Liveaboard Diving in Flynn Reef

What To Expect On A Flynn Reef Liveaboard

Liveaboards to Flynn Reef one of the Great Barrier Reefs most popular areas, gives divers a little bit of everything, with an abundance of marine life swimming amid a backdrop of an outstanding array of hard and soft corals. Diving here is great all year round, and indeed during all hours of the day - an ideal site to go for a night dive and experience how the reef comes to life in the dark.

The reef is situated around 30 minutes from Cairns in Queensland, which does make it accessible for day trips, however if you are onboard a Flynn Reef liveaboard diving you'll have access to a larger variety of the individual sites that Flynn Reef has on offer, such as Gordon's Mooring, Tennis Court, Tracy's Bommie and Coral Gardens. The water in these areas is glasslike with visibility commonly more than 25 metres, ensuring that you won't miss out on any marine animals quietly passing by. The range of sites at Flynn makes it perfect for both novice and experienced divers, and in the shallower areas the snorkelling is also fabulous, for those wanting to make full use of their surface intervals!

What You Can See

Flynn Reef has arguably the best variety of soft coral species in the Cairns area, together with an equally impressive array of hard corals. At appropriately named Coral Gardens, you'll see all manner of shapes and sizes of staghorn, table, boulder, fan and plate coral. Needless to say this abundance of healthy coral means that the marine life around it is just as diverse, with the full array of reef fish on show. All the main players are here to see, including Angel fish, Butterfly fish, Batfish, Clown fish, Fusiliers and Parrotfish. They'll commonly be joined by swift Grey Reef Sharks, graceful Lionfish, and if you are on the lookout Moray Eels are almost always found lurking in small crevices. Looking out into the blue, it's not uncommon for Dolphins and Whales to turn up for the party aswell!

Most liveaboard crews will plan a night dive here, when alot of the action happens - particularly as this is a great time and place to see sharks and barracuda on the hunt.

Conditions for diving are good all year round, with warm water, great visibility, and only mild currents. A once in a lifetime sight is the annual coral spawning, which is a spectacle not to be missed if you are visiting during November to December.

Getting To Flynn Reef

Most Australian liveaboard diving trips to Flynn Reef last for 3 days/2 nights, which gives you ample time to dive all of the best sites. Day trips from Cairns are possible, but time at the reef will be limited and so in order to make the most of this beautiful reef, an Australia liveaboard departing from Cairns is recommended. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit some of the other reefs in this area.

Located to the North of the Australian state of Queensland, Cairns is the easiest place to jump on a liveaboard bound for the GBR. It has a fantastic international airport, served by a huge number of international airlines, making it easy to fly directly here from overseas. You can of course catch one of the many daily flights from other cities such as Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, if your Australian itinerary involves these places.

On the day of your liveaboard trip, most operators will pick you up from your accommodation, and will also drop you off at the end of the cruise.


Flynn Reef Diving Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 27 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nicole W
  • United States United States

Probably the best dive site of all.

Diving Flynn Reef in June on the ScubaPro I

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Brooke E
  • United States United States

Loved Flynn reef the most. Easy to navigate and lots of life!

Diving Flynn Reef in May on the ScubaPro I

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Vorayos R
  • Thailand Thailand

It was very beautiful. I wish I can stay there for hours each dive.

Diving Flynn Reef in April on the ScubaPro I

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Gary B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Such a diversity of fish and the calmness of the waters , fantastic for noobs like me

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro I

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Zachary G
  • United States United States

I think this was where I saw my first shark. Fantastic!

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro II

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Craig B
  • Canada Canada

Great variety of coral and sea life.

Diving Flynn Reef in October on the ScubaPro III

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mark G
  • Australia Australia

Flynn reef was the highlight for me. Sharks, Ray's, and too many other fish and corals to mention here.

Diving Flynn Reef in May on the ScubaPro I

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cameron S
  • United States United States

Very good, some particles in the water (can't be helped because of rain, etc.) but the sea life was amazing.

Diving Flynn Reef in February on the ScubaPro I

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • SHIYUN C
  • China China

not too bad due to the visibility underwater

Diving Flynn Reef in February on the ScubaPro II

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mardi G
  • Australia Australia

My favourite, many memorable encounters with wildlife.

Diving Flynn Reef in January on the ScubaPro I

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kyra P
  • United States United States

Saw reef sharks and turtles.

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Rebecca T
  • Australia Australia

Flynn reef was stunning. So much to see. The early morning and night dives here provided so much activity to see.

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro III

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Norbert O
  • Germany Germany

great easy dives lots of fish

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro II

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David V
  • United States United States

Spectacular of course. Beautiful and healthy looking coral. Sharks. Turtles. Giant clams. Clown fish. Hundreds of other species of fish. What more could you ask for than to dive the great barrier reef?

Diving Flynn Reef in December on the ScubaPro I

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Melvin L
  • United States United States

Water warm, occ murky, some current., lots of coral variety, anemones.

Diving Flynn Reef in November on the ScubaPro I

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • David E
  • Canada Canada

Site was very diverse with lots to see. More than one can see on two tanks. Many dives could be made here without repeating.

Diving Flynn Reef in November on the ScubaPro I

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Sangwoo H
  • South Korea South Korea

Absolutely stunning corals and fish in the Flynn. Seeing Brian the turtle was the highlight.

Diving Flynn Reef in October on the ScubaPro I

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alvaro P
  • Australia Australia

Unforgettable, especially because every dive brings a new point of view, never the same...

Diving Flynn Reef in August on the ScubaPro II

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Edward F
  • Australia Australia

Pristine reef, tons of life loved every minute.

Diving Flynn Reef in August on the ScubaPro II

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrew W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent diving for all levels of diver

Diving Flynn Reef in July on the ScubaPro III