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RQ - Coral Spawning Reef Trip

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
RQ - Coral Spawning Trip - Snorkel $180.00 $130.00 N/A N/A $20.00
RQ - Coral Spawning Trip - 2 Certified Dives $250.00 N/A N/A N/A $20.00

$20pp EMC levy to pay on day of travel.

Rates valid for November 2019.  No refund if coral spawning is not witnessed.

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

2019 Departure: On the 15th and 16th November 

This boat is operationg an exciting night trip to the Great Barrier Reef in hope to see the unique annual Coral Spawning phenomenon.  Expert advice predicts that this is a likely time for Coral Spawning to occur (but not gauranteed).  Check in time is 5.00pm with a 1.00am return time.  Spaces are limited to 55 divers only.


Reef Quest

Check in:

5.00pm - Onboard Reef Quest - C Finger, Marlin Marina (Cairns Departure)

Returns: approx 1.00am


  • tea/coffe/hot chocolate
  • snorkel and dive gear (option of 2 certified dives)
  • stinger suits and wetsuits
  • fresh chilled water
  • Buffet dinner

** Certified Divers - Guides are available onboard for an extra $15 per peron per dive on Reef Quest 


More Information about Coral Spawning

The researchers had witnessed coral spawning, an annual event, which occurs in all coral reefs around the world. Today we know that many corals living on the Great Barrier Reef spawn about four to five days after the full moon in October or November and sometimes in December. 
Why do corals spawn after a full moon, and why do the east and west coast corals spawn at such different times of the year, despite the fact that these reefs have many species in common? 
There are three triggers that set off spawning in corals, according to coral reef expert Associate Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University.

  • Firstly there must be a gradual rise in sea temperature, triggering the eggs and sperm to mature inside the adult coral.
  • Second, the lunar cycle coordinates the exact moment at which the corals release their precious cargo into the water.
  • The third stimulus is related to the diurnal cycle - coral need the darkness of night to do the wild thing!

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