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Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter

The Reef Encounter offers the best value liveaboard dive and snorkel trips from Cairns. The Reef Encounter is a 35 metre luxury catamaran designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.

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Divers Den - Cairns

Deep Sea Divers Den

Established in 1974, Divers Den is Cairns longest established dive company specialising in Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Trips, Liveaboard Trips and PADI Dive Courses. In 2017 we have expanded into Port Douglas with our newest vessel AquaQuest and a brand new retail store. Whether you're a first-ti...

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Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

World class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on Australia's most awarded liveaboard, Spoilsport. Mike Ball’s Spoilsport is Australia’s leading dive liveaboard, operating 3, 4 & 7 night expeditions along the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and out to the Coral Sea. Dedicate...

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AquaQuest Port Douglas

Divers Den

Established in 1974, Divers Den is Cairns and Port Douglas’ longest established dive company specialising in Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Trips, Liveaboard Trips and PADI Dive Courses. Divers Den have certified over 120,000 divers on the Great Barrier Reef and offer exclusive experiences, such as Sh...

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Pelagic Dive Travel

Your discovery starts here! Pelagic Dive Travel has been created to allow you, the certified Diver, an ease of search and booking platform to find that next Discovery. An independent provider taking you to new waters! What to see Manta Rays or Whale Sharks? Not sure when or where to go? Pelagic Dive...

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Rum Runner - Overnight Reef Experience

Rum Runner Cairns is considered to be the best value overnight liveaboard tour from Cairns. Enjoy 2 full days and 1 night onboard this Coral Sea yacht with a maximum of 16 guests on board.

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Rum Runner - 3 Night Coral Sea Expedition

Rum Runner Coral Sea

The Rum Runner 3 Night Coral Sea Expedition offers a maximum of 16 divers 3 nights / 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef and allows 8 - 9 Holmes Reef dives, including 1 night dive plus 1 sunrise dive.

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Marine Encounters

Marine Encounters

Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef this June/July with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters. As the only permitted operator with no fixed itinerary, we are free to make the most out of changing sea conditions and animal behaviour, ensuring you get the very best whale watching experien...

Spirit Of Freedom

Spirit Of Freedom

Spirit of Freedom offers unsurpassed live-aboard dive cruising to the world famous Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs, and the remote Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. On board Spirit of Freedom you will enjoy spacious cabins with private bathroom, gourmet meals, and exceptional service. With a choice of 3, 4, an...

Tech Dive Academy

FIRST FOR DIVER TRAINING The original bespoke private dive training company - established 2003. All training is with your own personal dive instructor, and what better place to do it than the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Our multi award winning service and much lauded unique training metho...

Cairns Dive Centre

Cairns Dive Centre

Cairns Dive Centre is one of the largest certifying agencies in the world. We have been operating in Cairns for many years, maintaining outstanding customer service.Cairns Dive Centre offers day cruises and live aboard trips for the snorkeller and diver, as well as learn-to-dive courses through all...

Rainbow Princess Charter Boat

Rainbow Princess Charter Boat

Let Rainbow Princess spirit you away from the ordinary world into the extra-ordinary pleasure of a deluxe charter vessel and the splendid majesty of Australia's own Great Barrier Reef from Cairns in beautiful tropical North Queensland.Rainbow Princess is a beautifully appointed and maintained 61ft l...

Pro Dive Cairns

Pro Dive Cairns

Explore the amazing underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with Pro Dive Cairns. Pro Dive is renowned for their outstanding product quality, safety standards & professional service. With over 16 exclusive sites, you will experience a wide variety of diving, with each location selected for its g...

Island Diver

Great Barrier reef day tours Ideal for experienced & first time snorkellers & divers. Our trips are small groups to outer reef pristine sites. We offer full tuition on snorkelling & diving & a free snorkel tour!

WetRez Cameras

WetRez Cameras

Going to the Great Barrier Reef? Want to capture awesome images from the trip of a lifetime? See us first for the best photographic options on the world's greatest natural wonder! We specialize in Digital Underwater Camera Hire and Sales, with an emphasis on providing great service, quality products...

