Night diving on the Great Barrier Reef Queensland

It’s magnificent by day, but like much of the fauna on land, the Great Barrier Reef really comes to life at night as many of the marine creatures are nocturnal.

Although the Reef covers most of the coastline off the Australian State of Queensland, one of the best places to gain access to the Reef is from the far northern city of Cairns.

It was recently announced that the Quicksilver Group has launched Cairns’ only night dive excursion, The Night Dive, is designed for small groups of adventure-seeking certified divers.

Divers will travel to the Outer Reef aboard the purpose-built dive vessel Silverswift where they will enjoy two fully-guided night dives from the Great Adventures’ Norman Reef platform approximately 60 nautical miles from Cairns.  The Norman Reef Platform puts right out into the Reef, whereas some reef expeditions only take you to the edges of the Reef.  Obviously, the more central you are, the better your chances of seeing more varied marine life.

The Night Dive will initially operate each Thursday, subject to weather conditions, departing at 5.30pm and returning at 11.15pm. Non-diving companions are welcome to join the tour to experience a sunset on the Outer Reef, dinner and the chance to watch the diving activities from the underwater observatory, it’s like diving without the inconvenience of getting wet.

Cost for the dive is $240 and $120 for observers. Tel: (07) 4044 9944.

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