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Deep Sea Divers Den – Liveaboard

Multi-Day Trips | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8.45am | Transfers available: Yes, Cairns city included

Deep Sea Divers Den offers liveaboard dive and snorkel (for more information on these activities, see the tabs below) trips from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. These trips are available as a multi night liveaboard ( 2-3-4 day options) being the most popular duration, allowing you to sleep on the reef and enjoy early morning and night dives, as well as seeing sunrise and sunset over the Coral Sea. The benefit of liveaboard trips is that you have more time to explore more reef sites, than you would get to see on a day trip.

These trips are cost effective, including transfers to and from the reef, all accommodation, meals and linen, so you don’t have to worry about hotel costs in Cairns. Accommodation is available in a range of configurations, allowing you to tailor your trip to suit your budget and preferences. All cabins are air-conditioned and you can choose between quad share, twin share (share bathroom) and double cabins (which have their own ensuite). It’s first in best dressed with cabin allocations and the boat sleeps a maximum of 30 guests, which means it’s small numbers with a high crew to guest ratio. There are hot freshwater showers on board.

There are daily departures from Cairns for the liveaboard trips, thanks to Deep Sea Divers Den’s day boat, which takes guests to and from the liveaboard boat. During your stay at sea, the liveaboard boat will move to different locations around the Great Barrier Reef, allowing you to explore different sites each day. There is internet on board, as well as a licensed bar. Snorkelling trips are cheaper than scuba diving trips and introductory diving is available (no experience necessary).

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
2 Day/1 Night Twin Cert Diver Certified Diving 7 $535.00 $40.00 $575.00 $107.00
2 Day/1 Night Double Cert Diver Certified Diving 7 $555.00 $40.00 $595.00 $111.00
3 Day/2 Night Twin Cert Diver Certified Diving 11 $715.00 $60.00 $775.00 $143.00
4 Day/3 Night Twin Cert Diver Certified Diving 17 $895.00 $80.00 $975.00 $179.00
3 Day/2 Night Double Cert Diver Certified Diving 11 $755.00 $60.00 $815.00 $151.00
4 Day/3 Night Double Cert Diver Certified Diving 17 $955.00 $80.00 $1,035.00 $191.00
2 Day/1 Night Twin Intro Diver Introductory Diving 5 $675.00 $40.00 $715.00 $135.00
2 Day/1 Night Double Intro Diver Introductory Diving 5 $695.00 $40.00 $735.00 $139.00
3 Day/2 Night Twin Intro Diver Introductory Diving 5 $805.00 $60.00 $865.00 $161.00
2 Day/1 Night Twin Snorkel Snorkeling - $465.00 $40.00 $505.00 $93.00
2 Day/1 Night Double Snorkel Snorkeling - $485.00 $40.00 $525.00 $97.00
3 Day/2 Night Twin Snorkel Snorkeling - $595.00 $60.00 $655.00 $119.00
3 Day/2 Night Double Snorkel Snorkeling - $635.00 $60.00 $695.00 $127.00
1-Day Refresher Dive Course 9am-4:30pm (Land Based Pool & Theory) Not Available Thursdays Certified Diving - $160.00 - $160.00 $32.00

SPECIAL TRIPS – MINKE WHALE DEPARTURE DATES:

Depart – 02nd JUNE – Return – 06th JUNE 2017
Depart – 09th JUNE – Return – 13th JUNE 2017
Depart – 16th JUNE – Return – 20th JUNE 2017
Depart – 23rd JUNE – Return – 27th JUNE 2017

Depart – 07th JULY – Return – 11th JULY 2017
Depart – 14th JULY – Return – 18th JULY 2017
Depart – 21st JULY – Return – 25th JULY 2017
Depart – 28th JULY – Return – 01st AUGUST 2017

*Maximum of 36 guests only!

Please Note: Ocean Quest will be used on the above special Minke Whale departure dates. So regular liveaboard trips will not be operating during the above times mentioned. If you are interested in a Minke Whale expedition please visit – Minke Whale Expedition.

Prices valid from April 1st 2016 through to 31st March 2017.

Inclusions: Accommodation onboard in choice of quad, twin or double cabins, Air Fills, Bed Linen, Fresh Showers, Cairns City Accommodation Transfers, All quality diving and snorkelling equipment including wetsuits, All meals whilst onboard, Tea – Coffee & Chilled water all day, 2 Locations per day on the Outer Reef

Extras: (Pay Later) An additional $20 per person, per day (Environmental Management Charge $3.50, Fuel Levy $10, Port & Admin Charges $6.50) is payable on the day of travel. Also torch hire is available for the night dives

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

These liveaboard trips can be booked as a multi night stay, 2-3-4 day options being the most popular duration: price varies, please see the prices tab for more information. For the purposes of providing a sample itinerary, we will write a three (3) day trip itinerary. For two (2) day trips, just delete the middle day, for four (4) day trips, just repeat the middle day, but add more reef sites, as the boat will move around each day. We have highlights at the start of each (as overview information) and more detailed information underneath. Please contact us if this does not make sense, or you’d like more information.

