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.
Our liveaboard dive trips are back with a two-day, two-night weekend itinerary.
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 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 course options.
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. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.
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
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
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.
OceanQuest has the following accommodation options:
Due to current social distancing regulations:
Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.
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.
“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 12.30pm.