Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia

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The OceanQuest Liveaboard is a 36m Catamaran offering year-round dive trips to the magnificent Outer Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The OceanQuest liveaboard is permanently moored at the Outer Reef and guests are transferred by fast boat from Cairns. This liveaboard offers the ultimate in flexible liveaboard itineraries, with OceanQuest departures available every day of the week. Guests can enjoy a single night stay or multiple nights to experience the best of Great Barrier Reef diving.

The luxurious OceanQuest liveaboard was refurbished in 2017 and has 22 cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and a TV. 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 to enjoy, a well-stocked bar area with entertainment system, and spacious dining room. The sun decks are perfect for soaking up the warm Australian sun between dives. The OceanQuest team provide 3 meals per day, served buffet style in the large dining area.

There really 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 five dives a day; 4 day dives and 1 night dive. Non-diving guests are also welcome aboard.

OceanQuest liveaboard divers have the option to experience the Great Barrier Reef at night in a whole 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 colours (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 even 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: National Park Fees (60-80 AUD per trip), Port Fees (20 AUD per day), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Snacks, Nitrox, Private Dive Guide (15 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.


Diving

  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck

The crew speaks English, German, and Japanese.


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 48
  • 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
  • 221 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.6
  2. Crew
    8.4
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.1
  5. Value
    9.1
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Hugh C
  • Australia Australia
An absolutely fantastic week spent out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Seeing the wild clownfish

Recommended for
The best three things on the live aboard were definitely the Diving, the staff and the exploring of different sections of reef
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Scott W
  • Australia Australia
Great trip, would go it again in a heartbeat.

Diving Fish Bowl on Saxon Reef was absolutely magical. The Divers Den and Ocean Quest are a very professional, smoothly run diving outfit.

Recommended for
The ease of diving, the amount of diving and knowing when dives were going to happen.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Raneem A
  • Syria Syria
Totally worth it!

Obviously diving the great barrier reef! The diving was amazing! Staff and dive guides are very professional and friendly and everything is neatly organized!

Recommended for
Dives, views, friendliness of staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • sushant P
  • India India
Wonderful and safe experience

Exploring the wonders of the great barrier reef with some wonderful people.

Recommended for
Friendly crew, safety, comfort
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Aleks K
  • Australia Australia
Great driving experience!

Well- run and organized diving, great guides who were very knowledgeable and looked after divers safety.

Recommended for
The boat was very comfortable and well equipped, the staff were awesome and most importantly superb diving!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kelsey G
  • Canada Canada
Very fun! Diving was amazing, crew was professional and fun

The diving is unreal. I also loved that you did NOT have to go with a guide and could go as a buddy team. This was a bonus as group diving can be frustrating. Everything was great, the staff was very professional and structured with safety. My 1 only complaint would be that I personally need the boat needs to be renovated/updated in the rooms and dining areas. It’s a little out dated and worn out.

Recommended for
The diving , the crew , the amount of space on the boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Tatiana S
  • United States United States
Great 3 Day Liveaboard!

Sharks in the Dark was such a great experience - unlike anything I've ever done. The schedule throughout the day works well for divers, the crew and new guests. The boat is large enough to have your own space but also socialize with the other guests. Great trip!

Recommended for
Sharks in the Dark, high quality gear, knowledgeable crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joshua W
  • United States United States
Better than expected.

Sea turtles galore. Friendly atmosphere. Felt welcome, safe and encouraged to have a good time. I had an equalizing problem and couldn't dive ( heart broken ) but the crew still made sure I had a good time and got to enjoy the reef.

Recommended for
Crew sets you up for a good time. You stay well fed. Plenty of room.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ron N
  • United States United States
Beautiful reef

So many beautiful fish and corals. Staff always friendly and smiling.

