Coral Sea Dreaming, Australia


Escape the crowds on a unique Australian dive liveaboard with the Coral Sea Dreaming yacht. With exclusive access to 28 moorings on 9 different reefs, you will visit some of the most beautiful dive locations out of Cairns. Dives are focussed around the Outer Great Barrier Reef at famous areas such as Flynn and Milln Reefs and dive site depths are between 1-30m, making them perfect for snorkellers and divers of all levels. Marine life encounters can include turtles, reef sharks, schools of pelagic fish, dolphins and stunning coral walls. All snorkelling and dive gear is included, as well as a free 10-minute try-dive for non-certified divers.

Topside the 18m Coral Sea Dreaming liveaboard is a steel ketch with a beautiful wooden interior. A variety of cabins are available to suit different budget types. There is a 4-person shared bunk cabin, 2-person shared bunk cabin, and 3 private double cabins, all with shared bathrooms. AC and fans are fitted throughout the boat for added comfort.
Guests can enjoy not only the best dive sites out of Cairns but also the unique experience of sleeping with the stars overhead and waking to a Coral Sea sunrise. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared on board, and snacks will be offered throughout the day. The Coral Sea Dreaming yacht caters to just 12 guests, to ensure a more personalised service, uncrowded sites and full-length dives.

If you're looking to escape the crowds and explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef, then the crew of the Coral Sea Dreaming liveaboard are ready to make your stay an adventure of a lifetime. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

FLEXIBLE BOOKING TERMS - Learn more about what this means

Choose your departure date


Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Rental Gear, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (20 AUD), Port Fees (20 AUD per day).

Optional Extras: Airport Transfer (15-70 AUD), Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Diving Package (220 AUD), Extra Dives (60 AUD), Private Dive Guide (10 AUD per activity), Scuba Diving Courses (350-395 AUD), Stand Up Paddleboard.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

* Extra fees are shown per person.

  • Visa payments
  • MasterCard payments
  • American Express payments
  • Paypal payments

Pay by bank transfer or online with Best Price Guaranteed

Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Length 18 metres
  • Beam 5 meters
  • Cruising speed 8-9 knots
  • Engines Cummins 4BT 150 hp
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 4

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • First Aid Kits

Coral Sea Dreaming Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 41 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Stephane T
  • United States United States
An amazing trip out to the Hastings reef with some superb diving.

Saw a shark! A few turtles, pufferfish, clownfish, groupers, parrotfish.

Recommended for
Nice crew, personalized experience and night dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Morgan O
  • United States United States
Coral Sea Dreaming provided an unbelievable underwater adventure and the staff went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy and healthy.

The night dive with the reef sharks was truly awe inspiring, the fish, giant clams and sea-turtles are so cool, and it's honestly a bit hard to process how incredible the whole weekend was! Despite sea sickness, the boat crew went out of their way to ensure we had the dive trip of a lifetime and that it was worth every penny. THANK YOU!

Recommended for
Amazing crew, GORGEOUS reef dives, well stocked boat!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nick D
  • United States United States

Never slept on a boat before and that was very relaxing. The night dive was by far the best dive of the trip. Saw a bunch of sharks and a sea turtle as well.

Recommended for
Diving, sleeping on the ocean, views of the ocean
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Sally P
  • United States United States
We loved our trip on Coral Sea Dreaming!

Snorkeling with unbelievably diverse & beautiful coral and fish, extremely attentive diving instructors, friendly & knowledgeable skipper

Recommended for
Amazing diving instructors, Alma & Raz, took care of each individual with just the right amount of attention and encouragement.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Netanel A
  • United States United States
The most incredible thing I have ever experienced.

Scuba diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. The crew was good fun. The scenery was unbelievable.

Recommended for
The crew, the dives and the scenery
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Dale D
  • United States United States
Great Sailing Adventure on the Great Barrier Reef.

We were only able to moor at Michaelsminn reef due to weather conditions, but the captain made sure we all saw our share of turtles, sharks, clown fish, and the beautiful colorful coral. I would also add that the trip back to the marina was a true sailing experience. We had winds at 25 knots and waves at 2 meters. The perfect conditions to experience real sailing.

Recommended for
1. The crew were very experienced and knowledgeable on sailing and diving. 2. The captain (Christian) was very entertaining in providing the guests with the history and his knowledge of the reefs history, as well as efforts to continue the life of the reef. 3. The ship is older and in need of some TLC in the living quarters, but make no mistake this sailboat is in great sailing shape. The older woodwork in the cabin gave it an added ambience and nostalgia.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Whitney M
  • United States United States
My first Liveaboard experience - had a blast!

Seeing dolphins and the amazing stars! The Scuba night dive was super fun as well. I don't know if I would go back to this area though as the coral is rather bleached.

Recommended for
Lots of Scuba Opportunities, Affordability, Snacks Always available
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Avery B
  • United States United States
The best dive trip ever

The diving was incredible, easy and the crew was so helpful on all the dives.

Recommended for
Dive locations, crew, small group setting
  • 8.0 Very good
  • jolena B
  • United States United States
Mellow and cool liveaboard

The 5 dives!

Recommended for
Sailing. Diving with such a small group. The two dive masters
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Matthew W
  • United States United States
Absolutely amazing two days with an awesome crew.

The scuba diving for the certified divers was absolutely amazing, as well as for my friends who did a few "Try Dives". The night dive is one of the coolest things i have done in my entire life, seeing sharks and other big fish feeding as well as the crazy colors of the corals under the UV light. Drinking wine and looking at the amazing stars at night was a big plus after a day in the water. Even while snorkeling, we were able to see octopus, sea turtles, and many other fish/coral.

Recommended for
Friendly staff, camera rental, delicous food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Judith H
  • United States United States
Coral Sea Dreaming is a dream come true.

