Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia



    • 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
  • 366 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Solange S
  • Brazil Brazil
It was amazing !


Recommended for
Crew, food and diving!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • mark B
  • United States United States
Ocean Quest Fulfilled

It was all one long highlight. Three days, two nights, seven dives. Great crew and super guides.

Recommended for
The crew, the food, the laid back atmosphere
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jiheun L
  • South Korea South Korea

Minke~!! Every different five site~!!

Recommended for
Crew, dive site, vessle
  • 10 Exceptional
  • virginie M
  • France France
Great experience

The numbers of dives and possibility for our son to drive when he wanted

Recommended for
Crew service (friendliness professionalism food organisation)
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Yao Yang T
  • Singapore Singapore
Disappointing dive sites and too large guided group dives (no segregation of people with different diving abilities so most of the time we were held up).

Night dives

Recommended for
Night dive, Jess and felix were good guides (the rest not as good), josh the chef just exudes happiness
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Todd S
  • United States United States
Absolutely awesome in all aspects

Really could not ask for much more. As an environmentalist, I'm somewhat surprised that you don't cover the damage we are doing to the corals from global warming (Bleaching) to ocean acidification (from CO2 buildup). Alerting people to the fact that they may not be able to see the reef in 20 years is important.

Recommended for
1) dives, 2) crew, 3) food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Preston H
  • United States United States
The crew was GREAT! A great experience. Thanks to you all!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time aboard the Ocean Quest. Luke, Jo, Ana, Lan, everyone of them were helpful and courteous. It was like being with family, only BETTER. I would definitely recommend Deep Sea Divers Den to anyone that wants to experience the reef and the "personal" service. Thank again, Preston Alaska

Recommended for
The crew, the friendliness, the value.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Te-Anu B
  • Australia Australia

Fantastic can not rate it enough

Recommended for
Diving food and people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Claudia G
  • Germany Germany
Ocean Quest is the best to explorer the Great Barrier Reef !

It was phantastic! Thanks to the whole team !!! Marcus and Claudia

Recommended for
1) Diving with sharks 2)Fluorescens-Diving 3)all time a good atmosphere
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Roman K
  • Ukraine Ukraine
Great time on Ocean Quest


Recommended for
diving conditions, team atmosphere onboard