Recommended for
Diving, diving and diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • David T
  • United States United States
Crew very friendly and helpful, well organized for large ship

Glad I did it, one item off the bucket list

Recommended for
Any length trip, organization, friendly crew
  • 7.6 Good
  • Joseph C
  • United States United States
Very enjoyable experience

Made 7 dives over a day and a half Made a night dive Guides were very helpful

Recommended for
Plenty of diving, diving was very good
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rachel D
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest- 3 day/2 night

Staff was great! They were friendly, knowledge, and helpful. Planning of daily activities was very well managed/executed. I was able to do guided dives, buddy dives, a night dive, snorkeling, and sharks after dark activity.

Recommended for
Staff, dive sites, snorkeling
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ifigenia G
  • Greece Greece
Amazing snorkelling! Great and friendly dive guides and staff!

Amazing underwater experience and sea life. 4-5 dives each day. Great guides sharing info and tips as we were snorkelling and very helpful and friendly with the kids.

Recommended for
Snorkelling locations excellent. Great dive guides. Very friendly with kids.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Pierre H
  • Canada Canada
Great

I went for buddy dive And had a great experience with them. Indication from personnel onboard were clear enough so we did not need a guide, Ihad an experienced team and we shared this knowledge with less experience with other divers

Recommended for
Personnel, sites and xleanliness
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Shirley R
  • United States United States
Was able to dive the Great Barrier Reef in the time frame needed and at the price point I had budgeted.

it was the Great Barrier Reef! (I'm from a land locked state in the US)

Recommended for
price, convenience, people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Auriane B
  • Brazil Brazil
Great Barrier Reef... amazing spot to dive.

Nice crew on board, ready to help you, shark experience on boat platform.

Recommended for
Sleep in a boat, meet people from many places around the world, enjoy nature life in its real state.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael C
  • United States United States
Fantastic trip!

Night diving,Seeing multiple species of underwater organisms, seeing the reef at various sites. Overall a fantastic live aboard, would return in a heartbeat. #bringbackthehashbrowns #bringbackthehotchocolate #bringbackthemusic

Recommended for
Justin the cook was fantastic, the dives were fantastic, everything was well organized which was great.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Larry A
  • Canada Canada
The clarity of the water was disappointing but overall there was lots of fish and coral.

Photo opportunities of large fish and clown fish.

Recommended for
Fluorescent diving, well organized crew, great dive guides
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Heidi D
  • Australia Australia
Awsome

the number of dive opportunities, well organised, easy, relaxed, awesome diving and snorkelling

Recommended for
staff, cabin, dive set up
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jerome K
  • United States United States
Best way to dive the GBR.

Night dives, seeing sharks, turtles, octopus, moray eel during dives. Guides Peleg and Hayden were great!

Recommended for
Dive guides, food, attention to safety details.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Nicole G
  • Australia Australia
I had a lovely time on Ocean Quest, amazing dive sites, cool crew and value for money!

The amount of dives you get to do for the price is amazing.

Recommended for
Value, Dive sites and Crew.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ray M
  • Australia Australia
Professional and supportive

The diving I am visually impaired and the support of the dive guides was appreciated Why are there no hash browns for breakfast?

Recommended for
Diving night diving and the support of the guides
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Guillaume L
  • France France
Good trip.

The cabine was comfortable. The announcement for meals, dives and so forth were a good point (can be sure to not miss anything when having a nap). Deck was pretty big. The staffs left us a sort of freedom on each spot.

Recommended for
Fluorescent dive! Food and locations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Julie Ann R
  • United States United States
Phenomenal experience, best vacation ever.

The diving was of course the highlight. Of the many creatures we saw, turtles, sharks, innumerable coral but the treasure of the sea had to be the Humphead parrot fish.

Recommended for
The staff of Ocean Quest were ALL so friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Andy H
  • United States United States
Decent boat, good value, great diving

Saw a cuttlefish, sharks, sea turtles, giant clams, all kinds of fish.

Recommended for
1. They go to good sites, 2. You can do 5 dives a day, 3. It is a good value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chris J
  • Australia Australia
Awesome time, friendly and professional

Night snorkelling with sharks Many, many dives Great staff Beautiful weather 👍

Recommended for
Flexibility, cost and dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Paul M
  • Australia Australia
Good fun, would consider doing it again

The diving was fantastic. The amount of fish was ridiculous. Not to mention the sharks and turtles

Recommended for
Dive setup, the dive sites, the atmosphere
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stefano A
  • Italy Italy
Absolutely incredible

First time seeing a turtle, cuttlefish and doing a night dive. I also loved the sharks in the dark, they come very close to us it was amazing.

