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 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 men 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.