Coral Sea Dreaming | Overnight Reef Experience

Duration | 2 Days
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Coral Sea Dreaming offers a 2 day & 1 night dive and snorkel adventure. This trip caters to snorkelers, intro and certified divers.


  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Departures are from Finger “A” at the Marlin Marina in Cairns (near Reef Fleet Terminal) and boarding time is 7:45 am.
  • Departs at approx. 8:00am and returns at approx. 4:30pm.


  • Maximum of 12 Passengers per trip (will operate with a minimum of 4 passengers)
  • Specially prepared meals on-board including 3 hot meals (Special diets catered for - please advise in advance)
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea & fresh fruit snacks
  • Hot Showers
  • Fresh Linen & bath towels
  • Wetsuits & Lycra suits
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Prescription masks (must be pre-booked)
  • Quality Dive Gear including. computers (with paid dives)

Coral Sea Dreaming is a spacious 18 metre (60 foot) Ketch made of steel with a beautiful wooden interior and different cabin options to please the most discerning traveller. She is spacious and comfortable, featuring:

  • 3 private cabins with double beds
  • 2x single bunks
  • family cabin or quad share with 1x double or 2x singles + 2x single beds.

Reef Sites
Coral Sea Dreaming owns 20 moorings on 9 different sites including Flynn Reef, Hastings Reef, Norman Reef, Michaelmas Reef, Upolu Cay, Milln Reef, Thetford Reef, Moore Reef.

Your Great Barrier Reef adventure will include up close and personal encounters with turtles, reef sharks, barracuda and Maori wrasse as you visit up to five different sites over two day.

Arrive on-board and enjoy morning tea before departing for the Great Barrier Reef. Set sail to your first reef location. On arrival at the reef enjoy time to snorkel and dive, followed by lunch and more scuba diving, snorkelling or sunbathing. The boat generally moves to a second mooring where usually the crew will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef. Afternoon tea is served. Move onto another reef site where passengers can undertake a night dive. Dinner is served once activities are completed (during winter, dinner may be served prior to night diving).  After dinner, passengers enjoy tea and coffee, a drink and tall tales.

7.45am - Board the Coral Sea Dreaming

8.00am - The journey to the Great Barrier Reef starts

11.00am - Arrival at the first site and first water session

13.00pm - Lunch

14.00pm - Moving to second site for another dive and snorkelling

15.00pm - Unstructured free time to relax in the sun or enjoy fun snorkelling

18.00pm - Night dive after sunset

20.00pm - Dinner

Day Two
Wake up on the reef and enjoy fresh coffee or tea with breakfast then take a morning swim, snorkel or dive. Depart to the next reef location, for more fun in the water before morning tea. After mid-morning depart for the last anchorage for the day for your last chance to soak up the sun or snorkel. Lunch is served before 'Hoisting the Sails' as you journey back to Cairns.

6.00am - Wake up on the Reef and watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea

6.30am - Breakfast

7.00am - Morning dive

9.30am - Final dive of the trip

10.00am - Unstructured free time to relax in the sun or enjoy fun snorkelling

11.00am - Lunch

12.00pm - Sail back to Cairns

16.00pm - Arrival in Cairns

* Please note itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Things to know about Scuba Diving
Under Australian scuba diving legislation, all scuba divers are required to complete a dive medical form on board the vessel. A copy can be downloaded here.
Passengers with a history of asthma, heart, ear and other medical conditions may be precluded from diving. 18 hours surface interval is recommended before flying. Please be certain of your clear health condition before booking the scuba dive option.
Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.




Very good experience. The crew are very knowledgable and helpful and knew what they were doing. They also cooked the food which was delicious! I had a lot of fun. I did the snorkelling and saw a lot of fish, turtles and more. I felt very safe snorkelling as they kept an eye on us. It was a small group, which I really liked. I would definitely recommend this trip!



We just returned from an overnight trip and would turnaround and do it again! We loved everything!!! We are a group of four beginner divers (two adults and two teenagers) and we could not have had a better experience - the captain and dive instructor were knowledgeable, helpful and great company! Thanks Roman and Teddy!! The equipment is really well looked after and the boat is comfortable. We saw truly amazing things, learned something that we hadn?t tried before and even managed a night dive. Indescribably good. Do yourself a favour - explore the reef with these guys. It was amazing.


Louise Needham

Staff were great and looked after us, boat looking a bit old needs to be updated a bit. Took us to great locations

Board Coral Sea Dreaming at 0745, finger A02, Marlin Jetty, for morning tea and greet the crew.