Cairns Charter Boats | Dive & Snorkel Tour | Great Barrier Reef | Australia

Tour Code: 299

Departing: Cairns

Private Charter liveaboard
  • Our Cairns dive trips offer 1 FREE introductory "TRY" scuba dive for all guests to see if they wish to become a scuba diver
  • Our liveaboard dive boat has more reef mooring location permits than any other dive boat in Cairns. We have 29 reef moorings and 9 coral reefs we can dive and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Book your own private charter yacht from Cairns for a 1-day private charter (maximum guests 28) or an extended 5-day charter (maximum 12 guests)
  • Let us create a personalised dive and snorkel tour itinerary just for you to really explore Australia's outer Great Barrier Reef

Included In Price

  • Small Groups - Max 12 people
  • 1 FREE introductory "Try" scuba dive for all guests 
  • Specially prepared meals 
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea & Fresh Fruit Snacks
  • Hot Showers
  • Fresh Linen & Bath Towels
  • Wetsuits & Lycra Suits
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Prescription Masks (must be pre-booked)
  • Guided Snorkel Tours on Request
  • Quality Dive Gear

Design your own private charter yacht cruise from Cairns for 1 - 5 days, with up to 12 guests. Enjoy a personalised itinerary and quality time with your family, or have a holiday of a lifetime with your friends. Snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef with a FREE introductory "Try" dive included.

At 16 metres she is the perfect yacht in Cairns for a private charter dive and snorkel tour catering for a total of 12 guests (overnight liveaboard) or 28 guests on a 1 day private charter cruise (departing Mondays only) on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Or if you are scuba diving fanatics then charter the yacht for up to 5 nights to explore the depths of the outer Great Barrier Reef of Australia. 

Be warned you must pre-book your extended private charter dive tours in advance as our 2 day 1 night dive trips are extremely popular and book the boat out early.   

Our yacht is well known for its high quality 2 day 1 night scuba diving tours that it runs annually from Cairns city each year and for our onboard scuba diving courses.

On the dive boat we have a variety of accommodation designed to satisfy all types of groups from comfortable double cabins, spacious double private cabins for one or shared cabins with single bunks for groups or individuals in quad share.

There is air-conditioning throughout the dive boat and overhead fans for your comfort. The vessel has hot showers and fresh towels and linen are all provided.

All guests are provided with wetsuits or lycra suits, snorkelling equipment, the latest dive equipment and a host of water sports toys.

The dive boat is BYO so if you would like to bring along alcoholic beverages you are very welcome just ensure you do not bring along glass containers.

Our private charter yacht has exclusive access to 30 reef moorings on 9 different coral reefs to ensure we can choose a new destination for our divers and snorkellers to see the absolute best coral reefs and variety of marine life possible on our private charter tours.

Some of those Great Barrier Reef dive spots are Milln Reef, Norman Reef, Flynn Reef, Three Sisters, The Whale, Little Tracey, Point Break, 5-Ways, Michaelmas Cay and Upolu Reef.   

Please note: On 2 day 1 night private boat charters you can expect 

  • 4 certified day dives and 1 night dive
  • 3 introductory day dives with an optional night intro dive (conditions apply)or 4th intro dive
  • snorkelling is available at all time except in the evening   

Cairns Private charter yacht accommodation

The private charter yachts sleeping options vary and can accommodate the following:

3 x Private Cabins with Double beds
1 x Shared Cabin with 4 Single Bunk beds
1 x Shared Cabin with 2 Single Bunks

Total 12 guests (overnight)

The 3 crew are accommodated in their very own bunk style accommodation

Being a mono-hull yacht each cabin is a fairly typical basic layout so there is not too much space for storage and guests may only bring one soft bag with personal items for the length of your private charter sailing tour.

Your other luggage and suitcase can be stored in our Cairns offices until we return from your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard sailing tour.  

She is equipped with 2 separate toilets and a separate hot water shower and an additional fresh water shower located at the rear of the boat.

All of the scuba diving equipment is SCUBAPRO and AQUALUNG (including computers) and we have a Bauer 3200 dive compressor to fill the tanks whilst on the Great Barrier Reef. 