Recommended for
The food, the dive sights and the crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nikolai G
  • Israel Israel
We are happy that we have done it.

Snorkel and relax

Recommended for
Nature, weather, service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicola B
  • Australia Australia
absolutely fantastic crew, cabin, crew, dive planning, dive gear and support!

The crew were amazing - helpful, organised, professional. The cabin was big, clean and quiet. The dive sites were perfect - constant changes and good divebriefings before each dive. Excellent safety standards too - just brilliant!

Recommended for
Crew - organised, happy, friendly, helpful / cabin was big and clean / food was yummy, fresh and plentiful
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ellie H
  • United States United States
Awesome trip!

The highlights of my trip include the shark snorkel experience where I got to see several reef sharks up close. I also saw 7 turtles on one of the morning dives. The crew knew everyone by name and were incredibly friendly. I really enjoyed my time on the boat, and the guided tours were very helpful since the guides pointed out so much sea life that I would have never noticed if diving unguided!

Recommended for
The best things were the crew, the dive sites, and the food.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anuj S
  • India India
Great service, crew with good sense of humor & new dive equipment

Night dives Great barrier reefs Swimming with nurse sharks Improvement area: Dinner options could be better. Meat every night gets unappetizing very soon.

Recommended for
Location, dive frequency & times, people & crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paul R
  • Australia Australia
Relaxing time on a comfortable boat.

All dives were great.

Recommended for
Big boat friendly crew and comfortable
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Dylan M
  • Ireland Ireland
Excellent

Twin Peaks dive site

Recommended for
Crew, food and organisation
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Dale T
  • United States United States
Item on bucket lists checked off but would do again.

Slight hiccup in dive authorization that crew handled and managed better than hoped for. Several dive locations with knowledgeable guides. Sharks, Ray's, turtles, lots of fish and coral.

Recommended for
Crew, crew, crew.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jake A
  • United States United States
Worth travelling across the world for!

We have been diving in Fiji, Mexico, and the British Virgin Islands. Some places have good coral, some have wildlife, some have colors. But the Great Barrier Reef has ALL these elements. Seeing the reef even at 10 to 15 meters is amazing and nothing else we have seen compares to it! We saw scorpion fish, lion fish, octopus, giant traveli, turtles, trumpet fish, sharks, titan trigger fish, and too many others to list. The crew provides a shark encounter experience option for those who opt out of the night dives. The Divers Den staff made us feel safe at all times. We never had to wait for any of our dives, and all of the dive sites were briefed before each session. Captain Paul knew we were on the ship for an extended stay (6 days), so he took us to a few unique sites to provide variety. We only saw a few sites twice, and still always saw new things each dive as we explored sites at morning, day, and night. The fluoro diving was a unique experience as well. We wanted to give a shout out to Emily from the Divers Den Volunteer crew. Emily has a great personality and communicated well with us in terms of explaining logistics and guiding us through the experience. Thanks also to all the Divers Den staff, to our dive instructors, Paulo and Ashley, and to Captain Paul for running an efficient and well organized program.

Recommended for
Safety, Organization, Diving. The crew was focused on keeping everyone safe at all times. The dives were well planned and the equipment was always ready and functional. Diving was superb!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • theodora A
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great diving experience

Awesome marine life. Good cabin, bed and meals. Friendly staff. Was lucky with my buddies. Equipment was okay. They limet the diving time because they run a schedule during the day.

Recommended for
Diving locations, my buddies, good wheater
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James G
  • New Zealand New Zealand
4 days in paradise :)

The Chef was incredible - great food! Dive masters were very knowledgeable of dive sites & gave great advice during dive planning. Great to be able to dive 5 times a day - was very doable, and well within safe dive limits. Sharks in the dark was really cool!

