving destination with pristine corals, sharks, manta rays, barracuda, turtles and ornate angelfish.

  • Ideal for viewing: white-tip reef shark, green turtle, dugong, black-tip reef shark, barracuda
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Coral Sea

The Coral Sea extends to the east of Australia, encompassing remote coral atolls and an exceptionally healthy marine life. Divers head to the remote Osprey Reef, only accessible by liveaboard, for shark encounters and manta ray and whales in season.

  • Ideal for viewing: manta ray, grey reef shark, white-tip reef shark, green turtle, loggerhead turtle
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Singles diving, Diving & adventure, Group diving, Shark diving, Manta ray, Reef diving

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Stretching almost 3,000 kilometres along the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is a complex ecosystem blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. There are over 2,900 individual reef systems, cays and tropical islands.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant grouper, white-tip reef shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dwarf minke whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Whales, Reef diving

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Australia’s third largest island lies of the coast of Adelaide. Famed for its native wildlife, majestic scenery and adventure activities, the temperate waters around Kangaroo Island are home to the unique leafy seadragon, as well as pods of dolphin and New Zealand fur seals.

  • Ideal for viewing: leafy seadragon, Australian sealion, New Zealand fur seal
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure, Group diving, Shore diving, Snorkelling

Neptune Islands, South Australia

Located at the mouth of the Spencer Gulf, these two island groups are home to a breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals. However, the most common seasonal visitors are great white sharks. The ultimate diving adventure awaits!

  • Ideal for viewing: great white shark, spotted eagle ray, giant grouper, New Zealand fur seal
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Diving & adventure

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef stretches 250 kilometres along the mid-west coast of Australia, where you can dive amongst a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. Suitable for snorkellers as well as divers, expect whale shark, manta ray and humpback whale encounters in season.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, loggerhead turtle, green turtle, manta ray, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray, Reef diving, Snorkelling

Rowley Shoals, Western Australia

Divers are spoilt for choice on the west coast with the chance to dive deserted islands and wrecks, swim with whale sharks and explore remote coral reefs. On land discover the mysteries of the Kimberley on a camping trip or visit Aboriginal communities.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, humpback whale, dugong, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

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Dive trips

Australia is a diver’s paradise – with cage diving, reefs, remote islands, and rare animals. The best way to experience all Australia has to offer is through a combination of liveaboard and resorts.
8 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Minke Whales & Mantas

Enjoy a unique experience snorkelling with dwarf minke whales on a week long liveaboard, before diving with manta rays on the southern barrier reef on this Queensland adventure.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 22 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Queensland Dive Adventure

Explore northern Queensland and beyond, spending time topside combined with a week long liveaboard expedition to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, home to an incredible marine life.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

The Great White Dive Adventure

Visit South Australia for a unique diving adventure with leafy sea dragon and great white shark encounters, as well as the chance to explore the famous wineries and spectacular coastline.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr, May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,445 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Western Australia Diving

The North West Cape and world famous Ningaloo Reef is diving adventure at its best. The abundance and biodiversity of marine life is astounding and this trip offers unforgettable encounters with large pelagic species.

  • When to go: Apr-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Discover Christmas Island

Christmas Island offers a unique diving experience, with shallow waters, fringing reef and spectacular wall diving. Whale sharks visit the area between November and April, and there is also plenty to discover topside.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Great Barrier Reef
& Coral Sea Safari

Enjoy the best of the Great Barrier Reef and beyond on this spectacular liveaboard adventure. Highlights include the picturesque coral gardens of the Ribbon Reefs, the Cod Hole and shark encounters in the Coral Sea.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Liveaboard Diving - Great White Shark Expedition

Get up close with the world’s most famous marine predator on a unique cage diving experience, based on a liveaboard around the Neptune Islands in South Australia. The ultimate great white encounter!

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 3 to 6 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £1,245 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands Diving Experience

Dive or snorkel the isolated Cocos (Keeling) islands with pristine corals, sharks, manta rays and ornate angelfish, before continuing to Christmas Island, famous for its red crab migration and whale shark encounters.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Australia’s vast coastline produces great diving opportunities throughout the year.

Seasons

  • Summer

    Nov to Apr: Warmer weather, but wet with risk of cyclones on northeast coast
  • Winter

    May to Oct: Cooler weather has more impact on southern parts of country

Wildlife events

  • Jan to Mar: Highest risk of cyclones in Queensland
  • Apr to May: whale shark migration on west coast
  • Jun to Jul: Dwarf minke whales seen on Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Oct to Nov: Coral spawning on Great Barrier Reef
  • Apr to Oct: manta rays commonly seen in Coral Sea
  • Nov to Apr: whale sharks at Christmas Island
  • Oct to Dec: Red crab migration at Christmas Island
  • May to Aug: Largest great white sharks seen at Neptune Islands

Dive Resorts

Liveaboards