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Welcome, please note we are currently operating reduced opening hours.

Tourism activities are returning to normal and it's still a great time to visit the region. Please note that there are limited departure days for certain tours so for information and bookings, please contact us on (07) 4047 9123 between 10am - 5pm daily. Alternately, you can email us at shields@cairnstouristinformation.com.au

We look forward to hearing from you.

There is so much to see on the Great Barrier Reef that you may want to stay at the reef overnight instead of just one day. Imagine watching the sun set and sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef, an experience of a lifetime.

Spending 1 or 2 nights on a Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard trip will allow you to dive, snorkel and explore a variety of local Cairns outer reef sites. Most of Cairns' overnight reef tours use a daily transfer boat to take guests between Cairns and the liveaboard boat (which is permanently based at the reef). This allows them to offer flexible itineraries from overnight trips to multi-night trips. For a more personal option, ProDive offers a 3 days/2 night tour where all guests board the liveaboard vessel from Cairns and stay together for the duration of the dive and snorkel tour.

There is also two different overnight sailing trips. These tours are great for travelers who have a love of sailing, want to sleep at the reef, and prefer a small intimate group size of 12-16 passengers.

The best diving our region has to offer is on the Northern Ribbon Reefs, the famous Cod Cole and the Coral Sea. To visit these reef sites you need to travel on an extended liveaboard tour for 3-7 nights. Luxury dive vessels such as Spirit of Freedom include a one way scenic flight transfer between Cairns and Lizard Island, the most amazing diving opportunities in a remote location with pristine reef, and even offer the experience of shark diving at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

With so many live aboard dive and snorkel trips operating out of Cairns, it can be hard to decide. Please enquire if you want honest local advice in helping you to choose the most suitable overnight or extended live aboard reef trip.

Coral Sea Dreaming - 2 Days/1 Night Dive and Snorkel Sailing Boat


Rates from: $480

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Snorkel - Share Cabin $370pp or Private Double Cabin $390pp

Snorkel + 3 x Intro Dive Package - Share Cabin $480pp or Private Double Cabin $500pp

Snorkel + 4 x Cert Dive Package - Share Cabin $480pp or Private Double Cabin $500pp

72 Hour Standby Super Snorkel Special - Please enquire for more information

Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef without the crowds when you embark on this overnight Cairns sailing adventure, experiencing the best of the Outer Barrier Reef. With a maximum of only 12 guests, this yacht offers a fun and intimate holiday visiting spectacular reefs on the very edge of the Continental Shelf.

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Divers Den - Ocean Quest - 2 Day/1 Night Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $525

Looking for an overnight on the Great Barrier Reef?  Enjoy a couple of days snorkeling or scuba diving and explore the amazing underwater world. The Outer Barrier Reef locations we visit include Norman Reef, Saxon Reef and Hastings Reef which are all suitable for both snorkelers and divers. Across the 3 locations we have access to over 18 unique reef moorings. 

Refitted in 2020, Ocean Quest is the perfect choice for your next liveaboard reef experience. There are Twin Cabins (two single beds) and Double Cabins (double bed), as well as one Quad Cabin (4 single beds) which is great for groups/families of four persons.  All cabins are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite.

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Divers Den - Ocean Quest - 3 Day/2 Night Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $675

Come and enjoy a few days onboard our premium liveaboard vessel.  The Outer Barrier Reef locations we visit include Norman Reef, Saxon Reef and Hastings Reef which are all suitable for both snorkelers and divers. Across the 3 locations we have access to over 18 unique reef moorings.

Refitted in 2020, Ocean Quest is the perfect choice for your next liveaboard reef experience. There are Twin Cabins (two single beds) and Double Cabins (double bed), as well as one Quad Cabin (4 single beds) which is great for groups/families of four persons. All cabins are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite.

 

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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - 3 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs


Rates from: $2053.5

ITINERARIES, PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES HAVE CHANGED

Now offering 5 Night Coral Sea & Cod Hole and 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs itineraries.

We are running 7 Night Exploratory expeditions during Oct-Dec to the Far North Coral Sea and the Yongala Coral Sea.

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Join this dive expedition company to dive the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities.

This tour suits novice to advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 12 dives. This 3 Night Fly/Dive Cod Hole expedition begins with an incredible 250 kilometre low level reef flight. You glide over your dive sites along the outer Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island. Soon you are swimming with diver size fish at the Cod Hole before exploring the exquisite Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown. Enjoy comfortable cruising within sheltered waters where space, comfort and stability are unmatched.

