Reef Quest - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise

Super Fast Reef Quest

Advanced Eco-Tourism Operator Award

Earn Eco-Rewards that protect Real Rainforest

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Fast Modern Catamaran

 Departs: Every Day

2 Locations - Hastings, Saxon & Norman Reefs

upto 120 passengers

All equipment and wet / lycra suit

Light Breakfast - Lunch

 Why we Love Reef Quest

Reef Quest is a great new vessel maximising time on the Great Barrier Reef with a journey time of only 90 minutes. With a choice of 17 exclusive moorings the skipper picks the best two of the day for upto 5 hours to snorkel and scuba dive the beauty that is the coral reef.

Your Reef Quest cruise will include the following highlights;

  • upto 5 hours on the Reef
  • Visit 2 Outer Great Barrier Reefs
  • Certified Scuba Diving (Up to 3 Guided or Self Guided Dives)
  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Introductory Scuba Diving
  • Guided Snorkel Tours


Inclusions + itinerary
Reef Quest Inclusions
  • Return cruise on the luxury new vessel Reef Quest
  • 5 Hours Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • SCUBA / Snorkel equipment
  • Wetsuit / Stinger suit
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea & coffee
  • 2 of 17 reef locations daily
  • Prescription masks

Reef Quest Itinerary

Reef Quest is a brand new luxury vessel that was introduced to The Great Barrier Reef for the 2016 season and is fully equipped with modern state of the art facilities. Our passengers are provided with unrivalled comfort as we visit some of the best dive and snorkel locations on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reefs.

These reefs are approximately 70km offshore. These unique sites offer superb coral formations and an abundance of coral and marine life! Come on board as Reef Quest visits two different reef locations, where Reef Quest passengers have the opportunity to swim amongst the underwater locals, including inquisitive Nemos, Turtles, Stingrays and Wally the friendly Maori Wrasse.

Reef Quest allows over four hours to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef, offering quality diving and snorkelling experiences, value for money, and most importantly incredible memories that will last a lifetime!

Reef Quest offer a light Morning Tea, Tropical Buffet Lunch with a selection of cold meats, salads and fruits and complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are available throughout the day.

  • Departs Daily from Cairns Marina C-finger @ 8:30am
  • Returns approx. 4:30pm


Reef Quest

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.


Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

 Additional Eco-initiatives
  • Project AWARE Foundation, the dive industry’s leading non-profit environmental organisation, launched the Go ECO campaign into the Asia Pacific region in 2005. The main objective of Go ECO is for dive centres to minimise their impact on the aquatic ecosystem whilst contributing to environmental, economic and cultural conservation. Dive centres are required to meet best practice environmental guidelines and commit to the Project AWARE Go ECO philosophy. Divers Den (Reef Quest) was awarded, and maintained, a Project AWARE Go ECO Operator status since 2006.
Earn Eco-rewards
Where Booking Tours means Saving Rainforest

Earn an "Eco-Reward" for every dollar you spend with Tree Hugger Travel.

Eco-rewards are used to fund the purchase of threatened tropical forests worldwide creating nature reserves through our partner the World Land Trust where David Attenborough is it's long standing patron and staunch supporter.

Eco-rewards: 750 is the magic number

Once you have reached 750 eco-rewards ($750 of bookings) Tree Hugger Travel fund the purchase of one thousand square meters of wildlife habitat and you, our customer, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

Some tours may have a set number of rewards. For more information check out our "Conservation Projects" page.

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Important info
Additional Options
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Certified Scuba Diving Full Gear Options:

  • Cert Diver - Full Gear 2 dives - AU$70
  • Cert Diver - Full Gear 3 dives - AU$90

Certified Scuba Diving Tanks & Weights only Options:

  • Cert Diver - 2 dives - AU$40
  • Cert Diver - 3 dives - AU$60

Introductory Scuba Diving - no experience necessary:

  • Intro Diver - Full Gear 1st dive - AU$70
  • Intro Diver - Full Gear 2nd dive - AU$50
  • Intro Diver - Full Gear 2nd dive - AU$30

Optional Extras:

  • Certified Diver Guides: $15 per person per dive
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Range of quality merchandise
  • Professional photos of the day

Important Information
  • $20 Marine Park Fees and Port Authority Levies
  • Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for - Please ask upon booking
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)

Medical Information 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.

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 percent cancellation fee.
  • Pre-booked scuba divers that fail the onboard medical questionnaire are NOT entitled to a refund.
  • All refunds will incur a 15% service/administration fee.


Prices / Fare Types / Packages

Adult$180 +$20 Levy
Child (4-14 years)$130 +$20 Levy

Prices/fares (AU$) valid to 31st March 2019
Please enquire to reserve at child rate (live booking not available)

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Certified & Introductory Scuba Diving
Including 1x Introductory Scuba Dive$250 +$70 Levy
Including 2x Introductory Scuba Dive$300 +$20 Levy
Including 3x Introductory Scuba Dive$330 +$20 Levy
Including 2x Certified Scuba Dives$250 +$20 Levy
Including 3x Certified Scuba Dives$270 +$20 Levy

Prices/fares (AU$) valid to 31st March 2019
Introductory diving min. age 12 years (no experience necessary)

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Special Offer
Snorkel Special - SAVE $20!$160 +$20 Levy

Minimum age Introductory Diving 12 years
No experience necessary
Special offer can end at any time - please check availability or enquire.

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