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Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion

Destination: Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Outer Barrier Reef
Duration: 4 Days & 4 Nights (includes up to 14 dives)

Departs: Friday from Cairns 9.30pm
Returns: Tuesday into Cairns approximately 8.30am

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  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
  • Taka - 4 Day / 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Excursion
The Diving

The Taka Liveaboard vessel offers a 4 Day / 4 Night Liveaboard Dive & Snorkel Tour to the northern located Ribbon Reefs including the world famous Cod Hole, as well as select locations on the Outer Barrier Reef off of Cairns. The Ribbon Ribbon Reefs are located on the edge of the continental shelf and offer a huge range of stunning dive sites. These reefs are visited by fewer operators than the Outer Barrier Reef and as such are in pristine condition.

The Taka Dive Vessel is purpose built, catering to divers and snorkellers alike offering a fabulous dive deck and for stable mooring capacity at select dive and snorkel sites along the Outer Barrier Reef and Ribbon Reefs from the port of Cairns.

Carrying a maximum of 30 guests plus crew, the vessel offers large comfortable saloon and dining area with spacious deck areas. Cabin types include the Private Stateroom, Double or Twin Cabins with Private Ensuite Bathroom facilities and the more economical Standard Double or Twin Cabins with Shared Bathroom Facilities or Quad Share Cabins with Shared Bathroom Facilities.   

Your Taka liveaboard cruise on the Great Barrier Reef will include return coach transfers from Cairns City based accommodation, overnight accommodation (including linen) onboard (in cabin styles of your choosing), all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, all basic dive and snorkel gear including mask, snorkel, fins, wet suits, tanks, weights, orches and cylume sticks for night dives as well as free guided dives (subject to Instructor availability).  There is also the option to take Full Gear Hire (at additional cost) including BCD, Regulator and Dive Computer. 

Itinerary
Day 1 - Friday:

You’re journey starts here! Pick up from your Cairns city accommodation will be at approximately 9:30am to board TAKA, your home on the reef for the next four nights. Make your way to the Outer Barrier Reef where you will enjoy two dives on Norman Reef before steaming overnight to the Ribbon Reefs. (L,D)

Day 2 - Saturday:

Wake up to the sun rising over the Great Barrier Reef. Today you will enjoy four dives at various sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs, including the world famous Cod Hole! The Cod Hole is home to a  family of large Potato Cod. Be surrounded by these intriguing and friendly creatures as you immerse yourself in their underwater habitat for a truly unforgettable experience. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including one night dive. (B,L,D)


Day 3 - Sunday:

Today there are more diving and snorkelling opportunities throughout the Ribbon Reefs. Today you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most untouched areas of the Great Barrier Reef. You will also take part in an exploration dive. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including another night dive, when the reef will transform itself into a completely different setting with all new nocturnal marine life just waiting to meet you. This pristine and unique reef system, is an underwater playground teaming with marine life, a real natural wonder for you to explore and enjoy! (B,L,D)


Day 4 - Monday:

Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives, including a dive at Steve’s Bommie, one of the most pristine dive sites that the Ribbon Reefs have to offer. The reef locations that you will visit are home to many tropical fish species and offer magnificent viewing of bright mesmerising coral less frequented by any other boats. On completion of your final night dive. it's time to steam south towards Cairns. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tuesday: 
Wake up to your last morning on Taka Ribbon Reef Explorer feeling exhilarated! After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 8:30am.


Please Note:  Itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions.

Tour Includes
  • All linen including two bath towels (in cabin)
  • Return coach transfers from the vessel from Cairns City accommodation
  • Mask, snorkel, fins, wet suits, tanks, weights, torches and cylume sticks for night dives 
  • Option to hire Full Dive Gear including BCD, Regulator & Dive Computer 
  • Free dive guide subject to instructor availability
  • Superb meals freshly prepared onboard from dinner on the evening of departure to lunch on the last day

Rates - Low Season 

Valid from the 01st of April 2015 to 31st of May 2015 & Valid from the 01st of February 2016 to 31st of March 2016 
 

  • Master Stateroom with Private Ensuite Bathroom  AU$1710.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge
  • Double or Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite Bathroom  AU$1590.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge
  • Twin or Quad Share Cabin with Shared Bathroom Facilities  AU$1390.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge


Important Booking Notes: On making a reservation please use Comments Box in Booking Form to indicate your preferred Cabin Type / Configuration e.g. Stateroom with Private Ensuite Facilities or Double / Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite Facilities or Twin / Quad Share Cabin with Share Ensuite Facilities  Please also advise us of any other important information you can think to offer to help ensure that you are well catered for e.g. special dietary requirements etc. . 
 

Rates - HighSeason 
Valid from the 01st of June 2015 to 31st of January 2016 

  • Master Stateroom with Private Ensuite Bathroom  AU$1810.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge
  • Double or Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite Bathroom  AU$1690.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge
  • Twin or Quad Share Cabin with Shared Bathroom Facilities  AU$1490.00 + AU$80.00 per person Government Reef Tax, Fuel Levy & Port Charge

Important Booking Notes: On making a reservation please use Comments Box in Booking Form to indicate your preferred Cabin Type / Configuration e.g. Stateroom with Private Ensuite Facilities or Double / Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite Facilities or Twin / Quad Share Cabin with Share Ensuite Facilities  Please also advise us of any other important information you can think to offer to help ensure that you are well catered for e.g. special dietary requirements etc. 
Additional Levies
  • Government Reef Tax, Port Charge, Fuel Levy & Administration Charges AU$20.00 per person, per day 

Optional Extras

  • Full Gear Hire (BCD & Regulator) incuding Dive Computer  AU$140.00 
  • PADI Enriched Air Course including all fills for duration of trip  AU$300.00 
  • Enriced Air Fills (32%) Per Fill  AU$10.00 
  • Enriched Air Fills (32%) Per Trip  AU$120.00
  • PADI Advance Course AU$200.00 
  • Private Dive Guide Per Dive  AU$120.00
  • Private Dive Instructor Per Day AU$500.00
Terms and Conditions
  • In the case of extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, Taka Dive reserves the right to adjust or cancel the standard itinerary.
  • We recommend the individual purchase of TRAVEL insurance.
  • Certain medical conditions or medication can preclude some people from diving, please contact us if more information is required.
What ToBring
  • Dive Certification Card (for Certified Divers)
  • Hat, cameras, sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Toiletries kit including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and items of a personal 
  • A warm jumper or pullover for night time or cooler weather conditions
  • Motion sickness tablets if you are prone to sea sickness
  • Extra money for purchase of snacks, drinks, souvenirs available onboard .
  • Please notify us of any special dietary requirements you may have


Important Booking Notes: On making a reservation please use Comments Box in Booking Form to indicate your preferred Cabin Type / Configuration e.g. Stateroom with Private Ensuite Facilities or Double / Twin Cabin with Private Ensuite Facilities or Twin / Quad Share Cabin with Share Ensuite Facilities  Please also advise us of any other important information you can think to offer to help ensure that you are well catered for e.g. special dietary requirements etc.  

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