Recommended for
Fantastic dive spots w/ swim throughs, Phytoplankton, The Chef
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Samantha F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fabulous dive trip

Seeing a hammerhead shark My experience on ocean quest was excellent. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and plentiful. The amount of diving was great and the comfy bed a delight to fall into after a long day diving. Special thanks to Paulo & dive team.

Recommended for
Diving, bed, hot shower
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dan M
  • United States United States
Excellent experience, crew was very organized for a safe trip

Beauty of Great Barrier Reef

Recommended for
Crew, equipment, meals
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Art S
  • United States United States
Fantastic Experience

We took the open water advanced dive course. Our dive instructor, Phil was great and every dive was more interesting than the previous.

Recommended for
1. Ocean Quest is a well run highly organized operation that maximizes dive time. The crew is super fantastic.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anna H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ran like a well oiled machine. Awesome

Everything. The way it was organised and ran so smoothly was amazing. The whole crew just did brilliantly. Despite the fast turns arounds and the amount of people doing different courses, different dives, different levels, they catered for everyone as an individual. I felt super safe despite being quite an unconfident diver when I started. I certainly wasn’t by the end. Night dive and dawn dive were just spectacular. We will both be back. Thanks for everything.

Recommended for
Organisation, the crew, the diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Luk V
  • Belgium Belgium
Perfect organisation with fantastic crew who are constanly in a goodnmood and make your life really easy. Absolutely worthwhile

Turtles, sharks, nightdives

Recommended for
Organisation, crew, 12 dives in 3 days
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alicia W
  • United States United States
Fun, Professional & Friendly!

The Ocean Quest was wonderful! Great dives, friendly & knowledgable staff, delicious food, and just an overall friendly vibe. We would absolutely recommend this liveaboard for folks that want to enjoy some serious diving!

Recommended for
Diving, food, staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Karen N
  • United States United States
Saw lots of fish & enjoyed a hot shower after every snorkel.

Seeing so many fish.

Recommended for
Lots of chances to get in the water. Snorkeler friendly. We stayed 3 nights with not much overlap in dive sights.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bertrand G
  • France France
Perfect dive Cruise, friendly, safe, and beautiful

Many different dive sites, comfortable and safe dives

Recommended for
Crew, Food, dive!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ayu D
  • Indonesia Indonesia
Recommended diving company in cairns

I had a pleasant stay for 4 days. All the crews looked after us from the start they picked us up, diving guides until they dropped off at our hotels. They even remember our names, that makes it personal. Excellent service! I would recommend Divers Den for sure. Good value for money too :)

Recommended for
Service, people, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ingunn R
  • United States United States
Wonderful Experience with Ocean Quest on GBR

Liveaboard provides a much more relaxed and enjoyable dive experience than day trip boats - well worth the extra cost. We got to experience the GBR with great guides and then share our experiences with the other guests over a meal or a beer in the bar. The diversity at GBR is just awesome and getting to experience sea turtles, cuttlefish, sharks, unicorn fish and all the other colorful and unique species we encountered.

Recommended for
Warm showers when you wanted/needed, a bed to rest on .. and the crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Thomas K
  • United States United States
Great staff with the opporutunity to do up to 5 dives per day, excellent value especially considering the price.

We really enjoyed the Dive Supervisor, Levi, and his announcements. Being able to go at our own pace and diving without being required to go in a large group allowed us to have freedom to explore the dive sites the way we wanted to. AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

Recommended for
The fluora night dive, crew on board, ability to dive without a guide
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniel L
  • United States United States
Underwater adventure

Seeing the great barrier reef and all the diverse life forms. Getting to dive pretty much non-stop at all hours of the day. Getting to experience transitional dives and a night dive for the first time.

Recommended for
Food!, Organization, friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • 7.6 Good
  • Steven L
  • United States United States
Had a great time

Loved the tempo of the diving aboard the overnight boat. The transit boat was way over crowded! Diving worked out fine but it was not comfortable. Dive instructors were great.

