Pro Dive Cairns Liveaboard – Flynn and Milln Reefs

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After few days in Cairns I felt it was time for some more diving. There are lots of dive operators in the city, from day trips to full week liveaboards. Great Barrier Reef consists of numerous smaller reefs, typically the sites closer to Cairns have suffered quite a bit from all the tourist activity and are not very interesting as result. The best dive sites are actually in the Coral Sea outside the Great Barrier Reef itself but to reach these sites you have to go on one of the longer and expensive liveaboards. As a compromise I decided to go on one of the shorter three day liveaboards heading to the outer reef. I ended up going out with Pro Dive, they came highly recommended and as a bonus they were running a $100 discount that week too.

I was quite  happy with my choice, the purpose-built Scubapro vessels are really nice and definitely a step up from the Big Cat Reality I was on for the Moreton Bay trip. There were only two persons per cabin and the rest of the facilities were good too. Plus food was excellent, too.

Quite a few people on the boat were doing various courses, but there were still several of us divers just there for fun. Luckily I ended up with a good buddy, an older guy with decent amount of diving experience. Not the greatest navigator, but apart from that we had no issues.

Diving itself was great too, the sites we visited were on the Flynn and Milln reefs on the outer Great Barrier Reef. These reefs are typically visited only be liveaboards and still in pretty good shape. Not quite as spectacular as the best sites I have visited in Red Sea, but there were still lots of great photo opportunities. In addition to the reefs themselves and the usual small tropical fish, there were quite a few reef sharks and several turtles around too. Like most of the diving around Great Barrier Reef the sites were pretty shallow, we ventured beyond 20 meters only a couple of times.

Almost all the dives were done unguided, which I found a big positive. We had excellent dive briefings before each dive with compass bearings and everything. My buddy and I did get lost quite badly at once while supposedly following the reef back to our starting point. Apparently we had done a big navigation error at some point and ended up quite far from the boat. While the situation was not really dangerous with no currents and calm sea the rescue boat still picked us up afterwards to save us the long surface swim. Everyone had a good laugh afterwards about that incident!

With perfect weather weather and great dives this was another superb liveaboard!

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