Well, what a year it has been so far! I just filmed this little beauty just out from Cairns recently. This little turtle was just cruising along without a worry in the world. I have now made 53 Dives out on The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns this year and this was one of my favorites for sure.
Today we visited the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Cairns, Australia. This was the first time I have been this close to these amazing animals.
The team at the center gave us the opportunity to take some photos and video so I thought I would share it here with you.
Turtles are hurt in the wild by ghost fishing nets, pollution, as well as hunting from various groups and they also suffer disorders where air can get locked under their shells which makes them float on the surface which means they cant dive. The Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Cairns, Australia helps nurse these injured turtles back to health to then release them back into the wild.
Help the organization and donate some dollars to help pay for medicine and x-ray scans, healthy water supply and food. Donate here – Click Here
What a week I just had! I spent four days out diving with live-aboard dive company ‘Spirit of Freedom.’ These guys have it going on big time, everything from the food to the service, to the dive gear and most of all the dive sites were all unreal!!!! I made 11 dives in 3 days, including a night dive and all we did was eat and dive, eat and dive, eat and dive… sleep. Perfection.
The vessel is stunning as it was just out for a refit and the dive gear was great – nice big 12 litre tanks. Due to this, I managed my longest dive ever of 60 mins at the famous cod hole….. wow!!!!
I give these guys 5 Stars, plus I will be saving up for the 7 day trip they offer out to Osprey Reef for sure!
Well, at long last, finally the sun is blasting its little head off again after a few days of rain and high winds. I am glad to see a day like today……… blue skies, sunshine and just a light breeze off to the beach. Qiao!!
Well, it has definitely been a quiet start to the tourism year up here in Cairns, Australia. Where is everybody? Well, there are people around, but it’s just not super busy in the city. The last eight days have been pretty windy and rainy, but it has just come good today.
We had an amazing dive on Monday. It was about 20 knots, so a little windy, but we still had 10 metres visibility on the Agincourt Reef system and I saw the largest turtle I have ever seen, two lion fish a Moray Eel. Apart from the wind and the rain, I must say that I was still blown away by the dive. Find out more Click Here
“Diving tours in Cairns, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef” – have you seen this before? What a great bit of footage Tourism Queensland has put together. Its so nice to see what life is all about up here in Far North Queensland wrapped up in this little film.
Welcome to beautiful sunny Cairns, Queensland Australia. My name is Clint Carroll and I live in Cairns. I have been backpacking in many parts of the world, including South East Asia, Canada, USA, Mexico, South America, England, UK, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Holland just to name a few. I have decided to set up this website to let people know what it’s like to live and work here in Cairns. I work in the travel industry and book all the tour options available in and around Cairns and the East Coast of Australia. I scuba dive extensively and will give you up-to-date information on all my latest dives.
Diving in Cairns is very easy. When you get here, you will see there are about 50 different companies to choose from. I have been diving here since November 2008 and there is a lot to see out there. Open water divers have the choice of I think 5 very good companies. My top 5 favorites would be:
– Tusa T5
– Sunkist CDC
I had one of the best dives of my life on Silversonic last Saturday, 18th April. The visibility was about 15 metres and we dived ‘Barracuda Bommie,’ which boasts huge schools of Barracuda, small white tip reef sharks, lion fish, a Wobegon shark and a huge Moray Eel. The boat was very clean and tidy, with about 35 people on board. The dive gear was in great condition and we used the larger 12 litre tanks and actually had one of my longest dives ever at 58 minutes.
We finished the last dive of the day with a fantastic drift dive for about 800 metres, spotting 3 green sea turtles and another 3 white tip sharks…….. fantastic.
I thank all the crew on that day and the Outer Reef was at her best, showing us so much of what she has to offer.
Until our next scuba dive; stay tuned! We may go out again this Saturday 25th ……….
Happy diving, wherever you are!!!
SIlverswift & Silversonic dive tour review.
We have had the pleasure to go out with 2 fantastic dive tour companies recently here in Cairns Silverswift and Silversonic. From the moment you jump on board everything is catered for, e.g Morning tea, gorgeous buffet lunch, afternoon tea and most importantly, the diving is amazing. Admittedly, we had fantastic weather, but the quality of reef sites that these 2 companies have permits for are among the very best in Cairns. I give them 5 Stars (or Hearts) for service, quality of gear & equipment, quality of food and most of all, dive locations.
There are many dive and snorkel tour companies in Cairns, Australia. We have put this website together to show you our thoughts and recommendations by using our personal experiences with each of the dive companies we have been scuba diving with here in Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef.
Travel in Cairns and surrounding area’s is amazingly easy. You will find it very simple to get around the city and surrounding areas. Just recently, we did some fantastic diving from Port Douglas on the Agincourt Ribbon Reef Systems. These ribbon reefs are right out on the drop off to the Coral sea and we must say they were absolutely amazing, to say the least. We visited ‘Barracuda Bommie’, ‘Turtle Cay’ and ‘Trigger Fish City’, doing two drift dives of nearly 59 minutes each, it was fantastic!