Top Scuba Dive Shops in Queensland
#1 - Turtle Town Scuba
#2 - Experience Daintree
#3 - Gold Coast Dive Adventures
Here at GCDA we are a crew of ocean enthusiasts offering the best quality and best value for money PADI programs on the Gold Coast, ranging from the entry-level Open Water Diver course to Divemaster internships.
We are the only dive operator on the Coast to offer daily trips for certified divers to some of the best dive sites and locations in South East Queensland, including North Stradbroke Island, Nine-Mile Reef, Cook Island, Wonder Reef, the wreck of the Scottish Prince and the other Local Reefs & Wrecks of the Gold Coast.
Our double-dive and triple-dive adventures are offered onboard either one of custom-designed dive vessels, Ocean Wanderer and Blue Manta Two.
Gold Coast Dive Adventures is the only Sea Shepherd Dive partner in Queensland. We believe in playing an active role in the conservation of our local ocean, for the sustainability of its ecosystems and for the enjoyment of future generations.
#4 - Elizabeth E II
#5 - Scuba IQ
#6 - True Blue Sailing
WELCOME - TRUE BLUE SAILING WHITSUNDAYS Within True Blue Sailing there are two vessels that operate 2 day 2 night tours around the Whitsunday Islands for the fun, young and adventurous traveller. The tours offer sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as a visit to the world famous Whitehaven beach with a young, energetic, interactive crew!
#7 - Frankland Islands Reef Cruises
#8 - Wolf Rock Dive Centre
“Australia’s Best Shark and Ray Dive”
Wolf Rock Dive Centre is situated in the picturesque little beachside town of Rainbow Beach, Queensland just a 2.5 hour drive north of Brisbane and 1.5 hour drive south of Hervey Bay.
It is believed that Wolf Rock was given its name by Captain Cook who had a Lieutenant Wolfe onboard the HMS Endeavour. The two pinnacles that break the surface regardless of the tides would have represented a significant navigational hazard for early seafarers.
We now know that Wolf Rock is just the tip of a large site made up of a series of volcanic pinnacles, gutters, and gulley’s some as deep as 38m. Located just 2km off Double Island Point it is the last significant rocky outcrop before Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world at.
Essentially an oasis in a desert, animals from all over the East coast of Australia come to Wolf Rock to be cleaned, to breed, to seek shelter, and to eat!
Wolf Rock is of particular significance to the East Coast population of grey Nurse Sharks as it is the only known site where they come to both mate and gestate. For this reason Wolf Rock was declared a green zone in 2002 with a 1.5km no fishing exclusion zone surrounding the site.
It not just about the Grey Nurse Sharks at Wolf Rock! There are several cleaning stations that attract a number of species of Ray, including the Manta Ray between April and October.
is at the top end of the Sunshine Coast just north of Noosa and our nearest neighbor is the world’s largest sand island Fraser Island.
Located just off Double Island Point, Wolf Rock has long been considered one of the best dives in Australia and a must do for your itinerary if you intend travelling up or down the East Coast of Australia.
Additional to our world-class dive site, Wolf Rock Dive Centre offers a variety of dive courses from Discover Scuba Dives all the way through to Divemaster internships. We also offer a myriad of PADI specialties, first-aid courses and PADI distinctive specialties designed specifically for our special region.
Grey nurse sharks are found here all year round. The numbers vary according to their lifecycle and the largest numbers are always seen from Spring through to Autumn. During the winter months we get to see the humpback whale migration; manta rays can be seen at any time of the year but are more prevalent outside of the warmer months. During those summer months we are joined by the leopard sharks and we see eagle rays and giant Queensland grouper all year round. Apart from that we see three different species of turtle, schools of pelagic and we also have all the little stuff like nudibranchs, colourful tropical fish, hard and soft corals, octopus, moray eels, sea snakes and so on.
Whether you’re into wide angle or micro there is something here for everyone. If this sounds like your kind of dive, then we hope to see you very soon!
#9 - Karma Dives
#10 - Devocean Dive
Husband and wife team who have been diving the Gold Coast for years. Does both PADI and NAUI, and lots of shore diving to keep dive costs down. Active dive club for local, intrastate, interstate and international trips. Also very active in local causes, especially the Save Our Spit alliance.
#11 - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef &
Ocean Free + Ocean Freedom – Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours are locally owned and operated by husband and wife team - Perry Jones and Taryn Agius. Perry has been in the dive industry in Cairns and managing dive operations on four vessels since 1988 including Ocean Free since 1992 when he met Taryn. They both worked the boats since then and purchased Ocean Free (a 16.5M schooner) in 1996. Having many years of experience in the industry, Ocean Free quickly became a well-established and respected company amongst local agents and the marine industry.
