Weekends on OceanQuest: Certified Diving

Overview

Our ‘reef hotel’ OceanQuest is heading back to the Great Barrier Reef! Join us for a two-day, two-night dive trip departing Cairns on Friday and returning on Sunday.

During your Cairns weekend dive trip you’ll visit our exclusive dive sites during the day – and at night, the fun continues with our exclusive Sharks in the Dark and Fluoro Diving experiences.

Enjoy the diverse marine life on display during eight dive and snorkel opportunities throughout the weekend. Choose to dive with a buddy or take a shared, guided dive for just $15 per person.

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.

Hearty 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.

Departure/Return Location:

Cruise Liner terminal, Trinity Wharf

Available:

Weekly

Duration:

Departs Friday 6pm, returns Sunday 4.30pm (approx)

Accommodation Options:

18 twin cabins, 4 four double cabins. View details below

Dive Sites:

Norman Reef / Saxon Reef / Hastings Reef

Included:

  • Visit three outer reef locations
  • Eight dives
  • All snorkelling and diving equipment
  • Air tank fills
  • Equipment tuition
  • Snorkelling
  • Sharks in the Dark experience (dive guide required at an extra charge of $15 if you have not done a night dive before)
  • All meals on board, plus chilled drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Transfer back to Cairns city accommodation

Book Your Trip

2 Day, 2 Night Cert Dive trip

$730
Twin Cabin - double occupancy per person
$770
Double Cabin - double occupancy per person
$903
Twin Cabin - sole use
$953
Double Cabin - sole use

​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) $7.00. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.

Itinerary

Friday

6pm: Boarding commences at Trinity Wharf. After boarding you will be allocated your cabin. If you have already dropped your luggage with us (see below), it will be waiting for you in your cabin and your dive gear will be on the dive deck, set up and ready for tomorrow’s dawn dive. Please let us know if you’d prefer to set up your own gear.

7pm: Dinner service starts

8pm: Trip briefing and meet the crew. A complimentary drink will be offered.

10pm: Bar closes

2am (approx): Vessel departs for a slow cruise to the outer reef.

Saturday

6am: Dive 1 briefing

6.30am-7.30am: Dive 1 is a dawn dive – witness the ‘changing of the guard’ on the Great Barrier Reef, as the nocturnal critters head off to bed and the daytime species begin their day.

8am: Sit down to a full cooked breakfast

8.45am: Dive 2 briefing

9am-10am: Dive 2

10.45am: Dive 3 briefing

11am-12pm: Dive 3

1pm: Lunch service begins. After lunch there will be a rest break, a chance to log your dives and catch up with your fellow divers while we move to a new location.

2.45pm: Dive 4 briefing

3pm-4pm: Dive 4

6.30pm: Dinner service begins

7.15pm: Dive 5 briefing

7.30-8.30pm: Dive 5 is our popular night dive! Slip into the water and discover reef sharks, rays and more.

10pm: Bar closes

Sunday

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 6 briefing

7am-8am: Dive 6

8.30am: Full cooked breakfast service begins

9.15am: Dive 7 briefing

9.30am-10.30am: Dive 7

11.15am: Dive 8 briefing

11.30am-12.30pm: Dive 8

1pm: Lunch is served

1.30pm: Vessel begins cruising back to Cairns

4-4.30pm: Approximate arrival in Cairns. On arrival we’ll offer a complimentary luggage and dive gear drop off to your hotel or our dive centre.

Additional info

Extras

Accommodation Options

OceanQuest has the following accommodation options:

  • 4 Double Cabins with a queen size bed and en suite bathroom (minimum 2 passengers)
  • 18 Twin Cabins each with two single beds and en suite bathroom

Due to current social distancing regulations:

  • Shared cabins are only available to guests in a travel bubble (travelling together)
  • A mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 25% applies to solo travellers
  • The sole occupancy surcharge will be refunded if restrictions are lifted before departure

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.

You can drop off your luggage and dive gear at our Dive Centre located at 319 Draper Street on Thursdays or Fridays. This will also give you the opportunity to browse our retail shop for any last-minute purchases or souvenirs. We’ll transfer your luggage and gear to the vessel for you. Excess luggage can also be stored at our dive centre.

Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐

“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

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“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.

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 at 12.30pm.

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