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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - 4 Night Cod Hole & Coral Sea


Rates from: $2327.5

ITINERARIES, PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES HAVE CHANGED

Now offering 5 Night Coral Sea & Cod Hole and 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs itineraries.

We are running 7 Night Exploratory expeditions during Oct-Dec to the Far North Coral Sea and the Yongala Coral Sea.

INQUIRE NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Join this dive expedition to dive the Ribbon Reef, Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities.

This tour suits experienced and advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 14 dives.

During this 4 Night Dive/Fly Cod Hole and Coral Sea Trip you will explore the exquisite Ribbon Reefs, swim with diver sized fish at The Cod Hole, experience shark diving, 1000m coral walls and 40 metre visibility at the Coral Sea.  You will then depart Lizard Island on your low-level scenic flight transfer back to Cairns.

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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - 7 Night Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Coral Sea


Rates from: $4046.5

ITINERARIES, PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES HAVE CHANGED

Now offering 5 Night Coral Sea & Cod Hole and 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs itineraries.

We are running 7 Night Exploratory expeditions during Oct-Dec to the Far North Coral Sea and the Yongala Coral Sea.

INQUIRE NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Join this dive expedition to dive the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities. This tour suits novice to advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 26 dives.

During this 7 Night Trip you will visit the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Coral Sea where you will explore exquisite coral formations, swim with diver sized fish at The Cod Hole, experience shark diving, 1000m coral walls and 40 metre visibility at the Coral Sea.  You will experience amazing marine biodiversity throughout this 450 mile diving expedition.

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Minke Whale Season - Ocean Quest


Rates from: $1840

FIRST TRIP DEPARTS 28TH MAY 2021

Explore the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef onboard this comfortable liveaboard vessel. Dive and snorkel the best of the Ribbon Reefs at our most exciting time of year, Minke Whale Season! The trip will include up to 15 dives, double or twin cabin accommodation and all meals whilst onboard.  Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions only operate during the months of June and July, so book early to avoid missing out!

Offering a 4 day and 4 night round trip leaving on Friday and returning Tuesday.

 

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ProDive - 3 Day/2 Night Diving & Snorkel Tour


Rates from: $780

REDUCED DEPARTURE DAYS - WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

*OFFERING A 2 DAY/1 NIGHT TRIP DEPARTING ON SATURDAYS (INQUIRE FOR MORE INFO/PRICING)

Our 3 premium, purpose built, multi million dollar dive vessels provide the ideal way to stay out and experience what the reef has to offer. These vessels are 25 metres (80 feet) in length and feature 14 twin share and 2 double cabins with private amenities for every 2 cabins. The vessels are centrally air-conditioned, light and airy. There are 2 large decks, one for gear and one strictly for sun tanning and relaxing.

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ProDive - PADI Ocean Referral Course


Rates from: $990

ProDive Cairns offer a 3 Day & 2 Night PADI Ocean Referral Course.  The PADI referral system allows you to split your "Learn to Dive" course so you can complete pool and theory work elsewhere and then finish your open water training dives and certification on our 3 day/2 night liveaboard dive trip.  This includes 9 dives (4 training dives and 5 recreational dives including a guided night dive).  We have a variety of Outer Reef locations at 16 exclusive dive sites.  Course commences every day except Tuesday.

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RE VIP TOP DECK CLUB - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $835

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  This trip is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.  The VIP TOP DECK CLUB will provide you with the ultimate personalised service during your Great Barrier Reef live aboard trip.

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Reef Encounter - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $410

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  The boat is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.

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Rum Runner - Cairns - 2 Day/1 Night Dive and Snorkel Sailing Boat


Rates from: $320

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Snorkel Only (no dives)- $320pp including levies

Snorkel + 2 intro dives - $440pp including levies

Certified Diver - Up to 6 Cert Dives - $440pp including levies

**Medical conditions apply for diving.  Valid for a limited time - please enquire.

This 20 metre motor sailing schooner is specifically setup for live aboard dive and snorkel trips. The crew will show you the exotic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, they provide a totally relaxed and informal atmosphere with their friendly personalised service. Carrying a maximum of 16 passengers ensures a great experieince without the crowds whilst you snorkel and dive some amazing locations at the Outer Barrier Reef.  

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