Australia // Coastal Queensland //

The Cod Hole and the Ribbons

Longer trips of three days or more venture further from Cairns into two areas: a circuit north to the Cod Hole and Ribbon reefs, or straight out into the Coral Sea. The Cod Hole, near Lizard Island, has no coral but is justifiably famous for the mobs of hulking potato cod that rise from the depths to receive hand-outs; currents here are strong, but having these monsters come close enough to cuddle is awesome. The Ribbons are a 200km string boasting relatively pristine locations and good visibility.