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Ocean Quest Liveaboard (3days/2nts)

Dive and Snorkel Liveaboard (3days/2nts)

Ocean Quest Liveaboard » 3 Days / 2 Nights

Spend your days and nights exploring some of the best outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard your floating accommodation, with snorkel, intro dive and certified dive options available.

Ocean Quest is a three-level, 35m catamaran purpose built for a top class dive holidays, with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and chef prepared delicious meals. This is the ultimate liveaboard to suit couples, friends and singles looking for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef escape.

Ocean Quest stays on the outer reef 24/7 with transfer vessel SeaQuest bringing passengers to and from Cairns daily.

“I just came back from a three day trip on Ocean Quest and it was the highlight of my holidays! The diving was incredible and I had such a good time. Everybody on board was friendly and helpful, specially the dive supervisor Tobi. He looked very well after us, was a great host and made us feel safe. Big compliment also to the chef. Every meal was delicious. All in all a wonderful experience. Highly recommended if your looking for a professional and well organised dive company.”

Summer from Germany (via TripAdvisor November 2019)
Dive Liveaboard Highlights:
  • 14× permanent outer reef mooring at Saxon & Norman Reefs
  • 12× dives including 2× night dives
  • Sharks in the dark experience
  • Fluro-diving experience (additional cost)
  • Sunrise diving
  • Enjoy post-dive hot freshwater showers
  • Luxury and spacious vessel refitted in March 2020

  • Everyday via transfer vessel SeaQuest
  • Cairns complimentary transfers start from 7:00am*
  • Returns approx. 5:00pm to your accommodation on Day 3
*Northern Beaches transfers can be arranged at additional cost
What is included:
  • 10× dives (includes 2× night dives)
  • Visit ×2 of 17 outer reef locations per day
  • All dive & snorkelling equipment (includes dive computer, wetsuit, dive torch)
  • Air Refills from onboard compressor
  • Equipment tuition from friendly crew
  • Corrective lens mask (deposit required)
  • Cairns accommodation transfers (Northern Beaches pick-ups +$25)
  • Twin or Double en-suite cabin accommodation

Sunrise Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

“Sharks in the Dark”

As the sun sets over the Great Barrier Reef, the sharks come out to play! Our exclusive Sharks in the Dark dive experience is a real highlight among divers and spectators alike.

Only certified divers are permitted in the water after dark – but if you’re not a diver, you can still join in the fun by watching from on deck. When conditions are calm, snorkellers can grab a mask and peek under the surface from our dive platform and watch the sharks gliding right underneath us.

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
“Sharks in the Dark” experience

“Fluoro” Diving

See the colour of the Great Barrier Reef like never before on a night dive with a difference!

With a special mask filter and torches we open up an amazing underwater world. See coral and other marine life light up around you like neon. Be amazed as their natural bio fluorescent properties are brought to life in pops of yellow, purples, pinks and greens.

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Optional Extras
  • Dive Guides ($15 per dive)
  • Nitrox fills (enquire)
  • Fluoro Diving (mask filter and speciality uv torch +$50)
  • PADI Nitrox Dive Course (enquire)
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Stunning outer reef locations

Vessel Inclusions:
  • Vessel Name: Ocean Quest 
  • Maximum 48 passengers
  • Spacious dive deck and sundeck
  • Air-conditioned cabins and saloon areas
  • Twin en-suite cabin accommodation
  • Double en-suite cabin accommodation
  • Linen, sheets, pillows and shower towels
  • Hot and cold breakfast and lunch (chef prepared onboard)
  • Hot dinner including dessert (chef prepared onboard)
  • Tea and coffee available any time
  • 240v power outlets fitted in each cabin

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Spacious double en-suite cabins



Ocean Quest Learn to Dive Course
Twin en-suite cabins perfect for friends or singles

What you need:
  • Certification card (certified divers)
  • Dive medical if required (please ask us if not sure)
  • Clothing and swimwear
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • 1× dive deck towel
  • Please use a sustainable water bottle
  • Please use “Coral Safe” sunscreen
  • Marine safe toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Seasickness mediation

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Spacious lounge and dining areas

