Pro Dive Cairns Liveaboard
Pro Dive Cairns operates three liveaboards vessels named “Scubapro 1, 2 &3” and have set a new standard among the budget category of dive boats in Cairns. All three are purpose built dive vessels with dive students, snorkelers and certified divers in mind. Each vessel takes no more than 32 guests and serves as training vessel for the 5-Star Pro Dive Training Centre in Cairns. You will always find a mixture of experienced divers and dive students on board. They offer dive training in English and German. Non-divers have access to supervised snorkeling all day. All dive sites feature shallow reefs and are ideal for snorkelers.
Pro Dive Cairns has developed an excellent reputation based on the very experienced crew and the back-up of one of the most professional PADI 5 Star Training Centres in Cairns. The three liveaboard vessels are our first recommendation for a 3 day/2 night excursion in the lower budget category and for anybody who wants to do dive training from beginner to advanced and up to instructor level.
Accommodation & Facilities
Scubapro boats are all 24 metres (80ft) in length. They take a maximum of 32 divers plus 6-8 crew, depending on the dive course activities taking place on board each particular trip. Scubapro II & III, are sister ships, and in lay-out and facilities exactly the same.
A big saloon, along with shared bathroom facilities (8 toilets and showers) and a sun deck make for a pleasant stay on the reef, even for people who have never been overnight at sea. The spacious dive decks make the Scubapro Fleet the best dive training vessels on the market. Each vessel is equipped with first aid equipment, oxygen kits and staff trained to use them. 240V power supply is available throughout each boat. 11L tanks are available as well as Nitrox.
Altogether there are 16 air-conditioned guest cabins on board: 14 twin (bunk style) and 2 double cabins, there are no en-suite facilities. Guests share 8 toilet/shower facilities. The 2 double cabins with a double bed can be secured, but need to be booked as far in advance as possible. Please contact us early if you want a double bed cabin! Sheets and blankets are provided, but guests must bring their own towels.
Alcohol is not available for purchase on board Scubapro. However, passengers are welcome to bring their own on board if they wish to do so. Just remember don’t drink and dive!
Pro Dive Cairns Pricing until March 2019
|3 Days/ 2 Nights Excursions|
|Certified diver (on air)||AUD||865|
|Certified diver (on Nitrox)||AUD||965|
|PADI Dive Courses including 3 Days/ 2 Nights Excursions|
|PADI Open Water Dive course (over 5 days)||AUD||1020|
|PADI Open Water Referral course (over 3 days)||AUD||930|
|PADI Advanced Dive course (over 3 days)||AUD||1030|
|PADI Enriched Air (NITROX) course||AUD||1030|
|Included in the price: 2 nights accommodation on board Scubapro (double/twin share cabin), return transfers to/from your accommodation in Cairns and northern beaches, non-alcoholic beverages (tea, coffee, water), all meals, snacks, bed linen (no towels included), for divers up to 11 dives (incl. 2 night dives), full hire gear incl. a dive computer and short wetsuit for divers & full snorkeling gear and wetsuit for snorkeler, Environmental Management Charge (EMC) & Port fees. Courses also include PADI Open Water Certificate, manual and log book to keep (no manual for Referral course students), dive insurance & accommodation transfer daily.|
|Note: The rates include a fee of AUD 80.00/person. This fee consists of a Government Environmental Management Fee (EMC) of AUD 21.00, port departure tax and administration charges. This charge is applicable for all passengers travelling on 3 day/2 night liveaboard dive trips and all dive courses combining the 3 day trip. (This fee is subject to change without notice.)|
Pro Dive Cairns Important Information
|1) If you do not have your PADI manual from your theory course, it is a PADI requirement that you purchase a manual prior to completing the course.
Non PADI referrals - If you have completed your pool and school training with another training agency (not PADI) you will need to do a crossover. This involves an additional day of pool and theory work and will incur additional costs.
|2) Prior to commencing your Learn to Dive Course you are required to complete the self assessment Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner preferably with experience in diving medicine to obtain a dive medical certificate that states that you are fit to undertake recreational diver training.|
|To avoid disappointment we suggest that you complete the Student Diver Medical Declaration and if necessary obtain a dive medical from a doctor prior to commencement. (Any costs associated in this process are payable direct to the doctor).|
|Student Diver Medical Declaration and Dive Medical (if required) must be completed within 90 days of commencement of your learn to dive course.|
With three boats, Pro Dive Cairns have daily departures from Cairns except Tuesday. The crew is international and there are German speaking staff available on Thursday and Sunday departures and Japanese speaking staff available on Saturday departures.
What to expect
Pro Dive Cairns visits the areas of the outer reef that is closest to the Queensland coast, which should not be compared with the Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea areas accessible only on longer cruises. However, the diving is the best you can access on a shorter trip from Cairns or anywhere else in Australia.
Pro Dive Cairns visits Milln, Flynn, Gordons and sometimes Thetford Reefs which are located approximately 50 km (30 miles) east of Cairns. Features of these reefs are pinnacles, lagoons, small caves & gutters and pretty coral gardens. The reefs display a huge variety of tropical marine life with colourful reef fish for example parrotfish, sweetlips, blue spotted stingrays, moray eels and sea stars. Pelagics are rather rare. You might come across small whitetip sharks and with a bit of luck barracudas or grey reef sharks. The typical features for the GBR are the many, beautiful giant clams which come in different colours.
Diving here is pretty easy, ideal for novice divers. Hardly any currents and the best diving is to be found in the shallows, where most of the activity is happening. Maximum depth is between 15 and 30m (45-100 ft), average depth about 18 m. The reef tops come up just below the surface, which is ideal for snorkelers. Average visibility is about 10 to 20 m (30-60 ft), and on a very good day even 30 m (100 ft).
Wireless Global Gossip Internet is offered on all Pro Dive trips. Passengers will need to bring their own laptops, iPhones, etc. This service is currently provided FREE of charge.
Pro Dive Cairns are the best choice for certified divers who are on tight budget and still want to experience the Great Barrier Reef. The dive areas visited by Pro Dive Cairns are good, however they are no comparison to the Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea. We highly recommend Pro Dive Cairns to anyone who wants to learn to dive, as the dive courses are very professional and thorough. Don’t miss out on the best learning experience!