Take your time and really get to explore the Great Barrier Reef at your leisure on a Liveaboard Scuba Diving tour. Spend your days – and nights – diving to your heart’s content at a dazzling array of sites far from the crowded hotspots.
Spend a night or spend a week on the Great Barrier Reef and really make the most of your diving time with a Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tour. You will travel to several different dive sites by day and by night, you’ll sleep aboard your boat out on the reef.
Generally on a day trip, a boat transfers you to the reef in the morning where you can enjoy a dive or two, then returns to the mainland in the afternoon. A liveaboard cruise anchors on the reef overnight and you remain on board, sleeping on the boat and diving at your leisure each day. Liveaboard cruises can visit several different dive sites in a day and can travel to more remote sites on the outer reef.
Overnight tours are a great way to maximise your time on the Great Barrier Reef and ensure a truly unforgettable experience:
You can choose how long you spend on the reef with tours varying in length from a single overnight experience to a trip lasting up to a week. We can help you choose from a variety of liveaboard trips with three-to-five-night options among the most popular. Private charters are available for divers who’d like to spend even longer on the reef.
With more time to explore the Great Barrier Reef, you also have a greater number of diving options at your fingertips including:
You also have the added pleasure of catching the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the ocean each day.
Head to far north Queensland for an excellent choice of Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours to suit all group sizes, skill levels and budgets. Several depart daily from Cairns and Port Douglas with the itinerary changing depending on the season, weather and duration of the trip. Advanced divers can find themselves diving sections of the outer reef deep in the Coral Sea, some 230km east of the coastline while other tours visit the famed Ribbon Reefs, populated by schools of reef sharks, Trevally and Barracuda as well as giant clams, Cuttlefish and sea turtles. A visit to Cod Hole provides divers the chance to get up close and personal with the impressive and imposing Potato Cod.
TIP: There are a handful of scheduled and chartered Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours departing the Whitsundays. Most run to an overnight or two-night schedule and generally stick to the islands in the Whitsunday passage.
It is best to confirm each tour’s inclusions with us before booking. The cost of a Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tour includes accommodation on board the vessel and all meals. Scuba equipment, including air tanks, regulators and BCDs, are available although some tours charge a hire fee for divers who don’t provide their own gear. We can also arrange transfers to and from your hotel. Each boat is well-staffed with dive instructors, crew members and catering staff ensuring a smooth, enjoyable experience for everyone onboard.
Most Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours operate from modern, well-appointed catamarans and engine-propelled vessels. These have a variety of private quarters and amenities and shared living spaces spread across two or three levels. There are a few sailboats that offer Liveaboard tours, both in the Cairns and Port Douglas region as well as the Whitsundays.
TIP: Many liveaboard vessels include creature comforts such as wi-fi and air-conditioning. Check with your us when when booking!
Many boats offer a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and travelling party size. They can include:
Yes, meals are included in the cost of scheduled Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours. If you are privately chartering a boat for a liveaboard experience, you may need to negotiate meal costs and catering when you book.
TIP: Make sure you speak to us about any dietary requirements you have when booking your tour.
These tours are certainly tailored towards keen Scuba divers, but experience is not always necessary. Some tours offer Introductory Scuba Dives or incorporate learn to dive courses so beginners can gain their Open Water Diving certification over two or three days. Most Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours, however, are designed for experienced divers as boats can travel to more remote and challenging sites on the outer reef. Some tours require divers hold Advanced Open Water Diving certification or Divemaster status owing to the demanding nature of the diving offered.
Many experienced divers prefer to use their own equipment while some beginners and tourists do not have access to their own gear. Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours offer several equipment options to guests including:
TIP: We can give you a detailed breakdown of any hire charges or equipment costs at the time of booking, so you’re not caught out on board.
Night dives are one of the highlights of a Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tour – the reef looks completely different once the sun goes down! You can either hire or bring your own waterproof torch to better glimpse nocturnal marine life. Also invest in cyalume glow sticks, fluorescent tubes you attach to your tank for night dives to stay visible to your dive buddy and spotter.
TIP: Don’t forget to pack spare batteries for your torch. They’re impossible to replace if they go flat in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef!
Yes, many vessels stock nitrox tanks and hire them to experienced divers who have completed PADI’s Enriched Air Diver Course. As nitrox tanks allow divers to venture deeper, for longer and with less downtime between dives, an instructor or Divemaster will work with nitrox users to safely plan their diving schedule.
All visitors to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are charged a small fee to help the Australian Government maintain and preserve this natural wonder. The fee is $4 per person per day, up to a maximum of $12 for overnight trips. Some operators include it in their fare while others charge it separately, but all divers and visitors must pay.