No trip to the Great Barrier Reef is complete without stopping by Cod Hole to take a scuba dive–number ten on Ribbon Reefs. Known as the Northern Reefs about 60 miles from Cairns, Cod Hole is rated as the number one scuba dive spot in Ribbon Reefs as it offers a long string of narrow reefs. Cod Hole diving is ideal because the area is fairly remote but remains accessible, making it perfect for scuba diving excursions.
Cod Hole is a hot spot for scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef because it’s known for its consistently better visibility than diving locations that are closer to cities and coastal agriculture regions. Not to mention, there’s little day boat activity in the area so it’s fairly protected to enhance the scuba diving experience.
Cod Hole scuba diving is full of perfect adventure opportunities as there are coral pinnacles and drop-offs, providing a diverse marine life and large pelagic fish. You’ll be able to explore large hard and soft coral formations just behind the reefs as the areas are protected. With year-round scuba diving, you can explore Cod Hole anytime you want.
Although diving Cod Hole is perfect no matter what time of year you plan your trip, certain months will allow you to see a wide variety of marine life. If you want to encounter Dwarf Minke Whales, be sure to visit Cod Hole during June and July. While diving Cod Hole, you’ll also see red bass, anemones, whitetip reef sharks, giant clams, butterfly fish and much more. You’re guaranteed to see a wide variety of marine life as Cod Hole received its name from the high number of potato cod who call the waters of Cod Hole home. Although the number of potato cod have declined, you’ll still more than likely see quite a few when scuba diving at Code Hole.
While you’re there, you can also take advantage of many other dive sites as Cod Hole remains in close proximity to many other well known scuba dive locations, including Ribbon Reefs, Lizard Island and Potato Cod. Plus, if you need a break from scuba diving, Cod Hole is just a short distance away from Port Douglas and Cairns, offering ample opportunities to find great activities on shore.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced diver, you’ll love diving at Cod Hole as it offers some of the biggest and most plentiful marine life in the Great Barrier Reef. You can dive in caves, trenches, coral bommies and much more. You won’t be disappointed!