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Minke Whale and Ribbon Reef Trip 3 Day / 3 Night


  • Up to 10 dives on Ribbon Reef*
  • All Inclusive price
  • $250 deposit with the balance paid 14 days paid prior to departure
  • Book Now and you can cancel with more than 48 hours notice and get a full refund

Pro Dive has one of the few permits from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to swim with dwarf minke whales if encountered – a truly unforgettable experience and right up there on the bucket list! During the months of June and July, the Great Barrier Reef’s renowned Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns provide the most consistent opportunity for this remarkable experience and Pro Dive is excited to introduce dedicated Ribbon Reef Minke Whale Trips.

About the minke..
The dwarf minke whale is the smallest baleen whale - growing up to 8 metres long with adults weighing in at 5-6 tonnes! With a code of practice in place for a safe encounter, it’s actually the naturally inquisitive minkes that decide how close they interact and swim with us. While encounters are never guaranteed, the selected reef sites provide the greatest opportunities.

Diving the Ribbon Reefs..
Not is there only the chance to swim with these gentle giants, you’ll be able to enjoy up to 10 exciting dives at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, Ribbon Reef 10 and Ribbon Reef 3. To maximise dive experiences at the Ribbon Reefs, we recommend divers hold Advanced Open Water however the opportunity to upgrade will be available on board.

Vessel departure schedules may be subject to operational/COVID changes. Prices valid for 2022 season.



  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns City and Northern Beaches only
  • 3 nights accommodation on board vessel (all twin cabins)
  • All meals whilst on board
  • Bed linen (no bath towels)
  • Essential dive equipment hire, including dive computer and 5mm short arm/leg wetsuit
  • Prescription masks (if required)
  • Dive insurance - for dive related injuries and evacuation only
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Up to 10 dives*

*This may vary due whale encounters, where a prolonged whale encounter may take the place of a dive or weather

Flights to and from Cairns

  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • Environmental Management Charge, Port and administration fees, and fuel levy - AU$85 per person and payable in Cairns 
  • Underwater Canon digital camera hire
  • Nitrox air fills
  • Cost of Dive Medical (if required)
  • Trip cancellation or interruption Insurance
  • Deck and bath towels
  • Personal toiletries


3 DAY/3 NIGHT ITINERARY DAY 1: Cairns to Agincourt ribbon reefs - 2 Dives

  • 7:00am. Depart Cairns. Light breakfast served onboard as you cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Enjoy two dives at exclusive Agincourt reef sites
  • 8:00pm depart Agincourt reefs for overnight steam to Ribbon Reef 10.

DAY 2: Ribbon Reef 10 - 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

  • Arrive Ribbon 10 approx 6:00am
  •  4 dives through the day including 1 night dive
  • Approx. 8:00pm depart Ribbon 10 for overnight steam to Ribbon

3 DAY 3: Ribbon Reef 3: 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

  • Arrive Ribbon 3 approx 6:00am
  • Approx. 8:00pm depart Ribbon 3 for overnight steam to Cairns.

DAY 4: Arrive Cairns

  • Mid morning arrival, weather dependent

Vessel departure schedules may be subject to operational/COVID changes. Prices valid for 2021 season.


Certfied Divers
Please complete and sign the waiver release and indemnity deed; and bring a copy with you when you check-in for your trip. Please have with you your internationally recognised open water certification card.  

All PRO DIVE Cairns clients are required to be fully vaccinated (first and second doses received) for all trips and courses - please print and fill out this form to be presented on arrival for your course or liveaboard experience.


Terms and Conditions

Dive Medical - Some medical conditions may prevent you diving.  If you are affected by any of the points below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate, stating you are “fit to dive” prior to your dive trip.

  1. Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?

2  Are you currently suffering any illness or injury?

3  Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill?

4  Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely?

Pickup Points:
Please let us know at time of booking where you will be staying Cairns so we can give you a pick up time. If you are unsure at the time of booking, please let us know 48 hours prior to trip commencement. If you have time the night before departure, could you please organise your gear at our retail shop on the corner of Grafton and Shields streets between 4:15pm and 6:45pm.

Booking Reconfirmations:
We recommend that you reconfirm your booking on freecall 1800 353 213 / phone 4031 5255 at least 48 hours prior to your date of departure.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
You can cancel your dive trip for any reason at any time up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive a full refund of all money paid to Pro Dive Cairns and all request need to be done on 1800 353 213 / phone 4031 5255. There is no refund for any reason after this time. If you plan to book through a travel agent please ask if they have any cancellation fees.

Extra Charges
An additional fee  per person is payable direct to Pro Dive Cairns. This fee consists of a Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration charges. This charge is applicable to all passengers travelling on the 3 day 2 night liveaboard dive trip and all dive courses combining the 3 day trip. (This fee is subject to change without notice)

Flying After Diving
We recommend that you do not fly until midday (or later) the day after your dive trip returns. This will give you 24 hours of surface interval after diving.

You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel. Please click here for this in PDF form. Please print this off, sign it, and bring it on the boat with you.

*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.

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