FAQS – Frequently Asked Questions

How far is it from Cairns Airport to Cairns Marlin Marina?

By taxi you are looking at a 10 to 15 minute drive, traffic dependent and an approximate cost is AUD$16-20.…

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Can I do my learn to dive course on Christmas Day?

No you can’t.? Unfortunately all of Cairns’ dive schools will be closed on Christmas Day.? You can start your course…

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What if I get seasick, when is the best time to travel?

Like any destination, the weather in Cairns is unpredictable. If you are a diver that suffers from sea sickness (as…

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Am I able to book a private dive guide in Cairns?

Yes, but please note that this needs to be arranged in advance and will be an additional cost to your…

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Can I get a discount on my Cairns dive trip?

From time to time Cairns dive operators will run specials / price reductions / value adds (pay for two dives…

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Can I save money in Cairns by bringing my own lunch to the reef?

Unfortunately not. All Cairns dive day tours include lunch in their package price, most also include tea, coffee and snacks.…

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Is the diving cheaper at Green Island or Fitzroy Island?

Day tours to Green Island and Fitzroy Island are cheaper. Diving is an extra cost to the boat transfer and…

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Cairns Cruise Ship FAQ’s

How far is Marlin Marina from Trinity Wharf? If you have docked at Cairns Trinity Wharf with your cruise ship…

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Do I need Australian dollars to pay for my Cairns reef tax?

On your Cairns reef tour you can pay either via cash (must be Australian dollars) or with bank or credit…

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Where can I park my hire car while I am on my Cairns reef trip?

If you would like to drive to the Marina for your Cairns reef tour, there is paid parking available either…

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Where in Cairns can I store my luggage while on my reef tour?

If you have luggage almost all of the Cairns day boats will ask that you store it as they do…

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Can I complete the Cairns Referral Course in my own language?

With a Cairns Referral Course there is the opportunity to complete the course in German or Japanese on a liveaboard…

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How far is the Marina from Cairns?

All Cairns Reef Tours leave from Marlin Marina, which is located only a 5 to 15 minute walk from most…

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I just want a Professional Photographer on my Cairns reef trip to take my photograph or a video?

Most of the Cairns’ day vessels have Professional Photographers onboard that will gladly take a boarding shot as well as…

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Can I take my underwater camera on my Cairns Learn To Dive Course?

Once you have completed your four (4) open water training dives to become a Certified Diver, you will then be…

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Can I take my underwater camera on an Introductory Dive in Cairns?

There may be some instances which you are able to take your underwater camera on an Introductory Dive however it…

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Can I complete my Cairns referral on a cod hole trip ?

It is possible to complete a Cairns PADI Referral Course on a Cod Hole fly/dive trip. Please note however that…

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Where in Cairns can I get my Dive Medical AS4005.1

You can either complete your Dive Medical for approximately AUD$55.00 upon arrival in Cairns at the 24 Hour Medical Centre.…

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Certified Divers travelling to Cairns with a Referral

For Certified Divers travelling to Cairns with someone looking at completing their Referral Course it would be best to look…

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Crossovers available in Cairns

If you have completed your pool & theory with another dive school such as NAUI or CMAS then you are…

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Cairns Underwater Camera Hire Service

Spend over $550.00 AUD on your Great Barrier Reef tour with us and receive the latest Digital Underwater Camera Hire. Take amazing High-Resolution images and 1080 HD Video.

Not available for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak!

You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 5:30pm.