Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Dive Trip
Spend 3 days diving in the Great Barrier Reef!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: AUGB
Duration: 3 days
Rub shoulders with spectacular underwater wildlife on this fantastic 3-day dive experience. Living on board a purpose-built diving cruise vessel, you’ll enjoy up to 11 dives in exclusive dive spots around the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Spend your days swimming alongside sea turtles and sharks, and delving into shoals of shimmering fish. Then watch the underwater world transform with 2 magical night dives! When you’re not diving you can stretch out on the dedicated sunbathing deck, cool off with some light snorkelling, and enjoy dinner under the stars as you chat about your underwater experiences with your fellow divers!
Please note: This trip is designed for experienced divers. Beginners should check out our fantastic Learn to Dive Great Barrier Reef programme!
- Spend three days on a gorgeous cruise vessel in Australia
- Dive the incredible Great Barrier Reef – includes up to 11 dives!
- Watch how the underwater landscape transforms with 2 magical night dives
- See clams, crustaceans, turtles, stingrays and even sharks!
- Soak up the sun on the dedicated sunbathing deck
Spend three days on board a purpose-built diving liveaboard and participate in up to 11 dives (9 day and 2 night dives).
You’ll visit a selection of 16 exclusive dive sights across 4 different outer reef locations. These sites offer great visibility and a huge variety of gorgeous marine life and coral. You’ll swim shoulder to shoulder with bump headed parrot fish, glide over twitching giant clams, and delve through swaying gorgonian fans. Watch sea turtles snoozing on the sea bed and keep an eye out for reef sharks peeking around the coral! This 3-day dive experience will show you the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer!
Day 1. Early morning hotel transfer to dive centre and cruise vessel. Breakfast on board and first dive with guide. Two more independent dives and night dive. Lunch, dinner and desert included! Settle into your cabin for your first night on the ocean.
Day 2. Wake up early for a pre-breakfast dive. Enjoy two further dives and another night dive. Hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner included!
Day 3. 3 Final dives and transfer back to Cairns. Optional farewell dinner.
Please Note: This itinerary is a guide and may change due to prevailing weather, tides and currents.
Please Note: This trip is designed for relatively experienced divers who have already achieved their PADI dive qualification. There is an experienced dive supervisor on deck but the dives themselves are unsupervised. For beginners – check out our fantastic Learn to Dive Great Barrier Reef programme, which teaches you everything you need to know about getting underwater!
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The dive trip begins early on day 1, so you will need to arrive into Cairns at least the night before the dive experience begins. An airport transfer is not included. Accommodation pickups are included on day 1 from Cairns City and Northern Beaches so we recommend you stay in one of these locations.
The dive trip ends on day 3. A return transfer to Cairns City and Northern Beaches is included. If you are leaving Australia you will need to make your way to the airport yourself. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you on your best transfer options.
You will be staying on a gorgeous 25 metre long cruise vessel with two decks – one for scuba diving and one for sunbathing! There are 16 double/twin share cabins and a shared bathroom for every two cabins. These vessels are the only purpose-built outer reef dive liveaboards in the area.
Three hot and wholesome meals a day are included on board. A typical breakfast will include cereal, fruit, toast and spread, and bacon and eggs. Lunch will typically be pasta, sandwiches or soup and salad. The dinner menu will vary depending on the time of year and the availability of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Let us know if you are a vegetarian and we can cater for you.
The minimum age to join this dive trip is 18.
You must have your PADI Open Water certificate to take part in the dives. If you have not yet earned your PADI certificate, check out our Learn to Dive Great Barrier Reef programme which teaches you how to dive, equips you with your PADI certificate, and offers some great underwater experiences.
You will need to complete a PADI medical statement before you travel. If any existing medical issues are noted during this process, you may be required to organise a medical assessment in order to obtain a “fit to dive” medical certificate (costs vary). This certificate must be acquired before you travel and must be valid for 90 days from the start date of your course.
All visitors to Australia, excepting those from New Zealand, will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter the country. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia while you’re out there you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you’re just heading to Australia for fun and don’t wish to work then an ETA will suffice. Both can be applied for online.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.