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OceanQuest 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Reef Trip

Spend an incredible 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef for more time in the water immersed in the spectacular beauty of this natural wonder, with all meals, accommodation, multiple snorkelling opportunities, & stops at different reef locations included.

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3 days, 2 nights
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Day 1 – 7:30 am to Day 3 – 5:00 pm
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What's Included

  • Get up to $70 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 3-day 2-night liveaboard snorkelling reef trip, onboard the OceanQuest with a choice of twin or double rooms, with private ensuites in each
  • Use of all snorkelling equipment to explore the various reef mooring sites
  • The opportunity to join the unique & exhilarating Sharks in the Dark experience to see with these creatures of the deep after dark
  • All meals onboard, plus chilled drinking water, tea, & coffee
  • Convenient return transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation

Where we Visit:

  • Exclusive moorings different locations (varies each trip)
    • Norman reef
    • Saxon reef
    • Hastings reef

WHAT TO EXPECT

Take your trip to the Great Barrier Reef even further with a 3-day, 2-night liveaboard adventure, onboard the OceanQuest. Spend your days and nights exploring the best outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites aboard your floating accommodation.

 

With more than 14 permanent moorings at Saxon and Norman reefs and selected sites at Hastings Reef, snorkellers of all levels can explore the reef and its diverse marine life from early morning to night. When one, or even two days isn't enough of a fix to visit all the colourful dive and snorkel sites, this three-day trip from Cairns gives you all the time you need. 

 

The three-deck, 35m catamaran is purpose-built for a top-class snorkelling holiday, with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and hot, fresh water showers. Everything from the air-conditioned cabins with en suites, lounge and bar, are all designed for your comfort. Plus, you have the choice of twin or double rooms, all with private ensuites. 

 

At night, relax in the lounge and bar. Or if you’re keen for more undersea adventures, try a unique night experience like Sharks in the Dark to make your time on board this floating reef hotel truly unforgettable. Join in the fun by watching from on deck, or when conditions are calm, snorkellers can grab a mask and peek under the surface from the dive platform and watch the sharks gliding right underneath you.

 

Throughout your trip, you'll also enjoy all your delicious meals prepared by our onboard chef, including hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Enjoy a well-deserved dessert treat after your day in the water!

 

The Reef Sites

 

Norman Reef, on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, is renowned for its clear water, beautiful and diverse corals and coral canyons. Its dive sites boast a huge range of fish, from reef sharks to anemone fish, cuttlefish and coral trout, as well as parrot and angelfish. Keep an eye out for the friendly giant Maori wrasse, Wally!

 

Saxon Reef is undoubtedly home to some of the best Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel sites. Set between Norman and Hastings Reefs, it has calm lagoons ideal for snorkelling, as well as the famous Twin Peaks coral ‘mountains’ where a deeper scuba dive offers the chance to spot species like reef sharks, trevally, large cod, and moray eels.

 

Hastings Reef is among the best Great Barrier Reef locations for snorkellers and divers of all levels, with very shallow reefs offering a great snorkelling experience, and large coral bommies to be seen. Corals cover much of this 10km² reef and are even seen in its caves. Out on the edges, there are schools of incredible fish species like butterflyfish, damselfish, plus clams, turtles and small reef sharks.

Tour Options
  • Trip inc. Snorkelling Twin Cabin
    From AUD $699
    Value AUD $725 SAVE 4%
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  • Trip inc. Snorkelling 4 Share Cabin
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    Value AUD $725 SAVE 2%
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  • Trip inc. Snorkelling Double Cabin (2 Pax)
    From AUD $769
    Value AUD $785 SAVE 2%
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  • Trip inc. Snorkelling Twin Cabin Sole Use
    From AUD $1429
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  • Trip inc. Snorkelling Double Cabin Sole Use
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  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at the office at check-in.
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All our day and overnight trips visit the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The outer reefs are the sections furthest from the coast.

These reefs have fewer crowds and benefit from flowing nutrients distributed by the vast Coral Sea. Here, good climate conditions and clear water bring out the best in the coral colours and the incredibly diverse marine life.

With more than 18 sites from Cairns, this tour has the most choice of outer reef locations of all the local operators. On the day trips we visit two sites per day, based on weather and visibility conditions, to ensure you have the best possible dive or snorkel experience.

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In Cairns and the rest of the tropical north, the weather is warm year-round, so you can enjoy a trip to the Great Barrier Reef in any season! 

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As long as you’re comfortable in the water, you should be able to snorkel or even do an intro dive. Before you enter the water you will fill out a form that includes information on your level of competence in the water and any medical conditions. Depending on your response, we may require that you use a flotation device while snorkelling.

Our friendly instructors will talk you through using all the equipment. If you’re unsure, feel free to contact us to discuss.

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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.

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Meals on board OceanQuest are chef-prepared. As long as we are advised at the time of booking we can cater to most dietary requests. Please contact us for further queries.

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All our vessels are catamarans, which offer greater stability and a smoother ride than monohull vessels.

If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend buying natural ginger tablets, available at all local chemists. We also have some available for sale onboard.

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Box jellyfish, also known as ‘stingers’, are pale blue, transparent jellyfish. They can measure up to 20 cm along each side of their cube-shaped bodies, and their tentacles can reach up to 3 metres long. Their sting can be very painful, and even fatal in some cases.

Box jellyfish live in the warmer coastal areas sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, and are most numerous between November and May. We provide protective lycra suits during these months to protect all snorkellers and divers.

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We offer complimentary accommodation transfers on our dive courses and overnight trips.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The Operator will endeavour to adhere to the advertised itinerary, but reserves the right to alter the itinerary or cut short the tour in the event of a medical emergency, inclement weather conditions, or for reasons involving passenger, crew or vessel safety, at the sole discretion of the Master of the Vessel
  • To participate in scuba diving/snorkelling, ALL customers are required to agree to, and sign, our liability forms relevant to the activity they will be undertaking
  • Tours are subject to the risks and perils of snorkelling in changeable conditions in an open water environment. The Operator reserves the right, for our customer’s safety and/ or the safety of our crew or other scuba divers, to prevent any customer’s participation if they are deemed physically or medically unfit to do so or in our sole discretion
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 24 hours before course/trip commencement date: No Charge
  • Within 24 hours of course/trip commencement: Full course/trip fee

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