OceanQuest Snorkelling

Overview

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 and guide you to the best sights.

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 .

Departure/Return Location:

Divers Den Dive Shop, 319 Draper St, Cairns

Duration:

1-4 nights (see all itinerary options)

Snorkel Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef

Included:

  • 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

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout
$505
Quad Share Cabin per person
$525
Twin Cabin per person
$545
Double Cabin per person
$630
Twin Cabin (sole use)
$1,050
Double Cabin (sole use)

3 Day, 2 Night Snorkel Trip

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout
$675
Twin Cabin per person
$715
Double Cabin per person
$810
Twin Cabin (sole use)
$1,430
Double Cabin (sole use)

4 Day, 3 Night Snorkel Trip

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout
$825
Twin Cabin per person
$885
Double Cabin per person
$990
Twin Cabin (sole use)
$1,770
Double Cabin (sole use)

5 Day, 4 Night Snorkel Trip

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout
$975
Twin Cabin per person
$1,055
Double Cabin per person
$1,170
Twin Cabin (sole use)
$2,110
Double Cabin (sole use)

​Includes all equipment and tuition. 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.

Itinerary

2 Day, 1 Night Itinerary

Departs every Wednesday and Saturday

Day 1 (Wednesday)

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 snorkel

3pm: Second snorkel

6pm: Dinner is served

7pm: If you’re keen for more fun in the water, try our Sharks in the Dark experience! There’ll be a briefing before you try this exclusive experience.

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2 (Thursday )

7.30am: Breakfast time! Sit down to a full cooked breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead.

8.30am: Snorkel session

10.30am: Snorkel session

12pm: Check out of your cabin

12.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm: Our transfer vessel arrives to return you to Cairns

3pm: Depart Outer Barrier Reef

5pm (approx): Return to your Cairns accommodation

 

Day 1 (Saturday)

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 snorkel session

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

12:30pm: Second snorkel 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: Sharks in the Dark

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day 2 (Sunday)

We’ll move to a new location early in the morning, with a chance to see the sunrise before an early morning snorkel.

7am-8am: Snorkel session

8.30am: Full cooked breakfast service begins

9.30am-10.30am: Snorkel session

11.30am-12.30pm: Snorkel session

1pm: Lunch is served

1.30pm: Vessel begins cruising back to Cairns

4-4.30pm: Approximate arrival in Cairns

 

See full range of itinerary options

Additional info

Extras

  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Introductory dive package

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.

Reviews

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“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

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