Dive in Australia

Dive in Australia specialises in promoting Australia’s most popular - Day Trips - Liveaboard Dive Trips -Ship Wreck Dives – Special Interest diving - Dive education from beginner courses through to completing your professional Dive Master and Dive Instructor Courses as well as Dive Internships and M...

Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions is Australia's leading small ship and expedition cruiseline, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over 32 years. Join us on our award-winning 3, 4 or 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia's ancient outback on an expedition to the...

About Liveaboard Dive For Cairns

If you want to sleep on the Great Barrier Reef and wake up with a snorkel or dive while the fish are waking up this is the best! 

You simply cannot beat getting out there amongst it.  Why stay in a hotel when you can be literally sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Cairns is the perfect jump off point for dive liveaboards.  Here we have well established dive shops with excellent reputations for their quality equipment, professional service and safety records. 

Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs: 

If you are serious about seeing the extraordinary beauty of the Great Barrier Reef make certain to visit  relatively untouched areas such as the Cod Hole and Northern Great Barrier Reef.  Allow yourself this awesome treat and head out on a dive expedition.  This is an unforgetable life experience and you will know that this is the best diving in the world. 

Visibility:

Our water clarity or visibility is generally between 15 and 25 metres with up to 30 metres visibility in September, October, November and December.

These months are considered prime dive season.  Of course we need to take into account the tides, currents and winds but our Outer Great Barrier Reef really does have brilliant visibility year round. 

If you are heading out to the Coral Sea the visibility is consistently excellent as it is so far from mainland Australia.  40 metres visibility is not unusual at Osprey Reef and Holmes. 

Weather:

The best time to dive the Great Barrier Reef is between August and December:

but you can dive here all year round. The water temperature ranges from 22 degrees in June rising to 28 in March. Although January, February and March are the warmest months they are also the wettest.

Whales:

Dwarf minke whales are often seen on the Northern Reefs during May, June and July on these dive expeditions.  We also occassionally have Humpback whale encounters which are extremely exciting and seem to be more commonly sighted during June, July and August.   

Departures:

There are limited departures each week for these fabulous liveaboard expeditions.

Taka departs every Tuesday for the 4 day 3 night Cod Hole with up to 30 passengers.

Spirit of Freedom departs every Thursday morning for the 4 day 4 night Coral Sea Adventure with up to 28 passengers returning Monday at 7am.

Taka departs every Friday for the 5 day 4 night Cod Hole and Coral Sea trip with up to 30 passengers.

Spirit of Freedom departs every Monday for the 4 day 3 night Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef adventure with up to 28 passengers.

Mike Ball Dive expeditions departs every Monday for the 3 day 3 night Cod Hole expedition

Mike Ball Dive expeditions departs every Thursday for the 4 night 4 day Coral Sea expedition. 

All of these departures can be combined to create a 7 night itinerary on the same vessel but as you can see with only a small number of departures and small numbers these trips need to be booked well in advance.

Most dive expedition companies visiting the Coral Sea and the Cod Hole depart from Cairns twice a week.

These trips all have involved itineries sometimes combining a scenic flight to Lizard Island or steaming overnight.  The boats are built for passenger comfort.  A dive expedition is generally described as a trip up to the Cod Hole or to the Coral Sea or further afield.  These trips generally take at least 3 nights and up to 10 nights. 

Diving holidays are a great way to meet like minded travellers and enjoy the natural beauty of this magical underworld.

It must be extremely difficult for holidaymakers to get a true understanding of the Great Barrier Reef if they only visit one or two locations on a one day trip to the reef.  As you can imagine the Great Barrier Reef is incredibly diverse and each bommie has it's own quirks and variances.  Some areas are teeming with some fish while others have sea horses or, swim throughs or clam gardens.  If you want to see the best of it go on one of these trips and you will never regret it.  They are beyond compare.