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Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling

Destination: Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs
Duration: 3 Day / 2 Nights

Departs: Cairns Daily
Returns: Cairns Daily

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Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
  • Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard Cruise - Diving and Snorkelling
The Cruise

With daily liveaboard departures available, Ocean Quest offers the certified diver, snorkeller and first time diver (introductory) the most flexible of itineraries. The new Ocean Quest is a 35.7m catamaran, with berthing configuration comprising of 1 quad share cabin, 18 twin share cabins and 4 double rooms offering the capacity to sleep 48 passengers overnight on the reef in unrivalled comfort and luxury. All rooms have en-suite facilities as well as TV’s, bar fridges and internal phones. There is a large saloon area on the wheelhouse deck with a bar where you can relax and kick back after a long days diving. The main deck has a large dining room capable of comfortably seating 48 passengers.

The vessel has the option to visit 17 permanent moorings on the Outer Barrier Reef (including Norman and Saxon reefs) that ensures minimal damage to the pristine coral formations by visitation being distributed evenly around the sites visited.

The dive sites are frequented by a myriad of tropical fish and include the ever popular large Maori Wrasse, who are always friendly. The swim through, wall and drift dives will appeal to every level of diver experience.

For snorklers there is unlimited snorkelling available in and around the shallow reef locations as well as all snorkelling equipment and instruction catered for.

Accommodation onboard is based on multi share cabin accommodation with the exception of diver additional diver training courses which offers a choice of twin or double share cabin accommodation. Accommodation upgrades to either twin or double cabins can be arranged for an additional charge (please specify your preference on making a booking).

All major international scuba accreditations are accepted and snorkelers are most welcome.

Dive Sites
  • Saxon Reef- a perfect introduction to the outer reef, hard corals, moray eels, lion-fish, Maori wrasse, beautiful coral gardens. Excellent shallow snorkelling over the bommie tops. Swim throughs and gullies are scattered throughout the reef.
  • Norman Reef - excellent visibility, Maori wrasse, moray eels, giant clams, anemones swim throughs. Great variety of fish life, pelagics, turtles, coral gardens, swim throughs, caves, giant clams.
  • Hastings Reef- a large, popular snorkelling and diving reef. Hard and soft corals, walls, swim throughs, turtles, stingrays. Over 13klms of reef edge and back reef sand floors to explore. Weather permitting, we never dive the same dive site more than twice.
Departures
  • Daily
Inclusions
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns City accommodation
  • Up to 11 Dives (weather permitting) 9 Day Dives + 2 Night Dives
  • 2 night’s accommodation onboard vessel
  • All meals whilst on board, tea, coffee and chilled water all day
  • Bed linen (please bring your own towel/s)
  • Dive equipment
  • Prescription masks if needed (deposit required)
  • Wetsuits
  • 2 Cell Torch for night diving

Rates - Certified Divers - Includes up to 11 Dives 

Your 3 Day / 2 Night Ocean Quest Liveaboard Excursion for Certified Divers includes all accommodation in either Private Double, Private Twin or Quad Share Cabin accommodation (all rooms have ensuite facilities, air-conditioning and in room televisions), all meals, dive briefings, up to 11 dives and full dive gear hire included in the rates!

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$740.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$700.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$640.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount

Current Special Valid for Bookings and Travel for the Month of June 2014 ~ Special Rates are only available for Certified Diver bookings & travel for the month of June 2014! Specials based on Double & Twin Share Cabin accommodation only

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$640.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU600.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
Rates - Certified Divers + PADI Advance Open Water Course
Your 3 Day / 2 Night Ocean Quest Liveaboard Excursion for PADI Advance Open Water Course participants includes all accommodation in either Private Double, Private Twin or Quad Share Cabin accommodation (all rooms have ensuite facilities, air-conditioning and in room televisions), all meals, dive briefings, up to 11 dives (6 Pleasure Dives + 5 Training Dives comprising of 2 Core Dives and 3 Elective Dives from the PADI Advance Training Program) and full dive gear hire included in the rates!

