How To Choose A Liveaboard on The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Are you scratching your head trying to figure out how to choose a liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? This video is for you!

Watch the video above by Clint Carroll from Cairns Dive Adventures, as he explains what the top 3 things to think about while you are planning a liveaboard dive trip on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

What are the top three things to think about when choosing?

In the video above we explain how to choose a trip based on your diving abilities, if you don’t have time to watch the video see the three options below:

  1. Are you a newly certified diver?

    For example, perhaps you only have 10, 15 or maybe 20 dives under your belt? How do find the best trip for you? If this sounds like you then we recommend diving at Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reefs!Diving with a Sea Turtle

  2. Are you an intermediate diver?

    Perhaps you have 40, 60, 80 dives under your belt, maybe you have your advanced dive certification or at least you know how to navigate by yourself and explore the reef in your own buddy pairs without a dive guide. Then you should look at diving on Flynn, Miln, and Pellow reef systems from Cairns.Scuba Diver on a Coral Sea Wall

  3. Are you an advanced diver with allot of experieince?

    If you have a lot of experience, perhaps you have dived in some of the many famous dive locations around the world like Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat Indonesia, Philippines and Borneo. You should look at doing the extended 5-day and 7-day ribbon reefs and osprey reef liveaboards. If you have the time you could also join a far northern dive expedition to the tip of Australia!Giant Potato Cod


If you have a question about any of the above please get in touch send us an email with your travel date & inquiry and we will get back to you as fast as we can. Email: or call PH: +61 7 40411638



Clint is an avid scuba diver who also manages Cairns Dive Adventures. With 686 scuba dives on the Great Barrier Reef from both Cairns and Port Douglas in Australia, Clint's favorite dive site is the corner shop dive site at Bougainville Reef located in the Coral Sea. He also loves taking Underwater Photos and producing short underwater films on Youtube. Follow him on Instagram and also on Youtube

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