Recommended for
Number and type of dives. Dive instructor #831848, Ms. Kasumi was fantastic! Efficiency of dive operations.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jean-Luc H
  • France France
la barrière de corail est toujours là !

Lorsque l'océan se reposait !

Recommended for
confort du bateau, service à bord et de belles plongées
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • ricky W
  • Ireland Ireland
What more could you want on a dive trip?

I stayed on Ocean Quest for 4 days/3 nights and really couldn't ask for more. The staff were excellent and really worked their socks off. The diving was amazeballs- everything you could hope to see on the Great Barrier Reef. The dive equipment and boat were great. Food was lovely and plenty of it (5 dives a day made me quite hungry!). I really couldn't have asked for more and will definitely book with them again.

Recommended for
Great diving, great boat, great staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • James H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Once in a lifetime trip!

Experiencing multiple dive sites, seeing sharks, rays, turtles and so much more!

Recommended for
Diving, food, friendly staff!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kevin A
  • United States United States
Tons of diving-without the need for a guide.

The night dive was incredible.

Recommended for
1) room 2) food 3) diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • Geoffrey E
  • Australia Australia
Best Dive guide...Anthony . Professional attitude , intelligent ,knowledgeable and genuinely friendly.

Night dive

Recommended for
1 Efficient friendly staff 2 good organisation of the dives 3 good equipment
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joel H
  • United States United States
Awesome trip minus the weather

Rapid fire diving of some of the best reef in the world. We enjoyed interacting with our guides Nicola, Jin, Jesse, Kris, and Sara. They were all great. The crew went over and beyond every time and we still joke about Tom’s announcement style. The food was great, it’s amazing what Tino can whip up in a marine kitchen. With all that said, my wife got terribly sea sick, although that was not the fault of the ship or crew. A++++

Recommended for
Diving, people, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nelida U
  • United States United States
Best crew ever

The chef, the instructors and their service to take us to the best places in the Coral reef even in harsh weather.

Recommended for
Service
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Elisabeth L
  • United States United States
Great experience with wonderful crew and diving sites.

Seeing the incredible reef fish life and last coral before any large die off. Already the bleaching has taken quite a toll on the reef. Great ambiance and divers/snorkelers from all over the world. We had a great time and it's truly the trip of a lifetime.

Recommended for
Great attentive crew, number of dives, nice breakfast and lunch
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Vicky H
  • United States United States
Fantastic, safety-minded crew. Highly recommend!

Had a great second trip out on Ocean Quest. The dives were fun and easy to navigate. Lots of beautiful coral and plentiful marine life to see on the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation was spacious with a private bathroom. It gets a bit chilly in the rooms at night, so dress/pack accordingly. I've been on three different livaboards in Cairns and you really cannot find a better value for your money. This livaboard is all about the diving and the crew really shines when it comes to the safety of the divers and all of thier equipment. If you prefer guided dives, they are $15 aud per dive, which is a small price to pay considering the budget price paid for the trip. Otherwise, it's easy to find a good partner to help you navigate the different dive sites. If your looking to get lots of great dives on the Great Barrier Reef with a professional, safety-conscious crew, I highly recommend that you book Ocean Quest.

Recommended for
Value, safety and great diving!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ross P
  • United States United States
The Most Well Worth Experience of My Life

The night and morning dive were amazing. Also having a sea turtle swim a foot above my head was a sight to see, coming face to face with a barracuda, jumping into the water with sharks swimming all around. And I must emphasize how great the crew were. They were so much fun, and enthusiastic, and professional. I cannot say enough for how hard working they were, when it came to reading the diving gear and every other task that needed to be done for our enjoyment. They were well organized, quick to their job and just made everyone's over experience the best it possibly could. I have told my friends and family, the two best things about the experience was; diving the Great Barrier Reef and the crew that made it possible.

Recommended for
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef, The crew on board who assisted everyone with their experience, and the fellow divers.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Howard K
  • United States United States
Excellent experience. Must try

Great diving and very friendly staff. Tom (supervisor) and Itay (guide) were great as was rest of the crew. Boat and cabins were surprisingly spacious and the showers and toilets all worked perfectly with reliable hot water.

