Ribbon Reefs & Cod Hole Scuba Dive Expeditions 

Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Two of the most famous scuba diving and locations

The two Northern Reefs offer a long, narrow string of reefs just outside of Cairns, making it the ideal spot to dive while on Cairns trips. Although the locations are remote they remain easily assess able, offering pristine scuba diving conditions with ideal visibility.

Even though Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs are famous diving sites, they remain less visited than other sites because they are further out, offering a secluded diving experience.

Cod Hole is an excellent site to swim with big fish. The most famous site to dive at Cod Hole is Ribbon Reefs, home to Maori Wrasse, large Potato Cod and much more.

The protected waters of Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs offer a diversity of diving terrain to explore. You’ll find coral pinnacles and amazing drop-offs.

Due to the terrain, you’ll find an abundance of large marine life, including large pelagic fish. You’ll also find a number of small marine critters hiding in the hard and soft coral gardens.

No matter the time of year you visit Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs, diving conditions are next to perfect. However, when visiting during certain times of the year, you’re more likely to see a variety of marine life.

Ribbon Reefs
Minke Whale

Visiting the site in June and July will provide you with the opportunity to swim with Dwarf Minke Whales, which often allow divers  to swim right next to them.


Due to the reef’s location, dive tours to the area often last a couple of days and even a few days depending on how long you’d like to spend on your Cairns trip.

When on a scuba diving tour of Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs, you’ll stay aboard a luxury vessel with all of the comforts of a hotel right onboard. Your meals and everything else you need are right there on the vessel, so there’s no need to go back to shore.

If you’d like to take diving tours of Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs but have never dived before, there are scuba diving courses offered right onboard the vessel. If you’d like to further your diving credentials or just need refresher courses, those are available onboard as well.

When taking Cairns trips, be sure to make the most of your holiday by visiting Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs.