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.

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), Rental Gear, 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

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 159 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.6
  2. Crew
    8.4
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    9.1
  • 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!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Vlecken V
  • Germany Germany
3 Tage gutes Tauchen

Büffelkopfpapgeienfische

Recommended for
Atmosphäre, Tauchgänge, gute Leute kennengelernt
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Johann K
  • Germany Germany
Amazing experience

I can't describe enough how good this trip was. Every single thing, from the start to the end, was great. Staff members are simply THE BEST! They were like a family and gave their 1,000% by looking after every single customer. Food was OMG ....VERY YUMMY!!! Diving was of course AMAZING! I will be back!!!

Recommended for
Staff members, food and diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Margaux A
  • United States United States
Wonderful time aboard the OceanQuest!

I had such a lovely experience. The dive guides were great, along with the rest of the crew. Getting to do 12 dives in 3 days was also a great deal! The flouro dive was really unique and spectacular as well, don't miss it! Food was good too, with vegetarian options :)

Recommended for
Beautiful dive sites, friendly and helpful crew, great food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Josie K
  • Australia Australia
Awesome couple of days that exceeded expectations, will definitely come again!

The diving, seeing such a wide variety of sea life and coral.

Recommended for
The diving was incredible, I loved the freedom we had being able to just dive with buddies but option to have a guide when required. The staff were incredibly warm, entertaining and approachable.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • kumjin K
  • South Korea South Korea
nice diving site to learn scubadiving

night diving was very exciting! giant trevally run everywhere and i looked at the blinking eyes of white tip sharks and turtles.

Recommended for
value for money / flexible schedule/night diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Klaus D
  • United States United States
Fun Times

Nick and Jonathan took me on a great night dive. Turtles, sharks, colorful coral, and a crew that cares. Everything is well organized. Food was good, and the company was great. I would highly recommend this dive!

Recommended for
Great dives, great accommodations, and fantastic company
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ethan H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Deep Sea Divers Den Cairns made it a fabulous trip

An extremely well run dive operation. Ollie and his staff from Deep divers Den Cairns were very friendly and approachable which was only second to their professionalism. Both my son and I are qualified PADI Instructors so we do comment with some degree of knowledge in this area. My enire family had a very enjoyable time on board and I would recommend Divers Den Cairns to anybody considering this type of package or diving instruction. I observed (pinching Ideas) several Instructor delivering training during our trip and this was to a high standard.

Recommended for
friendly efficient staff,good dive sites,excellent food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Shay G
  • United States United States
No regrets, completely satisfied.

I personally enjoyed the morning dives the most. Guides were worth their time and the additional 15 to have someone who knows where everything is on the reef. I don't know anyone on the boat that did EVERY dive they offered for the time, but everyone still felt like they got their money's worth. If you want a chance to see the reef on a budget, lodging and food included, this is a great way to do it!

Recommended for
Early morning dives, Experienced/friendly workers, en suite bathroom
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Shira G
  • United States United States
Fantastic dive trip

Beautiful dives, amazing minke encounters, really great crew, comfortable boat, reliable rental gear, yummy food

Recommended for
Diving/ minke snorkels, attentive & kind crew, good food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Denise B
  • United States United States
Fantastic Reef experience!

Being on the Great Barrier Reef!

Recommended for
The crew was friendly and helpful, food was good.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Robert H
  • United States United States
A good reef visit

The highlight of our trip was seeing sea life that we had not been able to see before on our snorkel trips in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Recommended for
We enjoyed multiple opportunities to snorkel, the crew was friendly and helpful, and the reef was beautiful
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hanna S
  • Finland Finland
Fantastic!

Everything was working perfectly; all instructions were clear and timetable was kept to the minute - very assuring for a not-so-experienced diver. Food was good and there was enough of it;-) The great barrier reef itself of course was the highlight!

Recommended for
Friendly yet professional staff, well organised operations, great barrier reef
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gabriel D
  • United States United States
Had the BEST time on the Ocean Quest!!

Had an amazing time on the Ocean Quest; I booked 11 days/10nights which was unheard of, but everyone involved was very accommodating to my goals, as I really wanted to do 50 dives on one trip. I also brought my father along for the trip and he too had an unforgettable time! I stayed on the boat so long I saw the crew change a few times, all of whom I now count among my friends. I highly recommend a trip on the Ocean Quest to anyone and everyone, and I will be returning for another trip in July to dive with my friends and dive with the minke whales!! #bestcrewever

Recommended for
The crew! 50 dives in 11 days! Best crew ever!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Dives, Equipment, Crew, Service and Location. All second to none!

