Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia

Excellent food and drinks

“It was great! Very organized and safe practices, great staff and guides, very nice boat. Highly recommend ”

Jake D, United States United States
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    • Fluoro Night Diving to experience fluorescent colors
    • Nightly "Shark In The Dark" dives
    • Whale diving safari to meet the Minke

The OceanQuest Liveaboard is a 36m Catamaran offering year-round diving trips to Australia's magnificent Outer Great Barrier Reef. The OceanQuest liveaboard is permanently moored at the Outer Reef, and guests are transferred by fast boat from Cairns. 

The OceanQuest liveaboard was refurbished in 2017 and has 22 cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, and a TV. Each cabin has either two single beds or two single bunk beds. Split over 3 decks, the OceanQuest liveaboard offers plenty of space for relaxing after a full day of diving. There is a large air-conditioned lounge, a well-stocked bar area with an entertainment system, and a spacious dining room. The sun decks are perfect for sunbathing between dives in the warm Australian sun. The OceanQuest team provides 3 meals per day, served buffet style in the large dining area.

There is something for everyone with the OceanQuest liveaboard, with options for certified divers, introductory divers, and snorkelers. Guests can explore numerous outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites with OceanQuest and enjoy up to four dives a day; 3 daytime and 1 nighttime dive. Non-diving guests are also welcome aboard.

Please be aware that the dives are self-guided; however, for solo travelers, the crew will be more than happy to assist in pairing you with a dive buddy or a dive group. Rest assured, there is always a dedicated supervisor on board and a vigilant lookout on the deck during in-water activities. If you wish to opt for a guided dive experience, you can reserve this service on the day and overnight trips, priced at $15 per person per dive. In cases where your certification or a medical condition necessitates supervised diving, it is mandatory to partake in dives accompanied by a guide.

OceanQuest liveaboard divers can experience the Great Barrier Reef at night in a new way with Fluoro Night Diving. This incredible dive uses specialist torches and mask filters to bring the reef to life in an array of fluorescent colors (extra charge applies). Nightly Shark In The Dark dives offer the chance to jump in and see the Great Barrier Reef sharks at night. Whale fans can join an OceanQuest liveaboard ‘Meet The Minke’ whale diving safari (available in June and July).

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Included: VAT, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Diving Package, Rental Gear.

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

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Snacks, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (269 AUD), Private Dive Guide (120 AUD per activity), Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available

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.


  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck

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.

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1988
  • Year renovated 2013
  • Length 36 metres
  • Beam 13 metres
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Max guests 44
  • Number of cabins 23
  • Number of bathrooms 23

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Ocean Quest Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jake D
  • United States United States
So much fun!

It was great! Very organized and safe practices, great staff and guides, very nice boat. Highly recommend

Recommended for
Staff, boat, dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jillian G
  • United States United States
Best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef

Guided dives were great; specifically, Skye was a phenomenal guide - always made sure to point out marine life. The night dives were amazing and the option to fluoro dive was incredible, glad I was able to do both. Truly enjoyed my trip - will be back soon!!

Recommended for
Guided dives, food, night dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Peter S
  • United States United States
Amazing service, food, and facilities

Knowledgeable crew able to guide and instruct on best diving procedure and navigation. Meals were delicious and schedule was tight, lots of free time to relax as well.

Recommended for
The service, food, and facilities
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ashish D
  • United States United States
Great Experience

Oceanquest is the best value for money you can get. It was reasonably priced but the amenities you get, like awesome food with great desserts, along with best staff and dive guides was way more than I expected. Great locations to dive and great experience.

Recommended for
Food, dive guides, staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jonathan N
  • United States United States
Fantastic staff made the stay wonderful!

As mentioned earlier, the staff was fantastic in every way. The trip was my first Liveaboard with accommodations beating expectations, galley staff doing a fine job, and good diving when visibility cooperated.

Recommended for
The staff were highly professional, well trained, and really really fun; safety was job one; and the coral colors were amazing when the visibility was good.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Maurice L
  • Australia Australia
Best diving experience I've had!

The Ocean Quest moved to different reefs regularly which enabled a broad sampling of the Great Barrier Reef! This meant you got to see excellent coral scenery and wildlife throughout, the night dives were particularly fantastic and are highly recommended!

Recommended for
Staff were extremely friendly and very helpful both during dives and generally. The equipment provided was of excellent quality and well serviced. The briefs provided by the staff were extremely informative and made you feel comfortable to dive!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Szilvia A
  • Hungary Hungary
Absolutely fantastic experience

Night dives with sharks, amazing hospitality, professional, skilled and knowledgeable crew (and also very fun), delicious food, gorgeous corals, great variety of fish. I also did my advanced ow certification with a very experienced professional, so this whole trip made me a better diver.

Recommended for
Crew, dive sites, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Emilee B
  • Australia Australia
Awesome driving trip!

Loved the 4x dives per day. Cabins were older but well maintained. night dives were incredible- normal and fluro. I got my advanced during my stay - great staff and trainers. Specifically Tayla was super knowledgeable and easy going. Food was clean and each meal varied in cultured themed cuisines.

Recommended for
4daily dives, night dives, fluro night dive
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jeroen H
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great diving trip, good food, helpful staff and well organized.

Nightdiving was defenitely the highlight for me, so many predators out hunting which was a great experience. Rooms were very nice and food was great as well. Also pretty cheap if you compare it for what you get from it.

Recommended for
Night diving, food and comfort.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • George G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Highly Recommended

Everything about my trip with LiveABoard and Divers Den was exemplary. Above all else, the positive attitude of the crew was the outstanding element of a sensational trip

Recommended for
Safety, Safety, Safety!