OceanQuest Liveaboard Overnight Experience - Great Barrier Reefsleep 2Days 1Night or 3Days 2Nights

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  • Upgrade Cabin
1Night Double/Twin Room (Snorkeling) Per Person
$589.00
1Night Double/Twin Room (Cert Diver) Per Person
$667.00
1Night Double/Twin Room (Intro Diver) Per Person
$710.00
2Night Double/Twin Room (Snorkeling) Per Person
$763.00
2Night Double/Twin Room (Cert Diver) Per Person
$893.00
2Night Double/Twin Room (Intro Diver) Per Person
$890.00
Upgrade Double Bed - per person per night
$30.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

Cairns Liveaboard Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

Our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight experience from Cairns. Spend your days and nights exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard our floating accommodation, with snorkel, intro dive and certified dive options available.

When just one day at the reef isn’t enough, an overnight trip from Cairns gives you all the time you need. Visit our colourful dive and snorkel sites during the day, and at night everything from the air conditioned cabins with en suites, lounge and bar, are designed for your comfort.

Our three-deck, 35m catamaran is purpose built for a top class dive holiday, with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and hot, fresh water showers. All delicious meals are prepared by our onboard chef, including hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Enjoy a well-deserved dessert treat after your day in the water!

Choose to stay from one to five nights on board, with departures available seven days a week.

Overnight (liveaboard) Great Barrier Reef trips from Cairns are truly a remarkable adventure. With more than 14 permanent moorings at Saxon and Norman reefs, and selected sites at Hastings Reef, snorkellers and divers of all levels can explore the reef and its diverse marine life from early morning to night.

At night, relax in the lounge and bar. Or if you’re keen for more undersea adventures, try a unique night dive experience like Sharks in the Dark or Fluoro Diving to make your time on board our floating reef hotel truly unforgettable.

An overnight experience is also the perfect time to complete or enhance your practical dive training at the outer Great Barrier Reef. With our expert dive instructors, you’ll be in the best possible hands.

Duration: 1-4 nights (see itinerary options below)

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.

Snorkeling

Join us for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight (liveaboard) snorkelling cruise with Divers Den. Spend your days and nights exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef snorkel sites – there are so many diverse and colourful species of marine life to see near the surface of these warm waters.With plenty of time to relax, an overnight experience at our floating reef hotel OceanQuest is the ultimate way to explore the reef. If you’ve never snorkelled before, our friendly, expert crew will show you how to use the equipment and guide you to the best sights.
During your Cairns overnight boat trip, you’ll visit incredible snorkel sites that show you the best treasures of the reef, glimpsing beautiful fish, corals, turtles and more. At night, take part in our exhilarating Sharks in the Dark snorkeling experience at no extra cost.
Onboard, everything from the air-conditioned cabins with en suites and TV, lounge and bar and entertainment facilities, is designed for your comfort. Cabins contain either one double or two single beds – choose your preferred option when booking. Our onboard chef prepares fresh, delicious meals to fuel you for your next trip underwater.
And if you decide you’d like to try an introductory dive during your stay on our ‘reef hotel’, our friendly crew will be only too happy to assist.

Certified Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

During your Cairns overnight boat trip you’ll spend your days exploring the reef, fuelling up in between dives with hearty meals to keep you going. At night, the fun continues with our exclusive Sharks in the Dark and Fluoro Night Diving experiences. Overnight (liveaboard) Great Barrier Reef trips from Cairns are truly a remarkable adventure. With our exclusive moorings at Saxon, Norman and Hastings Reefs, certified divers can encounter a colourful array of marine life including fish, corals, turtles and more.
There’s so much diversity at different times of the day on the reef, and on an overnight experience you can experience dives from early morning to night. At Divers Den your diving experience can be catered to your needs, we offer the option for certified divers to dive with a buddy or with one of our professional guides for a small extra cost, giving you the independence to explore the Reef how you like!
In between your Great Barrier Reef dives, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy yourself on board our floating accommodation. From the comfort of your air-conditioned cabin with en suite bathroom, to the relaxing surrounds of our sun decks, lounge and bar, you’ll love your Divers Den liveaboard experience.
Meals are freshly prepared on board by our resident chef, and there are snacks and drinks available to keep you fuelled and ready to explore the reef.

How many are scuba dives included with a certified dive package?

Duration of Stay Number of Scuba Dives Included
2 days, 1 night 8:  Up to 8 daytime scuba dives
3 days, 2 nights 12:   Up to 12 daytime scuba dives
4 days, 3 nights 16: Up to 16 daytime scuba dives
Each additional night 4:   Up to 4 additional daytime scuba dives

(Night Dive Sharks in the Dark experience can be done , one of the night)

Resort Intro Scuba Diving

There’s no better place to get a taste of the thrill of diving than at the outer Great Barrier Reef on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. Set off on an overnight cruise from Cairns and try scuba diving with our expert team, surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible marine life.On a liveaboard dive trip you’ll have extra time to enjoy the experience of diving for the first time. Our friendly crew will take you through your briefings and teach you everything you need to know, then guide you through your first dive at one of our colourful dive and snorkel sites around the Saxon, Norman or Hastings Reefs.You’ll be in good hands with our professional team, entering the water with a maximum of four divers to one instructor. Once you’re feeling comfortable breathing underwater, you’ll learn how to descend safely to 12 metres (40 feet) and discover a whole new underwater world.
You can pre-book a package of two intro dives on OceanQuest. Subject to availability and trip duration, you may be able to add more dives once you’re on board.
In between dives and snorkel sessions, fuel up with delicious and plentiful meals served by our chef. Relax on board in the lounge or bar, or try our unique Sharks in the Dark activity and Snorkel experience night on the reef. Then drift off to sleep in your air-conditioned cabin with en suite and TV, ready to do it all again in the morning.

