Cairns Underwater Digital Photography & Videography – Calypso Reef Imagery

Calypso Reef Imagery is Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef digital underwater photography and videography specialists. This dedicated team covers everything from underwater camera hire to private and commercial contracts, film and television, tourism event photography, dynamic aerial cinematography, drones and more.

Based at the Reef Fleet Terminal, we also provide professional photography services to many Cairns reef day tour boats. The Calypso team is out on the Great Barrier Reef each and every day of the year, capturing the critters, the beauty and the visitors who are drawn to this nature’s paradise.

Recently celebrating 20 years on the reef, the Calypso team log over 15,000 hours under the water, behind the lens, every year, providing professional underwater photography and videography services to private and commercial customers.


Calypso Reef Imagery: Cairns Underwater Digital Camera Hire Packages

Olympus TG5 - from $39

With several underwater modes and the option of shooting RAW, the new TG-5 is a fantastic option for snorkelers and certified divers looking to expand into Underwater Photography. This unit is so user friendly, even beginners can capture amazing memories from their day out on the Great Barrier Reef.

GoPro Hero 5 Black - from $49

The newest edition, and by far the most intuitive model to date. The new Hero 5 Black is user friendly enough for beginners, yet provides powerful video options for professionals. Supplied in the waterproof SuperSuit, you are covered for all underwater activities from snorkelling to scuba diving.

DS51 Substrobe - from $45

For those in need of some extra light for scuba diving, the Ikelite DS-51 strobe is small yet packs a punch. Recommended for people with prior experience with underwater photography, the unit is compatible with our Olympus cameras and any other housing with a fibre optic connection.

Light & Motion Sola light - from $45

We also provide lights suitable for video recording. The Light n Motion Underwater Light is compatible with all camera types including GoPro. Depending on your requirements the light has different brightness levels which can be changed with easy to use controls.


The Calypso team is headed by Stuart Ireland, a marine biologist, scuba diver and underwater photographer and videographer. Passionate about technology and cinematography, Stuart is constantly expanding his equipment and services. The most recent addition is aerial filming, which he provides with a well-equipped fleet of drones specifically selected for their image quality and aerial capabilities. Calypso is a CASA approved UAV operator, with experienced flight and camera operators and worldwide liability insurance coverage.

Calypso Reef Imagery also offers Cairns’ best value, friendliest and most convenient underwater camera hire service, catering to snorkelers and divers of all experience levels. Camera hire rates start from as little as $39 per day, including free tuition and SD card. For customer convenience, our Cairns underwater hire cameras can be collected from the Reef Fleet Terminal, which is the departure point for most reef day tours.

If you are interested in obtaining some high resolution images, or broadcast quality stock footage of the Great Barrier Reef, from above or below the water, Calypso Reef Imagery has an extensive selection amassed over the last 20 years.

Operating seven days a week 365 days a year, Calypso Reef Imagery has got you covered for all your Cairns Great Barrier Reef digital underwater photography and videography needs. For more information, please contact us today on phone (07) 4041 5581 or email