Recommended for
1) dive operator efficiency and professionalism 2) friendly staff 3) good value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Symeon V
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great and professional diving experience

Sharks in the dark was pretty cool. The bed was really comfortable All the crew were fantastic

Recommended for
The crew were very friendly and the briefs were great
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Brendan G
  • United States United States
Fantasy crew with lots of energy and enthusiasm

The crew, was on for 6 days and loved them all.

Recommended for
The crew, amount of dives offered, all equipment included
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Dominique A
  • Australia Australia
Awesome diving, and the friendliest and professional crew. Big thanks to the awesome guides jenny and noah, exceptional dive masters song and nat and arthur and the amazing and super funny dive superv

Snapping a pic of razor fish, the juvenile yellow box fish we found. Seeing the giant Moray eel and hanging out with the lion fish. We both had a great trip.

Recommended for
Diving, the food and the atmosphere.
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Silvia R
  • Spain Spain
Nice crew and ship, but disappointing diving :-(

Meetings with divers from many other places in the world ;-)

Recommended for
The cabin, the bathroom and the crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cestmir P
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Good experience, good organization

Sunset, sharks

Recommended for
Crew, enthusiasm, other passengers
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andy S
  • Romania Romania
One of the best diving cruises of my life

We are very thrilled about your divers: Lenard, Natalie, Jess - were great - we really love them :) Everything was perfect, EXCEPT that we counted to have cameras to buy or to rent on the boat, and we had none !!!! So I have no physical memory from this trip :(

Recommended for
The diving places, the staff and everything else :)
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ashley H
  • United States United States
Many Amazing dives

Meeting other divers Turtles Sharks

Recommended for
Staff, dive sites, other divers
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Brice N
  • United States United States
This was a well organized experience, and the staff was great. The boat was fairly basic, but had all the needed amenities. Their overall flexibility was a value add. We would recommend using them aga

The dives and food. The vis wasn’t that great, but we realize it is hard to control Mother Nature.

Recommended for
Staff, training (we all did 5 intro dives), schedule. Alice and Natzki were very helpful.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Larry N
  • Canada Canada
We were a bit disappointed with the snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef due to the strong waves.

Snorkelling at Norman Reef where the water is less wavy and much clearer than the other snorkelling sites.

Recommended for
Staff were very helpful and friendly. Food was great even with the limited choices. Was able to spot a turtle and shark.
  • 7.2 Good
  • robert S
  • United States United States
I became a better diver because of the input from the dive guides; especially "Ollie" & Song Myung Sun

The three things you've already asked about Thanks again to the staff & crew Tom was a great supervisor, everyone seemed very professional although I'd be wary of interns who seem to know everything about everything. All & all a great experience .

Recommended for
The 17 dives & input from the guides time spent with my daughter Being on a ship brought back some old memories
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Leonardo S
  • Brazil Brazil
Perfect choice for the Barrier Rief!

I had an amazing time in Ocean Quest. I stayed 4D/3N and it was perfect. You should get at least 3D/2N because you get one full day at the boat, which is amazing (5 dives). I would recomend 4D/3N - enough time to enjoy and you don't get too much of it as well. The crew was amazing all the time I was there. Thanks to Alice to make everything better. The diving gear is good, the boat is comfortable and I had a great time with the other divers I met there. Maybe I was lucky, there was so many cool people at the boat! Also we got some good weather days. Anyway, the experience was amazing and I would do it again for sure.

Recommended for
Diving site; crew; value for money.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Susie R
  • United States United States
Great first Liveaboard experience!

The dive sites were pretty good (although you can definitely see where the corals are dying). Saw so many sharks I've lost track and also turtles galore! Saw a great range of fishes and nudibranchs.

