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.

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 6:00pm. 

*Not Valid on any tours going to the Islands. Fine white sands damages the seals on the camera and makes them leak!

Cairns Underwater Camera Hire

FREE Underwater Camera Hire*
Spend over $550.00 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 Valid for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the camera and makes them leak!

You must come into our shop on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure day before 5:30 pm to pick up the camera. You must also supply your own SD camera card. You must also drop the camera off at our shop after your tour before 6:00 pm.

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience for many people and what better way to record your memories than with Cairns Underwater Camera Hire photographs and videos. Whether it be as adventurous as scuba diving, or snorkelling over the bright colours of a coral garden, you have the ability to take a souvenir (photo) without harming the marine life. This helps you fulfill your eco-tourist credentials of taking only photos and not even leaving footprints. As an added bonus, by capturing an image of the fish, coral or nudibranch that you see, it is much easier to identify once you are back onboard, with most of the vessels having identification books for fish, coral and other marine life. We have extensive experience with all of the cameras we offer and are able to provide expert advice, training and sample image galleries.

Spine Cheek Anemone Fish

Spine Cheek Anemone Fish

Outer Reef Underwater Camera

Outer Reef Diving

Barry or Wally?

Barry or Wally?

Free Underwater Camera Hire Cairns

To make your trip to the Great Barrier Reef a little more special, we're pleased to offer FREE Cairns underwater camera hire* on any reef tour you book with Cairns Dive Adventures that has a total value of more than $550. This offer applies to day tours and liveaboard trips. It is not valid to any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak. We will provide a simple training session on how to use the camera, as well as giving you underwater photography tips on how to snap that memorable photograph of ‘Nemo’ and friends or how to capture the Shark Feed at North Horn with the Olumpus TG5.

*Please Note: To redeem this offer, cameras must be picked up at our office 55 Esplanade before 5:30pm the day before departure and returned to our office the day of travel before 6:00pm. You also need to supply your own SD camera card.

Night Diving

Night Diving

Coral Gardens

Coral Gardens



If you are serious about your underwater photography you can upgrade from your free Cairns underwater camera hire to a camera including an underwater Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe. This package is available at an additional cost of AUD$65.00 per day, perfect for that once in a lifetime macro or wide angle shot and gives you the ability to be able to light your subject when diving at a deeper depth than the natural light filters.

Perhaps you are already an underwater photographer and are bringing your own camera with you? In this case, we can offer you an Olympus TG5 to capture the Cod Hole feed at the same time as shooting stills.

Cairns Underwater Cameras for Hire | Free with selected trips

Cairns Dive Adventures is pleased to offer a few different types of underwater camera in conjunction with this special offer. It is first in first served and there's limited availability, so contact us today to book your reef tour and reserve your FREE underwater camera.

Canon Ixus 220 HS

Canon Ixus 220H

Canon Ixus 220H

For the Outer Reef from Cairns we have the Canon Ixus 220 HS with underwater housing, a slim built camera for easy diving. Perfect for first time underwater photographers and those just wanting to capture the moment.


  • 12 Megapixels
  • 24mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Underwater Scene selection
  • Macro ability
  • Full HD Movie one button record up to 4GB/10minutes

Canon Powershot SX260 HS

Canon Powershot

Canon Powershot

The Canon Powershot SX260 HS is great for experienced underwater photographers that would like to get creative. Its underwater housing includes a light diffuser and settings range from point and shoot to full manual control.


  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 25mm wide angle lens
  • Full HD movies up to 29mins on 8 Gig Card
  • GPS Technology – log all your photos & display with Google maps
  • iFrame Video Format
  • Underwater Mode
  • Manual Control
  • Creative Filters – including Fish Eye

Go Pro Hero 2

GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Hero 2

The Go Pro Hero 2 can record HD video for up to 90 minutes per battery. The magic backscatter red filter delivers amazing underwater colour and clarity. Get video footage of your trip that will impress your friends back home (much better than a slide night). High definition footage means stills can be extracted from video.


    • 11 Megapixels
    • HD Video Resolutions
    • 10 x 11MP Photos Per Second Burst
    • Backscatter red filter lens

Cairns Dive Adventures | Customer Photos: Best of Gallery

GoPro Sample Video

Underwater Camera Hire FAQ

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 get one free) on their trips. Cairns Dive Adventures knows all of the operators and has access to all of these specials. We can offer you the best price available on all dive tours. If you are a group of 11 or more certified divers, then we are able to offer you a group discount.

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 some inwater images of you, available for viewing and purchase at the end of your day. But why not take your own Cairns Underwater camera with you, so you can take your own images too? Upload your images to facebook or have them to show friends & family on your return home. Most of the liveaboard boats do not have Professional Photographers onboard, so for these trips, it is especially worthwhile hiring an underwater camera to take with you. Note: It is much cheaper to hire the camera in Cairns and take it with you. They are available on board the boats, but hire rates are much more expensive.

