Minke Whale 3 Day 3 Night Liveaboard – Ribbon Reefs

from $1500 AUD

About your 3 Night Minke Whale Adventure

Swimming with dwarf minke whales is one of my most unforgettable experiences. These naturally inquisitive mammals are seemingly attracted to boats and people, coming up close to inspect the newcomers to their marine environment. They command the terms of their interaction. They may stay just a moment, or spend minutes and sometimes even hours circling swimmers and divers in the water.

Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the few places in the world where you can swim and dive with the dwarf minke whales. It’s highly regulated, to protect the people and the whales, and provides the most amazing opportunity for a natural marine encounter.

The small, but important, swim with the dwarf minke whales’ tourism industry operates exclusively on the Ribbon Reefs between Port Douglas and Lizard Island. It’s the only of its kind in Australia and operates during an extremely limited season, timed to coincide with the annual migration of the dwarf minke whales.

A truly memorable and exciting way to fully immerse yourself and experience our magnificent World Heritage Great Barrier Reef environment. Although this liveaboard adventure focus on you seeing minke whales the diving locations in the area are some of the best I’ve personally experienced diving the Great Barrier Reef.

Departs Every – Tuesday from 31 May – 2 August 2022

Returns Cairns Marina – Friday mid morning (subject to weather)


  • 3 Day / 3 Nights Liveaboard adventure to Great Barrier Reefs the famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs
  • Dives up to 3o metres
  • Amazing bommies, marine life, coral formations and visibility
  • Amazing dive crew and dive service
  • Some trips include scenic flight to Lizard Island

Diving Details

Scubapro – The Vessel

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioned cabins and saloon
  • 14 twin bunk bed cabins and 2 double bed cabins (enquire on booking)
  • All bedding supplied
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Spacious dive and sundeck
  • Twin 240v power outlets in each cabin

Number of passengers:

32 maximum

What to bring:

Dive Certification Card (Minimum Open Water Level – Hat & Sunscreen – Warm clothing for evenings – Money for bar and other on-board purchases – Soft luggage

Courses Available:

PADI Nitrox Course – $105.00 per person






  • Up to 10 dives* (includes 2 night dives)
  • All meals & bed linen
  • Dive insurance
  • Corrective lens mask (if required)
  • Double or twin share accommodation
  • All dive & snorkelling equipment, including dive computer, wetsuit and dive torch
  • Accommodation transfers (Cairns city & Northern Beaches)
  • Guided orientation and night dive


Extra Charges – Payable Direct to Operator

3 Day 3 Night Trip – Marine Levies, Port Departure taxes and Admin fees $85 per person

Optional Upgrades and Additional Courses

ENRICHED AIR PACKAGE (NITROX) – $105.00 per person

Only available for divers with enriched air (nitrox) certification. 11 dives with enriched air (nitrox) provided.


Option Price
Certified Divers $1570
Tax & Levy $85

Full Itinerary

Please note, the below itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites may change. The skipper will always adapt the plan to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.

Day 1: Cairns to Agincourt ribbon reefs – 2 Dives

Complimentary accommodation transfer

Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches accommodation.

6:00am Check-in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop (Corner of Grafton and Shields streets)

7:00am Depart Cairns

Enjoy two dives at exclusive Agincourt reef sites

8:00pm Depart Agincourt for overnight steam to Ribbon Reef 10

Day 2: Ribbon Reef 10 – 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

6:00am (approx) Arrive Ribbon Reef 10

4 Dives through the day, including one night dive.

8:00pm (approx) Depart Ribbon 10 for overnight steam to Ribbon 3

Day 3: Ribbon Reef 3 – 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

6:00am (approx) Arrive at Ribbon 3

8:00pm (approx) Depart Ribbon 3 for overnight steam to Cairns

Day 4: Arrive Cairns

 Mid Morning (approx) Arrival in Cairns – weather dependant.



Your safety and comfort is our number one priority. Please let our experienced instructors know if you are worried, stressed or not feeling well at any point. Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and provide us with a medical certificate stating you are “fit to dive” prior to your dive trip. Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely? Are you currently suffering any illness or injury? Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill? Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely?We recommend that you do not fly within 24 hours of diving. The earliest you should fly is 12 pm (midday) on the day after your trip concludes.
You can cancel your dive trip for any reason at any time up to 48 hours before commencement and receive a full refund of all money paid to Dive in Australia. There is no refund for any reason after this time. We recommend that all customers have travel insurance. The number of dives may vary subject to weather and/or other unforeseen circumstances.
A Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration fee are included in your total fare. The breakdown of cost is provided in the rates table.

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