What you do not need:
  • Shoes are not necessary
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Extra luggage
    (luggage can be stored securely at Divers Den check-in office)
Ocean Quest Liveaboard itinerary:
(This is an example itinerary of a typical 3 day 2 night Liveaboard trip)
Day 1
  • 07:00: Complimentary accommodation transfers available from Cairns city accommodations (Northern Beaches at additional cost)
  • 07:30: Check in at our dive centre on Draper Street
  • 08:30: Depart Cairns on-board SeaQuest, your fast and modern transfer boat, for the 90 minute transfer to the Outer Barrier Reef.
  • 10:00: Dive no.1 (or snorkel)
    This is an opportunity for you to acclimatise to the diving conditions, fine-tune your diving skills, and enjoy the beautiful Great Barrier Reef (dive guides available at extra cost).
  • 12:00: Lunch is served on SeaQuest while we move to our second dive site.
  • 12:30: Dive no.2 (or snorkel)
    Head off and discover more underwater delights.
  • 14:30: Transfer and rendezvous with your Ocean Quest liveaboard and settle into your cabin.
  • 15:30: Dive no.3 (or snorkel)
    This is an optional water activity / scuba dive. You may prefer to relax on-board.
  • 18:00: Dinner is served
  • 18:30: Dive no.4 – Night Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
    Enjoy a “sharks in the dark” experience or upgrade to the “Fluoro” dive equipment.
  • 20:00: Dessert is served 
  • 22:30: Bar closes

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Dive the Reef with huge and friendly Maori Wrasse

Day 2
  • 07:30am: Enjoy a hearty breakfast, buffet style.
  • 08:30: Morning dive and snorkel time (dive no.5)
  • 10:30: Mid-morning scuba dive or snorkel session (dive no.6)
  • 12:30: Lunch time
  • 15:30: Afternoon scuba dive or snorkel session (dive no.7)
  • 18:00: Dinner is served
  • 18:30: Night Diving (dive no.8)
    Enjoy a “sharks in the dark” experience or upgrade to the “Fluoro” dive equipment.
  • 20:00: Dessert is served 
  • 22:30: Bar closes

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Shoaling Sweet Lips

Day 3
  • 07:30am: Enjoy another hearty buffet style breakfast.
  • 08:30: Morning dive and snorkel time (dive no.9)
  • 10:30: Mid-morning scuba dive or snorkel session (dive no.10)
  • 12:00: Cabin check-out time
  • 12:30: Lunch time
  • 15:00: Depart Ocean Quest Liveaboard and return to Cairns on SeaQuest.
  • 17:00: Arrive in Cairns with complimentary transfers to your Cairns accommodation.

Ocean Quest Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel
Ocean Quest Liveaboard  – Look out for Wobbegong Sharks
Additional Options and Courses
  • Introductory dives (for non-divers) at additional charge
  • The PADI Advanced Course can be conducted in conjunction with this trip for an additional charge
  • PADI Enriched Air/Nitrox Course
  • Refresher courses

Please enquire for latest prices for additional options above.

Health and Safety for Divers

You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel.

Some medical conditions may prevent you diving. You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving. If you would answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you’re ‘fit to dive’ prior to your dive trip.

  • Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?
  • Are you currently suffering any illness or injury?
  • Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill?
  • Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely?

Flying after diving? We recommend that you do not fly until at least midday the day after your dive trip returns. This will give you 24 hours of surface interval after diving.

General Booking Information
  • Catering for dietary requirements. Please tell us in advance of booking
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)
  • Taxes: A Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration fee are included in your total fare.
  • Please do not bring sleeping bags and pillows on to the liveaboard vessel.
  • Extra luggage can be stored at the Divers Den training centre. Please bring a small bag onboard.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee.

Travel Insurance:

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance which would cover for such things as Road Closures, flight,  bus or tour cancellations

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Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.Ecotourism Australia: Setting Ethical Standards for the Travel Industry

  • Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism

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Tree Hugger Travel invest in rebuilding biodiversity hotspots around the world by funding land acquisition through the highly respected World Land Trust and their projects.

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How Do We Do That ?

We fund it with Your travel bookings and our eco-rewards programme.

  • Every dollar earns an eco-reward
  • For example: Spend $100 ⇢ Earn 100 eco-rewards
  • Reaching 750 eco-rewards will enable us to fund the permanent protection of 1/4 Acre of Real Rainforest in Real Places.
  • Continue earning and every 750 eco-rewards Tree Hugger Travel will continue protecting.

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You made this happen and in recognition, You will receive a colourful and informative gift pack by post.

This includes a personalised certificate, information about the project you supported and a letter from World Land Trust thanking you for Your support.

More information? Head to our Eco Rewards Programme page.


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We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

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