Cairns Dive Centre: 2 or 3 Day PADI Liveaboard Referral Course


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Cairns Dive Centre: 2 or 3 Day PADI Liveaboard Referral Course

Tour Type: Multi-Day Options | Operates: Daily – Pending Demand | Departs: 8.30am | Returns: 4.30pm | Transfers: Cairns city included



Cairns Dive Centre provides PADI Liveaboard Referral Dive Courses on the liveaboard Kangaroo Explorer. You have the option of doing either a 2-Day / 1-Night or 3-Day / 2-Night Liveaboard trip, to complete your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certificate. These referrals courses offer you a total of five (5) or eight (8) dives respectively, including your four (4) open water certification dives.

Cabin options onboard Kangaroo Explorer are Quad Share (4 x single beds), Twin Share (2 x single beds) & Double (1 x double bed), all with ensuite bathrooms. Make a note in the booking form which room type you would like. Please note rooms are booked first in best dressed.

The day vessel Sunkist will transfer you out to the liveaboard dive boat (Kangaroo Explorer) where you will complete your training dives. Kangaroo Explorer visits a range of reef sites on the Outer Reefs such as Moore, Briggs, Elford & Thetford reef. Completing your training dives in the warm tropical waters surrounded by soft and hard corals, brightly colored reef fish & the chance to maybe even spot a turtle or two.

A Cairns Dive Centre PADI Referral Course will provide you with all training materials, dive equipment including dive computer & wetsuit or lycra suit, bed linen and all meals on board the boat. You need to bring your towel and appropriate PADI Dive Referral paperwork signed and dated by a professional PADI Instructor with you.

NOTE: An Australian Dive Medical may be required prior to booking the Open Water Referral Course. This is an additional cost and can be undertaken locally at several Cairns doctors / medical clinics. Contact us for more information.


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Adult (Snorkel)Snorkel-$234.00$7.00$241.00
Child (Snorkel)Snorkel-$174.00$7.00$181.00
Adult (1-Certified Dives)Certified Dive1$296.00$7.00$303.00
Adult (2-Certified Dives)Certified Dive2$322.00$7.00$329.00
Adult (3-Certified Dives)Certified Dive3$342.00$7.00$349.00
Adult (1-Introductory Dive)Introductory Dive1$316.00$7.00$323.00
Adult (2-Introductory Dive)Introductory Dive2$388.00$7.00$395.00


Starting daily, pending demand, this is a very itinerary friendly option which includes all instruction (with professional dive instructors), equipment, transfers to and from your accommodation and the Great Barrier Reef.

The first 2 days are the same for all Cairns Dive Centre PADI Liveaboard Referral courses, with the third day for those that wish to complete some additional fun dives as a Certified Diver. This is detailed below.

DAY 1 – LIVEABOARD: It’s an early start today, so wake up on time for your 6.45am pick-up from Cairns city accommodation. You are spending the next two (2) days aboard Cairns Dive Centre’s liveaboard boat (Kangaroo Explorer), so bring your luggage with you, where you will complete the four (4) training dives necessary to complete your course, and even have time for one ‘pleasure’ dive as a certified diver. Transfers to and from the Great Barrier Reef are provided aboard Cairns Dive Centre’s day boat. Your first training dive is this afternoon at 12.30pm: the second is at 4pm. Dinner is served from 6pm. All meals, accommodation and linen on board Kangaroo Explorer is included in the dive course price: bring your own towel and any extra money for beverages from the licensed bar.

DAY 2 – LIVEABOARD: Wake up on the Great Barrier Reef. Your first dive of the day (3rd training dive) is at 6am. Breakfast is served from 7am and then your next dive – your certification dive – is at 8am. You are now a certified diver! The final dive for the day is a ‘pleasure’ dive, which you will make as a certified scuba diver with your dive buddy (and without your instructor), this will be around 11am. Lunch is served and in the afternoon you disembark the liveaboard boat, returning to Cairns on the day boat. You will arrive back into Cairns around 4.45pm. This completes your 2 Day 1 Night PADI Referral Course. If you have chosen the 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboardption, you stay on the boat tonight and have the chance to take a night dive! More information below.

DAY 3 – LIVEABOARD: It’s your first full day of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef as a certified diver! Last night you may have chosen to take advantage of the night dive, which would have given you a very different perspective on the Great Barrier Reef. Today there is the opportunity to complete three (3) more scuba dives, at different dive locations with your dive buddy (sans the instructor). Dive times and locations will vary, pending weather, but the first dive is usually around 6am, the second at 9am and your final dive of the day will be at 11am. This afternoon, you disembark from the liveaboard boat and return to Cairns on the day boat. You will arrive back into Cairns around 4.45pm. This completes your 3 Day 2 Night Cairns Dive Centre PADI Referral Course.



Please note: You may be required to complete and pass an Australian Dive Medical Certification. Please note that some medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions) will preclude you from learning to dive. For more information, please visit the Dive Medical page.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is internationally recognised and will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need, to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18m, when diving with a buddy. All instruction manuals are included in the course cost. At completion you are not certified for solo diving or deep diving.

The number of scuba dives you will complete, depends on which course you choose. Please see below.

  • 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard PADI Referral Course: 4 training dives, become certified and have 1 pleasure dive.
  • 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard PADI Referral Course: 4 training dives, become certified and have up to 4 pleasure dives, including a night dive.


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Tour Notes:

Cairns Dive Centre liveaboard boat Kangaroo Explorer has an engine malfunction and will be out of the water until further notice.  2018

Remember: You will need your PADI Referral paperwork signed and dated by your PADI Certified Instructor.

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

Extras: (Pay Later) An additional $20 per person per day at sea for Fuel, Port & Reef charge is payable on the day of travel.

Extras: (Dive Medical) You may be required to complete an Australian dive medical to the AS4005.1 to complete a Referral Course. If so, this can be arranged prior to the trip at a cost of Approx $60.50

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You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 6:00pm.