Take a Fitzroy Island diving holiday


Great Barrier Reef island has options for all levels of divers. 

Three scuba divers waving off Fitzroy Island.

Island scuba diving has returned to Fitzroy Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns with the opening of the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub (FISH) and its dedicated dive pool.

Fitzroy Island Resort General Manager Sheena Matthews said introductory and refresher diving were just some of the many activities on offer to guests as part of the resort’s expanded tour and activity timetable.

“Our glass-bottom boat has been refurbished to take divers to stunning fringing reef sites that are sheltered by the island providing optimum dive conditions,” Ms Matthews said.

“At the aptly named Spot X you will find Nemo (clownfish) and the colourful nudibranch while diving among the soft and hard corals.

“Fitzroy Island Resort is continuing to expand dive options for guests with residential dive courses.

“These will take advantage of the range of accommodation available including camping with the Resort’s tent kit, a Resort Studio room, or a contemporary Island Suite overlooking the Coral Sea.

“Lessons will be conducted in a classroom with rainforest views on one side and Welcome Bay on the other, and in the purpose-built dive pool before diving the continental island’s fringing reefs.

“We will be introducing exciting Bubblemaker Scuba options for our younger guests aged eight to 12 years and night dives for experienced divers to see the nocturnal reef life in coming months."

Ms Matthews said their were plenty of great experiences for snorkellers as well.

“Snorkellers can also visit sites like Shark Fin Bay on a Snorkelling Safari from the glass-bottom boat or novices can do a beginner’s tour where they learn to snorkel comfortably in front of the resort where turtles gather to feed,” she said.

Other tours available at FISH include a SUP or kayak guided tour, the Glass Bottom Boat Tour, the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Tour and the Junior Marine Biologist Program.

Fitzroy Island is a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns and is home to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and the Great Barrier Reef’s first ocean-based coral nursery.

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