Overnight The Reef
Prices from $560 AUD

 

Our liveaboard vessel is the ultimate overnight Great Barrier Reef experience. Set off from Cairns and spend your days and nights exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard our floating accommodation, with snorkel, intro dive and certified dive options available.

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Features

  • Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
  • Departs every friday night
  • Great Value
  • Introductory Diving Available

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From 1/04/2021 to 31/03/2022 quad sharetwin sharedouble
Snorkeller 2 day / 1 night Liveaboard reef trip in a double share cabin with private ensuite, includes snorkelling and all meals $560.00$560.00$590.00
Snorkeller 3 day / 2 night Liveaboard reef trip in a double cabin with private ensuite, includes snorkelling and all meals $725.00$725.00$785.00
Snorkeller extra nights add an extra night or two to your stay (or as many as you like) - same inclusions $165.00$165.00$195.00
Certified Diver 2 day / 1 night Liveaboard reef trip in a double cabin with private ensuite, includes all scuba diving and all meals $630.00$630.00$660.00
Certified Diver 3 day / 2 night Liveaboard reef trip in a double cabin with private ensuite, includes all scuba diving and all meals $850.00$850.00$910.00
Certified Diver extra nights add an extra night or two to your stay (or as many as you like) - same daily inclusions $220.00$220.00$250.00
+ introductory scuba diving - 1st dive snorkellers add an introductory scuba dive to your cruise $70.00$70.00$70.00
+ introductory scuba diving - 3 dives snorkellers add a 3 intro package to your cruise $150.00$150.00$150.00
Please Note:

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. All accommodation is in twin or double cabins. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 regulations any single or solo travellers will need to book "solo" use of a twin cabin.

 

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/2Night 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. 

 

Certified Divers

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!


Itinerary for 3 day / 2 night Scuba Diving Liveaboard

(simply substitute "snorkel" for "dive" if you're a snorkeller)

Day One - Friday 

  • 6.00pm - 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.
  • 7.00pm - Dinner Service starts
  • 8.00pm - Trip briefing and meet the crew. A complimentary drink will be offered.
  • 10.00pm - Bar closes
  • 2.00am - Vessel departs for a slow cruise to the outer reef

Day Two - Saturday

  • 6.00am: 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. 
  • .008am: Sit down to a full cooked breakfast
  • 8.45am: Dive 2 briefing
  • 9.00am-10.00am: Dive 2
  • 10.45am: Dive 3 briefing
  • 11.00am-12.00pm: Dive 3
  • 1.00pm: 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
  • 3.00pm-4.00pm: 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.
  • 10.00pm: Bar closes

Day Three - 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
  • 7.00am-8.00am: 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
  • 1.00pm: Lunch is served
  • 1.30pm: Vessel begins cruising back to Cairns
  • 4-4.30pm: Approximate arrival in Cairns 

Snorkelling

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.

Jorgie’s Patches
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.

 

Accommodation

All Cabins feature ensuite facilities.

 

 

 

 

Contact Details



07 4057 4312
+61 7 4057 4312


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