Great Barrier Reef Scuba Dive Live Aboard – Cairns, Australia

Category: Australia, Dive

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Scuba diving in Australia is one of the best things you can add to your travel bucket list and the Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate destination for any traveller wanting to explore the underwater world. Alongside our Cairns based PADI scuba diving courses, we’ve also teamed up with our dive guys to offer you the opportunity to jump on a dive live-aboard to Ribbon Reef and some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

Departing everyday the 1 and 2 night experience takes in some of the most pristine and untouched dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef, most of which are only accessible by longer live-aboards so are heaps less busy! Rest assured, there is plenty of opportunity to clock up some serious time underwater exploring the reef, with the opportunity to scuba dive up to 11 times over 8 different dive sites.

This means you have heaps of time to explore the reef and meet the amazing marine life that calls it home. One of the night dive highlights are the graceful reef tip sharks, sharing the water with them will give you a new found respect and love for the oceans ultimate hunter.


Dive Sites Include

  • Andys Postcard
  • Clam Gardens
  • Steves Bommie
  • Temple of Doom
  • Xmas Tree Bommie
  • 2 2/3
  • Agincourt Reefs
  • Veer Garden
  • Split Bommi
  • Three Sisters
  • Hogs Breath
  • Norman Reef
  • Saxon Reef

Dive sites are subject to conditions, weather and boat schedule


You also have the option to complete your Advanced Open Water Certification during your trip, this allows you to dive to 30 metres and opens up an even bigger world of exploration both during your 4 day experience and beyond.

As an added bonus, if your chosen departure date falls in June, July or August you’ll be slap in the middle of the Minke whale migration. During this period the trip has a 90% success rate for whale sightings and our dive partners have one of the very few permits allowing customers to swim with the whales!

“The ultimate in diving luxury – I couldn’t have asked for better diving or service”
Linzi, UK

How’s that for an epic experience?!

If you have a bit more time or want some even more spectacular dive sites to explore then our 3 and 4 night dive options offer a longer and even more time underwater!

The 3 night takes in the Southern Ribbon Reefs with 10 dives – including 2 nights dives. The Ribbon Reefs are much further from the Australian mainland and as a result they’re much less busy, which of course means beautiful corals and heaps of marine life!


3 Night Ribbon Reef Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 – After a 9:15am pickup from your accommodation in Cairns you’ll have chance to setup all your dive kit for the trip before relaxing on the 90min journey to the outer reef. Your first stop of the trip will be Norman and Saxon Reef where you can enjoy 2 dives (including a night dive) as well as unlimited snorkelling throughout before heading to Ribbon Reefs overnight.


Day 2 – A full day of 4 dives (including another night dive) on some of the most beautiful dive sites the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.


Day 3 – Another solid day of diving (and another night dive!) across Ribbon Reef and the Agincourt Reef system so get ready to clock up some serious time under water. Following your final night dive you can relax on the overnight journey back to Cairns.


Day 4 – After breakfast you’ll say bye to all your new dive buddies and accommodation drop offs start around 9am.


Our 4 night trip is the creme de la creme of Barrier Reef diving though – not only taking in the spectacular Ribbon Reefs but also the world famous dive site, The Cod Hole. This incredible dive spot is home to a family of large Potato Cod who are more than intrigued by divers coming down to check out their home and is the highlight of the trip for many divers!

Over the 5 day, 4 night trip you’ll clock up 14 dives including 3 night dives so get ready to eat, sleep, dive repeat!


4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef Itinerary

Day 1 – After being collected from your Cairns accommodation you’ll jump on board TAKA which will be your home for the rest of the trip. After departing around 9:15am you’ll then head towards the outer reef, stopping off on Norman Reef for 2 dives before continuing the overnight journey to Ribbon Reefs.


Day 2 – After taking in sunrise over the Great Barrier reef you’ll spend the day doing 4 dives, with the highlight being the famous Cod Hole, so get ready to get up close and personal with the beautiful Potato Cod!


Day 3 – Another full day of diving on some of the beautiful dive sites Ribbon Reef has to offer, including a night dive and all the nocturnal dwellers that come out to play as the sun goes down.


Day 4 – Your final day of diving, which includes Steve Bommie – one of the most pristine and beautiful dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs. Following your final night dive you can kick back and relax as the boat heads back to Cairns overnight.


Day 5 – After a final breakfast onboard the TAKA you’ll head back to your Cairns accommodation around 9am.


Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is awesome, that’s a given, but what about your base for this whole thing?!

Well you’ll be sailing on the beautiful Taka boat, a purpose built dive vessel which comes kitted out with all the comforts of home: A spacious lounge area, plenty of room on the sun deck and air conditioned rooms mean you’ll be able to relax in comfort after a hard day under the water!

Down on the dive deck there is more than enough room to get kitted up, grab a fresh water shower post-dive and of course a generous dive platform for easy water entry and exit.

In short, you’ll have up to 4 days of incredible scuba diving in one of the best dive locations in the world from one of the most beautiful and comfortable dive boats in Australia.

What’s not to like about that?!

Want to join this amazing experience but need to do your PADI Open Water first? 

No worries – we offer a full range of scuba dive courses in Cairns.



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Not got that much time? We also offer Great Barrier Reef Day Trips

More Details



  • Dive warm, tropical waters with a range of dive sites
  • Perfect way to explore more of the world famous barrier reef
  • 1 and 2 night options


  • Fully accredited 5* PADI dive centre
  • Great range of dive sites
  • Beautiful, custom dive vessel



  • All dive equipment
  • Accommodation pick up and drop off in Cairns
  • All meals whilst on board
  • Linen (including towels)
  • Fresh water/tea and coffee


Dives As Follows

  • 1 Night Option – 7 Dives
  • 2 Night Option – 11 Dives
  • 3 Night Option – 10 Dives
  • 4 Night Option – 14 Dives
  • Unlimited snorkelling throughout



Cairns, Australia

Length and Cost

  • 2 Days, 1 Night (4 bed share) – £270 per person
  • 2 Days, 1 Night (Standard twin share) – £285 per person
  • 2 Days, 1 Night (Twin/Double En Suite) – £295 per person
  • 3 Days, 2 Nights (4 bed share) – £350 per person
  • 3 Days, 2 Nights (Standard twin share) – £380 per person
  • 3 Days, 2 Nights (Twin/Double En Suite) – £405 per person
  • 3 Days, 3 Nights Ribbon Reef Explorer (4 bed share) – £535 per person
  • 3 Days, 3 Nights Ribbon Reef Explorer (Standard twin share) – £620 per person

Departs every Friday and  from 1st June 2015 both Tuesday and Friday

  • 4 Days, 4 Nights Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef (4 bed share) – £810 per person
  • 4 Days, 4 Nights Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef (Standard twin share) – £865 per person

Departs every Friday from 1st June 2015

  • Secure your place with just a 20% deposit
  • Option to add PADI Advanced Open Water Certification (allowing dives up to 30m)£90

You need to be a certified diver (open water or above) to join this experience.


**PLEASE NOTE; EMC, PORT AUTHORITY & FUEL LEVY AT $80AUD PER PERSON (subject to change without notice) is NOT INCLUDED (payable locally)**

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