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Cairns Underwater Camera Hire

FREE Underwater Camera Hire*
Spend over $450.00 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

Jan Special - Free Underwater Camera

Book any tour with a total value of $450 or more with Cairns Dive Adventures, and we will arrange a FREE UNDERWATER CAMERA HIRE for the duration of your reef tour. Please note: cameras MUST be picked up and returned to our offices to redeem this offer. Limited availability. Get in quick! Bookings made in January for later departure dates are still valid.

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 $450. This offer applies to day tours and liveaboard trips. 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 Go Pro Hero 2.

*Please Note: To redeem this offer, cameras must be picked up at our office on the Cairns 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$35.00 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 a Go Pro Hero 2 that you can attach to your existing camera, great for you 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.

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Selected Tours

Deep Sea Divers Den – Liveaboard

Liveaboard dive / snorkel trips that depart Cairns daily. Can be booked in 2-3-4 day options. Maximum of 30 overnight guests. Includes all meals and accommodation.

Pro Dive – Liveaboard

Watch the sun set and wake up on the Great Barrier Reef on this 3 day / 2 night trip from Cairns. Suitable for divers and snorkellers. Twin share and double cabins. Includes meals and accommodation.
Pro Dive Cairns liveaboard scuba dive vessel - ScubaPro

Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole Trip

The Cod Hole is a ‘must see’ for any certified diver! Spirit of Freedom offers outstanding customer service on these 4 day / 3 night trips. Departs Monday. Up to 11 dives. Cairns-Lizard Island flight.
Spirit of Freedom at the Cod Hole on the Great Barrier Reef

Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Cod Hole

Visit the world famous Cod Hole, on the Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs with Mike Ball. 4 day / 3 night trip. Departs Monday. Up to 12 dives. Includes scenic flight Cairns - Lizard Island.

Ocean Quest – Minke Whale Dive Expeditions

Limited Season – Dwarf Minke Whale Trips – June and July 2019. Departs Cairns on a Friday and returns Tuesday. Up to 16 dives on Outer Great Barrier Reef and Ribbon Reefs.
Cairns Minke Whale Dive Trips

Spirit of Freedom – Coral Sea Trip

If you want adventure diving with 1,000m wall drop offs, amazing visibility & more reef sharks than you can poke a stick at, this is the trip for you! 4 day / 4 night. Departs Thursdays. Up to 15 dives.
Cairns best scuba diving trip to the Cold Hole and Ribbon Reefs

Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Coral Sea Dive Expedition

The Coral Sea is a shark lovers paradise! Advanced divers will enjoy 1,000m wall drop offs and amazing visibility on this 4 day / 4 night trip. Departs Thursday. Up to 14 dives. Incl Cairns - Lizard Island flight.
Sharks on the Coral Sea, near the Great Barrier Reef

Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip (7-Nights)

A scuba divers paradise! 7 day / 7 night trip exploring Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Departs Thursday. Up to 26 dives. Advanced certification required.
Grey Whaler Reef Shark

Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip

The ultimate liveaboard dive trip from Cairns! 7 day / 7 night adventure includes Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs (Cod Hole) and Coral Sea (shark diving). Departs Mondays. Up to 26 certified dives.
Scuba Diving with Grey Whaler Sharks in the Coral Sea

Ribbon Reef Explorer – CANCELLED

Please note that Ribbon Reef Explorer ceased operations as of 25 December 2015. Ribbon Reef trips can still be booked on Spirit of Freedom and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions. Contact us for more info.

Coral Sea Dreaming

Low number, overnight sailing adventures from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef for divers and snorkelers. Max 12 guests. 3 Crew.

Reef Encounter – Liveaboard Trips

Reef Encounter offers 2-3-4 day trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. Suitable for snorkelers and divers: options for all budgets and itineraries.

Cairns Dive Centre – Liveaboard Trips

Stay at sea. Can be booked as 2-3-4 day Great Barrier Reef trips, including transfers, accommodation, linen, meals and dive / snorkel equipment. Daily departures.

Spirit Of Freedom – Far Northern Scuba Diving Expeditions

Spirit of Freedom offer Far Northern Scuba Diving Expeditions into the remote Northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef. 7-Day Liveaboards depart Cairns on Mondays Return on Mondays!
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Do you need help choosing?

Can't decide? We have personally been on every Cairns reef and diving trip. We can help you choose the best tour, to suit your experience and budget.

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Free Underwater Camera Hire