Great Barrier Reef Overnight | 2 Day 1 Night | Diving & Snorkelling

Tour Code: 228

Departing: Cairns

2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Dive Tour
  • Our Cairns based dive boat offers a unique, small group (max 12) liveaboard scuba dive experience on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 
  • We have permits to scuba dive 25 exclusive dive and snorkel sites over nine different coral reefs on the outer Great Barrier Reef off Cairns in Queensland Australia.
  • On all of our dive trips from Cairns we offer snorkelers a FREE Introductory "Try" Dive for first-time divers to see if the experience interests you to do some introductory scuba diving and a dive course.
  • If you are not a scuba diver you may enjoy unlimited snorkelling and complimentary guided snorkel tours on request
  • Our liveaboard dive trips from Cairns are great for beginner and advanced divers, with one-on-one instruction, flexible schedules, longer dives and unlimited tank refills
  • We are one of only 2 companies licenced in Australia to offer introductory night diving

Included In Price

  • The best small group dive & sail experience out of Cairns – only 12 guests maximum! We are the dive boat with the smallest groups in the whole Cairns region.
  • 1 crew for every 4 guests for a boutique, personalised reef experience without the crowds.
  • Sail the path less travelled to Cairns outer reefs on the beautiful Coral Sea Dreaming sail boat where you can watch the sun set over the Reef, sleep with the stars overhead and wake to a Coral Sea sunrise
  • We have access to the most and the best dive locations out of Cairns with over 25 exclusive moorings on 9 different reefs – you will be the only divers / snorkelers in the water at any given location.
  • All dives are guided by experienced dive instructors to guarantee you will get the most out of your dives and always stay safe.
  • 1 x free (10min) TRY dive offered to all first-time divers.
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Guided snorkel tours on request
  • All our locations are suitable for both divers (certified and first timers!) and snorkellers.
  • Freshly prepared meals, local fruit, cheese platter and snacks included. (special diets catered for with advance notice at no extra charge).
  • A combination of shared and private cabins to suit couples, singles, or groups.
  • Hot Shower, 2 toilets (shared).
  • Fresh linen and towels.
  • A/C and fans throughout the vessel
  • All snorkelling and quality dive equipment serviced to commercial standards (wetsuits and stinger suits).
  • Complimentary welcome pack including toiletries and chocolate
  • Bar facilities on board - Soft drinks and alcohol sold on-board (no BYO)

From Cairns, one of our most popular two-day, one-night liveaboard dive boats in Cairns. Travel with no more than 12 guests, scuba dive, try a night dive, or indulge in unlimited snorkelling. Experience an amazing sunset on the Reef and sleep under a sky full of stars like you've never seen before.

What to Expect

This popular Cairns dive tour is a liveaboard snorkelling and scuba diving tour that sails on Australia's Outer Great Barrier Reef brings you the best value liveaboard sailing and outstanding snorkelling and diving sites, with access to 25 exclusive moorings at nine different reefs including two new moorings. Bonus FREE Introductory "Try" Dive offered to all guests.

Ideal for families, couples or singles wanting a unique Great Barrier Reef experience with lots of flexibility. Enjoy a small group of just 12 passengers with a high level of customer service from three professional crew members.

Features and Highlights

  • The overnight dive boat provides ample room to spread out onboard, relax in the hammock on the forward deck or downstairs in the saloon’s social area, or chat with the Skipper in the undercover seating area at the rear of the vessel. You can even get some hands-on sailing experience.
  • Our comfortable yacht has 4 person bunk cabin, 2 bunk bed area and a 3 x two person private cabins with double beds.
  • Enjoy mouth-watering meals prepared by an onboard chef, as well as morning and afternoon teas and fresh fruit snacks. 

In water activities:

  • Snorkelling and scuba diving amongst exotic marine life and brilliant corals without the crowds. This Cairns liveaboard dive trip offers exclusive priority access to the most famous sites out of Cairns.  