Recommended for
Meeting new people, crew, diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Denise B
  • United States United States
Great experience for our whole family

It was my third time on a live aboard at the GBR, but the first for my family and it was great to see them experiencing it. I also have a 5yo son and he got to successfully snorkel for the first time and I was so excited for him. Alice Journo, the crew leader, was exceptional with her enthusiasm and helpfulness. The cook (I forget his name) was super wonderful to my son and let him color with his highlighters. My son drew him a picture as thanks. We had a super great and memorable time. Please recognize Alice and the cook (tall blond guy) as they were stand out crew members to our family.

Recommended for
Waking up on the water everyday, having a private cabin, friendly and helpful crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Hal R
  • Canada Canada
First class safe experience exceedin* my expectations

Being matched up with the perfect dive partner. The professionalism in safety first. The crew and especially the captain who made himself part of the experience.

Recommended for
The crew, the ease of diving, the dive opportunities
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Brian G
  • United States United States
Needs WiFi, but otherwise perfect

Everyone onboard was amazingly friendly and helpful. The accommodations were clean and comfortable (like always, I was a bit too tall for the bed, but normal sized people should be fine). The food was plentiful and delicious. I loved trying new, home-style Aussie foods that you don’t get in restaurants. Most importantly the dive sites were easy to navigate and full of wildlife. Although I didn’t see any turtles (main goal of my trip) I saw pretty much everything else. That just means I’ll have to return, and maybe get an advanced certification!

Recommended for
Dive locations, comfort, and food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Lisa S
  • United States United States
great experience!

great getaway for us!

Recommended for
dive guides, logistics, weather
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kenneth S
  • United States United States
Having a blast on the reef!

The friendliness and professionalism of the crew truly brought the liveaboard experience into the 5-star category. The diving opportunities were amazing, both in the quantity of the dives offered and the variety of dive locations visited. The accommodations in the guest quarters were clean and well maintained, and offered needed comfort after a long day of diving. Not only were the crew friendly, but the other passengers were also quite engaging and contributed to making the experience an incredible value for the money spent.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving, and the accommodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lisa J
  • United States United States
AMAZING ADVENTURE!

Wally! Meeting lovely people from all over the world and the wonderful diving experiences!

Recommended for
the diving, great customer service, beautiful weather
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kirsty S
  • Australia Australia
A unique and truly spectacular experience

I'm a marine biologist and beginner diver. Getting under the water and seeing the animals I study in their own environment was incredible but being able to share those experiences, the sightings and the knowledge with a group of people interested in the reef and its protection... that was the real gift. I got my Advanced certification on board and feel more confident and safe underwater than I ever have. Thank you to Nat for being a wonderful teacher and guide and to Paolo for enlightening us all with your talks !

Recommended for
The diving, crew and the delicious food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Susan S
  • United States United States
Perfect Bucketlist Trip!

Every day was a highlight. Every dive had something different to see. I can’t say how wonderful the crew is!They really love what they do and it shows. Every dive has a briefing and gives you ideas of things to look for. Sharks at dark is something you can’t miss! I can not wait to go back.

Recommended for
Crew is amazing, Sharks at Dark, Great locations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sarah T
  • United States United States
Worth it!

The night dive was by far my favorite, swimming with a half dozen reef sharks and huge fish was quite an experience. We also saw stingrays, nudibranches, sea turtles, the giant friendly fish the crew calls Wally, and cuddlefish. The crew were wonderful and very accommodating to our needs and skill levels. The other passengers on board were also a highlight— plan to see many of them again on other dive trips!

Recommended for
Amazing diving, logistically convenient, kind and competent team members
  • 6.4 Review score
  • SCOTT B
  • United States United States
Norman and Saxon Reef are mostly dead.

Most of Norman and Saxon Reef are dead and that is where we did all our dives. It is almost all brown. The cabins are poorly maintained, patch in shower, floor closet door knobs loose, mold in closet. Staff were excellent!!!

