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Scuba diving in the Gold Coast

Experience what it's like to breathe underwater with these beginner and certified dives on the Gold Coast.

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Ever stood on the shore and wondered what's out there? Take a chance and discover the wonders of the ocean with a scuba dive when you're on the Gold Coast.

A day of scuba fun can include an introductory dive for beginners where you'll be guided through the experience, or you can just get out there and see a new part of the ocean with a certified dive.

Popular locations include Gold Coast Seaway (including Wave Break Island), Scottish Prince Wreck, Palm Beach Reef, Kirra Reef and Narrowneck Beach. The following dives can take you there and further, and to help you decide which to book, we've picked out our favourites based on budget and experience.


Our top picks:

Best for value: Introductory scuba dive with snorkelling with Gold Coast Scuba Diving

Best for value: Introductory scuba dive with snorkelling with Gold Coast Scuba Diving from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $119
  • Duration: 4 hours in the water
  • Departure location: Main Beach, Gold Coast
  • Diving location: Wave Break Island
  • Suitable for: No experience necessary. Suitable for ages 12+
  • More details: Suitable for first-time divers, this tour includes scuba and snorkelling equipment, light refreshments and return transfers

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Best for kids and first-timers: Introductory Scuba Diving on the Gold Coast with Gold Coast Dive Centre

Best for kids and first-timers: Introductory Scuba Diving on the Gold Coast with Gold Coast Dive Centre from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $99
  • Duration: Half a day with a 45-minute scuba dive
  • Departure location: Miami, Gold Coast. Hotel pick-up is available for free
  • Diving location: Wave Break Island
  • Suitable for: Ages 12+, no experience necessary
  • More details: All equipment and complimentary transfers included and you'll receive a full briefing and instructions for health and safety rules

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Best for experienced divers and for experience length: Advanced Open Water Diver Course on the Gold Coast with Gold Coast Dive Centre

Best for experienced divers and for experience length: Advanced Open Water Diver Course on the Gold Coast with Gold Coast Dive Centre from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $435
  • Duration: 3 days, including overnight stays
  • Departure location: Gold Coast Dive Centre in Miami, hotel transfers included
  • Diving location: Various. Experience involves five dives, each focusing on a different speciality
  • Suitable for: Certified divers only
  • More details: Do a deep dive to 30 metres, dive using a compass to navigate and try a night dive

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Best for price: Gold Coast certified scuba dive tour with Queensland Scuba Dive

Best for price: Gold Coast certified scuba dive tour with Queensland Scuba Dive from Gift It Now

Highlights:

  • Cost: $99
  • Duration: Full day
  • Departure location: Mariners Cove, Main Beach
  • Diving location: Off Wave Break Island – 4 dives in total
  • Suitable for:Licensed divers only. Must be aged 12+ years
  • More details: Includes courtesy pick-up and drop-off and all equipment. You can also hand-feed the fish off Wave Break Island when you're done

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When is the best time to dive in the Gold Coast?

With its tropical climate, it's possible to dive in the Gold Coast all year round. For the very best weather, consider planning your dive for April or May when you can expect the most comfortable temperatures and lower rainfall.


Scuba diving experiences in the Gold Coast compared

We compare the above-mentioned options by location, price, duration and extras to give a better idea of what to expect. All start on or near Miami Beach, Gold Coast.

Diving companyExperienceDurationIncludesSuitable forPrice (from)Book
Gold Coast Dive CentreIntroductory Scuba Diving on the Gold Coast4 hoursComplimentary pick-up and drop-off to most hotels, all snorkelling gearBeginners 12 years and over$99RedBalloon
Queensland Scuba DiveGold Coast Certified Scuba Dive Tour4 hoursCourtesy pick-up and drop-off, all scuba equipmentCertified divers$99Gift It Now
Gold Coast Dive CentreGold Coast Scuba Diving Experience on Wave Break Island4 hoursHotel pick-up and drop-off, all scuba equipmentBeginners$119Viator
Gold Coast Scuba DivingIntroductory Scuba Dive with Snorkeling4 hoursAll scuba and snorkelling equipment, return transfersBeginners$119RedBalloon
Gold Coast Dive CentreAdvanced Open Water Diver Course3 daysHotel pick-up and drop-off, all gear providedCertified divers$435Viator
Gold Coast Dive CentreOpen Water Certification Course3 daysHotel pick-up and drop-off, all gear providedBeginners$470Viator
Gold Coast Scuba DivingCertified Open Water Scuba Diving Course3 daysReturn transfers, all scuba equipmentBeginners 10 years of age or older$470RedBalloon
Gold Coast Dive CentreGold Coast Rescue Diver Certification Course3 daysHotel pick-up and drop-off, all gear providedCertified divers$550Viator

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