Cays and Reefs in The Wild North

Ribbon Reefs, Cooktown

The most significant coral cay in the Wild North is Raine Island, the world’s largest nesting rookery of the endangered green sea turtle with an estimated 30,000 breeding females.

The island itself is strictly off limits to visitors, though there are some remote dive sites around the island and on the nearby Great Detached Reef, which you can access on some of the liveaboard dive boats.

A long way further south at Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reefs – home to more great dive sites - stretch from Lizard Island down to Cooktown. These reefs are visited by the liveaboard dive boats that run weekly itineraries from Cairns to Lizard Island and back. Famous dive sites include:

  • Cod Hole – known for the dozen or so Potato Cod (one of the Great Eight) always to be found there
  • Steve’s Bommie – a well-known submerged pinnacle teeming with marine life, everything from sharks and rays to scorpion and stonefish.

Read our blog, Best places to snorkel and dive in the Wild North to find out more about these amazing dive sites.

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