Recommended for
5 dives a day
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eelco H
  • Netherlands Netherlands
fantastic diving experience

crew, food, fellow divers, and of course the diving itself :-)

Recommended for
every crewmember always smiles, great diving spots, very smooth organization
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rami A
  • Israel Israel
Everything was so organised and the food was tasty

The variety and the amount of sea creatures we have seen during the dives

Recommended for
1- dives 2-crew members 3- organisation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Iman Daniel J
  • Malaysia Malaysia
PHENOMENAL

Eat, sleep, dive, repeat. Everything went so smooth. We were treated like kings! After diving, food is served. We were really pampered the entire dive trip with good food, good room with nice shower and comfortable beds. Everyone was so friendly. Our dive instructor was amazing and really funny too (Harrison). Had an amazing advance open water course.

Recommended for
THE DIVES, THE CREW, THE
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Cynthia G
  • United States United States
Great dive sites

Dive sites had amazing variety of coral formations and variety fish. Meeting people from all over the world comfortable cabins

Recommended for
Great dive sites spacious cabin friendly crew on main boat
  • 7.2 Good
  • Paul M
  • Canada Canada
Good value and nice staff limited dive sites but ok.

Waking up and diving on the reef, sunning on the deck between dives. Meeting folks from other parts of the world and sharing dive stories and knowledge.

Recommended for
Value, staff and being on the GBR
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Helen S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Experience of a lifetime with enthusiasm and expertise

The trip was very well organised. All the transfers were on time and boat to boat transfers felt safe and reliable. Kit was worn, but serviceable and reliable. Slightly surprised, but very pleased, with being able to buddy up and dive unsupervised and explore sites without being rushed along.

Recommended for
Great choice of sites, relaxed and enthusiastic guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rebekah M
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest 3 day diving

My first 6am morning dive watching all the animals wake up and swim around was pretty amazing. Everybody was friendly, helpful, and shared about past and current dives.

Recommended for
The people (crew and guests), the wildlife (sharks, turtles, clownfish, etc), Breakfast and lunch.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • SOOBIN Y
  • South Korea South Korea
Nothing can better than Liveaboard!

Me and my friend stayed 1night and 2days on board of Sea Quest and Ocean Quest. Everything was perfect and especially thanks to Song and Sun for extra support in Korean:) Definitely coming back for Liveaboard!

Recommended for
Friendly Crews, Private Cabin #21 and Guided Divings
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Eachan C
  • United States United States
Wonderful trip to the reef

Saw all sorts of amazing ocean life, lobsters, octopuse, sharks and more!

Recommended for
Lots of dive opportunities, friendly crew, good dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • staci T
  • United States United States
Fantastic

Bump head parrot fish and “walley

Recommended for
Crew, diving, comfort
  • 7.6 Good
  • Matt O
  • Australia Australia
Its all about the diving!

Turtles, sharks, night dive.

Recommended for
Professional and friendly crew. Lots of opportunity to dive. Good safety protocols.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ivo L
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Good experience!

It was very organized, sometimes even a little bit too much. But overall, I had a good experience.

Recommended for
The food, the crew, the diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ellen S
  • United States United States
Excellent trip that exceeded my expectations!

Meeting new people, seeing the reef and the wildlife

Recommended for
Experienced guides, variety of sightings, friendliness of staff
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Robert B
  • Australia Australia
Best value dive trip around, everything goes like clockwork

Well organised operation, made everything very easy. Plenty to see at the dive sites.

Recommended for
Great crew great diving great boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Artur S
  • Germany Germany
Nice atmosphere, nice people, good diving spots

Night dive, fluoro dive, sharks and turtles ;)

Recommended for
Night dive, fluoro dive, sharks and turtles ;)
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Abi B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wish we’d stayed longer!

From the original enquiry right up until we arrived back in cairns after our 2 day/1 night trip was awesome! It was our first liveaboard and first time diving since getting our Open Water certification a year ago so weren’t too sure what to expect and were a bit nervous, the team on the boats were fantastic - especially our guide Charlotte! The dives themselves were great and although it was a bit choppy, our guides made sure that we didn’t miss a thing! The cabins were much more comfortable and spacious than I was expecting and the vibe on board was great. Can’t wait to book our next trip - and will definitely be staying longer next time!!

Recommended for
The dives, the staff (on and off the boat) and the great atmosphere!