Live Aboard


Live-Aboard diving at its best – taking advantage of the 4 dives a day, you get to see the ultimate Barrier Reef dive sites. Various packages are available: from a 3 or 4 night trip to a 6 night package.

These Live-Aboard vessels are equipped especially for scuba dive trips to the remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Actual dive sites vary according to weather conditions! Snorkellers welcome.

There are opportunities to view larger marine life on a Live-Aboard with some operators specializing in Coral Sea Shark Dives.

Seasonal Highlights include June/July Minke Whale Migration – you can snorkel closeup to these animals. Coral spawning takes place in November.


Recommended Live-Aboard Operators

In alphabetical order


 OceanQuest Liveaboard Trips to the Outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns Our Liveaboard OceanQuest caters to Snorkelers, Certified and Introductory Divers




Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive, operating since 1987 is Townsville’s premier dive operation. Offering liveaboard trips, day trips and PADI dive courses to the Great Barrier Reefs and the mighty SS Yongala Wreck, Australia’s BEST Dive.  Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive, operating since 1987 is Townsville’s premier dive operation. Offering liveaboard trips, day trips and PADI dive courses to the Great Barrier Reef and the mighty SS Yongala Wreck, Australia’s BEST Dive.

Coral Sea Dreaming

Welcome aboard Coral Sea Dreaming. Sail to Cairns outermost reefs on a beautiful 60 foot ketch with cabin options to please the most discerning traveller. Be pampered by our dedicated crew while visiting Cairns most famous reefs without the crowds. Go to sleep with stars overhead and wake up to breakfast on the reef. Coral Sea Dreaming is the ultimate overnight ADVENTURE. Phone 07 40 411 600 for more info.

Divers Den

Proudly operating for over 45 years. Experience the GBR from Cairns or Port Douglas, sleep on the reef, or learn to dive in our 5* PADI training centre!  Divers Den has been proudly operating for over 40 years, we are not only one of the largest but also the longest established Great Barrier Reef operator in Cairns. In 2017 we have expanded into Port Douglas with our newest vessel AquaQuest and a brand new retail store. Whether you’re a first-time snorkeller or an experienced SCUBA diver your safety and enjoyment is our priority.



Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Mike Ball’s Spoilsport is Australia’s leading dive liveaboard, operating 3, 4 & 7 night expeditions along the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and out to the Coral Sea.  Since 1969, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has been running Australia’s leading dive liveaboard operation. Cairns based Spoilsport runs 3, 4 and 7 night departures to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea for both novice and experienced divers.  Our dive sites offer the best in diving, from the coral gardens and diversity of the world famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs, through to the exciting walls and pelagics of the Coral Sea. Dedicated shark encounters and a shark feed experience provide photographers with a unique opportunity.  Spoilsport is custom built for divers and her twin-hulled design maximizes space, stability and comfort.


Spirit of Freedom

3, 4 & 7 Day Liveaboard Dive dive trips to the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Coral Sea.  7 day Far Northern Expeditions to remote reefs off Cape York peninsular.  The Spirit of Freedom offers the best in liveaboard dive cruising to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the remote Coral Sea reefs. Scuba Dive Tours of 3, 4 and 7 day duration depart our of Cairns to iconic dive sites such as the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and North Horn, Osprey Reef. Shark dives, Potato Cod feeding, sheer walls laced with massive soft corals, manta-rays, minke whales, and abundant healthy tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity are just some of the highlights you’ll experience with Spirit of Freedom diving tours.


If Live-Aboards isn’t your preferred option, try Day Trips