Australia’s Best Scuba Diving And Liveaboards.


Liveaboard diving



Australia’s Best Scuba Diving And Liveaboards.

Liveaboard diving offers the worlds Best Scuba Diving and Liveaboard Vacations are right here in Australia, and our website is here to tell you all about them. We are a part of the Cairns, Queensland based Hot Getaways Travel Network , which in addition to the travel company owns the floating boutique hotel/ Liveaboard MV Reef Encounter , the value priced Compass Cruises with its daily tour to the Outer Reefs of Great Barrier Reef for snorkelers and scuba divers and the high speed multi-hull Reef Experience. Beyond our own companies in the network, we also represent a number of other Liveaboard and tour operators across the country.

Every years hundreds of thousands of vacationers take long journeys to Australia to experience our natural wonders. From the seashores and further out to our reefs, up our mountains and in to the outback, Australia is a country to explore. From the sophisticated modern culture of our cities to the primitive culture of the Aborigine people, we have it all.

Many of these vacationers are scuba divers or wish to become divers. To the scuba diver, we have the reefs and dive spots that MUST be dived at least once in their lives.

There is world class diving all around our country, Ningaloo reef is a prime example. It is a 260 kilometer long fringe reef located on the north western shore line, it has even been recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The East Coast Whitsunday Islands, so named by the explore James Cook who first spotted them on that holiday, is not only known for its world class diving and pristine islands but is also considered one of the worlds most premiere sailing areas. Nestled within the Great Barrier Reef, Sailing the Whitsundays is as much a boaters dream as diving the on the Great Barrier Reef is to a scuba diver.


The Cod Hole dive site, world famous for over 20 years, is located on the Ribbon Reefs a part of the Great Barrier Reef just off our North Eastern Coast. The Cod Hole Dive site can only be dived from Liveaboard vessels, such as the Cairns based MV Spoilsport and the Spirit of Freedom, or from the exclusive and remote Lizard Island.  While the Cod Hole is famous, The Ribbon Reef is much more than Cod hole, at least a dozen dive sites have worldwide recognition.

I am certain that anyone who visits the Cairns area and dives or snorkels in our waters will forgive our bragging. Because it is not really bragging when we say we have the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world just a short ride from our piers. We may be boastful for saying it, but you can’t fault someone for speaking the truth.

For the Scuba diver or snorkeler looking for a Liveaboard vacation, Cairns has a selection of options that will surely have one that suits anyone. There are three day trips to Lizard Island and the Ribbon Reefs, Four day trips that head out into the Coral Sea and they are often combined into a seven day trip. Shorter trips will take you out to the reefs known as the outer reefs. These are the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef some on the edge of the continental shelf and offer amazing diving. We call our MV Reef Encounter an “Any Day Liveaboard”.  That is because, guest can join the vessel any day and stay out on the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef for one night or many more.

While Cairns is well known for its scuba diving, we would be remiss if we did not recognize its other wonders. Cairns has the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Seas out its front door. While out its backdoor it has the Bellenden Ker Range and the Great Dividing Range, with the Atherton Tablelands tucked between them. By all means come visit us for the scuba diving and snorkeling but add in some of the other wonders that Cairns and Queensland has to offer.