Ocean Quest

  • 48 - Pax
  • 6 to 10 - Dives
  • 1 or 2 - Nights

Ocean Quest is running Minke Whale trips throughout June and July so Outer Reef trips are limited.

OceanQuest operates daily

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 (Aqua Quest). (Note Wednesday departures will be on Ocean Quest as will Sunday return to Cairns).

Ocean Quest caters for Snorkellers, Certified and Introductory divers.


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

All rooms have en-suite facilities as well as TVs, 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 day diving. The main deck has a large dining room capable of comfortably seating 48 passengers.

There are 14 Permanent moorings on the Outer Barrier Reef (including Norman and Saxon reefs) that ensure minimal damage to the pristine coral formations.

Click here for a summary of the dive sites and here for a map.

Our dive sites are frequented by a myriad 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 are served buffet style. Breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, bread 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, or gluten-free, and can cater to such needs.


Sample Itinerary for a 3-day 2-night trip.

2-day 1-night trips use days 1 and 3 as a guide

Day one 4 dives*

7:30 am pick up from your city accommodation**

8:00 am Board Reef Quest, our fast modern transfer boat, for the 90-minute transfer to Outer Barrier Reef

Equipment selection

9:30 am Arrive at the Reef. 2 dives before transferring to OceanQuest

2:30 pm transfer to OceanQuest afternoon dive and night dive

Lunch, dinner and accommodation included.

Day Two – 4 dives* (for 3D/2N trip)

Four pleasure dives (3 day and 1 night)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

Day Three – 2 dives* (Last day)

Two pleasure dives

Breakfast and lunch are included

3:00 pm Depart Outer Barrier Reef Return to your accommodation approx. 5:00 pm

*indicates a maximum number of dives available.

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

Ocean Quest - Rates + Bookings

2D 1N Snorkeler Twin share cabin $620.00
2D 1N Snorkeler Double cabin $650.00
2D 1N Certified Diver Twin share cabin $750.00
2D 1N Certified Diver Double cabin $780.00
3D 2N Snorkeler Twin share cabin $825.00
3D 2N Snorkeler Double cabin $885.00
3D 2N Certified Diver Twin share cabin $1,015.00
3D 2N Certified Diver Double cabin $1,220.00
PADI Advanced course (extra cost) $270.00
Date of Travel

Reef Taxes included

Advanced course and Introductory dive prices are additional costs.

Extra nights can be added if required.

Prices valid until 31st March 2025


  • Reef taxes INCLUDED
  • The Certified Diver trip includes all dive equipment*
  • 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


  • Chocolate bars, biscuits, ice creams, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits
  • Nitrox fills
  • Towels (bring your own)
  • Dive guides ($20 per person per dive)