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Pro Dive – Liveaboard

3 Day / 2 Night Trips | Operates: Daily (except Tuesday) | Departs: 7.15am | Transfers available: Yes, Cairns & Northern Beaches included

Pro Dive Cairns has 3 day / 2 night liveaboard dive and snorkel trips (for more information on these activities, please see below tabs) from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. These trips depart every day except Tuesday and unlike Cairns’ other liveaboard trips, you stay on the same boat, with the same crew and passengers, for the duration of your trip. Visit several different reef locations and enjoy sun set over the Coral Sea, before waking up on the Great Barrier Reef.

Pro Dive has three, fully equipped dive charter vessels. Each of the 23.95m long monohull boats has 14 twin share cabins and 2 double cabins, sleeping up to 32 passengers. The boat has an air-conditioned interior and exterior sundeck. There are eight toilet / shower bathrooms on board and the crew to passenger ratio is 1:5. Linen is supplied but bring your own towels.

This great value trip includes inner-city transfers in Cairns, transfers to and from the Great Barrier Reef, all meals,free Wi-Fi, all safety and dive / snorkel briefings and all equipment. The meals are prepared fresh on board and always include hot and cold selections. Complimentary tea, coffee and water is available throughout the trip. There is no licensed bar on board, but you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages: please note that once you have had a drink, you will not be allowed back in the water for the day.

Pro Dive Cairns has won many awards and has years of experience offering Cairns Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel liveaboard trips. A professional operation with 16 exclusive reef sites on four (4) different Cairns outer reefs.

Please note: Trips depart every day except on Tuesdays!

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Pro Dive Cairns liveaboard scuba dive vessel - ScubaPro

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
3 Day/2 Night Cert Diver Certified Diving 11 $760.00 $75.00 $835.00 $152.00
3 Day/2 Night Snorkeler Snorkeling - $670.00 $75.00 $745.00 $134.00

Please Note: Trips depart every day except on Tuesdays! 

Extras: You can also add the Advanced Course for an extra $160.00. Just let us know in the comments field of the booking form if you would like this. Read about the full 3-Day/2-Night PADI Advanced Course from Pro-Dive Cairns.

Inclusions: Accommodation transfers (City and Northern Beaches), all dive equipment (includes a wetsuit, dive computer and prescription mask if required), all meals, accommodation includes bed linen.

Note: The above reef tax fee of $70 person includes a $10.50 Government Environmental Management Charge as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Note: All Certified dives are unguided, this gives you the freedom to dive in your own buddy pairs and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

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

Detailed below is a basic itinerary, based on a standard trip. Please note itineraries may vary, pending weather and conditions. We have included
daily highlights, as well as detailed trip information, for ease of reading. If you have time, you can visit the Pro Dive retail shop (corner of Shields & Grafton Street)
the day / night before your departure, to arrange your dive equipment. Please contact us for more information.

DAY 1. Highlights: Leaving Cairns and exploring two (2) different reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef. For divers, up to four (4) certified dives, including a night dive.
Snorkellers can try an introductory scuba dive (additional cost). Sleeping on the Coral Sea.

MORE DETAIL: If you are utilising the complimentary hotel transfers these commence at 5.45am, taking you to the Pro Dive retail store, on the corner of Shields and Grafton Street, for check-in and equipment allocation at 6.15am. Once everyone is sorted, the coach transfers all guests to the Marlin Marina (five minute drive) where you are welcomed aboard the Pro Dive ScubaPro vessel by the crew.

A light breakfast is served on arrival, consisting of fruit, croissants, toast etc, while the Trip Director welcomes you aboard and allocates cabins and passenger safety numbers. ScubaPro pulls out of Cairns around 7am and commences its three (3) hour trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

During the journey, a video presentation is played covering ship safety and general rules of conduct during the liveaboard trip (including the honour system for soft drinks and snacks, the importance of staying hydrated and preventative sea sickness medication).

Afterwards, the guests are broken up into groups and allocated their equipment for the trip. Snorkellers and divers are provided with their respective briefings and once all of this is taken care of, everyone can relax around the boat and enjoy the trip to sea.

Pro Dive Cairns reaches its first reef site at around 11.30am, where divers and snorkelers are given their first opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Lunch is served from 12.45pm, including soups, salads, bread rolls and cold meats.

After lunch, there is time for another dive / snorkel before Pro Dive Cairns moves to a new reef location for the third in-water session, which is around 4.30pm. Dinner is served at 6pm: the menu changes daily but it always includes hot and cold options. For certified scuba divers, there is the option of a night dive tonight, which commences at 7.30pm. Dessert is served afterwards.

DAY 2. Highlights: Sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef and wake up with an early morning dive or snorkel. For certified divers, up to four (4) certified dives today, including the option of a night dive. Snorkellers can try an introductory scuba dive (additional cost). Sun set over the Coral Sea.

MORE DETAIL: Pending conditions, Pro Dive Cairns moves to a new reef site this morning, so that keen divers / snorkelers will have a new location to explore. Water entry is from around 7.15am and a hot / cold breakfast is served from 8am.

Plenty of time to chill out and relax this morning, as the next in-water activity does not commence until around 11am. If the boat had not already moved earlier in the day, it will move during this time to a new reef location. After some more snorkel / dive time, a delicious buffet lunch is served at 12pm and again, although the menu changes often, this will usually include a pasta component.

After lunch there is more time in the water to explore this afternoon, with dinner not being served until 6pm. Tonight, certified divers have the option of another night dive, with dessert served afterwards at 8.30pm. It’s an early start tomorrow, so you should try to get an early night tonight.