I am a 70 year old new diver that has had both hips and both knees replaced. The crew were so helpful and attentive and o my and my husbands needs. They helped us every way possible. It made our Great Barrier Dive trip so very enjoyable!

Recommended for
The crew, the dive sites, Claire, the owner
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Grace K
  • United States United States
best dive trip I’ve ever done

The dive sites were incredible, so much wildlife and the variety of coral was spectacular. The skipper, and dive crew took amazing care of us. Would recommend them over and over!!

Recommended for
Crew, dive sites, small boat and amazing divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • thomas K
  • United States United States
Fun, unique, enjoyable, great crew!

I enjoyed being the only boat in the area. The crew was fantastic! The dive master was really good. The other passengers were terrific.

Recommended for
The crew, being the only boat there, and the fellow passengers.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Griffin K
  • United States United States
Unforgettable scuba diving at a great price

It was a great collection of people, a very small group of folks that made for a very pleasant diving experience. I was the only diver on board, the rest were snorkeling, so I had the three divemasters to myself!

Recommended for
diving, location, people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Janneke A
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great trip!

The Great barrier reef is absolutely beautiful!

Recommended for
Very Nice crew, small group, also Great for unexperienced divers.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • luiz carlos F
  • Brazil Brazil
Huge corals

Variety of corals

Recommended for
Sailing coral people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David N
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic crew and brilliant dive guides going to some first class reefs.

Brilliant boat and location with superb staff.

Recommended for
Friendliness and attentiveness of the staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Brilliant boat and location. Great dives.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Shudai S
  • Japan Japan

When I dove into the water and saw millions of coral and fish.

Recommended for
Experience, Interaction, Adventure
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lélia D
  • France France
We spent a good moment on board and had an amazing dive experience!

The dives, by day and by night.

Recommended for
the relationship with passengers and the crew, the dives and the small number of passengers.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • trond T
  • Norway Norway
Great experience!

We went on a trip with Levi, Nwe, Patricia and Jon. They made a good quartette.

Recommended for
Intimate, chill atmosphere, you could snorkle as much as you wantet too
  • 8.4 Very good
  • pirjo H
  • Finland Finland
Great option for a short and affordable liveaboard.

Easygoing dive schedule, we did nice long dives. The crew also accommodated my wish to do a sunrise dive, meaning we jumped in the water a bit earlier than usual.

Recommended for
Fun and friendly crew, Christian, John and B. Small boat and amount of guests. Easygoing dive schedule.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stuart M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Jan and Cam were real personalities and with a group of 10 divers the atmosphere created was terrific. The dive experience day and night was superb.

Shark life was plentiful and dive sites were stunning.

Recommended for
The boat was sail and motor which was relaxing. The dive sites were incredible. A relaxing trip with great team of people.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Keat P
  • Singapore Singapore
Great experience for whole family

Skipper Chris was very kind and helpful to offer to guide and held onto our young Son (5 years old) out for his first snorkeling in the reef while we guided our elder daughter (8 years old) along. Chris even lent my Son his personal snorkeling gears. My Son was delighted to see turtle, giant clams and colourful fishes on his first trip. A big thanks to Chris for the great experience for the whole family.

Recommended for
experienced staff,
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jaimie R
  • Canada Canada
Amazing trip with a great crew!

Waking up on the reef in the morning and being able to jump right into the water.

Recommended for
The crew, the coral, and the amount of ocean life
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bruno G
  • Poland Poland
Unforgettable experience!

The place itself, other than the amazing crew!

Recommended for
Crew, food and dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Regina H
  • Australia Australia
Excellent, in every way!

Other than the great people we meet on board, my favourite was the night dive..... It was magical

Recommended for
Crew, where they took us to dive, made it all easy
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Francois B
  • Canada Canada
Very interesting trip and qualified personnel.

The sailing and the snorkeling.

Recommended for
Isolated spots to snorkel. Qualified personnel. Good trip structure.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • annette A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Brilliant trip

Being on a yacht with a hardworking and good natured crew. Feeling when diving and being taken to beautiful reef sites. Such a magical experience.

Recommended for
Well organised. Happy crew. Attentive diving instruction
  • 9.2 Superb
  • ned B
  • Australia Australia

Night dive Amount of diving Reef locations Cabin

Recommended for
Small crew and number of passengers allows for maximum dive and snorkel time
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Angie Lucia A
  • Colombia Colombia
Fantastic experience in the reef


Recommended for
Diving at night. Good service. Fantastic!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ilana M
  • Australia Australia
A laid back escape with good people and amazing diving

The crew really make sure you get what you came for- an amazing dive experience. Its a welcoming, relaxed, no pressure trip with lots of opportunity to see a spectacular part of the reef. As an intro diver I felt very safe too.

Recommended for
The dive site, the relaxed atmosphere, the people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gregory F
  • Australia Australia
The best overnight snorkel/dive experience you can buy.

Their patience with myself who wasn’t overly confident with diving. The staff. The knowledge of the reef.

Recommended for
The staff, the dive spots, the staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yane K
  • Brazil Brazil

The costumer service

Recommended for
The boat, the dives and the costumer service.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ocean M
  • New Zealand New Zealand
A wicked trip away, awesome diving, great crew and overall an awesome experience

Overall an awesome experience. Such a good bunch of crew, plenty of dives and plenty to see.

Recommended for
Great crew, very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Urvashi B
  • India India

I cannot fault a single thing about my time with Coral Sea Dreaming. The crew was great, the boat had a very friendly vibe, we visited some excellent dive sites and were well looked after. I experienced some of the best diving ever- the night dive was particularly spectacular and should not be missed. Absolutely worth and money and would 100% do it again!

Recommended for
Great crew, great sites, happy times.
Origin: US