There is a saloon and galley downstairs with plenty of seating should the weather become inclement and there is also room on the forward deck for some private time in the sun.

On Board Activities

Certified Scuba Divers

Our yachts dive crew will take you for an exhilarating dive at any of our numerous and famous dive sites.

Our guides know these coral reefs intimately so you can be assured you will only be taken to see the best coral reef landscapes and underwater marine life at each site.

Our dive sites vary in depth, visibility and structure, and our dive master will always select the best option on the day given the weather conditions.

However you can expect to see visibility 15 – 30+ metres, depths 5 – 30m for advanced divers and lagoon areas, or walls, or bombie fields, or endless coral gardens.

Please note your first dive is guided for free, then all dives after this can be guided by our professional crew (optional extra). 

Non-guided dives will only be permitted to suitably skilled divers and must be with a buddy of similar skill.

Please Note: You must bring your scuba diving certificate and be able to pass a Medical Questionnaire prior to diving. We recommend you visit a diving medical professional if in doubt prior to scuba diving at all times.

Introductory Scuba Divers

This is your opportunity to "Try" your first introductory scuba dive "TRY" Dive for free!

Our dive instructors will take you to 5m and teach you how to blow bubbles with no troubles. Once you are comfortable underwater you can decide if you would like to do more dives (optional extra).

With small group numbers we can ensure you will receive personal training at your pace, no rush this is your adventure and we are here to help you get the best out of it! 

Night Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Night/ dawn dives are our speciality. This is one of the best ways to see some of the reef's nocturnal marine life that only come out to hunt in the dark of night on the Great Barrier Reef.

Many of our boat moorings are perfect for night and early morning dives with large coral bombies close to the reefs edge.

Sit back with your torch in hand and watch the night show unfold. Absolutely thrilling and a must do!

Upgrade Your Dive Skills - On-board Dive Courses

As a PADI Retail & Resort Member we offer Advanced and Specialty Courses whilst at sea to expand your scuba diving certifications

We offer both PADI and SSI

  • Advanced open water - 2 days
  • Open water referral - 4 ocean dives
  • Refresher - 
  • Introductory diving courses 

Note: Prior to diving you need to pass a dive medical for your safety and the safety of others


Snorkelling on our private charter boat tours are unlimited as long as you are a good swimmer.

We provide you with snorkelling instructions and provide you with information about the best spots to snotkel on each reef.

Guided snorkel tours with a marine naturalist can be organised on request.

We provide wetsuits, lycra sun suits, quality masks and fins as well as floatation aids and a rescue tender. 

All our Great Barrier Reef sites are perfect for snorkelling with our reef moorings all located close to the reef's edge.

Other Activities

In between scuba diving and snorkelling guests can relax on the sundeck, swing in a hammock, read a book or spend some quality time with your family & friends.

You could also help the skipper to catch a fish for dinner in between dive sites, or try stand-up paddle boarding, or kayaking.

We can also guide you on one of the fantastic hikes across Fitzroy Island, or teach you how to sail, or set you up with a an umbrella, deck chairs and an eski full of delights on a sandy cay island to while-away a lazy afternoon in the sun.

The possibilities are endless! Just let us know what your private yacht charter ambitions are on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and we will make them a reality!

Sample 2 Day 1 Night Private Charter Boat Itinerary

Day 1

Your private charter boat itinerary starting in Cairns allows for certified scuba divers to enjoy unlimited dives (optional extra price - unlimited scuba dive package) including night dives and for introductory scuba divers they can have 1 free "Try" dive and unlimited snorkelling.

Please note for the non-divers you may snorkel at all times during the day.

If the winds are a little strong the boat will head north to some protected reefs and in lighter winds, we will head south.

We have the choice of 9 reef systems with 30 different reef mooring locations.

Leaving Cairns Marlin Marina early at 7.45am you will be greeted by t your yacht crew hosts with a nice morning tea to get everyone comfortable and acquainted before motoring off for your private live aboard snorkelling and scuba diving adventure on the Great Barrier Reef.

Whilst motoring along to our first reef destination the crew will discuss the introductory and certified scuba diving procedures and the activities and events over the next few days and get you comfortably accommodated.

