When you think of Australia, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef – and for good reason. With crystal clear water and colourful coral, it's a haven for seasoned divers and first-timers alike.
You've a choice of scuba diving in Cairns, Port Douglas, Magnetic Island, The Whitsundays and Heron Island. But once you've chosen your location (if that matters to you) where should you start?
The answer: here. That's because we've found the best scuba diving deals for a range of different budgets and experience levels so that you can get out there sooner and see what lies beneath.
Our top picks:
Best for budgets: Magnetic Island Intro Dive, Pro Dive Magnetic Island from RedBalloon
Duration: Full day tour with 3-hours in the water
Pick-up location: Magnetic Island
Diving location: Around Magnetic Island
Suitable for: Beginners - no experience necessary
Take an introductory dive for just $125, which is one of the cheapest prices in the area.
Get the chance to head straight into the water for your first real dive.
Up to 50% off experiences + extra 10% off with code
Valid on all dates, including over Christmas on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, ghost tours and more. T&Cs apply.
Valid for use on any activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flight, abseiling, scuba diving, ghost tours and more. Minimum spend of $80. T&Cs apply.
Valid for use on select purchase. Minimum spend of $100 applies on activities like whale watching, sailing, jet ski, scuba diving, flying experiences, kayaking and more. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and all major cities across Australia. T&Cs apply.
Valid on select dates and activities like whale watching, sailing, jet ski, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, fishing and more. Must book two or more people in single order. Destinations are Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne. T&Cs apply.
Valid on select dates and activities like whale watching, sailing, jet ski, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, fishing and more. Destinations are Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne. T&Cs apply.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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