9 Mile Reef
9 Mile Reef Triple Dive Adventure
From: $295.00 – Location: Runaway Bay – Duration: Day Tour
9 Mile Reef is definitely one of the most amazing dives in the region. It is located on the Southern tip of the Gold Coast, off Tweed Heads and is home to hundreds of Grey Nurse Sharks during the winter months. As the water warms up, the Grey Nurse Sharks start to leave making room for the beautiful Leopard sharks to come in and replace them. Other than sharks, this is also an amazing dive to see many other marine animals. Large schools of rays and pelagic fish species frequent here along with a large array of both temperate and tropical fish species which call this reef home. You could almost never get bored of this site and the amazing array of marine life that travels past.
This advanced dive is conducted as a drift dive in most instances and can be a challenging dive when the currents are strong. However large marine species love current and we believe this is what makes diving 9 Mile reef a truly spectacular diving experience.
After diving 9 Mile Reef, we will head into the protection of Cook Island for our surface interval. On particularly nice days we may head back out to 9 Mile Reef for a second dive, or stay at cook island and dive with the hundreds of turtles that call this island home. We will plan to dive the Wreck of The Scottish Prince on the way home, however, the third site will depend on how the day is going and which site we think will have the best conditions.
- In-water dive guide
- Scuba dive the local Grey Nurse Shark hot spots
- 3 tank boat dive
- Hire gear available (add on checkout page)
- Snacks and hot drinks provided in between dives
- Advanced drift dive
- Hotel transfers available
FROM JUNE TO NOVEMBER
Join us for a bucket list dive adventure ex Runaway bay and dive the Gold Coasts very best dive sites and come up close and personal with our local Grey Nurse Sharks at 9 Mile Reef. Join an unforgettable and educational three-dive trip to 3 of the very best reefs and wrecks the Gold Coast has to offer. Whilst learning about and interacting with the sharks which reside on the Gold Coast, especially, the Grey Nurse Shark.
ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE
This tour will get you diving at 9 Mile Reef, cook island and one of the other amazing dive sites around the Gold Coast. 9 Mile reef has the highest likelihood of shark encounters with it being very rare not to sight at least one grey nurse during the season. 9 Mile reef is located a few miles away from Cook Island and we also drive past a few more amazing dive sites on our way there.
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
To check availability and to book a dive, simply check the calendar on this page. The availability is displayed live. The base price includes a 3 tank boat dive, tanks, weights and surface interval snacks. Equipment hire is charged on an item by item basis. Simply select what you require on the booking page.
- triple dive with tanks and weights – $295pp
- Hire gear – from $10 – $20per item (select on checkout page)
- Hotel transfer – $15pp
TIMELINE AND DEPARTURE POINT
This tour departs from our dive shop in Runaway Bay Marina. The travel time to 9 Mile Reef is around 55 minutes. Allow a total turnaround time of approximately 8-9 hours. Your booking confirmation email will include directions to our departure point.
All times displayed in our calendar are meeting times at the departure location.
Diving in current requires some skills as divers need to remain calm and be able to control their buoyancy properly. Due to the site conditions and depth, we require you to be advanced certified (30m) and have recent diving experience within the last 12 months. We also require each diver to have completed a minimum of 30 logged dives.
9 Mile Reef is a drift dive due to the presence of current on most days. It is impossible to assess the exact diving conditions prior to the trip. There is always a likelihood that the conditions will not allow us to safely dive at 9 Mile Reef (captains call). For that purpose, we have many back up options. There are no refunds or discounts available in the event a back-up site is chosen instead.
Why are you waiting? Book now below and enjoy an amazing experience. Note: All times are check-in times.
DIVING WITH GREY NURSE SHARKS
A thrilling experience!! Grey Nurse Sharks are the Golden Retrievers of all sharks. Whilst they are large sharks and have a quiet monstrous appearance, they are very relaxed predators. The Grey Nurse Shark is an endangered and protected species and its population is thankfully recovering. This tour will help you to gain a better understanding about these fascinating creatures and you will learn many interesting facts from our knowledgeable tour guides. If you like to find out more about Grey Nurse Sharks, visit the website of Grey Nurse Shark Watch, a Reef Check Australia monitoring program. You can also get involved in research by submitting ID photographs as part of this tour. These are side on photo shots that show the dark dots of the shark. These dots are a like a finger print and are used to identify the shark.