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Dive Conditions Visibility & Sightings Cairns

Created by clint under Cairns Diving News on Tuesday 30th of July 2019 Lion Fish with Red Coral Trout Fish

We are now halfway thru 2019. Its been a tough start to the year with a fair amount of rain and high wind. This hasn’t stopped the boats but can and does make for tough scuba diving conditions. The good news the weather has finally picked up and we have blue skies and sunshine.

Read on to find out more about dive conditions visibility & marine sightings in Cairns.

The big news this time of the year, there have been fantastic Minke Whale sightings at all the usual spots. The Minke’s tend to come back to the same reef sites year after year. See the video below from this years season. If you are interested inquire now for next year Minke Whale Expeditions.

The visibility underwater has been great with some guests experiencing 20 to 25 meters underwater. See the photos below from passengers who just returned from the Ribbon Reef dive expedition.



There where even sightings of a beautiful large Octopus scurrying across the top of the reef. These can be very hard to find. But if you are in the right spot at the right time they provide a perfect photo opportunity.

Octopus moving across the reef

Octopus moving across the reef

There have been some wonderful photos taken of large soft corals on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs from Port Douglas. Beautiful Pink, Red and Green color the soft corals are located only 14 meters beneath the surface. The dive sites are easily accessible day boat diving from Port Douglas.

Large soft corals hanging

Giant Malabar Cod have also been sighted coming into the reefs to mingle with divers. These guys are really friendly and have been photobombing divers at a few of the Agincourt reef dive sites.

Giant Malabar Cod and Scuba Diver

We also reviewed Spirit of Freedoms Osprey Reef Dive Expedition in March. This trip saw 28 divers fly to Lizard Island to meet the beautiful Spirit of Freedom Boat. These expeditions are for Advanced PADI Scuba divers or higher. Osprey Reef is home to large coral sea walls that extend to over 1000 meters deep. The beautiful clear water from the Coral Sea allows for some magnificent underwater photography.

Scuba Diver with Pink Seafan

Scuba Diver with Pink Seafan

We dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns 365 days per year. There is something to find at every different month of the year.

The later months of the year are classed as peak dive season. Generally, the southeast winds drop away to flat calm sea conditions with no rain. You should expect blue skies and sunshine and magnificent diving conditions. Please get in touch if you have questions about day boat diving from Cairns or Port Douglas, The Ribbon Reefs, Osprey Reef or if you would like to try a Minke Whale Dive Expedition for next years Season – | PH +61 7 40411638.

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