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Cairns Snorkel & Dive Liveaboard (OceanQuest)

Snorkel or scuba dive and sleep overnight (or even longer) on the Great Barrier Reef!

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  • Knowledgeable, passionate crew who ensure you have a fun time
  • Stay as many nights as you want with multiple dives per day
  • Comfortable accommodation, great food and excellent facilities

What we'll do

Come on the adventure of a lifetime on liveaboard "OceanQuest"!

With daily departures from Cairns, OceanQuest is without a doubt the best way to sleep on the Great Barrier Reef. OceanQuest recently underwent a major refit/renovation in 2017 and is the most comfortable liveaboard on the reef.

On-board there are 18 comfortable twin cabins with two single beds and 4 double bed cabins. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. OceanQuest provides a spacious and comfortable ‘home away from home’, offering a truly unique experience for all divers and snorkelers wanting to explore this pristine underwater playground.

Every morning you will wake up to watch the sun rise over the reef, before enjoying delicious breakfast buffets. Jump in the water at some fantastic dive sites that are frequented by myriads of tropical fish, rays, turtles, (friendly) sharks and the ever-popular diver-friendly Maori Wrasse. There are swim-throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience. The dive sites are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions. You can also upgrade to OceanQuest exclusive packages including "Fluro Diving" and "Sharks in the Dark" - we highly recommend these fantastic extras!

Stay on the Great Barrier Reef in style, book your spot on OceanQuest today!

What to know

  • Tour days: Every day!
  • Price includes:
    • 2, 3 or more days on the Great Barrier Reef
    • Twin or Double Bed accommodation with ensuites
    • Fast, comfortable and air-conditioned vessel
    • Snorkel, swim or dive at multiple outer reef locations
    • All snorkelling and diving equipment
    • Guided snorkel tours
    • Experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew
    • Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
    • All meals (buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Marine and National Park fees
  • Not inclusive of: 
    • Reef Levy ($20 AUD per day, payable at check-in with cash or credit card)
    • Guided dives ($15 AUD per dive)
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. 
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 50 people may be on board, but all activities are done in small groups (4 - 8 people)
  • Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers.
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.

About your guides

Divers Den is a Cairns local business and has been delighting guests with amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences since 1974.

Their boat OceanQuest is the ultimate overnight dive and snorkel vessel, having recently undergone a major refit/renovation in 2017. There are 18 Twin Cabins with two single beds and 4 Double Cabins with a double bed. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. OceanQuest provides a spacious and comfortable ‘home away from home’ on the Great Barrier Reef, offering a truly unique experience for all divers and snorkelers wanting to explore this pristine underwater playground. Now with Nitrox available.


  • What should I bring? We recommend a small bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, practical clothing (including warm clothing and socks for overnight), footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). Please also bring money for the Reef Levy ($20 AUD per day) payable at check-in with cash or credit card. Certified Divers please bring your Cert-Card & Logbook. Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure! 
  • Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish at the Cairns Marlin Marina. Pick-up from your accommodation is available, please inform us of your accommodation address after booking.
  • How long does the tour go for? This depends on how many days and nights you have booked for. Tours depart at 8:00 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. Check-in is from 7:00 am.
  • What days does the tour operate? Every day!
  • What do we eat? All meals are included and prepared by an on-site chef. Meals are buffet style. The tropical buffet lunches and dinners include different salads and hot dishes, including vegetarian options. 
  • Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
  • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour! You must be over 12 years of age to participate in the Introductory or Certified Dives, and 18 years of age to travel unaccompanied.
  • What if I get seasick? If you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take something before you go. Check with a chemist. Seasickness pills are sold on board, but please remember, tablets are a preventative, not a cure, so take them just before departure.
  • What is Fluro Diving? Fluro Diving brings the reef to life with a range of amazing colours. Bio Fluorescent Diving is available exclusively to OceanQuest guests and can be purchased on-board for only $50 per dive. This includes specialist torches and mask filters which create amazing fluorescent underwater landscapes. Fluoro Diving offers a truly unique and magical experience on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • What is Sharks in the Dark? Be enthralled as inquisitive and friendly reef sharks swim near our overnight experience vessel. This is a real highlight among night diving options - you can see a variety of Australian reef sharks on your after-dinner scuba dive, or if you prefer, see them as they pass through the soft light cast by our vessel. If conditions are calm, snorkellers can peek under the surface to see the sharks glide close by the vessel!

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made 2 days or more before the activity starts will receive a 90% refund.
  • No cancellations can be made within 2 days of the activity. 
  • Tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions. If your trip is cancelled for any reason by the operator, we will refund you 100% of your payment.

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