Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia

Excellent food and drinks

“Our family of 5 had a wonderful time on all the different dives sites exploring the reef and aquatic life. All of the crew, from C…”

Eliot N, 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.

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

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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
  • Eliot N
  • United States United States
Great ocean adventure!

Our family of 5 had a wonderful time on all the different dives sites exploring the reef and aquatic life. All of the crew, from Captains Anna and Dany to Chef Marcos were always friendly, helpful and encouraging! Our dive guides (Diegho, Natalee, Jack, Simon) were so helpful - especially Diegho with his amazing energy and excitement at being able to show us the reef. Our nighttime flouro-dive was spectacular in its intimacy with the flourescence of the coral and the proximity of sharks (almost brushing us)! The chance to dive 4 times per day (or rest) and the crew's support is something we've never had before. One of us completed Advanced Diver certification, another Adventure Diver cert. They both said the chance to do-the-read and immediately apply the diving skills was so much richer than a dive class at home. The care of the crewe towards the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and "flora and fauna" there is important too - with climate change this opportunity is fading unless huge changes can be made. The crew made us aware of this throughout. We loved our time on OceanQuest and would certainly return/rebook through Diver's Den in the future! Eliot (of the Nottleson family)

Recommended for
The amazing GBR diving, the fantastic diving guides and the great crew,
  • 8.0 Very good
  • William W
  • United States United States
First Time Liveaboard

night dive with sharks

Recommended for
Daily change of dive sites, decent food, efficient crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peter D
  • United States United States
The staff were amazing, and dive safety was carefully monitored.

Gluten free options at every meal. The chef even made me gluten free brownies!

Recommended for
Dietary restrictions were addressed perfectly by the kitchen, diver safety was first, and the staff were superb!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Carlos C
  • Spain Spain
We had a good experience

First night dive done, guided by Matias, he did an amazing job. We had an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lucie P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great live aboard experience

The food on the trip was so delicious. Thank you to Silas the Chef! Also the schedule was very well organised and you always knew what you were doing. We had bad weather so the diving wasn't optimal but I had a very good time on Ocean Quest and would return again.

Recommended for
Staff, food and comfort
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nicola A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ocean quest

Only downside was the size of the guided dive groups and there was no opportunity to pay for a smaller group

Recommended for
Cabin and food excellent - great team
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tatiana B
  • Spain Spain
Best crew in the who world

Simon, he was my first guide on the sea quest he was super funny and helpful, he helped my with my ear giving me different remedies to help them to recover. Overall it was a great experience and I am sure I will do it again.

Recommended for
All the whole crew was great, they were supporting us and giving advise how to dive making sure everyone was having a great time. The food was amazing great quality and super healthy.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Son Sang Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Good experience though can be improved

The crew was nice and very helpful, but some of the dive guides were not very attentive and did not check if everything’s alright and everyone sticks together in a group especially there are beginners who would need close attention. Hygiene was generally good, but no shoe rule was a bit of a problem since the floor on diving deck was rough and people spill food and sauce in the dining room which makes the floor dirty. Apart from these, it was definitely a comfortable stay!

Recommended for
good food, nice staff, cozy atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Keon S
  • Australia Australia
Excellent dives

Meeting great new people, the Marine life and planning more trips.

Recommended for
Variety of dives, meeting new people and possible job prospects.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Thomas D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A Great First Liveaboard For Less Experienced Divers Like I Was

Seeing a hawksbill turtle that I have been sponsoring for 7 years. Also doing the night dives and seeing reef sharks.

Recommended for
The dive crew are friendly, the food is decent and the diving was spectacular.