They bought their second vessel Ocean Freedom - a stylish and comfortable 20M motor CAT- in 2005 and after a year’s total refurbishment the luxury 20m cruiser was launched in mid 2006 and continues to receive great reviews in the industry. Their commitment to ensuring a very personalised, caring and safe tour where guests are a “name” not a “number” is continually evident on both tours.
This company offers two personal Great Barrier Reef day tours departing from Cairns - Ocean Free offers a 25-guest sail, exclusive Great Barrier Reef site and Green Island experience and Ocean Freedom, an un-rushed six hours of reef time on two unique and wonderful Great Barrier Reef sites – “Wonder Wall”, on outer edge of Upolu Reef, and Upolu Cay reef with its crystal clear turquoise waters. Both day tours offer diving (certified) or Introductory dives as an optional extra onboard.
Perry and Taryn have a great love for the sea and reef and are passionate about looking after the reef and ensuring their guests have the best reef experience possible, thereby also engaging their guests to love and protect this great natural icon. They have been an Advanced Eco-Certified product for many years and continue to support sustainable practices and stewardship of their reef sites and are involved in projects such as the “Coral Nurturing” pilot study and “Eye on the Reef”.
They have now been operating reef tours locally for over 27 years and take great pride in their crew who are “hand-picked” for unsurpassed service, professionalism and a high respect for safety. Perry and Taryn view their crew as the operation’s greatest asset and promise to ensure all their guests receive the best care possible.
#12 - Passions of Paradise
Certified scuba divers have a beautiful range of reefs to dive. We have a selection of drift dives, wall dives, and swim throughs.
Our specially designed glass bottom dive tender will take you to the best locations on the day. These remote sites mean that you won’t meet other scuba divers from other boats. All our dives are guided, and we provide all your equipment, including wetsuits and computers. There are no hidden costs.
#13 - Pro Dive Cairns
#14 - Coral Sea Dreaming Dive & Sail
THE SAILING LIVEABOARD CORAL SEA DREAMING LIVEABOARD MEETS ANY BUDGET WHILE EXPLORING THE CAIRN’S EXTENSIVE CORAL GARDENS, UNVEILING AN ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE
Suitable for all Divers and Snorkelers, the intimate Coral Sea Dreaming liveaboard is your personal Dive and Sail tour to the best diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Traveling to the Outer Reef, guests will be transported in comfort on this unique sailing vessel. Dive depths will range from 5 to 28 meters and Divers and Snorkelers will experience vibrant Coral Gardens, amazing biodiversity including Turtles, small Reef Sharks and Schools of Pelagics. If there is good wind, the boat will also set its sails for locomotion.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
The 52 foot (16 meter) liveaboard sailing vessel Coral Sea Dreaming is a unique yacht, designed to traverse the Great Barrier Reef in all kinds of weather. Her custom features provide comfort and convenience for diving and snorkeling on her 2 day/1 night excursions. The Coral Sea Dreaming’s 3 English speaking crew offer personalized attention. 12 passengers are accommodated in air conditioned private cabins which include single bunks, and a quad share. The intimate environment of the boat requires guests to bring the minimum as storage space is limited. Guests are asked to bring an overnight pack on-board. Luggage can be stored at the office. The boat is equipped with 2 toilets, a separate hot water shower as well as a fresh water shower on the stern of the boat.
Between dives on this amazing dive safari aboard Coral Sea Dreaming, guests will relax and enjoy the breathtaking Australian vistas. Guests enjoy unlimited water time as they can snorkel right off the boat. Take a nap on the shaded sun deck, being gently rocked by the ocean waves, or work on your tan in the abundant sunshine.
Great food is standard aboard Coral Sea Dreaming. A well supplied galley will provide guests with three hearty meals a day served in the ship’s comfortable dining area. Chat about the day’s sightings as you sit down and enjoy a delicious buffet. Beer, wine and softs drinks are available on board to purchase.
HOW TO GET THERE
Please refer to logistics section of each itinerary to find detailed info on how to get there.
#15 - Down Under Dive
#16 - Spirit Of Freedom Pty Ltd
#17 - Ocean Safari
#18 - Calypso Reef Charters Pty Ltd
Calypso Reef Cruises, Port Douglas, offers family cruises, reef tours, and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Our reef trip is suitable for all ages and provides a unique reef experience for all guests.
