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Live aboard diving/snorkelling

There is so much to see on the Great Barrier Reef that you may want to stay at the reef overnight instead of just one day. Imagine watching the sun set and sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef, an experience of a lifetime.

Spending 1 or 2 nights at the Great Barrier Reef will allow you to dive, snorkel and explore a variety of local Cairns outer reef sites. Most of Cairns' overnight reef tours use a daily transfer boat to take guests between Cairns and the liveaboard boat (which is permanently based at the reef). This allows them to offer flexible itineraries from overnight trips to multi-night trips. For a more personal option, ProDive offers a 3 days/2 night tour where all guests board the liveaboard vessel from Cairns and stay together for the duration of the dive and snorkel tour.

There is also two different overnight sailing trips. These tours are great for travelers who have a love of sailing, want to sleep at the reef, and prefer a small intimate group size of 12-16 passengers.

The best diving our region has to offer is on the Northern Ribbon Reefs, the famous Cod Cole and the Coral Sea. To visit these reef sites you need to travel on an extended liveaboard tour for 3-7 nights. Luxury dive vessels such as Spirit of Freedom include a one way scenic flight transfer between Cairns and Lizard Island, the most amazing diving opportunities in a remote location with pristine reef, and even offer the experience of shark diving at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

With so many live aboard dive and snorkel trips operating out of Cairns, it can be hard to decide. Please enquire if you want honest local advice in helping you to choose the most suitable overnight or extended live aboard reef trip.

CE 3 Nights Cairns - Pelorus Islands - Cairns


Rates from: $1403

This is local quality cruising at its best. Designed for those wanting to see and access into locations that other commercial vessels do not go, for example Pelorus Island and Nathan Reef, and if the weather is permitting this is also the only commercial vessel that can go through the Hinchinbrook Channel. This 3 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight.

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CE 4 Nights Cairns-Lizard Island-Cairns


Rates from: $1815

This is local quality cruising at its best. Designed for those wanting to see and access the infamous northern Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns and Port Douglas as well as the exclusive reef off Lizard Island. This 4 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight those wanting more emphasis on snorkelling, relaxation and luxury. Diving is available although the trip is not focussed on diving.

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CE 7 Nights Cairns-Pelorus Is-Lizard Is-Cairns


Rates from: $2880

This is local quality cruising at its best. the southern itinerary is designed for those wanting to see and access into locations that other commercial vessels do not go, for example Pelorus Island and Nathan Reef, and if the weather is permitting this is also the only commercial vessel that can go through the Hinchinbrook Channel. The northern itinerary is designed for those wanting to see and access the infamous northern Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns and Port Douglas as well as the exclusive reef off Lizard Island. This 7 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight those wanting more emphasis on snorkelling, relaxation and luxury.

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CSD - 2 Days/1 Night Dive and Snorkel Sailing Boat


Rates from: $470

Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef without the crowds when you embark on this overnight Cairns sailing adventure, experiencing the best of the Outer Barrier Reef. With a maximum of only 12 guests, this yacht offers a fun and intimate holiday visiting spectacular reefs on the very edge of the Continental Shelf.

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DSDD - COD HOLE 2016 SEASON


Rates from: $1800

This company is offering a very unique product for the 2016 Minke Wale season due to high demand. During June and July 2016 they have a live aboard reef trip vessel that will go to and from the infamous Cod Hole. It is a 4 day and 4 night round trip leaving on Friday and returning Tuesday.

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KE - Liveaboard Snorkel and Dive Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $435

This is a comfortable 25 metre catamaran specifically designed for coastal cruising. With daily departures via a transfer boat, the company can offer flexible itineraries from 1 night to multinight trips to the Great Barrier Reef on a daily basis. The vessel has 16 cabins with a variety of quad, twin and double rooms. Suitable for snorkelers and divers.

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OQ - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $470

Imagine yourself waking up and watching the sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef.  That is exactly what you will experience when staying overnight on our liveaboard vessel.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night stay to multiple nights.  The locations are suitable for snorkelers and divers.

We are the first company to offer night diving with the added bonus of flourescent UV lighting, check out the videos on You Tube, it converts the underwater world to one of sparkle and glitter just like a Nemo or Shark Tale movie. Let night diving become a magical experience and travel with us.

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PD - PADI Ocean Referral Course


Rates from: $880

ProDive Cairns offer a 3 Day & 2 Night PADI Ocean Referral Course.  The PADI referral system allows you to split your "Learn to Dive" course so you can complete pool and theory work elsewhere and then finish your open water training dives and certification on our 3 day/2 night liveaboard dive trip.  This includes 9 dives (4 training dives and 5 recreational dives including a guided night dive).  We have a variety of Outer Reef locations at 16 exclusive dive sites.  Course commences every day except Tuesday.

