OceanQuest Snorkelling


TRAVEL UPDATE: All overnight trips are currently on hold until 1st November 2020

Join us for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef overnight (liveaboard) snorkelling cruise with Divers Den. Spend your days and nights exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef snorkel sites – there are so many diverse and colourful species of marine life to see near the surface of these warm waters.

With plenty of time to relax, an overnight experience at our floating reef hotel OceanQuest is the ultimate way to explore the reef. If you’ve never snorkelled before, our friendly, expert crew will show you how to use the equipment, which is all provided.

During your Cairns overnight boat trip, you’ll visit incredible snorkel sites that show you the best treasures of the reef, glimpsing beautiful fish, corals, turtles and more. At night, take part in our exhilarating Sharks in the Dark experience at no extra cost.

On board, everything from the air-conditioned cabins with en suites and TV, lounge and bar and entertainment facilities, is designed for your comfort. Cabins contain either one double or two single beds – choose your preferred option when booking. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by our onboard chef to fuel you for your next trip underwater.

And if you decide you’d like to try an introductory dive during your stay on our ‘reef hotel’, our friendly crew will be only too happy to guide you.

Departure/Return Location:

Divers Den Dive Shop, 319 Draper St, Cairns


7.30am check in, transfer vessel departs 8.30am, returns 5pm daily

Snorkel Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef


  • Visit up to three outer reef locations per day
  • Snorkelling equipment including prescription masks
  • Equipment tuition
  • All meals on board
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Sharks in the Dark experience
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

Book Your Overnight Trip

2 Day, 1 Night Snorkel Trip

Cost per person
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

3 Day, 2 Night Snorkel Trip

Cost per person
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

4 Day, 3 Night Snorkel Trip

Cost per person
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

5 Day, 4 Night Snorkel Trip

Cost per person
Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

6 Day, 5 Night Snorkel Trip

Cost per person
Twin Cabin
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. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00.


3 day, 2 night example itinerary: Day 1


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 snorkelling

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

12:30pm: Second snorkelling opportunity

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

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Gear up for our unique Sharks in the Dark experience.

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2

7.30am: Breakfast is served, buffet style. Fuel up! This morning you’ll have two opportunities to snorkel the reef before lunch.

12.30pm: Lunch is served. Spend some time relaxing on board in the afternoon before you hop back in the water for an afternoon snorkel.

6pm: It’s time for dinner, followed by an evening of relaxation or Sharks in the Dark

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 3

7.30am: Breakfast time! Spend the morning snorkelling and packing

12pm: Check out

12.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm: Transfer vessel arrives

3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef

5pm (approx): Return to your accommodation

Additional info


  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Introductory dive package
  • Northern Beaches transfers ($25pp)

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

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



“We stayed on Ocean Quest for 2 nights and 3 days and it was truly an unforgettable experience. The staff were amazing – extremely friendly and professional at all times. The trip was well organised and the diving/snorkel spots were amazing. The boat itself was really clean and comfortable.”

– Hayley