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.
*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
3 DAY/3 NIGHT ITINERARY DAY 1: Cairns to Agincourt ribbon reefs - 2 Dives
DAY 2: Ribbon Reef 10 - 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)
3 DAY 3: Ribbon Reef 3: 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)
DAY 4: Arrive Cairns
Vessel departure schedules may be subject to operational/COVID changes. Prices valid for 2021 season.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.