If you're going to learn to dive, you might as well do it submerged in one of the natural wonders of the world. Head out to the Great Barrier Reef and embark on the PADI ‘Open Water' dive course, with 2-days of pool and classroom training followed by 2 nights spent at sea for coral exploration and ocean magic. To the bucket list annnd TICK!
This trip is unescorted, but don't worry, the Dive Masters and Captain have it all under control. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, these are people you can trust.
On the dive boat, healthy and scrumptious fare is provided but in Cairns you're on your own. But fear not, excellent seafood restaurants abound in the sunshine state's backpacker hub.
You'll spend the first two nights in a hostel in Cairns, learning the basics of scuba diving, then it's on to the live-aboard boat for two nights for some actual reef diving.
Room types: quad, quad share, single, twin