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 able to take an Underwater Camera with you. If you are doing a Cairns Learn To Dive Course where you are able to complete some fun dives as a certified diver then you will have the opportunity to take some happy snaps.

Lady enjoying the water-slide at Moore Reef.

Sunlover Cruises

Great day tour for people of all ages. Visit Outer Reef Pontoon at Moore Reef, with lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-sub tours, underwater observatory and more.

Tusa at the Reef

Tusa Dive T6

Tusa Dive provide quality Great Barrier Reef snorkel / dive day tours on one of Cairns’ newest reef day boats, T6. Up to 5 hours on the reef, visiting 2 locations. Great service – all meals included.

Silverswift At The Reef

Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

Only Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour to visit 3 different reef sites in one day! Part of the Quicksilver Cruises fleet. Comfortable, high speed catamaran. Up to 5 hours at the reef.

Evolution Dive Boat Cairns

Down Under Dive: Evolution

Well priced Great Barrier Reef day tour, including BBQ lunch. 5 hours on the reef at 2 reef sites. Free guided snorkelling tours, introductory and certified diving. Brand new boat (December 2015).


Deep Sea Divers Den: Reef Quest

Value for money Great Barrier Reef day tour. Visits 2 reef sites. Perfect for snorkellers, certified divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive. Buffet lunch included.

Reef Magic Outer Reef Scuba Diving

Reef Magic Cruises

Up to 5 hours at the reef. Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon with fabulous coral gardens. Meet Wally! Lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat, semi-sub, underwater observatory and more.

Great Adventures Green Island & Reef Package

Great Adventures: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

This is the only Cairns day tour to combine time on Green Island with a visit to a Great Barrier Reef pontoon. Best of both worlds. Suitable for snorkellers and divers.

The Passions of Paradise boat Cairns Australia

Passions Of Paradise

Australian Tourism Award Winner. Daily dive / snorkel trips to Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef on 25m sailing catamaran. Free scuba demonstration & guided snorkel tour. Hot / cold buffet lunch.

Fully inclusive Great Barrier Reef day tours with Reef Experience

Reef Experience

Cairns’ only fully inclusive day tour, including: city transfers, trip to Great Barrier Reef, 6 hours on reef, 2 reef locations, meals, free scuba dive, marine biologist presentation & equipment.

Cairns Dive Centre Day Boat - MV Reef Kist

M.V. Reef Kist – Cairns Dive Centre (Island Diver)

Great value one of Cairns cheapest day boats to the Great Barrier Reef. Full day snorkeling visiting 2 x Reef Locations. Includes lunch and all snorkel gear.

Ocean Freedom the quickest Great Barrier Reef day tour dive in Cairns

Ocean Freedom

Locally owned & operated. 5 star service. Up to 6 hours snorkel / dive time at 2 Great Barrier Reef locations. Best reef tour lunch in town. Friendly crew, glass bottom boat tour & much more.

Great Adventures

Great Adventures: Outer Reef

Leaves later than most (10am) and provides up to 3 hours at their outer reef pontoon. Enjoy the sun deck, underwater observatory, semi-submersible and many optional extras.

Silversonic Dive & Snorkel

Silversonic provides daily reef tours departing from Port Douglas and visiting the ribbon reefs at Agincourt Reef. 5 hours at reef and up to 3 dives.

Ocean Spirit Cruises Cairns

Ocean Spirit Cruises provide a luxury sailing catamaran to Michaelmas Cay. This trip is suited to swimmers, snorkelers and families. Often Sea Turtles are seen from the beach. All meals included.

Seastar Cruises

Seastar provides daily dive and snorkel tours to Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef. Up to 5 hours at the reef and 2 guided snorkel tours included.

Poseidon Snorkel and Dive

Poseidon provides daily tours from Port Douglas to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, visiting three (3) separate reef sites. Suitable for scuba divers and snorkelers. Great passenger to crew ratio.

Quicksilver Cruises Boat from Port Douglas

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruises

The Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise – Quicksilver Cruises provides the only Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef pontoon tour, departing Marina Mirage daily. Can snorkel and dive, Semi-Submarines & Underwater Observatory.

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Reef Boat

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Cruises

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel offers a great value for money option that spends 5 hours at a beautiful reef location. Free guided snorkel tour, glass bottom boat tour and marine presentation.

Deep Sea Divers Den: Sea Quest

Value for money Great Barrier Reef day tour. Visits 2 reef sites. Perfect for snorkellers, certified divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive. Buffet lunch included.

Cairns Half Day Snorkel Tours

Skedaddle: Half Day Snorkel Tour

Skedaddle provide Cairns half day snorkel tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Check in at 8.30am. Enjoy 2 hours snorkelling time on the reef, with all equipment and guides included. Great value.

Sunlover Arlington Reef Half Day Tour

Great day tour for people of all ages. Visit Arlington Reef Pontoon see the Outer Great Barrier Reef in half a day. Includes Snorkeling, Underwater Observitory and BBQ Lunch.

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