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Reef Report for Sunday, September 10, 2006

Two Less Live aboard Boats Now Operating in Cairns
Plan ahead if you are coming in September to December

Recently two live aboard dive boats have stopped operating in the Cairns area, creating a bit of a shortage for budget travelers and backpackers.

Down Under Dive pulled itís live aboard boat, the Atlantic Clipper, out of service as it needed extensive repair, and has put on hold its plans to refurbish the boat. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Deep Sea Divers Den sold its live aboard boat, the Oceanquest, and was unfortunate in that its lease of a replacement live aboard vessel was no longer available. Their new vessel will not be in service until sometime in late December.

Deep Sea Divers Den and Down Under Dive are still operating their dive courses and day dive trips to the reef, only their live aboard operations have been effected.

Both these companies used these vessels for live aboard trips and dive courses that were very popular with budget travelers and backpackers. That leaves only two dive schools teaching courses that include live aboard dive trips as a part of the course, and a small handful of two and three-day dive trip options.

Travelers planning on visiting the area will still find the diving great, but should book ahead of time if they are planning on doing a dive course that includes a live aboard trip, or if they wish to take a two or three-day live aboard trip.

Hereís whatís available for those of you interested in 2- and 3-day reef trips:

Three-day live aboard dive courses that include a 3-day live aboard reef trip.
Compass Cruises

Four-day dive aboard dive courses that include a 2-day live aboard reef trip.
Cairns Dive Centre

Five-day live aboard dive courses that include a 3-day live aboard reef trip.
Cairns Dive Centre
Pro Dive Cairns

Two-day live aboard dive trips:
Coral Sea Dreaming
Vagabond
Cairns Dive Centre
Compass Cruises

Three-day live aboard dive trips
Cairns Dive Centre
Compass Cruises
Pro Dive Cairns
Santa Maria

September Specials: When booking just let us know you are looking to pay the special rate and we will take care of you.

Down Under Dive is offering a free extra day of diving on itís four-day budget dive course during the month of September.

Deep Sea Divers Den is offering a free extra day of diving on itís four-day budget dive course during the month of September.

Down Under Dive is offering a special September price on itís one-day budget dive trip aboard Supercat, just AUD$99 gets snorkellers the trip with one introductory scuba dive, (a savings of AUD$36) and certified divers get the trip and one dive for the same price (a savings of AUD$26).

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as† many other local sources in the dive community.

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