Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page (FAQ)

We are constantly updating the FAQ's page, please check here for you answers.  If you can't find the answer, feel free to email us at info@cairnsdive.com.au.  Note that this page is separated by Vessel/Program name.

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SunKist - Day Trips

Q. Can I get a return bus pick up?
A. Yes. It's AUD20 per person or AUD10 one way.

Q. How long does it take to get to the reef?
A. Sunkist check in time is 7am with a 7.30am departure, you can expect to be at the outer reef within 2 hours, note that the vessel may call past Fitzroy Island.

Q. What time does the boat get back in Cairns?
A. Between 4pm and 5pm.

Q. Do I need to be certified to do an introductory dive?
A. No.

Q. How deep will I go during the introductory dive.
A. No deeper than 10 metres.

Q. Is the dive gear for introductory and certified diving and/or snorkel gear included in the price?
A. Yes.

Q. Is it a different price if I bring my own gear?
A. No.

Q. Do you have DIN or Yoke tanks on board?
A. We have both.

Q. Is lunch included and what do I need to bring?
A. Yes lunch is included, bring your swimmers, a towel and sunblock.

Q. Can my friend join when I am doing a course?
A. Your friend can join the trip, but can only dive with you after you complete the course.

Q. Are there meals for vegetarians and other?
A. Yes, but no Halal.

Q. Does the price include one or two dives?
A. The listed price is for one dive, you can book and pay onboard if you wish to do a second dive, either introductory or certified.

Q. I am traveling alone and will need a buddy to dive with, what can I do?
A. We will buddy you with another diver on the same trip.

Q. Are you a PADI centre?
A. Yes we are a PADI 5 Star IDC centre.

Q. How long do I need to wait to fly after diving?
A. 12 hours after a single dive, or 24 hours after multiple repetitive dives.

Q. Do you offer Nitrox?
A. Nitrox is not available on our trips.

Q. Do you have prescription masks?
A. Yes, they are in the shop, best to come in and select the best one for you.

Q. Are Dive Guides included?
A. No, but you can request a guide for AUD15 per dive person.

ReefKist - Island Diver Day Trips

Q. Can I get a return bus pick up?
A. Sorry No.

Q. How long does it take to get to the reef?
A. You can expect to reach the reef in 90 minutes.

Q. Do I need to be certified to do an introductory dive?
A. No.

Q. How deep will I go during the introductory dive?
A. No deeper than 10 metres.

Q. Can I snorkel after or before my introductory or certified dive?
A. Yes.

Q. Is the dive gear for introductory and certified diving and/or snorkel gear included in the price?
A. Yes.

Q. Is it a different price if I bring my own gear?
A. No.

Q. Do you have DIN or Yoke tanks on board?
A. Yes, we have both.

Q. Is lunch included and what do I need to bring?
A. Yes lunch is included, bring your swimmers, a towel and sunblock.

Q. Can my friend join when I am doing a course?
A. Your friend can join the trip, but can only dive with you after you complete the course.

Q. Are there meals for vegetarians and other?
A. Yes, but no Halal.

Q. Does the price include one or two dives?
A. The listed price is for one dive, you can book and pay onboard if you wish to do a second dive, either introductory or certified.

Q. I am traveling alone and will need a buddy to dive with, what can I do?
A. We will buddy you with another diver on the same trip.

Q. Are you a PADI centre?
A. Yes we are a PADI 5 Star IDC centre.

Q. How long do I need to wait to fly after diving?
A. 12 hours after a single dive, or 24 hours after multiple repetitive dives.

Q. Do you offer Nitrox?
A. Nitrox is not available on our trips.

Q. Do you have prescription masks?
A. Yes, they are in the shop, best to come in and select the best one for you.

Q. Are Dive Guides included?
A. No, but you can request a guide for AUD15 per dive person.

Kangaroo Explorer - Live On Board

Q. How often does the Kangaroo Explorer depart Cairns?
A. Every day, note that you are transferred to the Kangaroo Explorer based at the outer reef via our day boat called Sunkist.

Q. Can I get a return bus pick up?
A. Yes, it's included for local Cairns hotels, if northern beaches it's AUD20 each way.

Q. How long does it take to get to the reef?
A. Either meet at the shop to be collected by the bus . Either way you need to come via the shop to complete paperwork. After the shop, we will take you by bus to the Marina. You can expect to be at the outer reef within 2 hours, note that the vessel may call past Fitzroy Island.

Q. What time does the boat get back to Cairns?
A. Between 4pm and 5pm.

Q. Do I need to be certified to do an introductory dive?
A. No.

Q. How deep will I go during the introductory dive?
A. No deeper than 10 metres.

Q. Can I snorkel after or before my introductory or certified dive?
A. Yes.

Q. Is the dive gear for introductory and certified diving and/or snorkel gear included in the price?
A. Yes.

Q. Is it a different price if I bring my own gear?
A. No.

Q. Do you have DIN or Yoke tanks on board?
A. Yes, we have both.

Q. Are meals included and what do I need to bring?
A. Yes all meals are included, bring your swimmers, two towels, personal items and sunblock. No large bags please.

Q. Can my friend join when I am doing a course?
A. Your friend can join the trip, but can only dive with you after you complete the course.

Q. Are there meals for vegetarians and other?
A. Yes, but no Halal.

Q. How many dives a day can I do?
A. We offer 5 day and 1 night dive each day, but we only allow 4 days per day, so you have to choose which 4 you would like to do. Dive times are 6am, 8am, 1030am, 1pm, 4pm and a night dive.

Q. How many dive sites a day can we dive?
A. The Kangaroo Explorer will visit at least 3 dive sites a day.

Q. Are towels and bedding included?
A. Bedding yes, but no towels, we suggest you bring at least 2 towels.

Q. I am traveling alone and will need a buddy to dive with, what can I do?
A. We will buddy you with another diver on the same trip.

Q. Are you a PADI centre?
A. Yes we are a PADI 5 Star IDC centre.

Q. How long do I need to wait to fly after diving?
A. 12 hours after a single dive, or 24 hours after multiple repetitive dives.

Q. Do you offer Nitrox?
A. Nitrox is not available on our trips.

Q. Do you have prescription masks?
A. Yes, they are in the shop, best to come in and select the best one for you.

Q. Are Dive Guides included?
A. No, but you can request a guide for AUD15 per dive person.

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Kangaroo Explorer

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ReefKist

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Sun-Kist