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Rum Runner - Holmes Reef - 3 Night Shark Diving Liveaboard

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
RR - 3 Night Shark Diving Liveaboard $1,199.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Full Gear Hire - $140pp

Rates valid until 31st January 2020.

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


Next confirmed departure 31st January 2020.

This trip is aboard S.V Rum Runner, a 66ft mono hull sail boat.  Carrying a maximum of 16 divers plus crew.  The trip is 3 nights with 8-9 dives at Holmes Reef (including 1 night dive), plus 1 sunrise dive on the Great Barrier Reef.  Depart Cairns Australia on Friday at 4.00pm and returning on Monday 11.00am 

Diving the Coral Sea is a great experience for both new and experienced divers. Visits Holmes Reef, a reef system lying some 90 miles outside the Great Barrier Reef. Due to its isolation the reef has incredible visibility (almost always over 30 meters).

On this Coral Sea trip you can get up to 10 amazing and adventurous dives. We emphasize the term "adventurous" as any open ocean trip can get bumpy, and once outside the Great Barrier Reef there is no protection from Pacific Ocean swells on the trip out to Holmes Reef (we highly suggest seasickness medications). While the diving is always amazing all year, the most certainty of a comfortable trip would be between October and April, the less windy months even though that's Cyclone season. The visibility is the best during the winter months.

Very little of these reefs have ever been dived, surrounded by depths of 1000 meters, rising vertically to the surface, offering magnificent wall and shark diving opportunities. You also get to dive with large pelagic as well as huge gorgonian fans, resilient hard and soft corals and several species of tropical fish endemic only to the Coral Sea, making Holmes Reef a truly unique dive location. As of this time, Rum Runner is the only vessel that visits Holmes Reefs regularly, so you are diving amazingly pristine dive sites.



We make no apologies for what Rum Runner is… a 20m Motor Sailing Schooner, built in 1984, and with a nearly indestructible fiberglass hull. The vessel will accommodate up to 16 guests in multi share twin single bunk areas, semi-private twin single bunk cabins, and a 4-share single bunk cabin. She is the equivalent of a mutli share hostel, just on water.

As typical with sailboats, the cabins are not spacious or private; they are for resting and sleeping. The common areas include an open saloon area and galley inside, and both covered and open outside deck areas. We have USB, 12V dc and 240V ac for charging cameras and phones, and separate Male and Female Toilet - Shower Cabinet with Hot water.

Overall, Rum Runner is a comfortable sailboat, well suited for the adventurous. It is by no means a luxury dive boat. Those seeking pure sailing, privacy and luxury should consider elsewhere. Rum Runner is a great opportunity to meet other divers and guest from around the world and have fun with the crew doing it!


Departure Days: Fridays*

Depart Cairns: Friday 4.00pm*

Return Cairns: Monday 11-11.30am



  • All meals prepared on board (speical dietary requirements catered for with notice)
  • Fresh linen
  • Hot showers
  • Certified Divers 8-9 Holmes Reef Dives (including 1 night dive) plus a sunrise dive on GBR
  • Weights, tanks and air fills

**Please note that all diving is subject to medical conditions, and is recommended to wait 24 hours before flying after diving.

** * Friday departures might not always be available online either due to demand or other Charter Scheduling.

What to Bring

  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and camera
  • Swim wear and beach towel
  • Small bag (extra luggage can be stored)
  • Clothes and toiletries
  • BYO alcohol (no glass)
  • Dive gear


Full Gear Hire - $140pp

Includes BCD, regulator, dive computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear required

Certified Open Water Diver Gear Package - $220pp

Includes full gear hire as above plus PADI Advanced Open water Diver Course with 5 dives guided



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