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PD 3 Days/2 Nights Diving & Snorkel Tour


Rates from: $720

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Our 3 premium, purpose built, multi million dollar dive vessels provide the ideal way to stay out and experience what the reef has to offer. These vessels are 25 metres (80 feet) in length and feature 14 twin share and 2 double cabins with private amenities for every 2 cabins. The vessels are centrally air-conditioned, light and airy. There are 2 large decks, one for gear and one strictly for sun tanning and relaxing.

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RE - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $370

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  The boat is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.

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RE VIP TOP DECK CLUB - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $795

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  This trip is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.  The VIP TOP DECK CLUB will provide you with the ultimate personalised service during your Great Barrier Reef live aboard trip.

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RR - Cairns - 2 Day/1 Night Dive and Snorkel Sailing Boat


Rates from: $440

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Snorkel + 2 FREE Intro Dives - $440pp

Certified Diver - Up to 6 Cert Dives - $440pp

This 20 metre motor sailing schooner is specifically setup for live aboard dive and snorkel trips. The crew will show you the exotic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, they provide a totally relaxed and informal atmosphere with their friendly personalised service. Carrying a maximum of 16 passengers ensures a great experieince without the crowds whilst you snorkel and dive some amazing locations at the Outer Barrier Reef.  

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SOF: 3 Day/3 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs


Rates from: $1720

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Join this luxury vessel  to dive the world famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs.  On board this elegant 37m motor cruiser you will enjoy gourmet meals, spacious cabins with private bathrooms, and three decks of comfortable living areas. You will travel 240km along rarely visited reefs, encounter a family of giant potato cod, clouds of colourful tropical fish and pristine coral gardens, before finishing with a scenic reef flight from Lizard Island.

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SOF: 4 Day/4 Night Coral Sea


Rates from: $2070

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Join this award winning company to dive Australia’s Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea. On board this elegant 37m motor cruiser you will enjoy gourmet meals, spacious cabins with private bathrooms, and three decks of comfortable living areas. A must for the adventurous diver, this tour travels 230km off the coast to dive the remote Osprey Reef. Here you will dive sheer walls laced with gorgonian fans, experience 30 to 100 metre visibility, and encounter schools of barracuda, sharks and manta rays.

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SOF: 7 Day/7 Night Cod Hole & Coral Sea


Rates from: $3520

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Join this luxury vessel to visit Australia's premier dive locations. On board this elegant 37m motor cruiser you will enjoy gourmet meals, spacious cabins with private bathrooms, and three decks of comfortable living areas. Your cruise will include the Ribbon Reefs, the Cod Hole, Osprey reef in the Coral Sea, and a stopover at Lizard Island. You will enjoy a huge variety of diving from magical coral gardens, to 1000m walls, to the famous shark dive at 'North Horn'.

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SSMB - 3 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs


Rates from: $1845

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Join this dive expedition company to dive the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities.

This tour suits novice to advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 12 dives. This 3 Night Fly/Dive Cod Hole expedition begins with an incredible 250 kilometre low level reef flight. You glide over your dive sites along the outer Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island. Soon you are swimming with diver size fish at the Cod Hole before exploring the exquisite Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown. Enjoy comfortable cruising within sheltered waters where space, comfort and stability are unmatched.

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SSMB- 4 Night Cod Hole & Coral Sea


Rates from: $2091

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Join this dive expedition to dive the Ribbon Reef, Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities.

This tour suits experienced and advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 14 dives.

During this 4 Night Dive/Fly Cod Hole and Coral Sea Trip you will explore the exquisite Ribbon Reefs, swim with diver sized fish at The Cod Hole, experience shark diving, 1000m coral walls and 40 metre visibility at the Coral Sea.  You will then depart Lizard Island on your low-level scenic flight transfer back to Cairns.

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SSMB- 7 Night Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Coral Sea


Rates from: $3614

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Join this dive expedition to dive the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities. This tour suits novice to advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 26 dives.

During this 7 Night Trip you will visit the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Coral Sea where you will explore exquisite coral formations, swim with diver sized fish at The Cod Hole, experience shark diving, 1000m coral walls and 40 metre visibility at the Coral Sea.  You will experience amazing marine biodiversity throughout this 450 mile diving expedition.

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Sunlover By Starlight - Overnight on Pontoon


Rates from: $499

Cairns only live aboard pontoon product on the reef!  This is a once in a lifetime overnight reef stay, at Moore Reef Platform which is located on the Great Barrier Reef, 26 nautical miles off the coast of Cairns.  Day trips to the platform operate 7 days a week, but for a lucky few, you can book to stay and "camp" on the platform under the stars.  An intimate, personalised service catering to no more than 18 overnight guests. 

Enjoy 2 full days on the Outer Barrier Reef with all the exciting "day trip" inclusions. However, from 3.30pm until 11am the next day, this small group will experience the reef environment exclusively, with the freedom to choose from relaxing on the pontoon, enjoy star gazing, watch the glorious sunset and sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef and join hosts for a private snorkel and glass bottom boat tour.

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