Departing daily from Marina Mirage, Port Douglas, our experienced crew will take you to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in our fast, stable and comfortable vessels.
Calypso travels daily to three breathtaking sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore the wondrous spectacle that is the Great Barrier Reef with Calypso Reef Cruises without the crowds. A diversity of marine life and corals inhabit the Great Barrier Reef and can be viewed from the surface or by plunging below.
Calypso Reef Cruises is owned by Experience Co Limited (EXP), an Australian owned company specialising in adventure and leisure tourism. Experience Co provides experiences across Australia and New Zealand.
#19 - Sunreef Mooloolaba
#20 - Go Dive Brisbane Pty Ltd
Go Dive Brisbane is Brisbanes premier PADI scuba diver education centre. Founded in 2000, Go Dive Brisbane has a reputation for quality instruction and advice, professionalism, value and most importantly, safety. Go Dive Brisbane is locally owned and operated which focuses on providing Brisbane diver the most modern professional Scuba Diving in Australia.
Go Dive Brisbane offers a wide range of PADI scuba diving courses to train you from beginner diver through to PADI Instructor. Experience scuba diving for the first time with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving.
Become a certified diver with the PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Course before continuing your adventure with the PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver, PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor courses. Specialty Courses available include PADI Deep Diver, PADI Wreck Diver, PADI Underwater Navigator, PADI Enriched Air Nitrox, PADI Digital Photography, PADI Equipment Specialty, PADI Search and Recovery and many more. Go Dive Brisbane also offers PADI Emergency First Response First Aid Courses and the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.
#21 - Hervey Bay Dive Centre
#22 - Seastar Cruises
#23 - Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
#24 - Queensland Scuba Diving Co
Queensland Scuba Diving is a floating Gold Coast PADI dive center, offering snorkeling and scuba diving along Australia's mighty tropical coastline.
In 20 years, the team have logged more than 50,000 dives! The center operates a fleet of three vessels and caters for divers of all ages and skill levels. They offer diving and snorkeling for the complete novice through to PADI certification at instructor level, has a comprehensive range of scuba diving equipment and experienced staff who can help you to decide what's right for you.
#25 - Diving The Gold Coast
#26 - Mission Beach Dive
#27 - Divers Den
#28 - Quicksilver Connections
Quicksilver Dive is a 5* PADI dive center operating in Port Douglas, Queensland.
Quicksilver Dive’s purpose-built dive training centre in Port Douglas, offers a range of PADI accredited courses; from the entry level open water certification (learn to scuba dive), to advanced and professional courses for the certified diver. At the center, students will have access to a heated dive pool, air-conditioned classrooms, and off road parking. The low student to instructor ratios ensures a world-class, personalised, professional and safe learning experience.
On the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, you will complete your certifications in the warm and safe waters of the magnificent Agincourt Reef, where visibility is fantastic and marine life is as diverse as it is colorful. The friendly team will lead you through an action-packed day of diving and relaxing on board a quality, purpose-built catamaran. Dive with the support of professional instructors who will accompany you and make sure to point out any reef critters they come across!
#29 - Great Adventures
Great Adventures operates day trips to Green Island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef at pontoon and remote dive sites, providing the opportunity for Discover Scuba and certified diving.
- Great Adventures offers Discover Scuba and certified diving at Green Island, and pontoon sites at Moore Reef and Norman Reef.
- Dive boat Silverswift visits remote dive sites at Flynn, Milln, Thetford and Pellowe reefs. Well suited to experienced divers, Silverswift also caters for introductory Discover Scuba divers.
- Sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit visits Michaelmas Cay and offers Discover Scuba Diving.
For PADI Open Water Courses, ongoing diver training and professional development, we recommend PADI 5 Star Dive Centres Pro Dive Cairns based in Cairns, and Quicksilver Dive based in Port Douglas.
#30 - Airlie Beach Dive Centre
Airlie Beach Dive Centre-
Where the love Diving starts in the Whitsundays
Our mission for the Whitsundays is to inspire, and encourage water activities, and support, and teach ethical and ecological responsibilities to water safety while as well as taking care of our precious Great Barrier Reef. The primary focus of our diving school in Airlie Beach is to add to the quality of life, making diving adventures. Quality training on how to dive, step-by-step adjustments for individual needs, and understanding of the different types of learners
Secondly, learn to dive with PADI Diving Courses in the Whitsundays, our special focus is families with children
#31 - Kiana Sail and Dive
Kiana is fully equipped for Scuba Diving. All dive gear is included in the tour price. Kiana is fitted with a high capacity compressor on board, capable of filling 6 Scuba tanks simultaniously, so your diving is not limited by the number of tanks that can be carried.
