OceanQuest Certified Diving

Overview

Take the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight diving cruise from Cairns. Explore the best outer reef dive sites from our liveaboard vessel, OceanQuest.

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 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.

While you’re on board, consider enhancing your scuba diving skills and qualifications. Add a PADI advanced open water course or the Enriched Air (Nitrox) specialty when booking.

Available:

Seven days a week

Duration:

1-4 nights (see all itinerary options)

Departure/Return Location:

Divers Den Dive Shop, 319 Draper St, Cairns

Dive Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef

Locals Discount:

Cairns locals save up to 20%! Call us to book

Medical Information:

All 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.

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 (suitable for snorkellers)
  • Night diving (dive guide required at an extra charge of $20 if you have not done a night dive before)
  • All meals on board
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Buddy dive option available
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Book Your Overnight Trip

Overnight Certified Dive Trips

Select from 1 to 5 Nights. Prices from
$750
2 Day/1 Night
$1,015
3 Day/ 2 Night
$1,280
4 Day / 3 Night
$1,545
5 Day / 4 Night
$1,810
6 Day / 5 Night

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid to 31st March 2025. Extra charges apply for sole occupancy. Locals discount not valid for optional extras. Price is per person and inclusive of GST and all fees, including the GBRMPA environmental management charge (EMC) which contributes directly to the management of the Marine Park. Learn more at gbrmpa.gov.au

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
  • Reusable water bottle

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

Prerequisites

  • Guests must be aged 18 or over to travel unaccompanied on our overnight trips.
  • Anyone younger than 16 must be always supervised by an adult, which includes all in-water sessions and around the vessel.
  • Guests of any age of guest are welcome to travel with us, however, please note we do not have amenities/accessories onboard that are suitable for infants.
  • If you are planning to travel with an infant, please contact our reservations team for more guidance on what you will need to bring to be prepared for your stay onboard.

Reviews

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“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

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“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. These requirements can be found on our Can I Dive? page, and we strongly recommend reviewing before booking.

It is required by Queensland law that you must wait at least 24 hours after diving before going to altitude or flying – there is no guarantee that this requirement 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).

Cancellation Policy

You can reschedule or cancel your trip any time up to 24 hours departure with no penalty. Read our terms and conditions