DAY 1. Highlights: Getting to the Great Barrier Reef, visiting three (3) different reef sites and transferring to your liveboard boat. Sunset and sleeping on the Coral Sea. For divers, up to four (4) certified dives today, including a night dive. Snorkellers can try an introductory scuba dive (additional cost).

MORE DETAIL: Transfers from Cairns city accommodation is included in this liveaboard trip, so your tour commences with a coach pick-up at around 7.45am. The coach will take you to Deep Sea Divers Den’s Cairns office on Draper Street, where check-in and any final payments (reef tax) are made and boarding passes are issued: from there, the coach takes you over to Marlin Marina (a five minute drive). Boarding their day boat, which is a fast and comfortable catamaran, you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee (if you are diving, you will be given dive medical paperwork to complete and be issued with your diving equipment for the day). All guests are asked to
sit in the air-conditioned interior for welcome and safety briefings, as the boat prepares for its 8.45am departure from Cairns.

Briefings continue as you head out to the Great Barrier Reef and during the 90-minute transfer, snorkelers and divers are provided with their equipment and all training and briefings prior to arrival at the reef. Arriving at the reef at around 10.30am it’s straight into the water for some reef fun, before the buffet lunch is served at 12pm. The buffet includes cold meats and salads, bread rolls and tropical fruits. While you eat, the boat moves to its second reef location for the day, where it’s back into the water for more snorkelling / diving.

All guests are asked to be back onboard by 2.10pm in time for a 2.30pm transfer to the liveaboard boat. The transfer is completed quickly and easily, with guests just stepping over from one boat to the next. You are welcomed aboard the new boat and given an overview of the vessel and allocated your cabin number. After dropping your bags into the cabin, there is plenty more time for in-water activities, be it snorkelling or diving. Dinner is served at 6pm and after that you have the option of a night dive, before dessert is served to end the day.

NB: Deep Sea Divers Den has a strict policy on alcohol consumption, as soon as you have a drink of alcohol that is the last time you will be allowed into the water that day. Both boats have licensed bars, but keep this in mind when planning your day.

DAY 2. Highlights: Waking up on the Great Barrier Reef and watching the sun rise over the Coral Sea. Visiting at least two (2) different reef sites and then watching the sun set on another glorious day. For divers, up to five (5) certified dives today, including a night dive and early morning dive: snorkellers can try an introductory scuba dive (additional cost).

MORE DETAIL: For divers, the first dive of the day is at 6.30am: snorkelers can sleep in, or get up early to catch the sunrise.
[Please note there is a daily itinerary notice board on the liveaboard boat, showing all dive and meal times, which helps you to plan your day.]

Breakfast is served from 7.30am and includes hot and cold options (cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs and toast). After breakfast, the boat moves to a new reef location and there’s plenty of time for more diving and snorkelling (there is the chance for two dives before lunch). Lunch is served at 12.30pm and then you’ve got a couple of hours to just relax, while the liveaboard boat moves to a new reef site. You can have a sleep in your cabin, relax in the air-conditioned interior or enjoy some time on the exterior sun deck. During this time, the day boat will stop off and drop off new guests, while picking up any departing guests.

Everyone is allowed back into the water from 3.30pm for more diving and snorkelling: there’s 2.5 hours until dinner is served at 6pm. Tonight there is the option for a night dive (for certified divers) and dessert is served from 8pm.

DAY 3. Highlights: Waking up on the Great Barrier Reef and watching sunrise over the Coral Sea. For divers, up to three (3) certified dives today, including an early morning dive. Snorkellers can try an introductory scuba dive (additional cost).

MORE DETAIL: Wake up early to watch the golden sun rise up over the Coral Sea and take an early morning swim / dive, or sleep in and wander out in time for the 7.30am hot and cold breakfast.

For divers, the early morning dive is highly recommended and a great way to start the day! This is the time when you can see the marine life changing shifts, the night time hunters are all retiring for the day, while the day time fishes are just starting to become more active. In particular, watch out for large schools of Bumphead Parrotfish, fast moving Trevally and the always striking Lionfish.

The boat will move to a second location after breakfast and for those departing today, there is time for one more scuba dive or snorkel on the trip. Departing passengers should be out of the water by 11.30am, giving you time for a freshwater shower and to pack-up your cabin before lunch is served at 12.30pm.

After lunch, you can chill out in the air-conditioned interior or on the exterior sundecks for a few hours. The day boat collects you around 2.30pm, departing the Great Barrier Reef for its return to Cairns at 3pm. Pending weather and conditions, you should arrive back into town at 4.30pm, with coach transfers back to your accommodation.