If your first Great Barrier Reef destination is Flynn Reef you can expect depths of 5 to 28 metres where you can either snorkel or scuba dive to see pelagic fish, turtles, black or white tip reef sharks and lots of other exciting things under the water.

Spend the whole morning in the water before lunch and afternoon tea before we head off to our second location for the day and our overnight mooring at either Milne Reef, The Three Sisters or at The Whale.

The diving depths at one of Cairns most famous dive sites The Three Sisters ranges from 6 to 36 metres offering some of the most amazing underwater sites for day and night diving that you may ever see.

Spend the afternoon doing whatever you feel like be it snorkelling or scuba diving before settling down to dinner before experiencing the excitement of your first night scuba dive adventure.

On a night dive, you will see marine creatures that you never see during the day as they go about the business of finding food and other marine creatures like themselves.

Day 2

If you/re an early morning riser make sure you have your camera as you will be greeted with a spectacular sun rising from the east across the ocean and you may even be lucky enough to be greeted with pods of dolphins as they begin their day of foraging for foods and playing in the ocean before you.

Jump in the water for your early morning dive and see all the activity going on down below before you tuck into breakfast as the boat makes its way to another diving location.

Mid-morning we will be on the move again to another spectacular reef system for you to enjoy for a few hours before we set up lunch and then begin our sailing journey (subject to weather conditions) back to Cairns Marlin Marina 

You will have seen a lot and experienced a lot of the best snorkelling and scuba locations over the last 2 days and you will go home with memories and images that will last a lifetime.

Please Note:

  • BYO Alcoholic drinks (please note no in water activities after consuming alcohol).
  • We recommend you pre-book your unlimited scuba diving package at the time of booking your private boat charter.
  • You must bring your scuba diving certificate and be able to pass a Medical Questionnaire prior to diving. We recommend you visit a diving medical professional prior to scuba diving at all times.

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Departs From


Departure Time


Departure Instructions
  • Boarding on boat from 7:45am with departure at 8:00am
  • Berth 2, A Finger Marlin Marina, Spence Street, Cairns
  • Return to Cairns is around 4:00pm
  • As it is a private charter tour times are flexible to suit your schedule
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef - Cairns - Queensland - Australia
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



1 Day up to 5 Days

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Unlimited certified and introductory diving packages (includes night diving) - please enquire
  • Advanced dive course
  • Guided dives
  • For other water activities such as stand up paddle boarding - please enquire
  • Merchandise: T-shirt, hats and more
  • We cater for special dietary requirements - please advise at time of booking
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium


Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

Please ensure you plan logistics for flying and diving as a minimum of 24 hours is required from the end of your last dive (multiple dives) before flying or 12 hours for single dives. The last dive is completed by 8:30pm on the first day and 12pm on the second day

  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreeen & camera 
  • Swimwear & beach towel (bath towel supplied) 
  • Long pants & jumper during cool months 
  • Small soft overnight bags, (additional luggage can be stored)
  •  BYO alcohol (no glass)
  • Logbook for certified divers

Not suitable for children under 4

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:


  • More than 90 days prior to departure: free (full refund)
  • 30 to 90 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure or no shows: no refunds

If we need to cancel the trip

  • While we aim to run all trips, sometimes we need to cancel for reasons out of our control, including:
  • Strong winds
  • Cyclone warnings
  • Mechanical issues with the boat or equipment
  • Staff unavailability
  • When this happens, we will offer to either move your booking to a different date depending on trip availability, or a full refund if the alternatives don't work for you.
  • Please note we are unable to cover your additional expenses such as accommodation, flights and others that might be affected by our trip cancellation.

***You are required to provide a medical certificate from a doctor declaring you are fit to dive. this is applicable for certified and intro divers***

Please ensure you are aware of the medical restrictions attached to underwater activities - Medical Conditions

  • Diving tickets are non-refundable – in whole or in part.
  • There are no refunds for dives not completed because of change of mind, sea sickness or similar.
  • We recommend all guests have travel insurance prior to travel.

Cairns Charter Boats | Dive & Snorkel Tour | Great Barrier Reef | Australia

Tour Code: 299

Departing: Cairns

Private Charter liveaboard



Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 299



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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