Experience Magic Diving at the Cod Hole - 14 Dives, 5 Days/4 Nights

TAKA, being purpose built for these waters will offer you the best expedition possible to 'Osprey Reef' in the Coral Sea, "The Cod Hole" and the Northern Great Barrier Reef....

Experience Magic Diving at the Cod Hole - 14 DivesVesselActivities available on this boatPortsChoose from these sailing dates:

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Fri, May 4 2012 17:00 PMTue, May 8 2012 14:30 PM
Fri, May 11 2012 17:00 PMTue, May 15 2012 14:30 PM
Fri, May 18 2012 17:00 PMTue, May 22 2012 14:30 PM
Fri, May 25 2012 17:00 PMTue, May 29 2012 14:30 PM
Fri, Jun 1 2012 17:00 PMTue, Jun 5 2012 14:30 PM
  4 Share Cabin Standard Twin Cabin Double Cabin Stateroom
AUD $1595.00 AUD $1785.00 AUD $2000.00 AUD $2280.00

TAKA, being purpose built for these waters will offer you the best expedition possible to 'Osprey Reef' in the Coral Sea, "The Cod Hole" and the Northern Great Barrier Reef. Osprey reef in the Coral Sea is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. Offering a diverse range of shark life all year round and pristine soft corals unlike anything you have ever seen before.

On our shark feed dive, you are more than likely to see anywhere from 10 to 70 sharks at a time. Bob Halstead who was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame recently said "I'm thinking this is one of the best shark dives I have done in 41 years". You will also experience the magic of diving with the 'Giant Potato Cod' at the Cod Hole and visit some truly amazing sites up and down the Ribbon Reefs, located within the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

You will depart Cairns on the Friday evening, with a leisurely cruise overnight, to wake up at the fantastic 'Cod Hole'. From there you will experience four full days of diving with a minimum of 14 dives over the trip. On this trip we regularly encounter huge schools of pelagic fish, Manta Rays, Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Loggerhead and Green Turtles, Moray Eels, Red Flame File Shell, Lionfish, various Nudibranchs as well as the magnificent Giant Potato Cod.

  • Cairns City Transfers
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Hot Fresh Showers
  • Air Fills
  • Bed Linen
  • All meals from dinner on the day of departure to lunch on the last day are included.
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks are available from the bar.
  • Masks
  • Open & Closed Foot Fins
  • Booties
  • 5mm Long Arm & Short Leg Wetsuits
  • Flashlights/Torch for night dives.
  • Chemical glow sticks for night dive.
  • Cabins made up daily


The first evening we travel overnight 150km to the Cod Hole. During this time passengers organize their dive gear or hire gear. We also have a brief period of introduction followed by paperwork and a briefing on the schedule for the next day. Dinner is served at approx 7:30pm with the rest of the evening for relaxation.


7:30am - Breakfast

8:30am, arrive at the Cod Hole, dive briefing.

Dive 1
Familiarization with the Cod Hole.
Check out dive for those who have done less than 50 dives or have not dived in the past year.
Likely Sightings include Giant Potato Cod, Moray Eel, Reef Sharks & Maori Wrasse.

Dive 2
Cod Feed at the Cod Hole -
Close encounters with the Famous Potato Cod!


Dive 3
Pixie’s Pinacle/Reef/Wall or Challenger Bay -
Likely Sightings include Lion Fish, Nudibranchs, Garden Eels & Barracuda.

Afternoon rest & snack.

Dive 4
6:30pm Night Dive at Challenger Bay -
Likely Sightings include Cuttle Fish, Sea Turtles, Reef Sharks & Manta Rays.

8:00pm Evening Meal


7:00am Breakfast

7:30am Arrive at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

Dive 5
8:30am North Horn. Wall Dive with drop-offs to 100m.
There is a fantastic variety of sharks swimming off the wall- such as Gray Whalers, White Tip & Black Tips, Hammerheads, A Giant Potato Cod and the occasional Bull Shark.

Dive 6
An amazing shark feed on this dive!

10:30am North Horn SHARK FEED.
Divers observe this amazing spectacle from 15m sitting on dead coral palettes. The Shark Feed can last anywhere from 5min to 30min depending on how many and how hungry the sharks are. Once the feed is completed and the instructors gives the ‘all clear', the divers can leave the wall and continue the dive.


Dive 7
1:30pm Half Way Wall.
Sightings include interesting coral formations, Feather Stars and Green Sea Turtles.

Dive 8
4:00pm The Entrance.
Sightings include Puffer Fish & Clown Fish.

