Cairns Liveaboard Volunteer Programme

Cairns Liveaboard Volunteer Programme

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555
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4
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Perfect for Certified Divers!

This is the ideal trip for certified scuba divers looking for a longer stay to really experience the Great Barrier Reef.

Spend 4 days and 3 nights on the boutique floating hotel Reef Encounter. Enjoy the opportunity of a first class guest experience before becoming part of the crew for a taste of living and working on the world’s largest coral reef system.

Not a scuba diver? Don’t worry, this experience offers something for everyone, whether it be to enjoy the majestic sunsets, sleeping on the reef, snorkelling to your hearts content or simply to immerse yourself into the unique beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life that lives there.

*Discounted fare for snorkel only bookings – ask us

Trip code:

CNS-REHP

Activity:

Snorkelling, Scuba Diving

Start / Finish:

Group Size:

min 2 / max 38

Age Range:

18 - 40 yrs

Eco-Certified:

Not Ecotourism Certified

Age Range:

18 - 40 yrs

Fitness Rating:

3
out of 5

Climate Cert:

Currently Not "Climate Certified"

Eco-Certified:

Not Ecotourism Certified

Highlights

  • Luxury 35m small ship
  • Spacious en-suite staterooms with ocean views
  • Your “Boutique Floating Hotel” will cruise between 3 stunning coral reefs
  • Dive and snorkel at Hastings, Saxon and Norman Reefs
  • Night diving with sharks (certified divers)
  • 2 day guest experience + 2 night volunteer experience
  • Enjoy at least 10 dives in 4 days
  • 3 delicious chef prepared meals per day and snacks
  • Snorkelling to your hearts content
  • Sunsets, sunrises and stunning clear starry nights

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Tour Video

Inclusions

2 day 1 night guest experience
Twin or double ensuite stateroom
5 day dives + 1 night dive (guest)
2 nights volunteer experience
min. 2 dives per day (volunteer)
Scuba diving and snorkelling gear
All scuba tank refills
Coral Safe Sunscreen
Dive orientations and briefings
Marine biologist talk (day 1 transfer)
All meals chef prepared onboard
Light breakfast on day 1 transfer
Tea, coffee and fresh fruit onboard
Hot outdoor shower on deck
Sundeck with sun loungers
Heated spa with ocean views
Barista style coffee
Drinks from licensed bar
Wet suit hire $5 per day (optional)
Guided dives $15 per dive (optional)
Volunteer staff t-shirt $15
Government reef levy (+$30pp)

Itinerary

This experience can be longer than the 4 days and 3 nights if you wish. The longer you stay as a guest the longer you can add on to stay as a volunteer.

For the 4 day 3 night Cairns Liveaboard Volunteer Programme experience you must be a paying guest for at least 1 night (2 day 1 night package including 6 certified dives).

If you wish to experience a longer stay then you simply book a longer guest experience.

For example, if you book a 3 day 2 night guest package (includes 10 certified dives) you can stay on as a volunteer for an additional 3 nights. Your total stay would be 6 days and 5 nights.

If you book a 4 day 3 night guest package (includes 14 certified dives) you can stay on as a volunteer for an additional 4 nights. Your total stay would be 8 days and 7 nights.

Please ask us about prices and any more information you would like.

The duties are helping set tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner, cleaning cabins, communal areas and helping in the kitchen. It is a very relaxed working environment as duties go right throughout the day meaning there is no real serious deadlines and there is a good number of full time staff to get the jobs done.

In reward of the work there is water time. This is when you can snorkel or scuba dive. All of the equipment is included and air fills for divers too. There is a minimum of 2 dives per day (early morning and another day dive) plus a chance of the night dive (just check with staff that it isn’t too busy). You will also get the chance to snorkel. Don’t forget… you get to see the sunrise and sunset too… wow!

  • 07:30 – Board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter
  • 09:30 – Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your ‘Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax
  • 10:30 – Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch
  • 12:00 – Lunch is served in the dining saloon
  • 13:00 – Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings
  • 13:30 – Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
  • 15:00 – Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location
  • 15:30 – Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
  • IN SUMMER:
    – 18:00 – Dinner is served in the dining saloon
    – 18:45 – Night Dive Briefings
    – 19:00 – Night dive commences for all those scuba diving
  • IN WINTER:
    – 17:30 – Night Dive Briefings
    – 18:00 – Night dive commences for all those scuba diving
    – 19:10 – Dinner is served in the dining saloon
    – 20:00 – Dessert is served in the dining saloon
  • 06:00 – Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session
  • 06:30 – Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
  • 07:30 – Breakfast is served in the dining saloon
  • 08:00- Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location
  • 08:30 – Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
  • 10:30 – Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
  • 12:00 – Lunch is served in the dining saloon
  • AFTERNOON: Swap to the Liveaboard Volunteer Programme Role
    You will move into the crew cabins and become part of the team.
  • You MAY be able to night dive tonight depending on duties.
  • 05:30 – Lay out light breakfast for the early morning dive
  • 06:30 – Enjoy the first dive of the day
  • The rest of the day is helping the crew with the opportunity to dive in the afternoon and possibly a night dive (night dive at discretion of dive director)
  • 05:30 – Lay out light breakfast for the early morning dive
  • 06:30 – Enjoy the first dive of the day
  • Helping the crew for the remainder of your time onboard (there may be time for a water session)
  • Board Reef Experience for the transfer back to Cairns in the afternoon.
  • Arrive Cairns approx. 4:30 – 5:00pm.

Meeting Point

Prepare for your experience

  • Certified divers certification cards
  • Small overnight bag
  • Casual beach-style wear
  • Warmer clothes for evenings (air-conditioned vessel)
  • Swim wear for water activities
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Please consider a Sustainable Water Bottle
  • Please use Coral Safe Sunscreen
  • Large bags (ask us)
  • Drones (ask us)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • This is a fully registered SSI Diamond Facility (Scuba Schools International)
  • Tell us about dietary requirements
  • Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances

Medical and Diving Info
  • All passengers must complete a QLD medical questionnaire on the boat before departure. Some medical conditions may preclude you from scuba diving (ask us)
  • If you are doing an introductory dive you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form
  • The minimum age for diving is 12 years old with parental consent and completion of a medical questionnaire
  • Passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years old
  • A moderate level of fitness is required as this is an in-water based activity
  • Flying after diving?
    We recommended leaving a minimum of 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying.
    Guests can fly and then dive on the same day – but not dive and then fly.

Cancellation by Customer (You):

  • If you cancel within 14 days of departure: 100% fee
  • If you cancel between 15 and 30 days in advance of departure: 50% fee
  • If you cancel at least 31 days in advance: 0% fee
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee.

Changes by Customer (You):

  • The Cairns Liveaboard Volunteer Programme requires 48 hours notice to make changes to your booking.

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