Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Australia
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Diving in The Great Barrier Reef is good all year round. The water temperature ranges from 24°c in winter (July, August) to 30°c in summer (December, January)
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Australia is a huge country, which is famous for its quality diving experiences. There are approximately 17 liveaboards available around the country, which offers some of the best diving found throughout the world.
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The most famous diving, that Australia is known for is the Great Barrier Reef located in Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef itself is huge, with endless diving spots to experience and discover. The most popular of which is the stunning city of Cairns, where the majority of liveaboards visiting the Great Barrier Reef start their voyage.
Cairns Liveaboard Route
Liveaboard routes that start from Cairns usually include dive sites like Cod Hole, North Horn at Osprey Reef as well as so much more, depending on the length of your trip.
Cod Hole is one of the most famous dive sites in Australia and is located within the Great Barrier Reef, in the North of Queensland. Known for the friendly potato cod that are found in the area, you can swim and enjoy being around them. The dive site is a very easy dive, perfect for trainees and beginner divers. There are hardly any currents and excellent visibility. Average depth is around 15m, making it suitable for all levels of diver.
North Horn, Osprey Reef
The main dive site to visit at Osprey Reef is North Horn, located on the northwest tip of Osprey Reef. Depth ranges from 2 to 20m and this is a dive site for the more experienced divers. North Horn is known for its sheer number of white tip reef sharks that have made this area their home. If you are interested in observing shark feeding, then this is the dive site for you. Divers will also get to see silvertip and grey reef sharks, potato cod and a huge variety of reef fish.
Port Lincoln Liveaboard Route
If you are interested in having an experience of a lifetime, then a liveaboard trip leaving from Port Lincoln will outweigh all of your expectations. Diving with great white sharks is a thrilling experience that, if you’re game, should not be missed.
Great White Safari
Great white safaris will usually take you to dive sites around Great Neptune West and Great Neptune East, which are both small islands that are frequented by great white sharks. On these liveaboards you’ll get to dive within metal cages located on the ocean floor, which allows you to get up close and personal with these giant creatures.
Information to know about liveaboard diving in Australia
- When planning a dive trip or a liveaboard trip in Australia it is really important that you have a ‘recreational medical certificate’. This is also essential to have if you are planning on doing a diving course in the country. If you do forget this, it is good to know that doctors in Cairns or other large cities can make one for you very easily.
- Make sure you travel with your diving certification cards.
- If you’re starting in Queensland, it is possible to dive pretty much all year round. However, in the southern part, weather can be very unpredictable between the months of May to October, so make sure you keep this in mind before booking a trip to this location around this time.
- The hot season to travel to Oz is between November through to April and the colder season is from May through to October.
- As Australia is so huge, diving conditions as well as air temperature does vary, so if you have an area of Australia in mind to travel to, it’s always a good idea to research that particular area before visiting.
- Usual temperature on land varies from 20C/68F to 35C/95F depending on your location and the season.
- Water temperatures vary dramatically from 20C/68F to 31C/88F. However, water temperature drop considerably in the South during the winter months.
- If you choose to dive on a liveaboard and visit locations that are slightly further afield, then visibility can reach up to 50m. If you are a little closer to land, you can expect to have visibility from 15m to 20m.
- Depths range from 5m to 40m depending on the dive site as well as your qualification level.
- The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar. There is 1.38 Australian Dollars to $1.
- You can travel to Australia from pretty much any country in the world, making transfers on the way as Australia is usually on the other side of the world to some countries.
- Language spoken in Australia is primarily English.
- Make sure that you have your usual travel vaccinations before going to Australia.
- Depending on what country you come from, you may need a visa to enter the country, so check this out on their governmental website.
- Australia has a Reef Tax, which is payable by cash to the liveaboard crew of 6.50AUD per day per person.