Snorkelling Cairns

  • Enjoy easy access to the water from the rear platform and unlimited snorkelling in beautiful shallow clear lagoons teeming with marine life and colourful corals. We thoroughly recommend a sunrise snorkel when the marine life on the reef is most active. Complimentary guided snorkelling tours are available on request. 

Scuba Diving Cairns

  • Our sail boat is great for both beginner and experienced divers, our Great Barrier Reef dive sites offer something special for everyone – without the crowds, and small group numbers mean you’ll enjoy longer dives and individual instruction.
  • You’ll meet diverse marine life including reef sharks, stunning tropical fish and friendly sea turtles as they glide amongst the colourful coral and swim beside you.
  • Whale season during the months of June to September are especially entertaining.

A flexible schedule is provided and onboard compressor for unlimited tank refills so you can maximise your in-water dive time. 

  • Enjoy an introductory "TRY" scuba dive
  • Certified scuba diving for experienced divers
  • Experience a brilliant night dive, when the Reef is buzzing with life if you are brave enough

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Morning Departure: Set sail from Cairns, with a briefing and immediate immersion into the aquatic environment.
  • Reef Exploration: Snorkel or dive at two exclusive reef locations, enjoying close encounters with marine biodiversity.
  • Sunset and Dinner: Watch a stunning sunset over the reef followed by a gourmet dinner aboard the yacht.

Day 2:

  • Morning Dive: Start the day with an optional early morning dive to witness the reef’s awakening.
  • Continued Exploration: Enjoy additional diving and snorkeling sessions throughout the morning.
  • Return Journey: Cruise back to Cairns, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and marine life encounters.

Additional Information


  • All meals and accommodation aboard the yacht.
  • Snorkeling and diving equipment, including stinger suits and flotation devices.
  • Guided snorkeling tours and diving sessions with experienced professionals.

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase).
  • Personal expenses and gratuities.

What to Bring:

  • Swimwear, sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothing.
  • A camera for underwater and scenic photography.
  • A light jacket for cooler evening temperatures.

Travel Tips and Considerations:

  • Guests should be comfortable in water; basic swimming skills are required for snorkelling and scuba diving.
  • Medical conditions must be disclosed before participation, especially for diving activities.
  • The itinerary may be adjusted based on weather conditions to ensure guest safety and the best possible experience.

This tour is perfect for those looking to deeply connect with the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, offering both relaxation and adventure in one of the most spectacular settings on the planet.

Join us for the greatest spectacle on the Great Barrier Reef 

  • Over several nights each year, around the full moon in November (exact timing varies), the Great Barrier Reef 'explodes' as corals spawn in a mass synchronised event like no other!

See all overnight diving and snorkelling tours from Cairns.  

Liveaboard dive boat accommodation and facilities

  • A maximum of only 12 guests and a high level of customer service from three professional crew members guarantees you will enjoy an exclusive and boutique experience on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  • On check-in, your friendly crew will assist you to your assigned cabin.
  • There is 4 person bunk cabin, 2 bunk bed area and a 3 x two person private cabins with double beds.
  • There are two toilets and a separate hot water shower and an additional shower on the aft of the boat.
  • Fresh linen and bath towels are included during your stay.  

There is ample room to spread out onboard, relax in the hammock on the forward deck or downstairs in the saloon’s social area, or chat with the Captain in the undercover seating area at the rear of the vessel. You can even get some hands-on sailing instruction from the Captain.

Enjoy four mouth-watering main meals prepared by an onboard chef, as well as morning and afternoon teas and fresh fruit snacks.  Dietary requirements are met but must be requested on booking. The vessel has a pay on consumption bar facility so if you’d like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the evening be sure to bring along a few extra dollars.

Please note there is to be no alcohol consumed until all in-water activities have ceased and no glass is permitted on the boat.

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy unlimited snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef in calm, shallow depths located close to our moorings and teeming with colourful fish and marine life including: 

  • rainbow mandarin fish and blue and yellow parrotfish
  • sea turtles
  • silvery stingrays
  • giant lavender-hued clams
  • dolphins
  • humpback whales (during winter months).

