TUSA Dive Snorkel – Cairns Australia

TUSA Dive Snorkel Cairns – Australia

TUSA Dive and Snorkel Cairns are one of the original dive operators that started here in Cairns over 20 years ago, starting with their first small dive boat. Since then, TUSA 1 has progressed all the way to their beautiful new boat TUSA T6.

Operating out of Cairns, docked on E-finger at Marlin Marina, TUSA offer daily snorkel and diving day trips to The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns.

Departing at 8am in the morning and returning at 4pm, TUSA is great for the more adventurous at heart, especially those who want to snorkel or even try a scuba dive. For the certified diver, diving on TUSA is a great experience, as the crew are really geared up for this service.

My favorite thing about diving with TUSA is the fact that you can dive in buddy pairswithout the assistance of a guide. This is not always possible for a lot of dive boats in Cairns, which can be a little restrictive, especially if you are more advanced. Last Sunday, the weather was just perfect, so it was time to pack up the dive gear, ring my friend Juan and head out for a perfect day of diving on TUSA Dive and Snorkel.

Diving in December means it’s really nice, calm, warm water, ok you can have issues with jelly fish but these problems are mainly located on the mainland beaches and generally not out on the reef.

The water temperature in December sits at about 27 degrees so wearing  just a t-shirt and shorts is possible but I like to wear a 3mm Mares full body wet suit, keeps the stingers away and me nice and warm after 30 mins or so down at 18 meters.  Another great thing about TUSA is that they have a roaming permit, which means their skippers can wonder all over the reef and find the best location on any given day, depending on the tide, wind direction and speed.

To round off, if you are an experienced diver looking for a great day of personalized diving out of Cairns with a dive boat that really focuses on the certified diver, I would highly recommend TUSA Dive Snorkel.

Looking to book your trip? Head on over to the guys at Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Center to book your day out with TUSA Dive Snorkel Cairns.

Deep Sea Divers Den Cairns

Deep Sea Divers Den Cairns

It was Tuesday 04th DEC 2012, we had been planning to go out and experience the reef reproducing (Coral Spawning) but we were not sure exactly which night it was going to happen.

Being a totally natural phenomenon the reef boat operators can only guide us when planning the exact night the reef will spawn. Really we should go out every-night during this period to make sure we catch the coral spawn, but with regular life getting in the way we only had the one night to try.

Myself and a bunch of dive buddies all meet down at the boat Deep Sea Divers Den which is docked on B-finger at Marlin Marina Cairns. Boarding the vessel, meeting the crew and setting up our gear we were ready for the night ahead of us. Conditions were reasonably calm and water temps were pushing up around 27 degrees we all had our fingers crossed tonight would be the night.

At about 7pm we arrived at Norman reef, the crew had us all secure on the mooring and the dive deck was full with everybody getting ready with anticipation, would it be happening tonight!

We had a beautiful first dive, lots of GT’s no not Gin & Tonics but Giant Trevally were tagging along with us during the dive waiting for us to play God with our spot lights and dish them up some little tasty baby yellow tail fish for dinner.

We encountered a few little white / black tip reef sharks and a giant bump headed parrot fish before discovering the giant brain corals starting to emit there milky reproductive juices! Yep that’s right it had started.

Returning to the boat for a hot dinner which was well received, we jumped back in the water for our second dive, our eyes lay witness to more Coral Spawning. So all in all we were very lucky, we had picked the correct evening to go out and we all managed to catch a glimpse of this marvelous feet of nature.

If you ever find yourself up here in Cairns towards the end of November early December try go out and see if you too can catch a look at this marvel. Visit the reef boat companies websites they usually promote these once a year night trips starting early November, this will give you a heads up on the rough timing the coral spawning can happen.

A big thank you to all the crew at Deep Sea Divers Den Cairns, my dive buddies: Steve Brady, Michelle Kach, Juan Restrepo, Nikki, Tom and Libby! Catch some of the footage from the Coral Spawn Night Dive above:

Reef Experience Cairns

Reef Experience Cairns

It feels like the build up to the wet season has started already, I had a chance to get out on Reef Experience Cairns just recently while the northerly winds have kicked in and its been hot and really humid.  So, with nice warm air and the wind at 10/ 15 knots, it was time to go out and do some diving. It has been about 2 months since my last lot of diving up in Papua New Guinea, so we headed out with a local family-run company here in Cairns called ‘Reef Experience Cairns’.

This was yet another fantastic day out on The Great Barrier Reef and we were even lucky enough to have a nice little encounter with a baby hawksbill turtle!

Reef Experience Cairns offer a fantastic day out on 2 reef locations, usually Norman, Saxon, Hastings Reefs. They visit 2 reef sites in a day while offering snorkeling and scuba diving from there blue ocean going vessel Reef Experience.

See the video below (select High Definition 1080 for best viewing qualities).

Total Solar Eclipse, Cairns, 2012

This morning we hiked up to the ‘Red Arrow’ trail, which is located directly opposite the general aviation side of the Cairns Airport, near the Botanical Gardens. When sitting at the lookout you have a fantastic view out over the ocean to the east and what was to be an amazing event this morning – a full solar eclipse. People came from all over the world to view the moon passing in front of the sun at roughly 6:44 am this morning. I took a picture below to show you a little piece of what we experienced. Just Amazing!!

Skydiving Cairns @ 14000ft – Amazing Tandem Skydive.

Skydiving Cairns @ 14000ft – Amazing!

Wow!! I know you have probably thought about it, you have probably even seen videos on YouTube and on TV, people jumping out of aeroplanes and skydiving. So what are you waiting for?

One lazy Monday we had the opportunity to get up really early and try Skydiving Cairns, with lazy legs we got out of bed, got dressed, jump into the harness, practice the door exit and body fly position then whamo jump onto our skydive plane.

I have done a few skydives now, so the feeling is starting to get a little more familiar to me but still, every time I get in the plane and take off, the heart starts racing and I know whats coming up next. After about a 20 min flight departing from the Cairns Air Port we arrive at altitude 14,000ft. The plane makes its last turn onto whats known as the jump run and the red, orange and green lights come on which means door opening time!

A quick shuffle to the door and quick body check then wahoo your out and free falling for over 60 secs of amazing awesomeness! The wind in your face and travelling at about 280km you are travelling really fast! At around 5000ft the guys pull the shoot and find your self sitting upright under a beautiful large canopy that floats you down to land.

Now this is better than any strong espresso shot first thing in the morning, you will be full of beans for the rest of the day, you would have also seen some of the most amazing views we have here in Cairns and over The Great Barrier Reef. Skydiving in Cairns should be on your bucket list, as one of the top destinations in Australia to try a skydive I highly recommend getting your morning jump on!

If you’re looking to book Skydiving Cairns then please see the guys at Skydiving Cairns.

Paragliding at Rex Lookout ! Cairns – The Adventure Capital of Australia

Cairns, the Adventure Capital of Australia has so many things on offer that it can be hard to decide what to do while you are up here!! Strewth! If your looking for something a little edgier than your standard run of the mill ‘things to do’ then head up to the Rex Lookout, which is located 45 min drive to the north of Cairns on the way to Port Douglas. Hang gliding and Paragliding happens at this point all through the winter months.

Check out the video below:

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