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OQ - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Snorkelling - 2 days/1 night - TWIN $485.00 N/A N/A N/A $40.00
Snorkelling - 2 days/1 night - DBL $505.00 N/A N/A N/A $40.00
Snorkelling - 3 days/2 night - TWIN $615.00 N/A N/A N/A $60.00
Snorkelling - 3 days/2 night - DBL $655.00 N/A N/A N/A $60.00
Cert Diver - 2 days/1 night - TWIN $560.00 N/A N/A N/A $40.00
Cert Diver - 2 days/1 night - DBL $580.00 N/A N/A N/A $40.00
Cert Diver - 3 days/2 night - TWIN $740.00 N/A N/A N/A $60.00
Cert Diver - 3 days/2 night - DBL $780.00 N/A N/A N/A $60.00

EXTRAS - Taxes/Levies: $20 PER PERSON PER DAY (subject to change without notice).Fee includes: EMC $3.50, Fuel Levy $10.00, Port and Administration Charges $6.50)

Children up to 3 years old travel free but parents must book a private double cabin and bring their own porta cot, alternatively the child shares the parents bed.

Shared Dive guides available for Certified Divers at $15 per person per dive.

Nitrox fills at $10 per fill.

Prescription mask is $10 per day.

Recomend 24 hours before flying after diving. Diving is subject to medical conditions.

Prices valid until 31st March 2020.


Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Imagine yourself waking up and watching the sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef.  That is exactly what you will experience when staying overnight on our premier liveaboard vessel.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night stay to multiple nights for up to 48 guests.

Having recently undergone a a major refit / renovation in 2017, Ocean Quest is the perfect choice for your next liveaboard experience. There are 18 Twin Cabins with two single beds and 4 Double Cabins that have a double bed, all twin and double cabins are equipped with air conditioning, and en-suite bathroom facilities.

OceanQuest provides a spacious and comfortable 'home away from home' on The Great Barrier Reef.  Offering a large open sundeck with sun loungers, fresh cold water and ample seating, a spacious interior containing the top deck lounge bar with tv and a dedicated saloon dining area.  The back dive deck has toilets and fresh water showers.  Ocean Quest offers a truly unique experience for all divers and snorkelers wanting to explore this unique underwater playground.

Our liveaboard trip and visited reef sites are suitable for both snorkelers and divers.  We have 18 exclusive moorings on the Outer Reef at Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reefs.  We use a wide variety of these to ensure minimal environmental impact to the coral formations we visit.  Sites are chosen on a daily basis by the Captain for the best variety and visibility according to weather conditions.



  • Free Cairns city transfers
  • All quality diving and snorkelling equipment including wetsuits
  • Chef prepared meals and quality accommodation whilst onboard Ocean Quest
  • Tea - Coffee & Chilled water all day
  • 2 Locations per day on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Free guided snorkel tours
  • Free prescrption masks if required
  • Free use of lycra suits and wetsuits
  • 2 Days - 7 Dives (Cert Divers - includes free dive equipment and dive computers (6 day dives + 1 night dive)
  • 3 Days - 11 Dives (Cert Divers - includes free dive equipment and dive computers (9 day dives + 2 night dives)
  • Intro Diving Package (extra $210pp) - includes 5 day intro dives during the duration of your trip - small groups with a maximum of 4 divers with the 1 instructor - includes free dive equipment and dive computers



Snorkelling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkelled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put on and use the snorkelling gear. All of the snorkelling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.  Free guided snorkel tours are available.

Snorkellers have the opportunity to add Introductory Dives to their trip inclusions (medical conditions apply).  Please enquire for prices.

Introductory Diving

Introductory diving is a great way to experience the exhilaration of diving without taking a full dive course. The PADI Discover SCUBA is a non certification program. During your cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef our experienced SCUBA Instructors will clearly guide you through all the skills involved. The briefing covers all the procedures that will make your day not only safe but an unforgettable experience. You can pre-book a package of 5 Intro Dives ($210pp) and subject to availability and trip duration you may be able to add more once on board.  Intro dives include dive equipment, dive computers and instructor.

Certified Diving

Experience the Great Barrier Reef Diving the best way - on a Liveaboard. Our daily departures and flexible trips make this the easiest way to log some serious bottom time in with more than 1,000 different species of fish and many more creatures. Each full day on the Liveaboard offer you a chance to do up to 5 dives. From an early morning dive getting to watch the reef 'wake up' through to the exhilaration of splashing after dark and seeing some of the nocturnal critters. We also offer the chance to participate in a Fluoro Dive.

Dive Guides ($15 per dive), Nitrox Fills ($10 per fill). Courses such as Nitrox and PADI Advanced Course are available for additional cost.