Guided snorkelling tours are available throughout the day on request, and comprehensive snorkelling instructions and floatation vests are available for beginners.  

Wetsuits are provided during the winter months free of charge, and full-length sunsuits are provided during summer. Prescription masks are also available – must be pre-booked. 

Scuba diving

Our liveaboard dive boat has access to 25 moorings at 9 different reef systems and exclusive priority access to the most famous sites out of Cairns, so beginner and advanced divers are guaranteed to enjoy amazing variety and uncrowded dives at some of the best sites on the Reef.

Certified Scuba Diving
  • Whether you are newly certified or have lots of diving experience, our sites offer something special for everyone and without the crowds! Experience great water visibility on the Outer Reef as you explore swim-throughs, caves and vast coral gardens at some of the best dive sites on the Reef.
  • You’ll receive a thorough briefing at each site and have the flexibility to choose to dive with or without a guide.  
  • Certified Divers: All diving is included. Divers should expect to do 4-6 dives (4-5 day dives and a night dive). Note that ALL DIVES are guided, there are no hidden extras.
Introductory Scuba Diving
  • There’s no better place than the Great Barrier Reef to "TRY" diving for the first time. Enjoy one-on-one instruction from a skilled instructor on a "TRY" dive to see if you would be keen to book a full introductory scuba dive. It’s really fun and very easy and simply the best way to see the wonders of the Reef up close.
  • You’ll receive a thorough briefing and plenty of time to practise with the dive gear until you feel ready to head under the water. Whichever site is chosen to explore, you’re guaranteed to encounter stunning coral formations and colourful marine life. Be on the lookout for sea turtles and damsels (fish that change colour before your eyes), our resident friendly Maori Wrasse and Nemo (clownfish).  
  • Introductory Divers: one intro dive is included, additional dives can be purchased onboard ($90 each). This is not an unlimited diving option like (2) above because many intro divers don’t want to commit to more than one dive, as they have never dived before and don’t know if they will like it.
Night Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Night diving is one of our specialities and we have a number of anchorages which are perfect for night dives.
  • A night dive is one of the best ways to see some of the Reef’s more exclusive creatures that only come out to play in the dark of night. Spot turtles sleeping in large coral bommies and parrotfish napping inside a huge bubble, as well as some fascinating nocturnal wildlife.
  • One little fellow you’ll only see at night is the decorator crab – a delightful creature who darts around trying on coral as if he's getting dressed! And don't be surprised if you pick up a few extra members on the tour; amazing coloured fusiliers, red bass, and snapper love the light and will follow to better find their own dinner.
  • Early morning dives are also spectacular. This is feeding time for many fish and a great time to see them cruising by and nibbling on plankton.

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Board Coral Sea Dreaming at 7:45am, Berth 3, Finger A, Marlin Marina Cairns for morning tea and meet & greet - Departs 8.00am

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef Cairns Queensland Australia 
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Please note we are closed for Christmas: Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th December; and also for New Year: Saturday 31st of December to Sunday 1st of January


2 days & 1 night

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory & Certified dive packages - NEED TO BE PREBOOKED - Medical Certificate required
  • Underwater cameras for hire (Olympus, GoPro), onboard only upon request.
  • Any purchase made on board such as extra diving, drinks, merchandise & reef levy paid with a credit card will incur a 3% bank credit card merchant fee
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.

  • A small overnight bag only (limited luggage storage available upon request)
  • Sunglasses, Hat and Swimwear, Beach Towel, Camera, warm clothes for evening, Cert card and logbook for certified divers. We accept credit cards or cash for on-board payments.
  • Toiletries are now PROVIDED onboard for all guests (soap, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner).

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:

  • Cancellation more than 24h prior to departure - free
  • Cancellation less than 24h prior to departure & no-show - 100% cancellation fee

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.

Great Barrier Reef Overnight | 2 Day 1 Night | Diving & Snorkelling

Tour Code: 228

Departing: Cairns

2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Dive Tour



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

Child: au$629.00
Family: au$2,516.00

Tour Code: 228



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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