These trips are suitable for divers of all experience and certification levels. If you want to try scuba diving for the first time, this is also an option, with introductory dives available: no experience necessary. As the liveaboard trips are available as a multi night liveaboard ( 2-3-4 day options) being the most popular duration, the number of dives you can complete depends on your length of stay. Please note that all equipment and dive briefings are included in the dive prices. For specific information on introductory and certified diving, including the number of dives you can do per trip, please see the below headings.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: This is a great opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time. No previous experience is necessary and as Deep Sea Divers Den also provides learn to dive courses, you can be assured their professional crew have plenty of experience in teaching people to be comfortable with the equipment and in the water. Comprehensive dive briefings are provided, covering skills, equipment and underwater communication. You will practice using the equipment on the boat, before getting in the water. You will then practice breathing just a few metres under the water and if you are comfortable, you will head out on a guided dive. Introductory dives generally last around 30-minutes and go no deeper than 12m. A great option on the 2 day / 1 night liveaboard trip is “Discover Scuba” which includes the trip, all accommodation, meals, instruction and five (5) introductory scuba dives from just $580 incl reef taxes. This is excellent value for money. Introductory diving should be booked on board, or contact us for more information / bookings.

CERTIFIED DIVING: This trip is suitable for certified divers of all experience and certification levels. The maximum dive depth is generally only 18m (this is as deep as the waters get off Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef) and the dive price includes all dive equipment (including computers, wet / lycra suits) and dive briefings.

Divers have the choice between guided and unguided diving, although guided diving is charged extra at $15 per person, per dive (payable on board). The number of dives you can complete during the trip depends on the number of days you are at sea: see below for more information. The maximum number of dives you can complete in a day is four (4) and there is no reverse profiling allowed. The recommended depth for each dive is: 18m – 16m – 14m – 12m.

Basic Deep Sea Diver’s Den certified dive rules are that the maximum dive time is 60-minutes, or, come back to the boat with 50 bar of air left in your tank, whichever comes first. All diving is buddy diving: there is no solo diving on this trip. You will be required to show your dive license and preferably your log book. You will also need to complete dive medical paperwork on board, prior to getting in the water.

  • 2 day / 1 night Trips = up to 7 dives (including a night dive)
  • 3 day / 2 night Trips = up to 11 dives (including 2 night dives)
  • 4 day / 3 night Trips = up to 15 dives (including 3 night dives)

You do not have to complete all of the dives. You can do as many, or few as you like. Nitrox is available but not included: this is charged at $10 per fill for 32% nitrox mix.

These trips are suitable for snorkelers who are confident open water swimmers. All of the reef sites you will visit are open water reef sites, which means they are located in the ocean rather than being near an island, pontoon or sand cay. The sites are all protected within the Great Barrier Reef, which means (pending conditions) there should not be too much current or waves, but water depth will vary.

Snorkelling conditions are excellent, with many of the coral reefs rising from the ocean floor to plateau just metres from the surface, making it easy for you to see the marine life and colourful corals. All snorkelling equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) is included in the snorkel price, as is wet / lycra suits. The boat visits different reef sites during your stay, meaning there is always new things to see and should you be interested, you can always try an introductory dive while on board (no previous experience necessary).

OCEANQUEST OVERNIGHT DIVE REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 2nd of January 2012

Diving on Norman Reef

Deep Sea Diver’s Den provides affordable, comfortable overnight dive trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. There are daily departures, thanks to SeaQuest, and OceanQuest is suitable for certified divers and snorkelers. Non-divers will enjoy the spacious, communal spaces and divers can look forward to excellent diving on varied Great Barrier Reef dive sites. If you are diver with non-diving family / friends, looking for a good liveaboard trip from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, then this is an ideal, well priced option... read full review


Brilliant time, fantastic staff - Jilly

Spent just one night aboard, wish we could have stayed longer but still well worth it. The staff were incredibly friendly, always knew our names and were keen to help. Managed to squeeze loads of dives in a short space of time including a night shark dive which was breathtaking. Would definitely recommend it, even if it's just to play with Wally! ... travelled on 27/10/2013

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Good trip on Taka liveaboard - Susannah Gibson

We had rough seas for our two nights on Taka, but we still had a great time on our dives and Taka had everything we needed - great food, hot showers and friendly/helpful staff. A highlight was the night dives with sharks and seeing humpback whales on the trip out to Taka on our first day. ... travelled on 09/07/2013

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Awesome trip - Will

This trip was our first overnight diving adventure and it lived up to expectation. The reef sites were full of sea life and color. The food and accommodation was perfect after 4-5 dives and everything was well laid out and explained by the dive master. This is by no means a 5 star vessel but when the focus is on diving who cares that you crash out in a bunk. ... travelled on 19/10/2013

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Sharks! - Stuart Robinson

Loved the night dive, crazy to jump into a bunch of hungry sharks. ... travelled on 02/09/2013

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4 day 3 night live aboard - Jen

Awesome trip! Thanks so much Anna for all the remote online help! ... travelled on 24/08/2013

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1 night liveaboard TAKA - Amanda Dalby

Fantastic!! I had 7 amazing dives around different reefs, seeing white tip reef sharks, turtles, a very friendly napoleon wrasse called 'Wally', bumphead parrot fish, giant clams, you name it! The reefs were absolutely stunning and I was traveling with my mother who enjoyed snorkeling just as much. The staff were very friendly and helpful. the accommodation was comfortable and the food very tasty, we would thoroughly recommend this trip to other divers and snorkelers. Fantastic value for money. The 5 hump back whales we saw from the boat was an added bonus! ... travelled on 21/08/2013

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