Overnight The Reef
Prices from $425 AUD
Welcome aboard our luxury vessel, offering fantastic value for money with 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights on the Great Barrier Reef.
Taka caters for snorkellers, certified divers and also introductory divers with our DISCOVER SCUBA packages..
- Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
- 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights at the reef
- Great Value
- Introductory Diving Available
|Snorkeller - Share
||Liveaboard reef trip in a four share cabin with ensuite facilities, includes snorkelling and all meals
|Snorkeller - Twin Share
||Liveaboard reef trip in a twin cabin with private ensuite, includes snorkelling and all meals
|Snorkeller - Double Cabin
||Liveaboard reef trip in a double cabin with private ensuite, includes snorkelling and all meals
|Certified Diver - Share
||Liveaboard reef trip in a four share cabin with ensuite facilities, includes scuba diving and all meals (3 dives per day, 1 dive per night)
|Certified Diver - Twin
||Liveaboard reef trip in a twinshare cabin with private ensuite, includes scuba diving and all meals (3 dives per day, 1 dive per night)
|Certified Diver - Double Cabin
||Liveaboard reef trip in a double cabin with private ensuite, includes snorkelling and all meals (3 dives per day, 1 dive per night)
|+ PADI Advanced Course
||2 Day PADI Advanced Diver Course
||$160.00|| || ||
|+ Private Dive Guide
||private dive guide - per dive
||$120.00|| || ||
|+ 1st Introductory Dive
||your first introductory dive
||$70.00|| || ||
|+ 2nd Introductory Dive
||second introductory dive
||$50.00|| || ||
|+ 3rd & more Introductory Dives
||your third and subsequent introductory dives
||$30.00|| || ||
|+ Private Dive Instructor
||private dive instructor - per day
||$550.00|| || ||
Additional Costs:$20 Per person, per day at sea
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This modern liveaboard vessel is a 30 metre monohull steel vessel which was specially rebuilt for extended liveaboard dive travel. She is fully air conditioned and offers all the comforts you could hope for after a hard days diving.
Caters for Snorkellers, Certified and Introductory divers.
If you have never dived before and don't want to do a full course you can now book a 'Discover SCUBA Diving' 2 Day/1Night liveaboard trip including 5 Introductory Dives. All that is required is the ability to swim and you will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire. You can extend this trip with another day of snorkelling if you like.
All equipment and diving is included in the cost of your cruise, guided dives can be booked onboard for $15 per dive.Our dive locations on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef (approx 70km offshore) offer outstanding underwater visibility, superb coral formations and abundant, colourful marine life including Wally, our friendly 1.5m Maori Wrasse at Norman Reef!
2 days / 1 night
6 day dives, 1 night dive
3 days / 2 nights
9 day dives, 2 night dives
4 days / 3 nights
12 day dives, 3 night dives
5 days / 4 nights
15 day dives, 4 night dives
Sample Itinerary for 3 day / 2 night Scuba Diving Liveaboard
Day 1 - 4 Dives
- 7.45am pick up from your city accommodation
- 8.00am Board our fast modern transfer boat for 90 minute transfer to Outer Barrier Reef
- Equipment selection
- 2 dives before transferring to our Liveaboard at 2.30pm
- 2.30pm transfer to our Liveaboard
- Afternoon dive and night dive
- Lunch, dinner and accommodation included
Day Two - 4 dives
- Three day dives
- One night dive
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation included
Day Three - 3 dives
- Breakfast and lunch is included
- Three day dives
- 3.00pm Depart Outer Barrier Reef
- Return to your accommodation approx. 5pm
All of the snorkelling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. The sites we visit are equally appealing for both snorkellers and scuba divers.
Prescription masks are also available upon request.
Introductory Scuba Diving
If you have never dived before and don't want to do a full course you can now book a 'Discover SCUBA Diving' 2 Day/1Night liveaboard trip including 5 Introductory Dives. All that is required is the ability to swim and you will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire.
