Ocean Quest Minke Whale trips

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

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.



The new OceanQuest is a 35.7m catamaran over three decks. She has 1 quad share, 18 twin share and 4 double rooms giving us the capacity to sleep 48 customers overnight on the reef in unrivalled comfort and luxury.

All rooms have en-suite facilities as well as TV’s, bar fridges and internal phones. There is a large saloon area on the wheelhouse deck with a bar where you can relax and kick back after a long days diving The main deck has a large dining room capable of comfortably seating 48 passengers.

Our dive sites are frequented by myriad’s of tropical fish and include the ever popular large Maori Wrasse, who are always diver friendly. The swim through, wall and drift dives will appeal to every level of diver experience.

Click here for a floor plan of OceanQuest

On Cairns’ OceanQuest both breakfast and lunch bare served buffet style. Breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, breads and cereals. Dinner is served buffet style. Lunch and dinner normally consist of a meat or seafood main course with side dishes of vegetables.

Desserts include chef’s favourites such as sticky date pudding and apple pie with ice cream, often served after night dives. On arrival the Chef will check if guests have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and can cater to such needs.


Sample Itinerary for a 4 day 4 night trip.

Day one (Friday) 4 dives

7.30am pick up from your city accommodation*

8.00am Board Sea Quest, our fast modern transfer boat, for 90 minute transfer to Outer Barrier Reef

Equipment selection

09.3am Arrive at the Reef. 2 dives before transferring to OceanQuest

2.30pm transfer to OceanQuest where we will enjoy two dives on Norman Reef,  then steam overnight to the Ribbon Reefs.

Day Two – 4 dives

Four dives at various sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs, including the world famous Cod Hole.

Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including one night dive.

Day Three – 4 dives

Three pleasure dives on the Ribbon Reefs and a 4th dive scheduled at night

Day Four –  4 dives

Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives, including a dive at Steve’s Bommie.

On completion of our final night dive we will steam south towards Cairns.

Day Five (Tuesday)

Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 07:30.


*pick up and drop off from city accommodation is included. This does not include Northern Beaches area. Pick ups start from 07:30

Please note, itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions. During Minke Whale season, the dive schedule may be altered to enable as much in-water interaction with the whales as possible.

Ocean Quest Minke Whale trips - Rates + Bookings

Certified Diver Twin Cabin $1,760.00
Certified Diver Double Cabin $1,865.00
Equipment hire $160.00
Advanced course $200.00
Nitrox Fills $120.00
Date of Travel

Reef Taxes not included. $80 per person per trip

Advanced and Nitrox courses are additional costs.

Prices valid 1st June until 30th July 2019


  • Air fills
  • Bed linen, meals and accommodation whilst on board
  • Snorkellers may enjoy unlimited snorkelling, all snorkelling equipment
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water are available free of charge throughout the day

*BCD, regulator, dive computer, mask, snorkel, full foot fins, 5mm Short arm/leg wetsuit


  • Equipment hire* $160 for the trip
  • Reef taxes of $80 per person per trip
  • Chocolate bars, biscuits, ice creams, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits
  • Nitrox fills
  • Towels (bring your own)

*BCD, regulator, dive computer, mask, snorkel, full foot fins, 5mm Short arm/leg wetsuit