Oceanquest Cairns 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Tour

5.0 (9 Reviews)

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Snorkel - Twin Share with Ensuite
Snorkel - Double Cabin with Ensuite (Requires 2)
1 Guided Dive (add-on)
1 Introductory Dive (add on)
2 Introductory Dives (add on)
Certified Diver (Add On)
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2 Days + 1 Night

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Cairns CBD Transfers Included

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Snorkel Gear Included

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Cozy Rooms Onboard

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Marine Life

See Fish + Turtles + Sharks

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Scuba Dive

Intro + Certified Divers

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Epic Great Barrier Reef Sites

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All Meals Included


If you want an immersive Great Barrier Reef experience, but you only have a couple of days to spare, this liveaboard tour with Oceanquest is perfect! With two full days to visit multiple unique reef sites on the Outer Reef, you'll have many chances to swim with the pristine marine life of the world’s largest coral reef system!

You’ll get to sleep onboard the vessel in spacious, air-conditioned rooms and enjoy delicious meals and all high-quality snorkel or dive gear provided. This tour is suitable for snorkelers, introductory divers, and advanced divers, and the highly trained staff will ensure everyone feels comfortable and prepared for their exploration of the Great Barrier Reef!

  • 2-day, 1-night tour out on the stunning Great Barrier Reef
  • The ideal tour for avid snorkelers, introductory divers, or certified divers
  • Cozy accommodation, meals, and snorkel or dive gear included
  • Ample time to explore the vast, colorful underwater world and spot some marine life

Your Sample Itinerary

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The Vessel

When you board your Oceanquest vessel, you’ll be amazed at the quality and comfort that awaits you. With spacious rooms including a double share, a twin share, and a quad share, all with ensuite bathrooms, you can sleep out on the reef in style! Fresh linens and delicious meals are included, and you’ll get spectacular views of the reef from your room and from the wide sundecks on board. There is an onboard bar as well where you can purchase beverages and snacks.

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Snorkelers are welcome to join this liveaboard tour! If you’re not keen to try scuba diving, you can still have a blast roaming through the coral reefs and marine life sanctuaries of the Great Barrier Reef! High-quality masks, snorkels, fins, and wetsuits are provided. With multiple reef sites to visit over the course of two days, you just may have some of the best snorkeling of your life!

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Scuba Diving

This liveaboard tour also offers some incredible scuba diving. You’ll get to do up to 6 dives at various locations on the reef, and diving allows you to get up close and personal with the fascinating corals, tropical fish, and turtles, rays, and sharks that live below the surface. All dive equipment is included, and the experienced local staff are there to help you out if you’re an introductory diver. You can even complete your PADI course on board!

underwater night dive

Specialty Dives

Oceanquest offers two types of specialty dives that certified divers can try. The first is a night dive! Go diving under the moonlight and observe the reef at night. Night diving increases your chances of seeing reef sharks, as this is when they are most active. Introductory divers and snorkelers can hang off the back of the boat with their masks on to watch the action! If you’re a certified diver who has completed a night dive on Oceanquest or elsewhere, you can also try a fluoro dive! For an extra cost, you can use special masks and lights and witness the reef glowing in vibrant colors. 


Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet, and it is full of natural wonders! Feast your eyes on intricate webs of colorful and unique corals, and enjoy swimming amongst the tropical fish. Clownfish, Maori Wrasse, Damselfish, Butterflyfish, Parrotfish, Batfish, and Angelfish are all common fish you may see. Sea turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, manta rays, or even whales during the winter months are other magnificent creates you may spot during your dives!

What's Included?

  • Transfers from hostels and hotels in Cairns city center (Transfers from the Northern Beaches $20.00)
  • All snorkeling and diving equipment (BCD, regulator, dive computer, mask, snorkel, full foot fins, 5mm wetsuit)
  • 2 cell torch hire for night dive
  • All meals 
  • Tea, coffee, and chilled water all-day
  • Bed linen 
  • Ensuite bathrooms and showers

What's Extra?

  • Digital camera hire
  • Purchases from the bar
  • Dive guide ($15 per person, per dive)
  • Prescription masks
  • Nitrox fills
  • Fluoro night dive (available upgrade onboard only, cannot be rebooked).
  • Dive add ons
  • Northern Beaches transfers

Important Information

  • Certified divers must bring their dive card! If you do not you may be required to sign a 'Statutory Declaration' and dive with an Instructor on your first dive which will cost an extra $15.00
  • Please note divers may be subject to a medical questionnaire before they are able to dive. Please click here for more diving information and to read the medical questionnaire.
  • You must be 12 years or over to take part in an introductory dive
  • The child snorkel age is 4-14. There is no minimum age restriction for travelling on vessels when accompanied by a parent or guardian, but children must remain supervised at all times if they are not undertaking a course. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking your tour!

Customer Reviews

Audrey Leibig

Apr, 28 2024

I did a liveaboard (2 days, 1 night) on OceanQuest and it was fantastic! I did 6 (!) dives in 2 days, including their sharks in the dark experience, which was incredible. I felt very safe and taken care of at all times. They take you out on one boat and you do two dives/ snorkels/ intro dives on that boat if you wish. Then you transfer to the overnight boat and do an afternoon and evening session. I also really liked that there were options throughout the whole experience - you could stay on the boat, snorkel, dive with a guide or dive with a buddy. There were probably 30 ish people on the overnight boat, which was a good size to keep meeting new people but not be overwhelmed by too many people all getting ready at once. Rooms were standard but comfortable and clean. And I cannot overstate the hot fresh water showers!! The food was also great and they were able to cater to dietary restrictions (gluten free for me - even a GF brownie for dessert!). The crew was great, I felt safe the whole time, and the dives were fantastic. Highly recommend!

Ruth Breuer

May, 26 2022

I had a very nice time on the boat. Beds are comfortable and staff are friendly. SCUBA diving is very good. Great locations with lots of wildlife. The night dive is a great way to see lots of sharks.

Gwen Burrows

Mar, 05 2022

What an amazing time! I saw so much, only wish I had more time to do a 3rd day and a 2nd night dive! Amazing!

Emma Filion

Feb, 04 2022

Absolutely wonderful! Some of my best diving times ever, especially the night dive! Always exciting to see sharks!

Alex Frenette

Oct, 05 2021

The best thing I did in Cairns, absolutely loved the night dive. The boat is nice and well maintained, the food is nice, and the crew are excellent. Most importantly, the diving is really good with lots of fish and coral, and loads of little nudibranchs.

Danielle Otten

Oct, 05 2021

Really a very good time. I saw much sea life like 4 turtles and more than 20 sharks at night. It is a very good boat. It has nice staff and good food. The diving is very good.

Matt Penner

Aug, 04 2021

Amazing time on an amazing reef. Paid for the flouro dive and the colours of the reef are incredible! Everyone should give it a go.

Calum Burgess-Wylie

Jul, 29 2021

My first liveaboard and I loved it. All te diving was great but the night dive took it to another level. Rented a gopro and underwater torches for the night dive and spent the dive surrounded by sharks and trevally. One of the best dives I've ever done!

Stephan Hill

Jan, 13 2021

What a great diving holiday, I saw so much and recommend 100%

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