Cairns Dwarf Minke Whale liveaboard dive tours, unique only to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Where else can you swim & dive with Dwarf Minke Whales. Book now to enjoy amazing whale encounters that will literally inspire your love of these playful whales.
Our Cairns Dwarf Minke Whale liveaboard dive and snorkel tours are only available in the months of June and July whilst the Dwarf Minke Whales are here in their peak numbers during their annual migration to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Our swim with whales expeditions are in high demand due to the limited time that the Minke Whales spend in the Agincourt Ribbon Reef region on the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef.
We only have the below departure dates still available for the 2024 season - please note the below is correct as of 31/08/23
Annually our success rate of encountering, swimming and diving with Dwarf Minke Whales is over 90%, but of course as they are wild mammals we cannot offer 100% guarantees that we will see them.
However if you are a scuba diver or even just a snorkeller you will still be on one of the greatest liveaboard dive trips of your life as this is the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef in Australia!
Over the next four days and four nights you will be diving and snorkelling in the beautifully clear waters of the Northern Agincourt Ribbon Reefs which are famous for the huge variety of marine life in this region.
See Giant Potato Cod that are as friendly as playful puppies, all sorts of sharks, Humphead Maori Wrasse who, like the Potato Cod, just love spending time with the divers underwater.
The marine life here will tick all your scuba diving bucket lists over the next four days and four nights making you wish you could stay even longer.
Divers and snorkelers will be comfortably accommodated on our luxury liveaboard dive boat that is a floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef.
We have 18 twin cabins and four double cabins.
All cabins are air conditioned with en suite bathrooms.
We only have the below departure dates still available for the 2024 season - please note the below is correct as of 25/08/23
Each day, scuba divers will have up to 16 opportunities (*) to dive over the course of our 4 day 4 night liveaboard from early morning to late in the afternoon.
(*) subject to change
Departs Fridays returns Tuesdays during Whale Season.
Our coach can collect you from your Cairns accommodation or we can meet you at our shop in Draper Street Cairns at 7:30am to board one of our transfer boats.
We make our way to the Outer Barrier Reef where we will enjoy your first two scuba dives on Norman Reef, before transferring to your luxury liveaboard floating hotel at approximately 14:30 and steaming overnight to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef where the Dwarf Minke Whales gather.
You will be introduced to all your fellow divers and snorkelers and your boat crew will advise you on the adventures you are about to encounter over the next 4 days and 4 nights with the Dwarf Minke Whales and other creatures on the Great Barrier Reef.
After a nice meal together everyone tucks into their luxury cabin berths early to ensure they are up nice and early for the next day in anticipation of their whale encounters.
Wake up to the sun rising over the Great Barrier Reef at Steve’s Bommie, one of the best dive sites on the reef thanks to its huge array of marine life including schools of fish, sharks, rays, nemos, octopus and more. You will enjoy four dives today, two at Steve’s Bommie and two others (including one night dive) at various other sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs.
We kick the weekend off with more diving and snorkelling opportunities throughout the Ribbon Reefs, giving you the opportunity to explore some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most untouched areas. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary. Your two morning dives will be at Lighthouse Bommie, where most of our interactions with Minke whales take place. You’ll also have an an afternoon dive and another night dive.
Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives – two in the morning, one in the afternoon and one night dive. The reef locations that we visit are less frequented by any other boats, and are home to many tropical fish species and bright mesmerising coral. After your night dive (finishing around 8pm) we will steam south towards Cairns.
After breakfast, all guests are transferred back to their Cairns city accommodation at approximately 9.00am.
Please note: Our liveaboard dive itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions. During the swim with Dwarf Minke Whale season, the dive schedule may be altered to enable as much in-water interaction with the whales as possible.
Snorkelers are welcome on our Minke Whale dive trips and receive a discount on their tour.
Book very early for our Dwarf Minke Whale dive trips as departures and space are very limited over a short period of time whilst the mammals are here with us on the Great Barrier Reef.
Are you scared of sharks?
On our night dives, scuba divers will be coming face to face with harmless Australian reef sharks who will swim about you as they hunt in the darkness for their nightly meals.
Snorkellers can stay on the boat and observe these mighty predators from above, or if game, can put on a face mask and peer into the waters below to watch the action down below the surface.
Sharks and other marine life are attracted to the underwater lights on our boat and the torches in the hands of the scuba divers.
Don’t worry this is a safe, calm reef experience that is enjoyed by both the sharks and all of our guest on board the boat.
If you are really keen on diving and swimming with sharks take a look at some of our specialised shark tours
Read about swimming with whales on the Great Barrier Reef.
Check in is at 7:30am at the operator's office located in Cairns city - address will be confirmed at time of booking
June - July
2024 Departure Dates: 14th & 21st June and 5th & 12th July
4 days & 4 nights
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
In the event you cancel your booking with us, the following charges will apply:
Group cancellations will be subject to Group Terms and Conditions (see below).
Any amendment made to a Travel Date will be deemed to be a cancellation, and will be subject to the charges set out in this document.
Should you fail to load in time for our scheduled departure for any reason, you will not receive a refund of your tour costs. The vessel departure will not be delayed due to your late arrival. This includes factors beyond your control including medical problems, airline delays, bad weather, etc. – Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
No refund or compensation will be given for any unused equipment or prepaid/pre-booked courses or guides in the event you are unable to complete the entire tour.
Trip-specific Cancellation Fees
Cairns Outer Reef Day Trips & Outer Reef Liveaboard Trips
More than 24 hours before course/trip commencement date: No Charge
Within 24 hours of course/trip commencement: Full course/trip fee
Minke Whale Expeditions
ALL trip fees are required to be paid in full 30 days before trip commencement date.
Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation within 60 days and more than 22 days before trip commencement date: 20% cancellation fee
Cancellation within 21 days of trip commencement: No refund
Open Water Courses
DAY 1: Failed Medicals will receive a full refund*. Cancellation for any other reason incurs an AUD$160 cancellation fee.
DAY 2 – AUD$230 cancellation fee.
AFTER DAY 2 – No refund will be given.
Day trip course schedules can NOT be altered.
*If a student fails the medical they have a choice regarding the course manual: they may return the manual in AS NEW condition (for a full refund) or retain the manual, in which case the refund will be reduced by AU$115.00.
Deposits are non-refundable.
More than 30 days before course commencement date: 20% of course fee
Within 30 days of course commencement: Full course fee.
All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a 10% service fee.
We strongly recommend that all customers purchase a Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy that covers them for personal injury and the events, including but not limited to, your cancellation for any reason, and the cancellation or alteration to the scheduled itinerary for reasons involving weather or passenger, crew or vessel safety.
***Please ask for full terms & conditions***
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 348