DAY 3. Highlights: Watching sun rise 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: It’s an earlier start today, with the wake-up call coming at 5.30am to get everyone ready for the first dive / snorkel at 6.30am. Believe me the early morning dip into the ocean is always worth getting up for, as this is the time of day when the night shift are changing over to the day shift. You can expect to see reef sharks cruising around, as well as large schools of Bumpheaded Parrotfish.

Afterwards a hot / cold breakfast is served inside and while you eat, Pro Dive Cairns moves to a new reef location. There is time for two more lots of diving and snorkelling today, both of which will be completed before lunch, which is served around 12.15pm. While you eat lunch, the crew pack-up the boat and prepare to begin the return journey to Cairns.

In the afternoon, just enjoy the ride back, chilling out in the sunshine on the top deck. You will get into Cairns’ Marlin Marina at around 3.30pm, with transfers back to your accommodation. Everyone is invited to meet up for drinks / dinner that night: this is not included and is totally optional / at your own discretion.

Pro Dive Cairns also runs a highly awarded PADI dive training centre. As such, guests on board the liveaboard trip may be a combination of certified divers, new divers and divers choosing to complete their Advanced, Rescue course or higher. The trip is also suitable for those wanting to try scuba diving for the first time with an introductory dive (no experience necessary). All equipment and dive briefings are included in the dive prices.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: A great opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time with a professional dive company. Comprehensive dive briefings are included in the introductory dive price, as is all equipment and dive guides. These dives do not go very deep and are a great way to get a feel for scuba diving, while seeing the Great Barrier Reef. This can be booked on board the boat.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Scuba divers of all experience and certification levels will enjoy the Pro Dive Cairns liveaboard trips. You can complete up to 11 dives, including two (2) night dives, and all equipment and dive site briefings are included. Please note the number of dives you choose to complete is up to you, you can do as many, or as few, as you like.

All certified diving on Pro Dive Cairns is unguided, except for the very first dive of the trip, which is optional guided for those divers who have not dived for a while. There is no solo diving on Pro Dive Cairns. If you are not travelling with a dive buddy, this is no problem, you will be paired up with another diver on board.

Dive site depth varies anywhere from 10 – 25m. Certified divers can dive to the maximum depth of their experience and certification. Pro Dive Cairns is licensed to visit up to 16 different reef sites and will move throughout the trip, to maximise your diving experience and show you as much of the Great Barrier Reef as they can.

The certified dive price includes all dive briefings and dive equipment (tank, mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regulators, weight belt and wet suit). Certified divers will be required to show evidence of their certification: through current dive licenses and log book. All divers will be required to sign a Waiver Release and Indemnity Deed on board the boat. You will also be required to complete dive medical paperwork on board.

Pro Dive Cairns trips also cater to snorkelers. The boat will visit several different reef sites during the 3 day / 2 night trip, allowing you to see and explore more of the Great Barrier Reef than you would get to see on a day trip. You also get to see sun rise and sun set over the Coral Sea, which can be pretty magical!

We would recommend these trips to snorkelers who are comfortable and confident in the water. All of the reef sites are open water sites (rather than being near an island or pontoon) and the water depth varies. Although the sites are relatively sheltered, within the Great Barrier Reef, there may still be tidal current and swell.

The reef itself rises from the ocean floor to just metres beneath the surface, so you will be able to get quite close to the corals and fish. All snorkelling equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) is included in the snorkel price, as is wet / lycra suits. There is also the option to try introductory diving (no experience necessary) while on board.

PRO DIVE CAIRNS: 3 DAY LIVEABOARD REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Sunday 19th of June 2011

Half-circled Angelfish at Flynn Reef, Cairns

Pro Dive Cairns provides professional, liveaboard certified and learn to dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew is friendly and efficient. The liveaboard vessel is comfortable, with shared amenities, an air-conditioned interior lounge and spacious exterior sun deck. Meals are generous, hearty and regular, ensuring your internal tank is kept filled for the diving and swimming completed during the trip. Complimentary water bottles are provided and are a great way to stay hydrated, thanks to the filtered water cooler on the top deck. The dive deck and equipment were well maintained and there was a focus on passenger safety during the dive briefings and headcounts. Dive Instructors were friendly and informative, ensuring guests enjoyed their dive courses, while still having time for recreational dives... read full review


Reef sharks and turtles on Prodive - Colmidge

Had a fantastic time diving, organisation was great, well organised. Great sea life, touching sharks and turtles, rays etc. everyone involved just made the whole process run smoothly from start to finish ... travelled on 16/12/2013

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Intense SCUBA with Prodive - Grant Henwood

11 dives in 3 days, terrific experience. Very professional team, very skilled and organised. ... travelled on 24/11/2013

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5 Awesome Days - Mahmoud

Recently my friend and I booked a 5 days open water dive course through CairnsDiveadventures and the staff were really helpful and they find us the best package to suit my travel time. Enjoyed the course and the trip so much, and cheers for the free camera hire :) Will definitely rely on them in my future plans! ... travelled on 16/11/2013

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Found Nemo…and his shark, turtle and eel buddies! - Kiley S

Great trip. Lots of great photo and video ops. Cairns Dive Adventures staff were very helpful; they arranged for the camera to be dropped off at our hotel since we were arriving on the weekend. Overall, wonderful experience. ... travelled on 17/11/2013

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Best Dive Ever! - Kevin

Thanks so much to Anna for recommending and organizing my trip! It is a wonderful trip, and perhaps the best diving trip I have so far! Also thanks for the free camera rental to capture those unforgettable moments! ... travelled on 24/10/2013

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