Far North Queensland is Australia’s best diving destination and Palm Cove is the best place to stay. Because of its central beachfront location, Palm Cove provides the ideal destination for holiday accommodation for your diving holidays. Cairns is a short drive to the south and Port Douglas about thirty minutes to the north and both have huge, well developed diving industries. Charter boats from both places take tens of thousands of divers out to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year to explore its majesty and pristine beauty. Day trips to the outer reef are also available with Quicksilver tours who pick up from the Palm Cove jetty on a daily basis. They offer a full snorkelling or diving program.
For those avid dive fans who want to spend more time on the reef, there are a range of tours that take divers to a multitude of diving locations. Some companies concentrate on extended excursions and tours to remote reefs in the Coral Sea on excellent live aboard trips. Taka Dive is one of these. Others will take you to famous diving locations like the Cod Hole or the Ribbon Reefs all north from Port Douglas in the Lizard Island region. The Cod hole is world famous as several large resident potato cod interact here with the divers and are like giant aquatic puppy dogs. The sections of the reef are absolutely spectacular. Minke Whales are also commonly sighted by divers in these northern waters.
The waters around Palm Cove are really great for all water sports. Stinger nets protect swimmers during the stinger season. Sailing and windsurfing activities are also popular. Double Island lies just offshore from Palm Cove and is visible from most of the local top class accommodation. Why not hire a dinghy from the beachfront and spend the day snorkelling and diving around its rocky shore line.
If you are heading to far North Queensland to visit the Great Barrier Reef for a diving holiday, then Palm Cove is the ideal place to base yourself.