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the fantastic array of wildlife available from White Tip reef sharks all the way to Clown fish and Turtles. Fantastic.

Recommended for
Variety of dive locations. Excellent equipment. Friendly And helpful Crew.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Brenda S
  • United States United States
Great!

6am dawn dives Fluoro night dive Friendly and nice crew Will, Beltran, Ollie were awesome!

Recommended for
Staff, divers from all over the world, colour tropical fish
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jean francois C
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic team and a awesome experience

Many differents spots for diving Good monitoring of thy equipement Logistic and timing team perfect Only minus was the janitor men that was cleaning our room while we took our final shower...and pressing us to finish packing our luggages.....!,,,

Recommended for
Fluor night diving good food feeling at home
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Wilma S
  • Canada Canada
I felt special

Every staff member remembered my name which made me feel special. The equipment was great, the staff were helpful informative and kind. The meals were truly tasty and healthy. I appreciated that.

Recommended for
The staff, the safety, the meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Te-Anu B
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic

Diving with the sharks and a very close encounter with a Turtle who enjoyed being hand fed.

Recommended for
Diving, company food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Catherine K
  • Canada Canada
Welcoming experience

Being in the middle of the sea watching sharks hunt at night

Recommended for
Friendly helpful staff, sunsets, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Thomas M
  • United States United States
Awsome Diving Experience

Everything ran smoothly from start to finish. The diving was extremely well organized, professional, on time, and maxed out the diving with up to 5 a day starting at 6AM and finishing with a night dive. The crew are exceptional: well trained, friendly, helpful, fun, and really made the trip enjoyable. The diving itself was excellent, and I highly recommend the fluorescent night dive if you can manage it. Saw turtles, sharks, barracuda and too many other fish to mention. A great experience. Thomas M

Recommended for
The Crew, The Crew, The Crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mark M
  • United States United States
It really was a dream come true.

The highlights of the trip were diving on multiple sites of the Great Barrier Reef, sleeping at sea, swimming with the sharks at night, jumping into a swarm of jelly fish, and meeting so many other people from so many different parts of the world. It was a great trip.

Recommended for
Diving, diving guides, and comrades
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joshua J
  • United States United States
Great first liveaboard trip!

We very much enjoyed the trip! The crew was great, very friendly and seemed to really enjoy working on the oceanquest. The accommodations and food were also surprisingly good. We went in late January and the water visibility was not its best, but diving was still great and we saw a lot. Would recommend the trip, we plan to do more liveaboards after our first great experience!!

Recommended for
Ability to do self guided dives, meeting new friends on board, the crew!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Simon K
  • Denmark Denmark
Perfect

The helpful staff/Crew of the boat and the experience of the sites where we were diving . So good! Sky high recommendation from here!

Recommended for
Crew, service, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • LIAM R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
3day Trip:Amazing

Everything. 12 dives to choose from, all options to have with a guide which was perfect for us newbies. Rooms were spacious and clean. Food was excellent lots of salad and veg, huge portions. Staff always smiling and were knowledgeable and felt safe in their hands. Fav dives: night and sunrise!

Recommended for
The dives, personable friendly guides and comfort on-board
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kevin T
  • United States United States
Great crew and value

Seeing white tip sharks, turtles, huge schools of fish, and much more.

Recommended for
Guides, value, crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Karin S
  • Sweden Sweden
The best of all trips!

The full combo of professional and friendly staff with the food, the diving and meeting new friends! Just fantastic!

Recommended for
The boat, the fantastic team on board, the diving!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jenny B
  • Sweden Sweden
Fantastic and safe

To get up early see the sun rise over the horizon, dive into the hot sparkling water, wake up some sharks, greet a turtle, teas a triggerfish and afterwards have a wonderful breakfast and share the experience with lovely divers

Recommended for
Professional staff, nice dive sites, good food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Megan S
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest = The Ocean's Best!

The crew's professionalism and friendly demeanor really made this trip special. Between their dedication to safety, jovial sense of humor, skilled diving abilities, and all around authentic joy for their work, I felt welcomed to the Great Barrier Reef like a member of the family. Top marks all across the board.

Recommended for
Crew, Sites, Accommodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Damon K
  • United States United States
Absolutely AMAZING

Well this was my first trip out to the Great Barrier Reef. So I did not know what to expect. Low and behold I was absolutely blow away by everything! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The diving....well what can I say anything but AWESOME! You MUST do the FLORA NIGHT DIVE with the UV lights. It opens a whole new world of experiencing the Reef. I can't thank the crew enough for a wonderful and memorable Dive Trip. I will be back for sure!

Recommended for
The Diving, the Crew, the new people I got to meet.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yaakov D
  • Israel Israel
Excellent experience

The most professional and friendly staff of Ocean Quest, Deep Sea Divers Den: Andrés Cózar Piña, Mike, Cedric and Tom. Love these guys.

Recommended for
The food, the friendly and professional crew, the fish and corals
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Stein Magne S
  • Norway Norway
Bad

Get in the water.

Recommended for
Sunny, short trip, nice n freandly turist n costumers
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Juan Pablo B
  • Italy Italy
It's ok for the price one pays.

It's ok for the price one pays.

Recommended for
It's ok for the price one pays.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rick James! C
  • United States United States
Great crew and accommodations.

This was a Dwarf Minke Whale diving trip, so that was easily the best part of the whole adventure. We had multiple days with the whales and were expertly guided to some of the best dive spots in the area.

Recommended for
Dive deck, crew and locations.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Curg C
  • United States United States
The trip was great, the memories are awesome

This was our honeymoon. Meeting new people in this setting is a really nice experience, but The Great Barrier Reef is the highlight. The crew was great and I felt safe. Safety is a high priority with Ocean Quest. Thank you so much... -Curg November 2017

Recommended for
The crew, the cabin, the gear
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Peter B
  • Germany Germany
Very international crew and guest.

Seeing the mink whales

Recommended for
Very untouched diving spots, nice crew, fantastic food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • John M
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest was amazing!

This was our first experience with self-guided diving and it was something that I was very nervous about when we arrived. The staff did such a good job of explaining the dives and the directions that I loved every dive. My favorite was the Lion Fish Bommie. But then again, I loved them all.

Recommended for
I loved the staff, the dives, and our experiences on the Ocean Quest
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Clare B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic experience

The quantity, quality and variety of the dives. I loved living on the boat and just eating, sleeping, diving. The crew were fantastic and I did my Openwater Advanced qualification having not planned to because the instructors were so good. The night dives were a real highlight, the best being the fluro dive I did on the last night. I would highly recommend a liveaboard on Ocean Quest.

Recommended for
Energy and enthusiasm of the crew and instructors, dive sites, food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ian W
  • Australia Australia
Whales, Whales, Whales !!!!

Minke whales

Recommended for
Relaxed atmosphere, great dive guides, plenty of space.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Janan W
  • United States United States
Great experience on Ocean Quest!

My husband and I loved our time on the Ocean Quest🐬🐳! The entire crew was upbeat, helpful and fun. The dive sites were wonderful and Peter and I were fortunate to be guided by two terrific scuba guides, Tomas and Mike. They were both patient with our needs and led us through some beautiful dive sites which were filled with a fantastic variety of fish and wonderful coral. David the cook was also great and prepared excellent meals. He even made special dishes for me because of my dietary restrictions,.Emily was amazing! She was a Wonder Woman who filled her multitude of responsibilities was warmth and professionalism. I wish we could remember everyone’s name, because the staff was terrific! Thank you for a very memorable experience! Best wishes, Jan & Peter Whelan🐬🐳

Recommended for
Great crew, food and scuba guides!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • john M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
great value,great diving,great crew

swimming along for ages with a laidback turtle,easy going sharks,and lots of colourful fish,warm water and little tide,the weather wasn't bad either

Recommended for
the diving,the reef,and relaxed atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anon
Absolutely the best diving I have experienced!

Evening socializing with friendly staff. One on one dive guide and conversing about the dive afterwards. Making contacts and connecting with them after returning. Absolutely not to be missed if you want to dive!!!

Recommended for
Staff, expert equipment, fun evenings.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gemma F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
One of the best experiences from start to finish. I was so sad to leave the boat and go back to land!

