New Ribbon Reef Tour

For those on a budget, a new 4 day / 3 night liveaboard trip commences operations from Cairns to the Ribbon Reefs from 19 December 2013, and it costs less than $1,000. This is hundreds of dollars cheaper than any other Ribbon Reef trip currently on the market and provides budget snorkelers and divers with the chance to stay and play on the Great Barrier Reef’s amazing Ribbon Reef system.

The aptly named Ribbon Reef Explorer tours will depart Cairns every Thursday, visiting three unique reef locations. Day one and four of the trip are spent on Cairns’ northern reefs, Norman and Saxon, day two is spent on the southern Ribbon Reefs and day three is spent on the Ribbon Reefs and Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.

Please note due to COVID-19 this boat is no longer operating on the Great Barrier Reef. If you are looking for a wonderful Ribbon Reef Liveaboard please check out – Spirit of Freedom 3 Day / 3 Night: Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs Adventure (Departing on Thursdays).

Certified divers have the chance to enjoy up to 15 dives, including three (3) night dives, and there is unlimited snorkelling at the eight (8) different reef sites visited. Snorkellers travel at the bargain rate of just $990* and diving costs start at just $1,110* (*plus the $80 pay onboard fee).

So, why is this trip cheaper than the other Ribbon Reef trips? A few reasons: this trip does not visit the Cod Hole or spend its whole time in the Ribbon Reefs.? Also, the TAKA boat is less luxurious than say Spirit of Freedom or Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, it’s smaller and there are less bells and whistles with the service.

However, it provides a great budget option to visit the amazing Ribbon Reefs and weather permitting, will stop at the simply awesome Steve’s Bommie dive site.? This is one of our all-time favourite dive spots offering an astounding variety of marine life of every shape, size and colour.

Ribbon Reef Explorer visits eight (8) different reef sites at three (3) very different locations on the Great Barrier Reef, including spots visited by the Port Douglas and Cairns day tours. So you really do get to see a bit of everything.

Standard inclusions are Cairns city transfers, three (3) nights of accommodation aboard the TAKA liveaboard boat, all meals and linen (in the cabin), snorkelling equipment and some diving equipment.

The new Ribbon Reef Explorer tours start operating on 19 December 2013. For more information or bookings, please contact Cairns Dive Adventures on +61 7 40411635 or email



An avid scuba diver based in Cairns Australia. Enjoys liveaboards and day boat diving from both Cairns and Port Douglas.


  1. Dane De Luca on July 13, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Where is the available for this?

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