How many are scuba dives included with a Intro dive package?

2 Dives in a the package , Introductory Dives can be added for an additional charge of $70 for 1 Dive or $120 for 2 dives. Extras dives can be purchased on board subject to availability.

Sample Itinerary

2 Day, 1 Night Itinerary

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 and cruise out to the reef on our day trip vessel SeaQuest with two dive/snorkel sessions before you transfer onto OceanQuest.
2.30pm: During the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity for more snorkel and dive sessions, and to relax on board.
6pm: Dinner is served
6.30pm: Sharks in the Dark
8pm: Dessert
10pm: 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

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 trip to the Outer Barrier Reef. If departing on Wednesday, you’ll set off on board OceanQuest and settle into your cabin on the way. If departing Thursday or Friday, you’ll be on our day boat SeaQuest and select your equipment and receive in depth safety briefings along the way.
10am: Arrive at the reef for your first snorkel or dive (SeaQuest only)
12pm: Enjoy lunch while we move to our second dive and snorkel site (SeaQuest only)
12:30pm: Second dive or snorkel opportunity (SeaQuest only)
2.30pm: Transfer to OceanQuest and settle into your cabin (SeaQuest only)
3.30pm: Third dive or snorkel session (Or first session if departing on Wednesday)
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
10pm: 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
10pm: 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

Tour Inclusive

  • Great Barrier Reef accommodation Twin Share
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking
  • Flexible itineraries (see below)
  • Snorkelling (included for all passengers)
  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer and air fills, with full tuition
  • Certified Scuba diving Package(4 Dives per Day) or IntroDives Package (2 Dive per Package) depending on which you select upon booking
  • All Delicious  fresh meals on board, plus chilled drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Sharks in the Dark experience(Night Snorkeling or Certified Night Dive)
  • Transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation

Tour Exclusive

  • Barista Coffee, Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Snacks (Extra Cost payable on board )
  • Nitrox (Upgrade Cost payable on board )
  • Souvenir Photos, Tshirts and hats ( Payable on board )
  • Thermal suit: The thermal suit is not included in the itinerary cost. It is available at a cost of $5 per day. Please note that this is optional as Cairns has a warm tropical climate.
  • Sharks in the Dark night dive experience is Free but Dive Guide has some charges (dive guide required at an extra charge of $15 if you have not done a night dive before)
  • Fluoro Night Diving experiences(Certified Diver Only) $60 per dive can be add-on on board.
  • Twin/Double Room Upgrade Fee

Transportation

  • Free Hotel Transfer pick up
  •  Or Make Own Way to Check in :  319 Draper Street Cairns Queensland 4870 @ 7.15am

Notices

  • ALL RATES ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS, INCLUDE GST & ARE VALID UNTIL 31st MARCH 2024.
  • Price and rate subject to Twin Room Share by 2 persons
  • Single Person bookings can attempt to share a room with someone of the same gender. If NO roommate is found, the single occupancy will be subject to a surcharge equivalent to the cost for two persons. Price will be Double !
  • Upgrade Double Bed Room for couple, Extra Charge $30 per person per night*
  • Medical Information: All introductory and certified scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. Visit the Can I Dive page to see if you meet the requirements before booking.
  • Pricing is per person for double or triple occupancy (additional surcharge applies for single occupancy).
  • What to bring: Hat/Sunglasses/light jacket/socks/Camera/Travel Voucher/Certification card and logbook for certified divers/Cash or credit card for onboard extras
  • Not sure if Scuba Diving is for You?
  • If you’re unsure whether you would like to go scuba diving during your stay with Reef Encounter, please book one of our snorkel packages and then try our free scuba dive demonstration onboard and see if you are comfortable underwater.*
    If you are, you can upgrade to one of our resort dive packages.
    On Reef Encounter, it’s all about you – finding the best way for you to experience the Great Barrier Reef is what we’re all about!
  • Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather conditions and other factors. Enjoy your day exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Spoken Languages
    - English is the language spoken on board our tours
    - We have staff than can communicate in various languages, please contact us is you have specific requirements.
    - We in no way guarantee any spoken language other than English, unless otherwise pre-arranged agreement has been made
  • Luggage Recommendation: It is strongly advised to bring only essential items in an overnight bagpack on board. Please try to avoid bringing large suitcases. You can store large suitcases at the ship company's office (storage service may be available when we pick you up on the first day).

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to: Terms and Conditions

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.

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