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Taka is a spacious, modern yacht at a roomy 30 metres in length, Taka accommodates up to 30 guests on dive trips across a range of cabin categories, some of which have en-suite facilities. Taka departs Cairns every Thursday morning to conduct trips to both the Outer Great Barrier Reef (Norman and Saxon reefs) and Ribbon Reefs. In season, minke whales visit the Ribbon Reefs area adding a whole new element to this already great itinerary.
Like virtually the entire Taka, the well-planned and air-conditioned saloon is a great place to relax between dives. Fish ID books litter the library section for your reference pleasure, and a large, flat-panel TV provides movie entertainment. A computer workstation allows guests to check out their photographic catch of the day or, for those who insist on up-to-the-second blog updates, Taka even offers an internet connection.
The expansive dive deck features ample kit-up space with personal storage for every guest diver, 4 toilets and 4 hot showers, cutting down on waiting for your post-dive rinse. Then head to the sundeck for a tan, the bar for a black-and-tan or the restaurant to refuel your body for the next dive.
The steel-hulled Taka caters mainly for certified divers who want to sample the great sites beyond the Outer Barrier Reef. If the timing of these trips fits your schedule there is no better way to spend a few days diving this area.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers from city accommodation, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment including dive computer (US$ 92 per trip) dive insurance, reef tax (US$ 61 per person per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 8 per fill, or US$ 92 per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Taka departs for the Great Barrier Reef in the morning from Cairns. You will be picked up by minibus from your Cairns hotel at around 9:15 am. For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get to there section. The last dive of the cruise will be at around 7.00 pm on the second last day of the tour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Minke Whale Expeditions: Some cruises in June, July and August include efforts to dive and/or snorkel with minke whales. Prices remain the same but expect fewer overall dives on these trips.
Non-diver rate: US$ 57 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin (No guarantee of same gender sharing) or pay a single supplement on the published price. Equal to twice the normal diver price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 divers and 1 extra person can join in a 4 share cabin free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please check with us if you wish to charter the whole boat.
Taka provides liveaboard comfort with 15 cabins across 4 categories. The Master Stateroom cabin, Deluxe twin and double en-suite cabins are located on the upper deck where windows let in natural light, while the Standard twin cabins and Quad cabins are located on the lower deck, lit with cabin lighting.
If you have a bit more money to spend on your Great Barrier Reef holiday, you can opt for the Master Stateroom featuring en-suite facilities, a queen size bed, a separate lounge area and an entertainment centre with TV and Playstation 2. At twice the size of the standard rooms, the Master Stateroom is also the most spacious cabin onboard.
The Deluxe double and twin en-suite cabins have a double bottom bunk with a single bunk over the top each, and as such are suitable for couples, 2 singles or even for a group of 3. They have a small lounge and are equipped with a TV and DVD player for relaxing after a great day's diving.
Last but not least, the Standard twin share cabins and the Quad cabins are located on the lower deck. These are not en-suite but the shared facilities are located on the main deck. The Standard cabins have a single set of bunk beds and can accommodate 2 people, while the Quad cabins have 2 sets of bunk beds.
All the cabins have:
Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin (Master and Deluxe cabins only)
Enriched air nitrox - 2 motorised dive dinghies - 2 separate rinse tanks for cameras - Air-conditioned lounge & Bar - Plasma TV, DVD and music centre - Movie library - Computer with CD burner - Internet access - Satellite telephone - Books, magazines, games, fish ID books - Sun deck with shaded area - Drinking water dispenser
"Good crew and food. Dive part of the boat (access, room, etc.) is great. Had a stateroom and it could have been more comfortable for the price. Some key points: bed wasn't made when we boarded, no pickup\dropoff service unless you are in town (all other boats do this), last day of the trip felt rushed so they could return to port and get ready for the next load of people. Overall good, however some improvement is needed for the price." - Gary Moser, USA, 31 August 2011...
"They were extremely well organized, very friendly, and very accommodating for the whole family. Many of the little details, like bins for equipment, and bungee cords on hooks for the tanks were all convenient and well thought out. The bunks were really spacious, which was a treat. It was great having an underwater photographer as part of the team. That way I didn't have to explain to my wife why I didn't get very many good pictures myself, we just let Ben do all the work." - William Monteleone, USA, 24 May 2011...
"Everything was organised to satisfaction, no serious hick-ups to report. Equipment was all fine. Crew was friendly, relaxed. The underwater video and photos shown every evening was nice. One snafu was that during the second part of the trip (North Coral Sea) the weather was a bit rough and we couldn't go to Osprey Reef until a day later than planned." - Peter Klaver, Netherlands ...
"The trip was well organized and very comfortable. We never had the feeling we were rushed though it was a tight schedule for all the dives to be made. The dives were excellent and they took safety serious." - Sonja Noort, Netherlands14 January 2011 ...
"Staff was professional, Had my safety and best interests in mind, & humorous & realistic. Check in was easy & very through. Boat was adequate and clean. Food was excellent & plentiful. Diving was as good as expected that time of the year. Door to door service with pickup and drop-off." - John Neneman, USA, 7 April 2009 ...