OceanQuest – Liveaboard Expereince

from $560 AUD

Liveaboard Trip - Cairns

OceanQuest is an extremely comfortable vessel. Every cabin comes with its own private ensuite, a large dive deck area making it stress free for divers gearing up while offering a number of great locations to choose from over the duration of your trip. The vessel continually roams the Great Barrier Reef utilising a day vessel to transfer guests to and from the liveaboard. This type operation allows you to choose how many days, nights you’d like to spend on the Great Barrier Reef diving and snorkelling.

OceanQuest is a Cairns-based liveaboard Great Barrier Reef boat, which operates weekend trips, catering equally to snorkelers and scuba divers of all experience levels.

What reef sites do you visit? A range of outer Great Barrier Reef locations, across various reefs including Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reef. Snorkeling and scuba diving equipment is included in the tour price, as is all meals during your stay, tea, coffee and fresh chilled water.  You will need to bring your diving certification card, as well as towel, sunscreen, change of clothes and money for drinks. Small bags only, please pack light.

Highlights

  • Cairns liveaboard dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef (1 – 5 Night Itineraries)
  • Departures (Wednesday – Saturday)
  • Snorkelers, introductory and certified divers
  • Fluoro Diving – (Using UV lights to create a florescence of colours at night)
  • Sharks in the dark – night dive experience
  • All cabins include ensuites

Diving Details

OceanQuest offers introductory as well as certified scuba diving. For those wanting to try an introductory dive, there’s no previous experience necessary and all equipment and tuition is included in the price. All introductory dives are guided. Certified divers dive in buddy pairs on OceanQuest and have the opportunity for night dives, as well as early morning dives. All equipment is included in the dive price. You will need to bring and show your certification card. There’s no solo diving. The maximum dive depth is usually around 25m, with the best diving in the first 15m. OceanQuest has 17 dive site moorings and will move around them throughout your stay, so you can explore different parts of the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Personal experience – I can’t speak more highly of this vessel and dive trip. If it’s the little things you love in service then you’ll be pleasantly surprised onboard OceanQuest. Night dives offer a lot of excitement with resident reef sharks always to be seen during the dives while snorkelers get to get witness the action above from the safety of the dive deck platform. Fluro diving (using a UV torch) is unique to OceanQuest making for a rare and special diving experience on the Great Barrier Reef.


Inclusions

  • Flexible itineraries
  • Snorkelling (included for all passengers)
  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer and air fills, with full tuition
  • FREE guided dives for certified divers (usually $15 per dive, now free until 1 April)
  • All meals on board, plus chilled drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Sharks in the Dark experience (night dive)
  • Transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation

Extra's

  • Introductory dive package
  • Extra dives (subject to availability)
  • Fluoro Diving – $50.00
  • PADI Dive Courses (Advanced / Nitrox)

Pricing

Option Price
Overnight Snorkel Trip (From) per person $560
Overnight Dive Trip (From) per person $650

Full Itinerary

Departure/Return Location
Cairns – Reef Fleet Terminal (Day Boat Transfers)

Availability
Departures (Wednesday – Saturday)
Duration: 1-5 nights
Dive sites: Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef
Accommodation Options: OceanQuest has 18 twin cabins and four double cabins. All cabins are air conditioned with en suite bathrooms.

2 Day, 1 Night itineraries
Departures (Wednesday – Saturday)
Day 1
7.30-8am: Pick up from your city accommodation (if booked) and check in at our dive centre at 319 Draper Street before transferring to the marina

8.30am: Set off from Cairns Marina on board AquaQuest, our fast and modern day trip boat, for a 90 minute cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef. Select your equipment and receive in depth safety briefings along the way.

10am: Arrive at the reef for your first snorkel session

12pm: Enjoy lunch while we move to our second dive site

12:30pm: Second snorkel opportunity

2.30pm: Transfer onto OceanQuest and settle into your cabin. During the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity for more snorkelling, and to relax on board.

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Sharks in the Dark

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2
7.30am: Breakfast time! Sit down to a full cooked breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead.

8.30am: Dive or snorkel session

10.30am: Dive or snorkel session

12pm: Check out of your cabin

12.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm: Our transfer vessel arrives to return you to Cairns

3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef

5pm (approx): Return to your Cairns accommodation

 

3 Day, 2 Night itinerary
Departures (Wednesday – Friday)
Day 1
7.30-8am: Pick up from your city accommodation (if booked) and check in at our dive centre on Draper Street, before transferring to the marina

8.30am: Set off from Cairns Marina for the 90-minute transfer to the Outer Barrier Reef. Select your equipment and receive in depth safety briefings along the way.

10am: Arrive at the reef for your first snorkel or dive

12pm: Enjoy lunch while we move to our second dive and snorkel site

12:30pm: Second dive or snorkel opportunity

2.30pm: Transfer to OceanQuest and settle into your cabin

3.30pm: Third dive or snorkel session

6pm: Dinner is served!

6.30pm: Gear up for one of our unique liveaboard dive experiences, or simply chill out on board

8pm: Dessert is served

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2
7.30am: Breakfast is served

8.30am: First dive and snorkel session

10.30am: Second dive and snorkel session

12.30pm: Lunch is served

3.30pm: Third dive and snorkel session

6pm: Dinner

6.30pm: Briefing and night dive/sharks in the dark/fluoro dive

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 3
7.30am: Breakfast

8.30am: Dive/snorkel session

10.30am: Dive/snorkel session

12pm: Check out

12.30pm: One final lunch before you board the transfer vessel for the trip back to Cairns

3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef

5pm (approx): Return to your accommodation


FAQ

You can reschedule or cancel your trip any time up to 24 hours before departure with no penalty.

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