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$890.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$850.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$790.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount!
Rates - SnorkellersYour 3 Day / 2 Night Ocean Quest Liveaboard Excursion for Snorkellers includes all accommodation in either Private Double, Private Twin or Quad Share Cabin accommodation (all rooms have ensuite facilities, air-conditioning and in room televisions), all meals, snorkell briefings with instruction with unlimited snorkelling, guidded snorkelling tours and full snorkelling gear!

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$620.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$580.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$520.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount

Current Special Valid for Bookings and Travel for the Month of June 2014 ~ Special Rates are only available for Snorkelling bookings & travel for the month of June 2014! Specials based on Double & Twin Share Cabin accommodation only

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$540.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$500.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
Rates - Snorkelling + 5 included Introductory Dive Package 
Your 3 Day / 2 Night Ocean Quest Liveaboard Excursion for Snorkellers includes all accommodation in either Private Double, Private Twin or Quad Share Cabin accommodation (all rooms have ensuite facilities, air-conditioning and in room televisions), all meals, snorkell briefings and instruction, unlimited snorkelling with guided snorkel tours, full gear hire included in the rates as well as 5 included Introductory Dives! Introductory Diving requires no previous experience but participants will be required to fill out a dive medical questionnaire (supplied onboard) to ensure that you have no medical problems that are contradictory to safe diving. Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving, if you are uncertain about this, please enquire when you make your reservation.

  • Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$820.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$780.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$720.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount   
 
Rates - Additional Days Onboard - Certified DiversUpgrade your stay to stay onboard Ocean Quest for additional days onboard. Additional Days Onboard rates for Certified Divers will include an additional Night Dive and up to 3 Day Dives. All meals, onboard accommodation and dive gear are included in the rates. 

  • Certified Divers - Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$200.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Certified Divers - Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$180.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Certified Divers - Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$150.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount.      
 
Rates - Additional Days Onboard - Snorkellers
Upgrade your stay to stay onboard Ocean Quest for additional days onboard. Additional Days Onboard rates for Snorkellers will include meals, onboard accommodation, snorkelling equipment and guided snorkelling tours in the rates. 

  • Snorkellers - Double Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$150.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Snorkellers - Twin Share Cabin - Private Ensuite AU$130.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
  • Snorkellers - Quad Share Cabin - Ensuite  AU$100.00 + AU$20.00 per person per day Government Reef Tax & Fuel Levy Amount
Extras
  • Accommodation transfers from the Northern Beaches
  • Underwater cameras are available for hire
The Diving & Snorkelling Sites

This excursion offers 14 permanent and exclusive Dive site on the Outer Barrier Reef. It is little wonder as there is such an abundance of underwater reef life teeming with brilliantly coloured corals and an infinite number of vibrant tropical fish, making it the ideal destination for warm water Great Barrier Reef diving or snorkeling excursions. With daily Liveaboard departures available out of Cairns, Ocean Quest offers the most flexible departures for snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary
Day 1 – Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • 7.45am pick up from your city accommodation**
  • 9.00am Board our fast modern transfer boat for 90 minute transfer to Outer Barrier Reef
  • Equipment selection
  • 2 dives and lunch before transferring to Ocean Quest
  • 2.30pm transfer to Ocean Quest
  • Afternoon dive and night dive
  • Lunch, dinner and accommodation included.
Day 2 – More Great Diving
  • Three day dives, One night dive
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation included.
Day 3 – More Diving and Return to Cairns
  • Three pleasure dives
  • Breakfast, and lunch are included
  • 3.00pm Depart Outer Barrier Reef
  • 5.00pm Return to your accommodation in Cairns
  • 7.30pm - Party Time! Join the boat crew & passengers at a local restaurant.


*indicates maximum number of dives available.

**pick up and drop off from city accommodation is included. Pick up from Northern Beaches can be arranged at an extra cost.

Please note, the above itinerary is a guide only, and the order of diving and sites visited may change. The captain will always adapt the itinerary to the prevailing weather conditions, tides and currents.

Important Notes: On making a reservation please use Comments Box in Booking Form to indicate whether you wish to travel as a Snorkeller, Certified Diver, Introductory Diver etc. and your preferred Cabin Type / Configuration e.g. Double Cabin with Private Ensuite, Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite or Quad Share Cabin with Shared Ensuite, desired trip length / duration e.g. 2 Day / 1 Night excursion as well as any other important information you can think to offer to help ensure that you are well catered for. 

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