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Down Under Cruise & Dive – Padi Open Water Course

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Down Under Cruise & Dive – Padi Open Water Course

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Duration: 4 Days (up to you to book accomodation in Cairns)

Time: 7:30am Check In, 8:20am departure/ 5:30pm return to Cairns

Location: Cairns

Meet Location: day 1 & 2 (your accomodation) day 3 & 4 - Reef Fleet Terminal, Marlin Marina

Vibe: Chilled out, Educational, Maximum snorkel time

Fees on arrival: $40 Reef tax & fuel levy

From $620

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The Great Barrier Reef is an ABSOLUTE beautyyyyy and there’s no better place to Learn to Dive and get your PADI qualification than the reef! With the legends at Down Under Cruise & Dive you’ll experience the adventure of learning to dive at the pool & school as well as completing your course by diving out on the reef for 2 days!

This tour is suitable for those who have never learnt to dive before and want to gain a PADI open water qualification. If you already have a PADI qualification and are a certified diver and want to dive on the reef click here.

On Day 1 & 2 you will be learning everything you need to know about diving, these guys have awesome facilities that include air conditioned classrooms {when you get to Cairns you’ll know!} as well as a massive purpose built dive pool! The instructors are brilliant and will make you feel at ease all whilst teaching you everything you need to know about diving to get you prepared to get out onto the reef and gain your PADI Open Water qualification.

On day 3 & 4 you will head out onto one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. These guys from Down Under Cruise & Dive have a brand new boat; Evolution, which is one of the fastest Great Barrier Reef day trips designed to get you to the reef quickly to ensure you have maximum diving time! This boat takes you to two outer reef locations, Saxon reef (or norman reef) and hastings reef, where you’ll get around 5 hours of underwater time>> yewwwww! These spots are expertly selected to ensure you visit the best spots where you’ll find an array of incredible marine life & coral, you won’t be fighting with the crowds in these protected spots!

During these 2 days you will complete your 4 PADI dives and will have plenty of time to do some snorkelling out on the reef too! Under the surface in this incredible underwater world you’ll have the opportunity to see turtles, reef sharks (don’t worry – they won’t bite!), nemos and many tropical colourful fish, take your GoPro with you or keep an eye out for the boats photographer to capture those magical moments. {RatPack Tip: be one of the first into the water to see turtles!} If you are intrigued by the marine life and want to know more, the knowledgeable onboard marine biologist can take you on an eco tour of the reef to educate you on what you are seeing and even take you on a semi submersible tour! Fancy seeing the reef from above? You’ll have the option of taking a scenic helicopter flight over the reef for an additional cost, you can find out more info about these onboard the Evolution.

All this mermaid fun and excitement is hungry work and between reefs you’ll be treated to an amazing hot bbq lunch with salads served up by the friendly down under crew! These guys don’t just dive/snorkel and provide banter throughout the day, they are also born entertainers and will perform a selection of songs for you as you cruise back to Cairns and enjoy some complimentary cheese & wine, we can think of worse ways to spend a day!

We love this trip because: it has a chilled vibe, you learn how to dive from the experts, you have the options of seeing the reef by air or sea and you get the maximum amount of time out on the reef with lots of space to relax in the air conditioned lounges or up on the deck. The friendly crew will ensure you get the most of your day and enjoy the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef!

Once completed you will have achieved your PADI Open Water certification which will open up so many underwater doors for you!


Day 1 : Down Under Cruise & Dive: PADI Open Water Course (4 Day)

You’ll spend 2 Days in the classroom in their purpose built training pool (the biggest in Australia) learning theory and developing your skills. Then travel to their many exclusive outer reef locations aboard the luxurious Evolution and spend 2 days and 4 dives completing your certificate and experiencing the beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef.


PADI Manual and Dive Tables

PADI Certification

Passport Photos

All Dive Equipment

City Transfers

Delicious Aussie BBQ, free tea coffee, biscuits, complimentary glass of wine, cheese and fruit platter {whilst onboard]

Live musical entertainment on board

High quality snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & flippers) & floatation devices

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25 October 2016

Quality service from these guys! Did my whole east coast trip through RatPack travel! Such an easy experience : )…. An cheapest I could find out there too : ) cheers guys for the memories… 
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26 April 2018

Exceptional service and trips by RatPack, would do it all over again tomorrow – I loved the East Coast and met so many great people !!! Thanks so much for the professional tips and tricks of fellow backpackers! From Belgium with love. 
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29 March 2018

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