We are berthed in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Listed for your perusal below are some amazing destinations that are all within your reach thanks to ARGO and its fantastic cruising range!

Cairns Reefs

There are several world renowned diving reefs located a short sail away from Cairns. Norman reef and Michaelmas reef are located within 10 nautical miles of each other, and less than 40 nautical miles of our home port at Yorkeys Knob. A wide variety of tropical fish species can be see at the site, along with underwater caves and swim throughs.


On the western end of Michaelmas reef you can find Michaelmas Cay, a National Park and protected habitat of the migratory bird species that nest there. Visits to the sand cay are restricted so check with us when enquiring to ensure we can take you there. The surrounding reef is home many tropical fish and giant clams are also a feature of the site.

Flynn and Milln reef are located 32 nautical miles east of Yorkeys Knob. Flynn is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers with swim throughs and expansive coral fields. It is also home to some well known dive sites including Tracy’s Bommie, Coral Gardens, Tennis Court and Gordan’s Mooring. Milln reef is perhaps most famous for the Three Sisters Bommie which is a series of large bommies home to a variety of fish and corals. Whale Bommie is located a bit further from the main reef at Milln, but well worth the visit for anyone seeking a deep dive.

Port Douglas Reefs

Our home port of Yorkeys Knob is a short distance from Port Douglas, and this gives us access to several well known diving reefs located north east of the mainland. Batt and Tongue Reefs are both located around 21 nautical miles away. Chinaman and Opal reef are both located north east of Port Douglas. Agincourt reef is further north at around 38 nautical miles from Port Douglas.


All of these reefs offer a variety of marine life and diving experiences from novices to advanced divers. Snorkelers are uniquely catered for with Opal reef a standout as an Outer Reef that offers sufficient protection for snorkelling. Agincourt reef offers plenty to see across 16 dive sites, and advanced divers can test themselves at Blue Wonder, a spectacular wall dive to beyond 40 metres.

Ribbon Reefs

The Ribbon Reefs are an outer reef system located on the Great Barrier Reef. Known colloquially as the “Ribbons”, they are numbered from 1 to 10, with Ribbon Reef No. 1 located slightly southeast of Cooktown, through to Ribbon Reef No. 10 which is located southeast of Lizard Island.


The Ribbons are home to some of the most spectacular dive sites on the Reef, such as Lighthouse Bommie, Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom and Cod Hole.

Due to their layout, the Ribbons provide sheltered waters and a rich diversity of marine life, and dive sites can be located for divers of varying experience levels.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island is the largest of of a group of three islands known as the Lizard Island Group (though usually referred to simply as Lizard Island). Located offshore north and slightly east of Cooktown, it is around 10 square kilometres in size and surrounded by various reef systems.


The island is home to Lizard Island National Park, luxurious Lizard Island Resort and also the Lizard Island Research Station which provides research and education facilities for those interested in studying coral reefs.

The Blue Lagoon is a well known dive site located within the surrounding reefs at Lizard Island.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island, or TI, is located in the Torres Strait approximately 40km north of Cape York. Historically a pearling and fishing dependent economy, today the island is a tourist attraction thanks to the cruise ships that stopover regularly.

The surrounding area is home to some of the most untouched reefs on the Great Barrier Reef, due to the significant cruising capability required for liveaboards to get there.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is located approximately 512km south of Cairns and is the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport.

The island was formed due to numerous mountains drowning from rising sea levels and today is almost used exclusively for tourism.

Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island is located off the North Queensland coast and is approximately 100km north of Townsville.

The island which is made up of volcanic rocks formed around 280 million years ago, comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park.

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