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.