Fly Dive Cod Hole

3 Nights / 12 Dives. Best Cairns dive expedition for the average diver.  Includes the Ribbon Reefs which offer excellent biodiversity.

Highlights:

  • Flying Start – Spectacular 250km low level scenic flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island.
  • Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient rich waters attract rich marine life.
  • Ribbon Reefs – a prized region of the Great Barrier Reef, with excellent fish & coral biodiversity.
  • Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod.
  • Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
    Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point,  Blue Lagoon.
  • Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with incredible marine biodiversity, both large and small.

Dwarf minke whales cruise the Ribbon Reefs during June and July.  Read more here about our special minke expeditions.

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What awaits you?

Take a low level scenic flight over the Reef to Lizard Island for a bird’s eye view of some of the reefs you’ll be diving. Captain Cook landed here in 1770, climbing to its peak to search for a way through the reefs and naming the island after the many monitor lizards that live here.

Ribbon Reefs

Between Lizard Island and Cooktown the reef sits right on the edge of the Continental Shelf, bringing in an upwelling of nutrient rich waterattracting large fish populations and diverse corals.  Around 1,500 fish and 400 coral species live here from small critters to large pelagics.

The Cod Hole

The Cod Hole is famous for its diver-sized potato cod. These fish are incredibly inquisitive and don’t mind getting very chummy with divers. A great opportunity to capture photographs of these magnificent characters or a simply hang out and enjoy their company.

Lighthouse Bommie

An excellent site with one large pinnacle attracting tonnes of marine life including sharks, rays, turtles and reef fish, olive sea snakes, stonefish and other critters. A good place to spot minke whales in season (June to August)

Gotham City

Named after the batfish that live here, this site also attracts decent numbers of sharks and giant trevally.  A particularly exciting night dive with congregations of hunting fish.  This site also has one of the biggest beds of Pavona clavas coral stretching for approx thirty metres.

Pixie Pinnacle

An exciting pinnacle dive, draped in soft corals and absolutely heaving with fish life.  Spiral your way up the pinnacle and search for interesting critters such as the flame file clam, or ‘disco clam’, named for the flashing light that appears to pulse along its mantle.

Coral Kingdom

A fantastic coral dive with vast beds of staghorn and other varieties, and dotted with colourful giant clams.  Bump headed parrotfish and inquisitive barracuda cruise the site along with schools of other reef fish.

Steve’s Bommie

Steve’s Bommie is a photographers dream with an incredible quantity of diverse marine life. Hunt out such creatures as stonefish, scorpionfish, octopus, clown anemone fish and turtles, not to mention the many schools of fish that call this place home.

 

All itinerary details are subject to change, specific marine life cannot be guaranteed.

Expedition prices, per person in Australian dollars.

April 2017 – March 2018
CabinPrice
Premium$2699
Standard$2465
Club$2184
Budget$1882

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0

April 2018 – March 2019
CabinPrices
Premium$2780
Standard$2539
Club$2249
Budget$1939

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0

Rates include:

  • Accommodation in twin/double cabins
  • Delicious meals & snacks, complimentary soft drinks and wine with dinner
  • Tanks, air fills and weight belt
  • Daily cabin service
  • Reef ecology programme
  • Dive computer workshop
  • Transfer to the airport or Cairns hotel after your expedition
  • Scenic flight Cairns to Lizard Island
  • Vivid Pix digital photo editing software workshop

Please note that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority requires us to collect an Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per day spent on the Great Barrier Reef.  This amount will be added to your bar bill at the end of your expedition.

Click on the links here for extras such as dive courses, photo services and gear hire, plus discounts available.

Premium – queen or double bed, private bathroom, sea view
Standard – twin beds, private bathroom, sea view
Club – twin bunk beds, private bathroom, no sea view
Budget – twin bunk beds, share bathroom, no sea view

Itinerary

Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.

Monday:  (2 dives + night dive)

  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 6:30 and 7am.
  • 7:15 am:  Transfer to Cairns Airport.
  • 8.00 am:  Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef to Lizard Island (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • Board Spoilsport mid-morning where you will be served drinks and snacks while our Trip Director gives you a welcome briefing.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck.
  • 12:45 pm: Dive brief and dive
  • 2:00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4:45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6:00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner

Tuesday:  (4 dives + night dive)

This is a sample of a ‘typical day’, however exact times may vary to optimise the prevailing weather conditions on the day.

  • 6:30 am: Wake up call, light breakfast available in dining room.
  • 7:00 am: Dive brief & diving commences.
  • 9:00 am: Full cooked breakfast.
  • 10:30 am: Dive brief & diving. “Open decks” accommodate 1-2 dives either am or pm.
  • 2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:30 pm: Dive brief & diving
  • 4:30 pm: Afternoon tea
  • 6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner

Wednesday:  (4 dives)

  • As per above. Exit last dive 5pm.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for an Aussie BBQ party night. Don’t forget to wear your loudest tropical shirt or dress and sing along to music played by our talented crew.
  • Spoilsport cruises back to Cairns overnight.

Thursday:

  • Early morning docking.
  • 7.00 am: Light breakfast.
  • 8:00 am: Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

Important:

  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday).
  • A luggage allowance applies to the flight from Cairns to Lizard Island:
    • 25kg / 55lb per person plus 3kg / 6.5lb – carry on.
    • An additional 10kg/22lb is allowed for professional photo/video housed systems.
Summary
Best Marine Biodiversity
Experience
Novice to Advanced Divers and Snorkelers
Embark
Monday 7am - Mike Ball Office, Cairns
Disembark
Thursday 8am - Trinity Wharf, Cairns
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