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Deep Sea Divers Den: Reef Quest

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8.30am | Transfers available: No

ReefQuest is the newest addition to the Deep Sea Divers Den fleet of Great Barrier Reef boats and one of the latest offerings in Cairns’ impressive fleet of luxury day tour options. ReefQuest has been purpose built to provide snorkelers and divers with a fantastic day exploring the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The focus is on comfort and experience. This boat is newly built and only started operating in December 2015. Licensed to carry 125 passengers, Deep Sea Divers Den will limit day tour numbers to just 80 guests, ensuring there is plenty of space to relax across the two levels of air-conditioned interior and three exterior sun decks. ReefQuest is 24m long with a 9m beam and is identifiable in Cairns’ Marlin Marina thanks to her impressive octopus inspired decal.

This tour caters to snorkelers and divers of all experience levels, including those that have never dived before, but want to give it a go (introductory divers). You will enjoy up to five (5) hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which means plenty of time for in-water activities and the chance to take up to three (3) dives.

Where do you go? Deep Sea Divers Den are licensed to visit 17 moorings on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Your destinations will be chosen to maximise experience on the day, pending weather and conditions.

What’s included in the tour price? Free guided snorkel tour, free use of snorkel equipment (dive equipment is included in the dive price) and lycra (stinger) or wet suits, morning tea and a tropical buffet lunch. Travel time to and from the reef is approximately 90 minutes.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Snorkelling (Adult) Snorkeling - $180.00 $20.00 $200.00 $45.00
Snorkelling (Child) Snorkeling - $130.00 $20.00 $150.00 $32.50
Snorkelling (Family) 2-Adults + 2-Children Snorkeling - $550.00 $80.00 $630.00 $137.50
Cert Diving (2 Dives) Certified Diving 2 $250.00 $20.00 $270.00 $62.50
Cert Diving (3 Dives) Certified Diving 3 $270.00 $20.00 $290.00 $67.50
Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $250.00 $20.00 $270.00 $62.50
Introductory Diving (2 Dives) Introductory Diving 2 $300.00 $20.00 $320.00 $75.00
Introductory Diving (3 Dives) Introductory Diving 3 $330.00 $20.00 $350.00 $82.50

Please Note: To try any form of Scuba Diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. Also, PADI recommends you must allow 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.

Inclusions: Tea, coffee and water, morning tea and tropical buffet lunch, snorkel equipment, free guided snorkel tour, wetsuits and lycra suits.

Please Note: Child Age is classed as 4-14 years old. A family is classed as (2 x Adults + 2 x Children)

Please Note: Certified Scuba Divers – All dives are unguided, if you would like a dive guide they do charge $15 per person per dive.

Extras (Pay Later): An additional $20 per person (Environmental Management Charge $3.50, Fuel Levy $10.00, Port & Admin Charges $6.50) is payable on the day of travel.

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

Check-in for ReefQuest is at the boat, which is moored at C Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina from 8am. Should be pretty easy to spot. Just look for the ‘new’ white boat, sporting the impressive octopus paint job on its sides. The boat departs Cairns at 8.30am, heading for its first Outer Great Barrier Reef site. All day, equipment, boat and trip briefings are provided enroute to the reef, a trip which takes approximately 90 minutes.

Arrive at the first site around 10am. Enjoy plenty of time here for diving and snorkelling, before ReefQuest ups anchors and heads to the second reef destination for the day around 12.45pm. Lunch is served during this transfer. More time for swimming and snorkelling this afternoon, exploring a new site, before packing up to return to Cairns around 3pm. ReefQuest return to Marlin Marina at 4.30pm.

Deep Sea Divers Den have been running diving tours to the Great Barrier Reef since 1974. This company knowns the reef and how to please divers. Its latest day tour boat, ReefQuest, provides certified divers the chance to take up to three (3) dives and visits two (2) Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, each and every day. There is also the opportunity for people to try diving for the first time (no experience necessary) by booking an introductory dive.

Please note all diving is subject to the successful completion of an on-board medical questionnaire. Some conditions will preclude you from diving, including asthma and pregnancy. Please contact us with any queries.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: Great opportunity to try diving for the first time and make the most of your Great Barrier Reef experience. No previous diving experience is necessary: all equipment, underwater communication and diving tips / training will be provided to you in a comprehensive briefing on the way to the reef. All introductory dives are guided by dive professionals. You will go to a maximum depth of 12m and an intro dive will last no more than 30 minutes. The minimum age for participation is 12.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Certified divers can choose between 1, 2 or 3 dives during the ReefQuest day tour. Although please note that the price to do one or two dives is exactly the same (so you may as well do two). All of the dive sites are located on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, approximately 70km from shore. As this boat is the newest one in Cairns’ reef day tour fleet (launched December 2015) and was purpose built to provide snorkel and dive day tours, you can expect a large dive deck, fully equipped with the latest dive gear and equipment. Certified diving aboard ReefQuest is unguided, but you can pay for a dive guide at $15 per person, per dive: this is in addition to the certified dive price featured on the site. You will be required to show your Divers License and complete Dive Medical paperwork on board, prior to diving.

ReefQuest visits the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which is located approximately 70km offshore from Cairns and is an open water location. The waters are generally protected by the reef, but it is open water swimming. For your comfort and convenience, snorkelers are provided with a wetsuit or lycra suit (included in the price), all snorkel equipment and complimentary use of buoyancy devices (if required).

Briefings about the reef (and snorkelling) are provided on the journey, from Cairns to the reef and a guided snorkel tour is included in your day trip price. ReefQuest visits two (2) separate reef sites during the day, so there is lots to see and do.

DEEP SEA DIVERS DEN – REEF QUEST REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Friday 29th of January 2016

Deep Sea Divers Den Reef Quest Trip Review

Reef Quest is the newest addition to the Deep Sea Divers Den fleet, commencing Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour operations in December 2015. This brand new boat is fully equipped with the latest dive and snorkel equipment and provides guests with up to five (5) hours at the reef and the chance to do three (3) scuba dives and snorkelling. ... read full review

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