Dozens of tour operators run adventure-based activities from Cairns, most offering transfers to/from your accommodation.

Dive Courses & Trips

Cairns, scuba-dive capital of the Great Barrier Reef, is a popular place to attain Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) open-water certification. A staggering number of courses (many multilingual) are available; check inclusions thoroughly. All operators require you to have a dive medical certificate, which they can arrange (around $60).

Keen, certified divers should look for specialised dive opportunities such as night diving, annual coral spawning, and trips to Cod Hole, near Lizard Island, one of Australia’s premier diving locations. Recommended dive schools and operators include the following:

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Tusa Dive

Cairns Dive Centre

Deep Sea Divers Den


Water Sports

From jetpack jaunts and jet-ski tours to river tubing and stand-up paddling, there are plenty of ways to get wet and wild in Cairns. Take the plunge with these recommended operators:

Aussie Drifterz

Flyboard Cairns

NQ Watersports


Cairns Wake Park