#32 - Aqua Dive
#33 - Sunlover Cruises
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Located just off the Tropical North Queensland coast of Cairns, Australia, the reef is an awe-inspiring underwater spectacle of brilliantly coloured corals and more than 10,000 diverse and unique marine species. At Sunlover Reef Cruises, we have had the pleasure of introducing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the magic of the Great Barrier Reef through our express daily luxury cruises from Cairns.
#34 - James Cook University
#35 - Aldesta Heron Island Pty Ltd
Heron Island is known the world over for its excellent Great Barrier Reef dive sites. We have 20 sites to explore on the Heron and Wistari Reefs, only minutes away from the jetty.
The waters around Heron Island are relatively shallow (avg depth 10-15 metres) and are teeming with reef fish, turtles, reef sharks, and an endless variety of marine invertebrates. Mantas are typically seen in winter. Green turtles nest on the island from November to April. Around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish, and around 72% of the coral species found on the Great Barrier Reef call the waters around Heron Island home.
Heron Island caters to all levels of marine enthusiasts from the novice snorkeler to experienced divers, and offers PADI™ certified courses as well.
#36 - Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive
Adrenalin Dive is a PADI dive facility situated in Townsville, a rapidly expanding city in the state of North Queensland, in Australia. Townsville is situated on the waterfront, with Magnetic Island just a 20 minute trip by fast boat.
Adrenalin Dive specialises in day trips to the wreck of the SS Yongala, and MOUA (Museum of Underwater Art) and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Both sites are situated within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Because we are committed to protecting our natural environment, our day trips are ECO Certified by ECO Tourism Australia.
Owned and operated by divers, for divers, Adrenalin Dive is a founding member of SPRAY (Society for the Protection of Reef And Yongala), and has developed as a leader within the dive tourism industry due to a strong commitment to quality, safety, our environment, and professional service. Adrenalin Dive is Townsville's longest established day trip provider.
Our vessel 'Adrenalin' is a 15m flybridge cruiser. It is comfortable, stable, and is fully fitted out for diving, including a custom dive platform.
Dive trips to the Yongala wreck or John Brewer Reef depart from Townsville and Magnetic Island.
#37 - Tangalooma Dive and Watersports
Tangatours is a fresh face at Tangalooma Island Resort, offering a range of exciting and fun adventures on the island! With an array of choices to do at Tangalooma, we wanted to give visitors to the island the best experience they could imagine and came up with a range of activities any holiday-maker would want to include on their itinerary of things to do during their stay! Operating on the beachfront of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, Tangatours is an exciting adventure and tourism operator, which provides outdoor recreational and Aboriginal cultural experiences. Our tours and activities are designed to provide visitors with unique ways of experiencing Tangalooma Island Resort. We ensure our activities are fun, challenging and involve active customer participation – seven days a week! Please note that Tangatours activities purchased through the website do not include return ferry transfers or accommodation. It is simply the activitiy only. Tangatours is for Tangalooma Island Resort guests who have already pre-purcahsed their return ferry transfers. If you would like to include your return ferry transfer with Tangatous activities - see the Adventure Moreton Island website for some great package deals.
#38 - Blue Dive Port Douglas
Best outer reef diving from Port Douglas on the unrivalled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.
If you already have your certificate we offer some great diving for newly certified divers and for experienced divers. Colourful coral gardens teeming with life, turtles, playful wrasses and frequent sightings of dolphins and whales on the way home, thats the kind of day you can expect diving with Blue Dive on Silversonic, Calypso or on superb private charters.
#39 - Oz Dive Pty Ltd
Specialising in premium PADI Dive Certifications and all other aspects of Gold Coast diving including Offshore Boat Diving. OZDIVE is dedicated to excellence above and below the water, providing the highest level of training standards and service.
Key to our success is our emphasis and dedication to excellence – above and below the water. We aim to train our students like no other academy. How? By utilising a variety of techniques and training methods to enhance a diver’s skill level to be the highest they can achieve.
We do not certify on attendance – we certify on a student’s ability to dive well and meet the PADI training standards that we are committed too. We want our students to be the best divers they can be and have them set them apart from the rest when they go diving.
As a PADI Five Star Dive Centre we provide a full range of PADI scuba diving education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility.
By being awarded a Five Star status means we are recognised by PADI for providing professional and quality services to divers.