OceanQuest Liveaboard Trip

Duration | 2 Days 1 Night | 3 Days 2 Night | 4 Days 3 Night
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Wake up to watch the sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef. This is exactly what you will experience when staying overnight on-board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. With daily departures via our fast transfer vessel SeaQuest, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night stay to multiple nights on The Great Barrier Reef.

The Vessel
OceanQuest is a 36 metre catamaran over 3 decks with the capacity to sleep 48 customers overnight.

There are 18 Twin Cabins with two single beds and 4 Double Cabins that have a double bed, all cabins are equipped with air conditioning, and en-suite bathroom facilities. OceanQuest provides a spacious and comfortable ‘home away from home’ on The Great Barrier Reef, offering a truly unique experience for all divers and snorkelers wanting to explore this pristine underwater playground. 

What's included

  • SCUBA & Snorkel equipment
  • Wetsuits, dive computer
  • Air fills
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea & coffee
  • All meals onboard
  • Sharks in the Dark
  • Prescription masks
  • Transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation

First Day:

  • 7:30 - 8:00 AM: Accommodation Pick-up Pick up from your city accommodation (if booked) and check-in at our dive center at 319 Draper Street before transferring to the marina.
  • 8:30 AM: Boarding & Departure Set off from Cairns Marina and cruise out to the reef on our day trip vessel SeaQuest with two dive/snorkel sessions before you transfer onto OceanQuest.
  • 10:00 AM: Arrive at the Great Barrier Reef Arrive at the first destination on the reef. Once at the reef, it's time to gear up and explore the hidden wonders that make it the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch Lunch is provided on board with something for everyone. A delicious tropical buffet with your choice of salads, cold meats, and fruit. Complimentary Tea, Coffee, and Water are also available.
  • 3:00 PM: Transfer to OceanQuest In the afternoon, it is time for another reef location and more exploration before we transfer to our Liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. After settling in on-board, there is a chance to hit the water again in the afternoon before taking some time to relax and chill.
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner is served!
  • 6:30 PM: Gear up for one of our unique liveaboard evening dive experiences, or simply chill out on board.
  • 8:00 PM: Dessert is served
  • 10:00 PM: Bar Closes The bar is open until 10:00 PM, but make sure you get a good night's sleep as the Reef awaits you in the morning!

Days on OceanQuest:

Wake up to the Sunrise on the Reef and get ready to witness the "changing of the guard" on your first dive of the day.

The early morning dive gives the opportunity to witness the night patrol going to bed and the daylight critters coming out to play. Well worth the early wake-up call!

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast is served
  • 8:30 AM: First dive and snorkel session
  • 10:30 AM: Second dive and snorkel session
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch is served
  • 3:30 PM: Third dive and snorkel session
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner
  • 6:30 PM: Briefing and night dive/sharks in the dark/fluoro dive
  • 8:00 PM: Dessert
  • 10:00 PM: Bar closes

What will we see tonight? Time to jump in for the Night Dive and find out or maybe even try a Fluoro Dive! Time to chill and contemplate what an awesome day it has been before bedtime so we can do it all again tomorrow.

Day of Departure:

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast is served
  • 8:30 AM: First dive and snorkel session
  • 10:30 AM: Second dive and snorkel session
  • 12:00 PM: Check out of your Cabin
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 3:00 PM: Depart Outer Barrier Reef
  • 4:30 PM: Arrive in Cairns

Once back into Cairns, we will return to the Divers Den facility to collect any luggage and then arrange to have you transferred to your City Accommodation (approx 5 pm).

Snorkelling aboard OceanQuest
Snorkelling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkelled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put on and use the snorkelling gear. All of the snorkelling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

Introductory Diving
Introductory diving is a great way to experience the exhilaration of diving without taking a full PADI Open Water Course. The PADI Discover SCUBA is a non certification program. During your cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef our experienced SCUBA Instructors will clearly guide you through all the skills involved. The briefing covers all the procedures that will make your day not only safe but an unforgettable experience. You can pre-book a package of 5 Intro Dives on OceanQuest and subject to availability and trip duration you may be able to add more once on board.

Certified Diving
Experience the Great Barrier Reef Diving the best way - on a Liveaboard. Our daily departures and flexible trips make this the easiest way to log some serious bottom time in with more than 1,000 different species of fish and many more creatures. Each full day on the Liveaboard offer you a chance to do up to 5 dives. From an early morning dive getting to watch the reef 'wake up' through to the exhilaration of splashing after dark and seeing some of the nocturnal critters. We also offer the chance to participate in a Fluoro Dive. New in 2017 - Nitrox fills and Courses available.

Fluoro Diving 
This spectacular dive extravaganza brings the reef to life with a range of amazing colours. Bio Fluorescent Diving is available exclusively to Deep Sea Divers Den on board OceanQuest for only $50 per dive, including specialist torches and mask filters which create amazing fluorescent underwater landscapes. Fluoro Diving offers a truly unique and magical experience on the Great Barrier Reef!

Sharks in the Dark
Experience the thrill of Sharks in the Dark as the sun sets over the Great Barrier Reef. Dive with reef sharks or observe them from the comfort of our vessel, OceanQuest, during this exclusive nighttime adventure.
Certified divers can explore the underwater world by torchlight, while snorkelers can watch these incredible creatures from the dive platform. 

Only certified divers are permitted in the water after dark – but if you’re not a diver, you can still join in the fun by watching from on deck. When conditions are calm, snorkellers can grab a mask and peek under the surface from our dive platform and watch the sharks gliding right underneath us.

Reef Locations
Norman / Saxon / Hastings Reef Cairns' Outer Reefs, The Great Barrier Reef   

Up to 5 dives a day, (4 day, 1 Night)

Ages for diving
Divers under 18 years will need to dive with a buddy. If the adults are not divers OceanQuest only charge $15 for a dive buddy.

Flying and altitude after diving
We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours befor flying.

Scuba Diving Medical Forms
If you are SCUBA diving you will be asked to fill out and sign a Medical Form.
Medical Standards differ from country to country, certain medication / medical conditions may preclude you from diving in Australia.





Laura Turner

It was a lot of fun.

divers Den is located at 319 Draper St, Cairns. OceanQuest will provide a shuttle from your Cairns accommodation, pick up is between 07:30 and 08:00. Once at Deep Sea Facility we will finalise any paperwork and arrange storage for any excess luggage. Then it is off to the Cairns Marlin Marina where our transfer vessel SeaQuest awaits to take you away to your snorkelling/diving adventure.