If you are thinking about taking the plunge and learning to dive, the 5 day PADI "Open Water" dive course on the Great Barrier Reef is a really cool and different choice. The adventure of staying out on the reef for three days and two nights and the five extra recreational dives makes this course unmatched for experience and value. This dive course consists of two days of theory and pool training then a 3 day and 2 night liveaboard dive trip, including nine dives. You will head out on the boat after finishing the classroom and pool sessions to end your course and go directly in to "fundiving" on the most famous reef in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is a Marine Park and World Heritage area. It is recognized as one of the world's most unique and amazing marine spectacles and extends for 2300 kilometers along the northeastern coast of Australia. It consists of about 2900 individual reefs and covers an area the size of the United Kingdom. Its ecosystem supports the greatest concentration of life on this planet with its resident marine life including 1,500 species of fish, 350 different kinds of coral, 4000 species of mollusks and 10,000 species of sponges. It also provides breeding areas for humpback whales, sea turtles dugong and seabirds. Hundreds of species of algae, including seaweeds, also live on the reef as a vital part of the reef system.
The Cairns region is a major destination for backpackers from around the world. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest, Cairns is an excellent spot for adventure travellers to base themselves. Cairns is the starting point for extended travel in the region including trips to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape York, the Atherton Tableland and Mission Beach area. As a popular tourism destination, there are a range of accommodation options and backpacker tours available in the region.
Price per person600 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together.
Day 1: Academic and Pool Training
8:00am - Complimentary hotel transfer service available from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation (as far as Palm Cove)
8:30am - Registration at the Pro Dive training centre - 116 Spence street
8:45am - Academic training in the classroom
1:00pm - Lunch break (lunch not included)
2:00pm - Pool training
5:30pm - Complimentary hotel transfer service available
Day 2: Academic and Pool Training
7:30am - Complimentary hotel transfer service available from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation (as far as Palm Cove)
8:30am - Pool training
12:30pm - Visit the Pro Dive retail shop
1:00pm - Lunch break (lunch not included)
2:00pm - Academic training in the classroom and final exam
5:45pm - Complimentary hotel transfer service available
Day 3: Diving The Outer Great Barrier Reef
5:45am - Complimentary hotel transfer - available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches accommodation
6:15am - Check in at Pro Dive retail shop - corner Shields & Grafton Streets
7:00am - Depart Cairns for 3 days and 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard
11:30am - Your first training dive in the ocean
12:45pm - Lunch is served - hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats and bread rolls
2:30pm - Your second training dive
6:00pm - Dinner - the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it! Then - time to relax!
Day 4: More Great Diving
7:00am - Third training dive before breakfast - this will be the deepest training dive of your certification
8:00am - Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast and spreads
10:30am - Fourth and final training dive
12:00pm - Lunch on the second day is hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads
3:00pm - You are now a certified diver!!! First pleasure dive!!
6:00pm - Dinner - again, the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it!
7:00pm - A guided night dive after dinner - another great experience!
Day 5: More Diving And Return To Cairns
6:30am - Your first dive of the day
7:30am - A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast
9:00am - After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive of the day
11:00am - Your last dive! When you surface freshly made sandwiches are served as the vessel heads home
4:00pm - Complimentary accommodation transfers - Cairns city and Northern Beaches
7:30pm - Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wish
Extra expenses at the destination
Government and port fee (80AUD)
Air-con twin share.
No accommodation on land is included in this package, and extended transfer info is therefore not available. However, traveling into town from Cairns Airport you will have a couple of options. It will cost you approximately AUD$15.00 from the Airport to Cairns city by taxi. Depending on the hotel you choose to stay in, it may offer free pickups from the Airport so please ask at the time of making your booking.
All meals & soft drinks included onboard.