What To Expect On A Milln Reef Liveaboard
Liveaboards to Milln Reef are the best way to visit this area situated around 60 Kilometres off the coast of Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef. Milln Reef offers excellent diving with several stunning sites to suit all levels of diver. The Queensland government has designated this beautiful reef a 'green zone Marine National Park', meaning that only limited fishing is allowed, enabling it to thrive and remain as a true underwater treasure. The water here is crystal clear with visibility commonly between 15 and 20 metres, and can reach 40 metres, giving divers an unspoilt view of the huge range of marine life on show - with turtles, sharks and barracudas to name but a few.
Australian liveaboards to Milln Reef usually depart from Cairns. Diving trips commonly last 3 days/2 nights, allowing you to explore all the best diving on offer, whilst giving enough time for sailing and relaxing. The sites where liveaboard tours visit are all exclusive and non populated, and include Swimming Pools I, Swimming Pools II, Petaj Mooring, Whale Bommie and the Three Sisters. It's very likely that your crew will arrange some night dives if this is something that interests you, as Milln Reef is a great place to view a wide variety of sleeping animals at night.
What You Can See
Milln Reef has a number of fun swim throughs and wall dives, with large numbers of small fish joining dive groups gliding through the water. The Three Sisters are a series of three huge bommies, rising from the depths, where common residents seen are schools of fusiliers, snapper and barracuda. In the sandy areas Whitetip Reef Sharks often take a rest, accompanied by Blue Spotted Stingrays. Looking up you're likely to spot schools of sweetlips, more sharks, and turtles, effortlessly gliding through the blue - make sure you've not left your camera on the boat!
Due to some shallower areas, Milln Reef is a great place to do a night dive, giving you the opportunity to experience to witness the magical underwater world from a different light (no pun intended!). It's likely your liveaboard crew will have incorporated a night dive or two into the itinerary, but if not, simply ask the crew and they'll be more than happy to accommodate your requests - of course conditions and diver experience dependent. Frequently encountered at night are sleeping turtles, reef crabs and painted lobsters. It's fascinating to see the colours of the corals at this time, and how different they can look to what you may have seen diving earlier during daytime. Again - ensure someone in your group has been designated to take the photos!
Getting to Milln Reef
The best way to experience Milln Reef is via a Australian liveaboard diving tour departing from Cairns, which will allow you to spend a good few days diving the reef. Liveaboards here generally last for around 3 days/2 nights, and often incorporate a number of other pristine reefs in the trip. Cairns is a popular tourist town in the North East corner of Queensland, with a good mix of accommodation from high spec hotels to trendy backpacker hostels.
It's international airport is small, but as this is the most common place for departing trips to the GBR, it is served by a wide variety of big international airlines, flying eager reef seekers directly in from all over the globe. If (unlikely) you cannot fly directly to Cairns, it's easy enough to catch one of the many daily flights from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Most liveaboard operators will pick you up, and drop you off, to and from your accommodation.
Milln Reef Diving Reviews
- 9.3 Superb
- 22 Verified Reviews
There are many kind of fishes and reefs. For the first diving, an instructor helped me and my wife. It was very helpful to adapt in the sea. I appreciate him.
Diving Milln Reef in April on the ScubaPro II
Great diving here with many bump headed wrasse, turtles, rays and even a Moree eel or two.
Diving Milln Reef in May on the ScubaPro I
Milln was gorgeous. Every dive site was different and beautiful.
Diving Milln Reef in December on the ScubaPro III
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 Milln Reef in December on the ScubaPro I
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 Milln Reef in November on the ScubaPro I
Milln reef was a nice surprise with all what it can offer :)
Diving Milln Reef in August on the ScubaPro II