Divers Den

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If you’re looking for a world-class snorkel and dive adventure from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, or a place to learn to dive in a five star PADI training centre, choose the local experts, Divers Den.

With a range of exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef, friendly instructors and crew, and purpose-built boats, Divers Den offers unparalleled snorkel and dive experiences.

Divers Den has operated from Cairns, Australia for over 40 years and certified over 150,000 divers, making them the longest established Cairns diving and snorkelling company in the area.

Divers Den’s Cairns diving training facilities are under one roof, including a heated pool, dedicated classrooms, a dive shop and servicing workshop. Divers Den has earned its PADI Five Star Dive Centre status for Career Development and Instructor Development – the highest ratings awarded to any dive store as recognition of continued diver training excellence.


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From $180 to $618

Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Whether you’re a snorkeller, first-time diver or certified diver, you’ll spend a magical day with Divers Den.

Discover the marine wonderland of the outer Great Barrier Reef, just a 90-minute boat trip from Cairns. We’ll spend five hours at the reef and visit two stunning dive sites.

These are expertly chosen from our exclusive moorings on the Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs to bring you the best quality conditions and diverse marine life, from colourful corals to inquisitive Nemos, turtles, stingrays and giant Maori Wrasse.

Our vessels are purpose-built for diving and snorkelling, with spacious dive decks and sunken platforms offering easy access to the water. Large sun decks, air-conditioned indoor spaces and hot fresh water showers ensure your comfort on board. After a morning spent exploring the reef, help yourself to a fresh and tasty lunch to refuel for the afternoon.

Complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are available throughout the day. Snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase on board.

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Up to this point your diver training has focused on preventing problems and handling problems you might experience yourself. The next stage is broadening your perspective and considering the needs of other divers – that’s what the PADI Rescue Diver course is all about.

As a PADI Rescue Diver you’ll learn to prevent and manage problems, sharpen your observation skills and help others avoid problems. The PADI Rescue Diver course is divided into three sections: Knowledge development, Skill development and Practical application.

All three sections will be completed under the professional supervision and guidance of your Deep Sea Divers Den PADI Instructor. All open water training takes place on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The duration of the PADI Rescue diver course is over four or five days. If you are not a holder of a valid First Aid (CPR) certification, the PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) course will commence on day one of your itinerary.

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From $955 to $995

This is by far the most popular learn to dive option. Not only are you certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, but you also get six additional ‘fun dives’, including a guided night dive!

The five day liveaboard option is an awesome way to get your PADI Open Water Certification and to experience the thrill of being a diver on a Liveaboard.

With six extra dives included on this trip, you will be able to refine your skills in a safe and familiar environment. This means you will return to land not just as a qualified diver – but with extra confidence in your new skills!

Plus, what better way to explore the Great Barrier Reef than by staying overnight. Nothing beats the feeling of waking up for sunrise with a day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef ahead of you.

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From $765 to $825

Divers Den have been operating for over 40 years, and in that time they’ve certified over 130000 students. They are also a PADI 5* training centre – so you know you’re in safe hands!

Their four day option gives you the chance to stay overnight on the Great Barrier Reef. Nothing will ever beat the feeling of sleeping on the reef, it’s an experience like no other.

Their liveaboard OceanQuest is more like a floating hotel than a boat. It’s got a large bar area, huge sun decks, and even a dining room where you’ll be served the chef prepared meals. All rooms come with an ensuite, air conditioning and television.

The pool in their training centre is the only one in Cairns that is heated and covered – meaning you’ll be able to master those scuba skills in comfort.

You’ll even get one ‘fun dive’ after you’ve been certified, giving you the opportunity to explore the reef after the course is over.

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world to learn to dive. It has warm, clear waters teeming with life and the chance to spot reef residents including nemo and many sea turtles.

Divers Den have been operating for over 40 years, certifying over 130000 students and have been awarded a PADI 5* rating. Learn to dive with them and you’ll be in safe hands!