I was a new diver who only had 6 dives under her belt. The guidance and support from the staff with dive briefings, advice and safety was exceptional and put me at ease from start to finish. By the end of my first day I was comfortable and confident in my diving ability. Every day we had a different dive site so it was really varied and doing up to five dives a day was so great as I loved being in the water for as much as possible. I would recommend to anyone. It was an unbelievable and unbeatable few days and my only regret is that we didn't stay for more days! Thanks for an amazing trip!

Recommended for
The staff were wonderful, both friendly/approachable but safe and professions. The boat was so comfortable. The food was quality!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • hyeonjin J
  • South Korea South Korea
Best ever!

nice spot for diving, friendly crews and foods

Recommended for
foods, friendly crews, comfortable bed
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Tracey S
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Fantastic dive guides and dive sites.

Personalised service. They made my daughter a birthday cake for her 21st onboard.Great to spend 3 days on the reef with awesome crew and dive sites.

Recommended for
Watching my daughter pass her advanced training, sharks in the dark, close encounters with turtles.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jayoun L
  • South Korea South Korea
Awesome memory!

Morning dive!

Recommended for
Shower in the cabin, well organized gears and schedule, nice people!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Heidi S
  • United States United States
Great!

Diving!! :) Amazing time.

Recommended for
Diving, diving, diving. Meeting other travelers, Crew, accomidations.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lincoln S
  • Brazil Brazil
Unforgettable

The place as its self.

Recommended for
Location, crew as food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sara M
  • United States United States
I had an amazing trip.

The crew did an amazing job with the dive briefings and helpful information. The food was amazing and the rooms were clean. Pat did a great job with the dive he lead and Paolo did interesting talks in the evening during dessert.

Recommended for
Food, crew, people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Darrell S
  • United States United States
It was an amazing and relaxing experience!

The friendliness of the crew, the great diving and amazing views made the trip a great adventure. It was very relaxing and the crew made us feel at home. We loved the dives, new friends we made and amount of time in between dives that allowed to relax and not be too tired to dive. The food and crew made our trip extraordinary. Thank you!!!

Recommended for
Friendly crew, great food and awesome diving.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ailin K
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Excellent minke whale liveaboard experience

We saw so many minke whales, like abt 30 and above over 2 days. How lucky. The crew was very professional and international. Food was excellent. Really enjoyed the trip :)

Recommended for
Minke whales (lots), food, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Duncan H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef!

Seeing the minke whales was really special

Recommended for
1) the excellent staff 2) the minke whale snorkelling 3) the dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Aleksandrina D
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
Amazing

New experience and way of feeling! The crew made us feel perfect! Especially the supervisor - Sirio ! I recommend everybody - try it !

Recommended for
Crew, Adventure, Atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jessica M
  • United States United States
Fantastic Boat, Service, and Crew

12 beautiful dives on the Great Barrier Reef. Wonderful, friendly, enthusiastic crew. Good food. Good company with fellow divers, fantstic overall.

Recommended for
Food, diving comfort, fantastic location!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lisa M
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest and her crew were delightful.

Finding Nemo was awesome, and spotting white tip Reef shark, as well as Titan Reef fish that looked like massive Humhumnukunuku apui'i

Recommended for
Diving in remote location, seeing exotic sea life, multiple easy dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sandor H
  • Australia Australia
Ohhh sooo gooood

This was my second trip,wth this live aboard. There is a reason why I went back. They are awesome. I will be going back again and taking friends. I managed in just one of the 10 dives available to me over 3 days, got to see all of the things I was looking forward to see including a moray eel, turtles and the all famous Nemo.

Recommended for
Value for money. Great staff and so awesome.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jose R
  • United States United States
They spoiled me rotten!

Not having to bring any of my gear was a huge plus. The cabins were very comfortable thanks to the aircon. I loved being able to go to my room and rinse off after each dive. The food was good, just temper your expectations to buffet level quality and you'll be happy. The night diving was a completely different and amazing experience.

Recommended for
Easy, comfortable, value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Christopher D
  • Canada Canada
Wonderful

The beautiful Great Barrier Reef! The great staff Mary,Tobias,Ryan,Palo

Recommended for
Safe diving great staff the whole experience
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Roger K
Great refresher for a novice diver

seeing a turtle and swimming around the reef.

Recommended for
efficiency and friendliness of staff, Luke especially; the number of dives we were able to make in only 24 hours.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Pieter S
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Amazing!

Very professional, nice, funny crew! All up a great live aboard experience

Recommended for
Crew, value for money, all around organization