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Dive Review of Diverís Den/Meridian in
Australia/Port Douglas

Diverís Den/Meridian: "Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Casual Diving", Nov, 2019,

by Jim, WA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11350.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was not a dive trip, but since I came all the way to Australia I had to get in a few dives. In between Melbourne and Sydney we went to Port Douglas. It was recommended to not be as touristy as Cairns. It was a pleasant small town which we enjoyed. I personally cannot compare it to Cairns, but people said it was less crowded. I dove mid November while my wife snorkeled.
We went to Agincourt and St. Crispin Reefs. The coral was in pristine condition with very little bleaching. Lots of fish. Great dives. Big dive deck on the AquaQuest. Snorkelers were never in the way of divers. All ScubaPro equipment but I brought my own. Stinger suits (apparently not the right season for them) and wet suits provided.
Dive masters were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Good at pointing out things that might have been missed. Dive times were limited, but with limited surface intervals dive time was comparable in 3 dives to doing 2 dives with Cozumelís Aldora Divers (over 2 hours). Surface was almost calm and there was little current. Food on the boat was very good and they made sure you got enough. Good communication (emails) from the states when I had questions.
We stayed at the Meridian which was close to Four Mile Beach and not far from the marina. Free pickup from Divers Den, but could have walked. We would stay there again. Nice people and kitchen included.
Websites Diverís Den   Meridian

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Puget Sound, Cozumel, Hawaii, Bonaire, Jamaica
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There Fly to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 77-81°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70-75 Ft/ 21-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving
2 50 minute dives or
2 40 and 1 50 minute dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No photographers beside the boat photographer on this trip
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