Outer Reef Liveaboards

The ultimate way to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef is to spend time on a live aboard dive vessel.

Trips range from 2 day 1 night, to full 7 day safaris. You get to see a wide variety of reefs, and all acomodation, food and equipment is supplied.

Some beautiful Outer Reef dive sites are accessible just a few hours from Cairns itself. These sites are ideal for those wanting a shorter trip as well as beginner divers.

  • 48 - Pax
  • 7 to 12 - Dives
  • 1 or 2 - Nights

Ocean Quest

This beautiful floating hotel, is 36m long, and carries 48 passengers. There are 23 cabins spread over 3 decks, ranging from double/twin berth to quad cabins. All cabins are air-conditioned with TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Guests tend to socialise most in the lounge and enjoy the bar, library, games and full entertainment facilities.

Daily departures from a transfer vessel (Sea Quest).

Ocean Quest caters for Snorkellers, Certified and Introductory divers.


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  • 36 - Pax
  • 16 - Dives
  • 4 - Nights

Ocean Quest Minke Whale trips

Throughout June and July Ocean Quest will be running a special trip 4 day 4 night trip to the Ribbon Reef area in the Far North of the GBR (including the Cod Hole) following the Minke Whale migration. Only 36 passengers!! 16 dives.

Departing every Friday throughout June and July 2018 and returning the following Tuesday.

The trip includes dives on Norman Reef at the Outer Barrier Reef on the first day before motoring to the Ribbon Reef areas to search for Minke whales.



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  • 38 - Pax
  • 6 or 10 - Dives
  • 1 or 2 - Nights

Kangaroo Explorer

Kangaroo Explorer is a comfortable 25 metre catamaran designed specifically for Queensland coastal cruising.

16 cabins on board made up of 6 twin, 6 double and 3 quad share all featuring private bathrooms.

Daily departures from a transfer vessel – MV Sunkist

2 or 3 night options. Visit a variety of beautiful reef sites about an hour and a half off the coast of Cairns. These sites include Moore, Milne, Briggs, Elford and Thetford reefs.

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  • 26 - Pax
  • 11 - Dives
  • 2 - Nights

Prodive – Scubapro

Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns has developed and maintained an international reputation as the premier dive company in Cairns. They offer the highest quality and best value liveaboard trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef. With 16 exclusive dive sites on four different reefs are some of the most spectacular dive locations on the reef. Pro Dives’outstanding product quality, excellent safety standards, professional and friendly crew and “all inclusive” pricing policy guarantee you truly memorable liveaboard experience.

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  • 12 - Pax
  • 5 - Dives
  • 1 - Nights

Coral Sea Dreaming

18m long, maximum of 12 passengers and 3 crew. Join in and help sail the boat or just ‘supervise’ from the sundeck. 2 day 1 night trips to Outer Reef sites.

Coral Sea Dreaming is a modern charter yacht with a beautiful wooden interior and cabin options to please the most discerning traveller. Her luxurious amenities make Coral Sea Dreaming the perfect boat for your Australian Great Barrier Reef escap

Departs Marlin Marina Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

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Ribbon Reef and Coral Sea Liveaboards

Note: Minke whale season is June and July

The ultimate tour and experience of a lifetime. To see the best of the Great Barrier Reef and beyond – the Coral Sea. Wildlife includes various Nudibranchs, Manta Rays, Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Loggerhead and Green Turtles, Moray Eels, Red Flame File Shell, Lionfish and the best Marine life the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Just like you see on the TV documentaries – pinnacle dives, huge schools of pelagic fish, minke whales (July – Sept), massive Potato Cod, wall and drift dives….the list goes on and on.

The Coral Sea boasts 30m + vizability and its here that you can see the famous shark feeds where you can see anywhere from 10 to 70 sharks at a time. Frequent visitors include: Grey reef sharks (AKA Grey Whalers), Black tip reef sharks, White tip reef sharks, Wobbegong sharks, Epaulette sharks and the larger Oceanic Silver Tip sharks. Hammerhead sharks can sometimes been seen at North Horn in late winter and into spring of each year.

  • 26 - Pax
  • 11, 15, or 26 - Dives
  • 3 , 4, or 7 - Nights

Spirit of Freedom

Dive Australia’s Coral Sea, Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs with Spirit of Freedom live-aboard dive expeditions.

Spirit of Freedom offers an exceptional live-aboard dive experience cruising to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea reefs. Scuba Dive Tours of 3, 4 and 7 day duration depart our of Cairns to iconic dive sites such as the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and North Horn, Osprey Reef. Shark dives, Potato Cod feeding, sheer walls laced with massive soft corals, manta-rays, minke whales, and abundant healthy tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity are just some of the high-lights you’ll experience with Spirit of Freedom diving tours

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  • 29 - Pax
  • 12, 14, 26 - Dives
  • 3, 4, 7 - Nights

Mike Ball – Spoilsport

Spoilsport is one of the longest running, and the most awarded dive liveaboard offering 3, 4 and 7 night expeditions to the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea with an open dive deck, and very relaxed, “Spoilsport” lives up to its name.

The 3 day Cod Hole trip depart Mondays beginning with a flight to Lizard Island, the 4 day Coral Sea and Cod Hole trips depart Thursdays by boat from Cairns. The 7 day trip departs Thursdays by boat from Cairns. 30m catamaran, 29 passengers, 10 crew.

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