From the same operator as Taka comes one of the leading Cairns liveaboards, Ocean Quest. This boat lives on the Great Barrier Reef and is accessed via speedboat transfer from Cairns. Trips can range for 2 nights to as long as you wish, with the diving concentrated on Saxon, Norman, Hastings and Michaelmas reefs.
Ocean Quest is a 36 metre catamaran diving boat and is therefore both stable and spacious. There are 23 cabins spread over 3 decks, ranging from double/twin berth to quad cabins. All cabins are air-conditioned with TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Guests tend to socialise most in the lounge and enjoy the bar, library, games and full entertainment facilities.
There is a dedicated air-conditioned dining area which can accommodate even the maximum of 48 guests. Ocean Quest caters for snorkellers, certified and introductory divers. It is more spacious than many of Cairns' other Great Barrier Reef cruise boats and this, together with the en-suite facilities and range of cabins, makes it a popular choice.
Book now and pay only a 20% deposit to secure your space on board. Offer expires: 31 Dec 2015
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, Cairns city transfers to boat (excluding from northern beaches), dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights, weightbelts, dive equipment.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, reef and port authority fee US$ 15 per person per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, towels (bring your own), snacks, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: You will be picked up from your Cairns hotel at approximately 07:45 am. Departures from Cairns are daily, with speedboat transfers to the OceanQuest on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will select your equipment and do 2 dives before transferring to the liveaboard. For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get there section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 3 pm on the last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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: Please contact us to enquire about group discounts.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please contact us to enquire for a full charter.
The Cairns liveaboard, Ocean Quest, has a total of 23 en-suite cabins, each with its own TV. There are 18 twin bed cabins - 14 on the main deck, 1 on the upper deck and 3 on the lower deck; 4 Queen-sized double bed cabins - 1 on the upper deck and 3 on the lower deck; and 1 quad (4 berth) cabin on the lower deck.
65mē Dive deck and platform with toilets and fresh hot water showers - 2 Motorised dive dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - 190mē Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and sound system - 100mē Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant area - 50mē External shaded area - 50mē Sun deck with sun chairs and matresses - Movie library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Water dispenser - Well-stocked bar
Food is taken seriously on Cairns' Ocean Quest, with both breakfast and lunch being served buffet style. Breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, breads and cereals. Dinner is served, with second servings available, buffet style. Lunch and dinner normally consist of a meat or seafood main course with side dishes of vegetables. Lasagne is a particular specialty.
Desserts include chef's favourites such as sticky date pudding and apple pie with ice cream, often served after night dives. Chef's check on arrival if guests have any dietary requirements such as vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, and can cater to such needs.
Meals of an international flavour are served buffet style in the dedicated air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck.
Main meals comprise breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are available free of charge throughout the day.
Chocolate bars, biscuits, ice creams, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available at extra charge.
Vegetarians and most other special diets are catered for.