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MV Kangaroo Explorer

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MV Kangaroo Explorer is a great way to dive the very best that a Cairns Outer Barrier Reef liveaboard tour has to offer.

Length: 26 metres / 85 foot
Beam: 9 metres / 28 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 36
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Cairns liveaboard, MV Kangaroo Explorer

It is a 4 star steel-hulled liveaboard boat that remains on the reef and you can be transferred, any day of the week, to and from your floating hotel. This means that there is no time wasted getting around to the finest dive sites including Moore, Milln, Briggs, Elford and Thetford reefs. Package trips are normally for 2 or 3 days, but you can stay for as long as you wish!

The Kangaroo Explorer is a great option for those who are short of time or on a budget but it does not have to mean you need to sacrifice on comfort. All of the cabins, which are either 2 or 4 share, are fully air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom facilities.

Other facilities include a saloon with air-conditioning and full entertainment systems including TV, DVD player and hi-fi. There is also a sundeck with sun chairs for those who prefer to spend their down time catching rays or star-gazing in the cool of the evening. So if time or money are short, or you wish to spend time liveaboard diving right on top of the Cairns Barrier Reef then spring into action and hop on board the MV Kangaroo Explorer.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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These dive cruise itineraries are available for departure every day
Dep: Ret: Cairns Barrier Reef 2 Night US$ 582
Dep: Ret: Cairns Barrier Reef 3 Night US$ 695
Dep: Ret: Cairns Barrier Reef 4 Night US$ 808

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More Trip Details....

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from Cairns city hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts, dive equipment, troches, dive computer.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Dive insurance, fees and charges (US$ 19) per person per day. You will need to bring your own towel. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: You can join MV Kangaroo Explorer any day. Transfers with MV Sunkist are included departing from Marlin Jetty. Land transfers from city accommodation to Marlin Jetty are also included. For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to Get to Cairns section.

Non-diver rate: Between 15% and 25% off the published price, depending on duration of trip.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Various supplements apply. Please check with us.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Dive clubs and group discounts:Pay for 10 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge (for tour leader). Note: Port, reef and fuel levy still apply.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please contact us to enquire for a full charter.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Kangaroo Explorer can host up to 36 divers in 3 cabin types on its Great Barrier Reef tours. 6 Twin cabins, 6 Double cabins and 3 Quad cabins are all located on the main deck and all feature fixed windows for excellent sea views. 1 Twin and 2 Quad cabins are located on the lower deck with portholes for natural light.

Kangaroo Explorer's spacious and bright Ocean View cabin All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathrooms with hot water shower
  • Hand basin
  • Cabinet
  • Shelves
  • Mirror
  • Reading lamp
  • Bedding
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 17 / 16 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
Fish identification discussions can get pretty heated in the Coral Sea The crew comprises:
  • 2 Dive Instructors
  • 2 Dive Masters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 2 Stewardesses
  • Deck Hand
Motorised dinghy - 32m dive deck - 12m dive platform - Separate rinse tank for cameras - 51m air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, sound system - 51m dedicated air-con restaurant area - 40m shaded, outside area - 24m sun deck with sun chairs - Satellite phone (AU$2/min) - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Water dispenser - Well-stocked bar

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Menu, cuisine type...
  • Dining in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia onboard the Kangaroo ExplorerInternational cuisine and Australian specialities are the mainstays of Kangaroo Explorer's meal times.
  • The menus are not fixed and are served buffet style in the dedicated air-conditioned restaurant.
  • Main meals comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & dinner with snacks in between.
  • Bread/toast, fruit, tea & coffee, wine (at meal times), water and a limited amount of candy bars and soft drinks are available free of charge.
  • Beer and extra wine are available as additional extras.
  • Vegetarians and most other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
  • Catering starts with lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on check-in day, depending on your time of arrival.


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technical specifications...
  • Australia's Kangaroo Explorer - another viewBuilt in 1991, restored in 1996, refurbished annually
  • Size - 26m x 8.5m
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 235 HP Hine / Turbo engines
  • 2 x 70 KW Cummins generators
  • 2 x Bauer K14 dive tank compressors
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Electricity 240v - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 15,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 15,000 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 10,000 litres per day
  • Environmental storage tank

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navigation, safety features...
  • Diving the Great Barrier Reef on the Kangaroo Explorer, Cairns1 Suzuki 15 HP dinghy
  • 3 x 50 person capacity life rafts
  • HF, VHF, GME, UHF radios
  • Koden 48 nm & 24 NM radar
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Autopilot
  • Echo sounders
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Fire alarm / detectors
  • Emergency lights / signal devices
  • Life jackets in cabins & library
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • 8,500 litres of continuous-flow oxygen on board
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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layout plans...
Kangaroo Explorer deck plans
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Customer reviews: 

"The equipment and facilities were of a high standard. Would have preferred full length wet suits but it was still alright. The service provided by the staff was excellent. Very informative and friendly. The staff were cheerful and enthusiastic, willing to help when required and provide the necessary information regarding the dive experience.
The vegetarian option was limited in most meals to potatoes - fries, wedges etc - which wasn't pleasing. I would definitely ask for there to be a wider choice of ingredients for vegetarian meals." - Shailen Shah, Australia ...

"Very well organised, all gear seemed to be in good condition. Schedules were managed well and communicated to us, dive briefings were held and meals were enjoyable, cabins were neat and bigger than expected. " - Ingrid Cloete, South Africa ...

"Problems: Limitations of hot fresh water for shaving/showering (3 minute shower per day only); minimal luggage allowed (1 small carry-on only); no towels or access to a dryer provided; food good but minimal choice available. We have been on a Nekton liveaboard, which we would rate as a 5, because: no limitations on personal water use; in fact, they had a lovely hottub on board; they provided fresh hot towels each time we came in from a dive, as well as towels in the cabins; there was no limitations on luggage; and the meals offered plenty of variety." - Gail Cooper, Canada ...

"Equipment, except for the poor condition of stinger suits and not enough of them, was good. This was our first dive liveaboard experience. Continuity of equipment and staff made it very comfortable. The instructor for our Adventure Dive Cert was outstanding. The photographer was very personable. Very good for a budget operator.
Food could be improved, dinner was OK, but lunches were just passable. For budget minded folks and backpackers it was great." - Roger Wilhelm, USA ...

"Solid equipment, very friendly staff. The daily schedule is well thought out. Plenty of diving, with ample time for rest and relaxation. Daily transfers from the mainland enable constant resupply, which means fresh vegetables are part of the menu. The community of people on the boat (both guests and crew) was great - people from all over the world, all very friendly and engaging. This experience was exactly what we were looking for in terms of cost, quality and variety of dives, service, and value." - Tyler Wilson, USA ...

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