There’s no better place to get a taste of the thrill of diving than at the outer Great Barrier Reef on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. Set off on an overnight cruise from Cairns and try scuba diving with our expert team, surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible marine life.
On a liveaboard dive trip you’ll have extra time to enjoy the experience of diving for the first time. Our friendly crew will take you through your briefings and teach you everything you need to know, then guide you through your first dive at one of our colourful dive and snorkel sites around the Saxon, Norman or Hastings Reefs.
You’ll be in good hands with our professional team, entering the water with a maximum of four divers to one instructor. Once you’re feeling comfortable breathing underwater, you’ll learn how to descend safely to 12 metres (40 feet) and discover a whole new underwater world.
You can pre-book a package of four or five intro dives on OceanQuest. Subject to availability and trip duration, you may be able to add more dives once you’re on board.
In between dives and snorkel sessions, fuel up with delicious and plentiful meals served by our chef. Relax on board in the lounge or bar, or try our unique Sharks in the Dark activity and experience night on the reef. Then drift off to sleep in your air-conditioned cabin with en suite and TV, ready to do it all again in the morning.
Keen to become a certified diver? Check out our PADI Open Water dive courses with a range of liveaboard options.
Includes all equipment and tuition. Intro dive participants must be 12 years or older. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Price is per person and includes all applicable fees, taxes and levies. Extra charges apply for sole occupancy. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.
7.30am-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: Depart Cairns Marina on board OceanQuest for the outer Barrier Reef. Along the way you’ll settle into your cabin, select your equipment and receive in-depth safety briefings.
11:30am: Arrive at the reef
12pm: Lunch is served
1pm: First dive or snorkel
3pm: Second dive or snorkel
6pm: Dinner is served
7pm: Gear up for our exclusive Sharks in the Dark experience
10.30pm: Bar closes
7.30am: Breakfast time! Sit down to a full cooked breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead.
8.30am: Dive or snorkel session
10.30am: Dive or snorkel session
12pm: Check out of your cabin
2.30pm: Our transfer vessel arrives to return you to Cairns
3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef
5pm (approx): Return to your Cairns accommodation
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 ReefQuest, 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 along the way.
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
10.30pm: Bar closes
We’ll move to a new location early in the morning, with a chance to see the sunrise ready for the dawn dive.
6.30am: Dive briefing
7am-8am: Dive or snorkel session
8.30am: Full cooked breakfast service begins
9.15am: Dive briefing
9.30am-10.30am: Dive or snorkel session
11.15am: Dive briefing
11.30am-12.30pm: Dive or snorkel session
1pm: Lunch is served
1.30pm: Vessel begins cruising back to Cairns
4-4.30pm: Approximate arrival in Cairns
Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.
“We wish we could’ve stayed one more night on the overnight liveaboard. The staff were really friendly and made it super enjoyable. Tobi was a great instructor – he ensured we were safe but also independent. I got my open water cert thanks to his good training. The rooms and food were great. I look forward to making it back one day.”
“Went on a 4 day liveaboard on Ocean Quest and enjoyed every moment of it. It was like a floating hotel with very friendly, helpful staff. The reef is spectacular and the diving experiences on this boat were really well managed. I’m not the most experienced diver, but they always made me feel safe, both in and out of the water.”
All introductory scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and 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 by 12pm (midday).