OceanQuest Certified Diving

Overview

Take the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight diving cruise from Cairns. Spend your days and nights deeply exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard our liveaboard vessel, OceanQuest.

During your Cairns overnight boat trip you’ll visit our colourful dive sites during the day… and at night, the fun continues with our exclusive Sharks in the Dark and Fluoro 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. Choose to dive with a buddy or take a shared, guided dive for just $15 per person.

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.

Hearty 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.

Departure/Return Location:

Divers Den Dive Shop, 319 Draper St, Cairns

Duration:

Transfer vessel departs 8.30am, returns 5pm daily (7.30am check in)

Dive Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef

Included:

  • Up to four dives per day
  • Visit two of our 17 outer reef locations per day
  • All snorkelling and diving equipment
  • Air tank fills
  • Equipment tuition
  • Snorkelling
  • Sharks in the Dark experience (dive guide required at an extra charge of $15 if you have not done a night dive before)
  • All meals on board
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Book Your Overnight Trip

2 Day, 1 Night Cert Dive trip

Cost per person
$610
Twin Cabin
$640
Double Cabin

3 Day, 2 Night Cert Dive Trip

Cost per person
$815
Twin Cabin
$875
Double Cabin

4 Day, 3 Night Cert Dive Trip

Cost per person
$1,020
Twin Cabin
$1,110
Double Cabin

5 Day, 4 Night Cert Dive trip

Cost per person
$1,225
Twin Cabin
$1,345
Double Cabin

6 Day, 5 Night Cert Dive Trip

Cost per person
$1,430
Twin Cabin
$1,580
Double Cabin

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Extra charges apply for sole occupancy. Taxes/Levies are per person, per day (subject to change without notice). Fee includes: Environmental Management Charge (EMC) $7.00. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00.

Itinerary

3 day, 2 night example itinerary: Day 1

OceanQuest

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 on board SeaQuest, our fast and modern transfer boat, for the 90 minute transfer to the Outer Barrier Reef. Select your equipment and receive in depth safety briefings

10am: Arrive at the reef for your first dive

12pm: Enjoy lunch while we move to our second dive site

12:30pm: Second dive or snorkel opportunity

2.30pm: Transfer to OceanQuest and settle into your cabin. During the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity for more diving or snorkelling, and to relax on board.

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: If you’re keen for more fun in the water, try a Fluoro Dive or Sharks in the Dark experience! There’ll be a briefing before you try these exclusive experiences.

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2

7.30am: Breakfast is served buffet-style

8.30am: First dive or snorkel session

10.30am: Second dive or snorkel session

12.30pm: Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch

3.30pm: Third dive or snorkel session

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Gear up for one of our unique liveaboard dive experiences, or simply relax on board

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 3

7.30am: Breakfast

8.30am: Dive or snorkel session

10.30am: Dive or snorkel session

12pm: Check out

12.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm: Transfer vessel arrives

3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef

5pm (approx): Return to your accommodation

Additional info

Extras

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
  • Toiletries
  • Cert card and logbook

Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.

Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐

“My new favourite liveaboard agency out of Cairns. From start to finish, what an excellent experience! Everyone was helpful, patient, and took their time with everyone to make it a very personal and enjoyable experience. At each dive site, they made sure to find something unique and interesting to look at and how to find it. I used a guide for most of my dives and they were very affordable and took the stress out of navigation, so I could enjoy the dive more.”

– Ambar

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The friendliness and professionalism of the crew was truly above and beyond any expectations. The accommodations were practically luxurious on the liveaboard, and all guest needs were provided for quickly and efficiently. Divers Den has a quick and efficient system for making sure all of the little details have been addressed, enabling the guests to just relax, dive, socialize, rest and recover.”

– Ken

Medical and Altitude Info

All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 12pm (midday).

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