Finally when you and your instructor feel comfortable it's time to dive!!! As a resort diver there will be a maximum of 4 divers with 1 instructor. The supervision is very close at all times. You will go to a maximum depth of 12 m (40ft) and these dives generally last around 1/2 hour. During the dive you can expect to see the Great Barrier Reef in all its glory - You will discover excitement and adventure - freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the "weightless" exhilaration of breathing underwater.
Dive & Snorkel Sites
Saxon Reef – Sandra’s
Shallow Reef dive, lots of various types of anemone fish. White tipped reef sharks can be watched sleeping during daytime and schools of yellow fin Barracuda. The rare fire flame shell is also spotted there. Perfect also for snorkeling.
Saxon Reef – Twin Peaks
Unusually varied dive site circling two bommies with a narrow swim through. Schools of wild band fusiliers and humbug damsels and lots of different nudibranches!
Saxon Reef – Clipper & Super Cat
From the boat moored close to the reef you can dive along the reef wall and smaller offshore bommies displaying different types of anemone fish. Bottlenose dolphins are spotted occasionally during the colder months as well as the notorious Titan Triggerfish, the largest species of triggerfish.
Saxon Reef – Coral Garden
Diving amongst Garden Eels you can spot beautiful Anthias and Spinecheek Anemone fish. This place is also a popular for snorkeling as you can swim just on top of the coral and watch closely e.g. gobies and lots of smaller soft corals.
Saxon Reef – Reef Magic
Depending on the current, this dive site offers the possibility of a challenging dive around the reef edge to untouched areas displaying humpback snappers, giant trevallies and wild band fusiliers. Schools of Moorish Idols and even paddle tail snappers can be spotted in the shallow areas on the inner side of this reef site.
Norman Reef – Bob’s Bommie
With its beautiful pink soft coral and lots of smaller multi colored table coral amongst an abundance of all other coral types this is the perfect example for Great Barrier Reef Diving.
Norman Reef – Shark Mountain
Very versatile dive for beginners as well as more experienced divers who want to circle the entire shark-shaped Bommie. You can spot a small wreck in a depth of approx. 10m hidden on the northern wall. Extremely large starfish and lots of grey reef sharks.
Norman Reef - Playground
Sheltered by a ledge this is our preferred overnight mooring place. During the night dive you’re able to “hang out” on the mooring lines and watch reef sharks cruising around, our local resident Queensland Grouper and sometimes even Eagle Rays chasing their prey in the beam of the boats bright lights.
Norman Reef – Wild Side Clipper
Nestled on the south side of Norman Reef this dive site provides a terraced area with massive cabbage coral and beautiful staggered table corals. This site is also a popular feeding ground for turtles.
Norman Reef – Wild Side West, Wild Side East
These two neighboring dive sites are separated by a tongue of reef and can easily be combined into one long dive. WSW shows big lunar corals and a variety of anemone fish whereas WSE is a large bowl with rare star sand. During spring season lots of juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips cavort through the stag horn corals.
Norman Reef – Plate Top
This is a real conglomeration for all sort of reef fish: Anthias, Yellowtail Barracudas, Anemone fish, Gobys , Sweet Lips, Trevallies and Coral Trout just to name a few and on low tide they all gather in one spot on the plates northern corner. Amazing!
Norman Reef – Turtle Bay
As the name implies, this is the green sea turtle’s favorite feeding ground. Species up to 1.5 m have been spotted! Plus Anemone Shrimp, Hairy Spider Crabs, Blennies and many more.
Hastings Reef – Turtle Bommie
A cluster of smaller bommies dropping off real deep to the north offering bat fish, stone fish (if you can spot them), anthias, fusiliers and, of course, turtles! Also lots of smaller table corals, sea fans and whip corals.
Situated in the Trinity Opening this dive site can be approached only on very calm weather. But because of this it’s pristine. Lots of finger coral, anemones, scorpion fish, big school of batfish and fusiliers, barracudas and anemone fish.
All Cabins feature ensuite facilities.