OceanQuest Snorkelling


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.

Onboard, 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. Our onboard chef prepares fresh, delicious meals 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 assist.


Seven days a week


1-4 nights (see all itinerary options)

Departure/Return Location:

Divers Den Dive Shop, 319 Draper St, Cairns

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

Overnight Snorkel Trips

Select from 1 to 5 Nights. Prices from
2 Day / 1 Night
3 Day / 2 Nights
4 Day / 3 Nights
5 Day / 4 Nights
6 Day / 5 Nights

​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


2 Day, 1 Night 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 AquaQuest, our fast and modern day trip boat, for a 90 minute cruise 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 onto OceanQuest and settle into your cabin

3.30pm: Third snorkel session

6pm: Dinner is served

6.30pm: Sharks in the Dark

8pm: Dessert

10pm: Bar closes

Day 2

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


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Additional info


  • 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
  • Reusable water bottle

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


  • 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.



“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

Cancellation Policy

You can reschedule or cancel your trip any time up to 48 hours before departure with no penalty. Read our terms and conditions.