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Diving Opal Reef

Explore diving Opal Reef

SNO BOMMIE: Perfect as a lazy drift dive back along the inner slope of North Opal reef. this spot is pretty "sharky" but also with plenty of other action both big and small, to take-in. SNO: Pretty much the perfect dive site with something for everyone. Cruisy shallows for beginners; walls and bommies for certified divers; anemone fish, garden eels, nudibranchs, sharks.

THE WEDGE: One of the best sites in terms of coral and fish life. Easily one of the best drift dives in the area.

BASHFUL BOMMIE: A true octopus garden complete with giant clams; incredible corals, and a small but spectacular wall leading around the pinnacle this spot is named after

BLUE BUOY: Enjoy deep pinnacles adorned with corals and inhabited by swirling schools of Barracuda and Red Bass.

When to dive Opal Reef

Opal Reef offers great diving all-year round, though are real highlight is from June to August each year, which is whale season on the Great Barrier Reef. If visiting during this time, you may be fortunate to see Humpback whales - maybe even the mysterious 'Migaloo' or perhaps the chance to swim with the inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales.

This time of year experiences cool winds from the South East, which lowers the water temperature to 22-24 Degrees Celsius. This lower water temperature normally reduces the presence of algae and other matter suspended in the water; meaning we often have excellent visibility of 20 metres+.

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Common marine life sightings for Opal Reef

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More Information

To reach Opal Reef, the most popular option is to travel north from Cairns which is a 60 minute drive along the incredible 'Great Barrier Reef Drive'.

Once here, simply check-in with one of the dive operators which offers trips to Opal reef

Time Zone
UTC+10:00
Phone
+61
Currency
AUD
Voltage
230 V
Pressure
Bar (bar)
Plug
I
Languages
Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish; Castilian
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
Domestic airports
Cairns Intl (CNS)
International airports
Cairns Intl (CNS)
Hyperbaric chamber
Townsville

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