Evening Meal

8:00pm Depart Osprey Reef and head back to the Great Barrier Reef.


7:00am Breakfast

Dive Briefing

Dive 9
7:30am Clam Gardens.
Likely Sightings include Giant Clams (150-200 y/o)

10:00am Steve’s Bommie. Likely Sightings include Red flame File Shell, Stone Fish, Wobbegong Sharks, Turtles & Thousands of schooling Anthias.


Dive 11
12:00/1:00pm Temple Of Doom.
Sightings include Flatworms & Clownfish.

Lunch followed by afternoon rest.

Dive 12
6:30pm Beer Gardens.
Sightings include Sleepy Turtles & Parrot Fish.

8:00pm Evening Meal


Dive Briefing

Dive 13
6:30am Hogs Breath.
Sightings include Angelfish & Clown Fish.

7:30am Breakfast

Dive 14
8:30am Split Bommie.
Sightings include Octopus & various Butterfly Fish.

As we sail back to Cairns, passengers have plenty of time to rest and relax in between snacks and lunch.

Taka then arrives back to Trinity Wharf in Cairns at 3:00pm. Complimentary transfers to local accommodation between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Please note: The above itinerary is only an example of a typical trip, and dive sites, times and sequences are subject to variables such as tides and weather.

Nearby places of interest:
Cooktown, Daintree, Mackay, Townsville,
Vessel: Taka Type: Sail
Crew: Supplied Hull type: Monohull
Accommodates up to:

30 x
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This operator is your guide to the finest Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving and Snorkelling off Cairns - Tropical Queensland, Australia.The Great Barrier Reef is on the top of the list for visitors to Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

It is little wonder as there is such an abundance of underwater reef teeming with brilliantly coloured corals and an infinite number of vibrant tropical fish, making it the ideal destination for warm water Great Barrier Reef Diving or Snorkeling.

Diving or Snorkeling with us is the right choice for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. We have operated from Cairns, Australia for over 30 years, making us not only the largest but also one of the longest established Cairns Diving and Snorkeling companies in the area. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Diver or Snorkeler, your safety and enjoyment is on the top of our list when you visit the Great Barrier Reef with us.

What's more, all our Cairns diving training facilities are under one roof, which is one of the many reasons we have earned it's PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre status and PADI Career Development status - one of the highest ratings awarded to any Dive store as recognition of continued Diver training excellence.

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Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

The operator reserves the right to change vessel, dive locations and price without notice. Please note Deep Sea Divers Den must receive at least 48 hours notice from you when choosing to cancel / reschedule a reservation. Cancellation refunds are not given within 48 hours notice. This includes factors beyond your control including medical problems, airline delays, bad weather, etc. - “Competition and Consumer Act 2010". Travel insurance is highly recommended. 

Cancellation Fees:
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges may also apply:

ReefQuest and OceanQuest

  • More than 48 hours before course/trip commencement date: 10% of course/trip fee
  • Within 48 hours of course/trip commencement: Full course/trip fee

Open Wather Course

  • DAY 1- Failed Medical*; Full refund. Cancellation for any other reason a charge of AUD$85.
  • DAY 2- AUD$170 cancellation fee.
  • AFTER DAY 2 - No refund will be given.
  • Day trip Course Schedules can NOT be altered

*If Student fails medical they have a choice regarding the course manual: they may return the manual in AS NEW condition (for a full refund) or retain the manual, in which case the refund will be reduced by AU$75.

Professional Courses

  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • More than 21 days before course commencement date: 20 % of course fee
  • Within 21 days of course commencement: Full course fee.

Medical Conditions

  • If you are enrolling in a learn to dive course you must undergo a dive medical to Australian Standard AS4005.1
  • Dive medicals are arranged on the first day of your dive course in our training centre. Currently AUD$60.
  • If you have any concern about your health we strongly recommend that you arrange a dive medical before starting the course.
  • This medical must be issued in English on a doctors letterhead indicating that you are fit to scuba dive and that the medical was done in accordance with Australian Standard AS4005.1
  • Introductory dives are subject to medical conditions. Please contact us directly if you have an medical condition. We can get these assessed prior to your trip and dive.

Dive Insurance

  • All passengers are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy that includes
    • Trip Cancellation insurance, and
    • Evacuation & Medical cover for Scuba Diving.
  • Please be aware that Scuba Diving and in-water activities are not covered by all Travel Insurance companies. Please read the wording of your policy carefully.
  • In a Medical Emergency any evacuation, vessel relocation or medical expenses are the financial responsibility of that diver.
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of dive insurance.

All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a 10% Service fee.

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