Their four day dayboat course gives you two days of pool and theory at their dive centre, then two day trips out on ReefQuest and AquaQuest with five dives included – four training dives and one ‘fun’ dive. It’s a great option for those on a budget, or for anyone who doesn’t want to join a liveaboard.

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From $176.5 to $746

AquaQuest is a luxury dive and snorkel vessel launched in July 2017 custom built with modern, state of the art facilities. As the newest vessel in Port Douglas she will provide passengers with unrivalled comfort as they visit some of the best dive and snorkel locations, exploring Agincourt, Opal and St Crispin’s Reefs on the Outer Barrier Reef.

AquaQuest is the only dayboat in the region to offer nitrox fills. This, coupled with their high-quality dive gear and the ability to go unguided, makes it an excellent choice for certified divers.

For those wishing to dive for the first time they offer introductory diving, enabling those without a dive license to experience scuba with one of their experienced instructors.

If snorkelling is more your thing, you can choose to explore the reef independently after their extensive briefings, or join one of the many complimentary crew led tours.

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From $525 to $815

Spend the night on the Great Barrier Reef! Explore the wonders of the outer reef from the comfort of a ‘floating hotel’, Divers Den’s three-storey liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.

OceanQuest offers flexible itineraries, from one to multiple-night trips on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Different cabin types offer a range of accommodation for all budget levels, but all the spacious rooms have en-suite facilities, televisions and air conditioning. Hearty meals are cooked fresh each day by the onboard chef.

Divers Den liveaboards are suitable for snorkellers, certified divers, and introductory divers, as well as students completing their Open Water course.

Passengers can enjoy exclusive activities like the nightly ‘sharks in the dark’ experience, and fluoro diving (for certified divers only). Nitrox fills and Nitrox courses are available onboard.

Divers Den have been operating since 1974, making them the longest established dive company in the region. With decades of experience, they offer unrivalled service, safety, quality and fun.

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From $1855 to $1935

Every year the Minke Whales migrate to the northern Great Barrier Reef. They are the only whales known to seek out human interaction, and in water experiences can sometimes last for hours.

Join one of their four day expeditions diving or snorkeling some of the most remote and beautiful reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also have the chance to meet the amazing Minke whales. They had a 100 per cent success rate in 2017!

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From $765 to $785

Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Course the next step is to select the PADI Advanced Open Water Program. The good news is that there are no formal classroom sessions with this PADI course. The only academic work required is to read the relevant chapters in the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual and complete the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter.

You will need a minimum of two days and one night to complete your PADI Advanced Open Water Course but you can also stretch the fun out on a multi night liveaboard trip.

The two day, one night option will give you five training dives and two fun dives and the three day, two night option will allow for five training dives and seven fun dives.

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From $1345 to $1405

Kickstart your scuba journey, complete your Open Water and Advanced scuba courses all in one go. Get the maximum amount of diving and experience in a very short time, turbo charge your scuba journey!

You’ll finish your six days having completed a whopping 15 dives, leaving you incredibly confident in your abilities. All of the skills and knowledge you learn will be reinforced over the course, leaving you especially adept and better equipped to tackle your future scuba adventures.

Make the most of being on the Great Barrier Reef – do as much diving as you can!

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From $410 to $1075

Are you are keen to do a PADI Open Water Dive course but short on time? Divers Den Cairns has now another great way for you to learn to dive with ‘PADI eLearning’.

The PADI Open Water Course Online Program provides you with the knowledge development portion you need to commence your PADI Open Water Course. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles) and pool training (skills, techniques).
After enrolling, PADI’s E Learning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.

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From $145 to $440

Offering the opportunity to spend a full day on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with unlimited snorkelling and/or the chance to do two SCUBA dives per day. Visit two stunning Great Barrier reef locations with all equipment included. Their professional and friendly crew will ensure that you have a fantastic day on the reef.

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