**Please note all diving is subject to medical conditions and waiting 24 hours before flying after diving.


Example 3 days / 2 Night Itinerary



  • Deep Sea Divers Den will provide a shuttle from your Cairns' City accommodation, pick up is between 07:30 and 08:00
  • Once at Deep Sea Facility we will finalise any paperwork and arrange storage for any excess luggage. Then it is off to the Cairns Marlin Marina where our transfer vessel SeaQuest awaits to take you away to your snorkelling/diving adventure. 
  • A hop, skip and jump away is our first destination on the reef (90 mins) and on the way out our talented and experienced crew will take you through a safety briefing for the boat and also your chosen activity.
  • Once at the reef is time to gear up and explore the hidden wonders that make it the GREAT Barrier Reef.
  • Lunch is provided on board with something for everyone. A delicious tropical buffet with your choice of salads, cold meats and fruit.Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Water is also available
  • In the afternoon it is time for another reef location and more exploration before we transfer to our Liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.
  •  After settling in on-board there is the chance to hit the water again in the afternoon before taking some time to relax and chill.
  • Dinner is served at 7pm and is freshly prepared on board by one of our wonderful chefs.
  •  Then it is time to find out what goes bump in the night on the Great Barrier Reef. Our Certified Divers have the opportunity to do a Night dive and our snorkelers get to experience our Sharks in the Dark program
  • Time now to relax and maybe trade "fish stories" with the other guests (I swear it was THIS big!). The bar is open until 10:30pm but make sure you get a good nights sleep as the Reef awaits you in the morning!


  • Wake up to the Sunrise on the Reef and get ready to witness the "changing of the guard" on your first dive of the day. The early morning dive gives the opportunity to witness the night patrol fish going to bed and the daylight critters coming out to play. Well worth the early wake up call!
  • Most important meal of the day and it is a buffet style brekkie lovingly prepared by our on board chef.
  • After Breakfast there are two more dive/snorkel opportunities
  • Lunch is a buffet freshly prepared each day by one of our wonderful chefs. 
  • Time in the afternoon for some relaxing as well as your fourth dive of the day. 
  •  Wonder what's for Dinner?? Once again prepared for you by our rock star chef of the day
  • What will we see tonight? Time to jump in for the Night Dive and find out or maybe even try a Fluoro Dive!
  • Time to chill and contemplate what an awesome day it has been before bedtime so we can do it all again tomorrow.




  • Good Morning Sunshine! Time to get out there and make the most of your final day on the Reef with the Early Morning Dive.
  • Breakfast buffet, Yummy!
  • After breakfast it is the last of your scuba adventures and time to pack up and get ready to sadly farewell your OceanQuest family until the next time.
  • Fill up on one more yummy meal with the buffet lunch
  • 3pm transfer to SeaQuest for the trip back to the Cairns Marlin Marina arriving at 4.45pm
  • Once back into Cairns we will return to the Divers Den facility to collect any luggage and then arrange to have you transferred to your City Accommodation


Snorkelers and divers can also add on extra nights - please enquire for prices.


Fluorescent Night Diving

This spectacular dive extravaganza brings the reef to life with a range of amazing colours. Bio Fluorescent Diving is available exclusively to Deep Sea Divers Den on board OceanQuest for only $50 per dive, including 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!

It's only $50 per dive which includes UV torches and mask filter. Booked onboard.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You must have night diving experience (previously have done at least 1 night dive) in order to be able to participate in the Fluoro Night Dive.


Sharks in the Dark Experience

Our Liveaboard OceanQuest (suitable for Snorkelers and SCUBA Divers) features our exclusive 'Sharks in the Dark' experience. With our SCUBA night dives you can explore the Great Barrier Reef in the dark and see all the friendly marine creatures that come out to play, including our harmless Australian Reef Sharks.
Although divers are only permitted into the water after dark, snorkelers can witness these magnificent creatures as they play in the gentle lights cast from our vessel. Grab a drink, a sun lounger, and watch these inquisitive animals patrol the dark barrier reef waters. If conditions are calm, you may even get the chance to place on a mask and have a peek under the surface, it's common for reef sharks to pass within just feet of our vessel!
This is a safe, calm experience, the sharks having become accustomed to the vessel over many years. It is against policy for any food to enter the water.


Upgrade your dive skills:

PADI Adventure Course - $170pp

PADI Advanced Course - $200pp

PADI Nitrox Course - $250pp


*****Please note that OQ Liveaboard Boat will have limited departures during June/July - as they will be doing a special 4 Night Minke Whale Trip during these months:

Information for the Minke Whale Trip that will be conducted instead during these dates can be found on the following link:




General Terms and Conditions & Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy
Refunds subject to a 20% service fee on all cancellations 48 hours or more prior to reserved travel date.
100% cancellation fee within 48 hours prior to reserved travel date without notice; including factors beyond your/our control i.e. medical problems, airline delays bad weather, etc. - "Competition and Consumer Act 2010". Travel insurance highly recommended. Deep Sea Divers Den reserves the right to change vessel, dive locations and prices without notice.

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