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Best Diving Spots in Australia

If you have an affinity for the underwater world, you haven’t experienced it fully until you’ve been down under. Australia is the world’s king when it comes to diving spots. From large animals to beautiful multi-colored coral reefs, the diversity of experiences will have you craving more, and more, and more!

The best spot to see big marine life animals like sharks, manta rays and turtles is at Ningaloo Reef. Located off the coast of Western Australia, this reef hosts so many beautiful and frightening creatures that you’ll have to make several dives to soak it all up! First head to Exmouth or Coral Bay, which are the nearest towns and offer all the services you would expect. From Coral Bay, you can even just opt to snorkel above the depths, where you can observe in wonder the great whale shark from March to June.

If you want to see sharks in action, head to the Coral Sea Predator’s Playground. If you’ve ever seen Finding Nemo, the 1,000-foot vertical drops into the great depths will look familiar. You’ll have to go on a several day-long journeys to check it out, but with the superb visibility the voyage is well worth it.

Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands

Most of Australia’s premier dive sites are in Queensland, and the Whitsunday Islands are no exception. There are many, many islands with pristine diving options all over the place. There are many types of reefs; from huge drop-off ones a bit further out from the islands, to the nearer-by reefs that you can explore in excellent visibility just with a snorkel.

For a change of pace, why not scope out one of the country’s best dive spots to present you with something other than reefs? The Yongala shipwreck is located off of Townsville, although you can get there on a multi-day trip from Cairns as well. The shipwreck is home to a multitude of fish and coral species. It sank in an early twentieth century storm and makes for not only an interesting dive in terms of biodiversity but also in terms of maritime history.


Speaking of Cairns, it is the main city for divers looking to head out toward the Great Barrier Reef. The city itself is a great traveler’s mecca, since there are people from all over the world who have come to see the sights. From a beautiful rainforest surrounds to a happening night scene, the city aims to please. Dozens of dive companies offer large and small boat tours to the most popular diving spots in the world at the Great Barrier Reef. Probably the most popular dive spot is Flynn Reef. You get to experience the grandeur of marine life diversity and towering walls of coral with dozens of swim-throughs. This is the quintessential, colorful and fabulous dive experience that everyone should want to have!

Cairns hostels offer relaxing and engaging accommodation that brings you together with like-minded travelers. If you’re thinking of heading to Cairns, check out Nomads Cairns backpacker hostel. With its pool, bar, and restaurant, you’ll have a wicked fun social life during your stay.

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