Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia

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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. In each cabin, there are 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 soaking up the warm Australian sun between dives. 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 day dives and 1 night dive. Non-diving guests are also welcome aboard.

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 offers 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: 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 (15-20 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.


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
  • 304 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.8
  2. Crew
    8.5
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.2
  5. Value
    9.2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 8.0 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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Larry W
  • United States United States
Great Crew!

Saxon Reef

Recommended for
Crew Crew Crew
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Emily L
  • United States United States
Great diving, but bad food and management.

My husband and I spend 4 nights and 5 days aboard OceanQuest. While we were on our way to the reef, we filled out the standard medical forms. I had put that I was on a medication that I had never had any issues with diving before. When I went to dive, I was told I was not allowed to go out with my dive buddy because I had to go with a guide because of my medication. I was not allowed to talk to their doctor to get an explanation. I felt like I was treated differently by the dive supervisor because of this. . I also had a cold was was not able to equalize for several dives, but the dive instructors/masters on board allowed me to snorkel (but the dive supervisor made sure it was with a guide). The food on board was also not very good - this was our first live aboard but several others on board said that it was the worst food they've had on a live aboard. I think they tried too hard - simpler dishes would have been better. Their dive instructors/masters were very nice. They did allow my husband to join the guided groups for free as my dive buddy. Jen was my favorite, although she never actually led one of the dives I was on. Michy, Guy, Kris, Ron, and John were all great (there were a few others but I don't remember them all). Each dive was limited to 50 minutes, which was a bummer, since both my husband and I would come up with enough air we could have been down for an extra 10-20 minutes (even with a minimum amount left in our tanks).

Recommended for
Dive instructors/dive masters, seeing the diversity of fish, diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Robert B
  • United States United States
Awesome Experience!!

Our family of five had a marvelous time. There was plenty of room to relax. Multiple opportunities to dive at multiple sites with or without guides. If you have ever considered Liveaboard diving, book with these guys, you will not regret it. They’re among the best.

Recommended for
1) Friendly crew and fellow passengers. 2)Organized and efficient 3) Multiple dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mark O
  • United States United States
great time diving the GBR

seeing all the life at the great barrier reef, and how it changes throughout the day (especially early morning and at nighttime)

Recommended for
lots of dives, great staff/guides, very organized
  • 10 Exceptional
  • William H
  • United States United States
I will be back!

Meeting long term friends.

Recommended for
Efficient schedule of day’s events, ease of doing multiple dives per day, convenience at Every step
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Mike W
  • United States United States
Perfect in all ways

The routine made things easy to constantly dive or eat, it was very easy to get in five dives and not miss any meals.

Recommended for
Fantastic Captain, energetic crew, spectacular diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • michael W
  • United States United States
Fantastic experience

Many sharks and large fish. The best coral I have ever seen in 34 years of diving.

Recommended for
Great dives, great staff, friendly people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • TJ B
  • United States United States
17 Dives in 4 Days!

Dolphins, Sharks, Turtles, Octopus, Cuttlefish. Great experience, very worth it

Recommended for
Crew, 5 dives a day, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Corey S
  • United States United States
Very good dive /snorkel trip

Seeing half a dozen turtles. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Dive eat dive sleep repeat

Recommended for
Lots of dives. Helpful crew. Great in water guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chet B
  • United States United States
Can't believe the value for money

I have to say for the price, I was a bit skeptical about this cruise, but in the end, I have to say I was extremely surprised. I would recommend this trip to anyone, scuba diver or snorkeler. My GF and I are extremely experienced divers, but the boat was full of everyone from snorkelers, to first-timers, to people getting their licenses, to people like us. We were also a tad concerned, even at our experience level, that there is no dive guide with each dive, you must pay a $15/pp fee for a guide. Out of everywhere we've ever dove we've always guide. but after a few dives, we were extremely comfortable navigating. Newbies, I'd recommend staying close to the boat, but it worse comes to worst they can always come and pick you up if you can't get back to the boat. The cabin was great, we had a private room. I would recommend booking far in advance to make sure you have a private cabin if you are traveling as a pair, if not they will put you in bunk beds. The food was also not bad, not gourmet cooking, some meals were better than others, but overall pretty good. The staff was also great, again some better than others, but overall fantastic. Toby is hilarious. The diving was epic, I've dove around the world, and I was thoroughly surprised by the qualities of dives. The outter reefs are full of life and there are a ton of things to see. My only complaint is that the boat was going in for dry dock for the season and the Capitan didn't process enough fresh water. So after our last dive, we were covered in saltwater for the rest of the day. Not the worst deal, but we were paying customers and we would like to have been clean for our long journey home.

Recommended for
Private Cabin/Freedom of Diving/Experience
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Alexa B
  • United States United States
Great Barrier Reef on a budget (and it shows)

Summary: Good diving on OceanQuest but terrible first few dives on ReefQuest. Unprofessional staff. Not enough food. We had very mixed feelings about our experience with Divers Den. On the one hand, the diving while on OceanQuest was wonderful. Despite having many divers on board, we were able to space ourselves out a bit and see the amazing reef. The dive sites provided a nice variety and there are many opportunities to dive every day. (Sharks in the Dark is also an option at night, and was a huge highlight of our trip.) If you finish a dive early you can get back in and snorkel, which is also wonderful. You can dive without a guide, which I think is kind of crazy from a liability perspective but does allow you to explore at your own pace. The dive master, Tobias, was professional and serious about safety checks. The equipment was mostly in good shape, but there was a shortage of medium- and large-sized gear (wetsuits and booties) and it wasn't very organized so there was a bit of a scramble every time. Unfortunately, our first several dives were done from ReefQuest, a really uncomfortable and overcrowded transfer boat that caters mostly to day snorkelers (young backpacker-types). There were not enough seats for everyone to sit comfortably and nowhere to store gear securely or out of the way. During our van ride to the marina, the staff joked amongst themselves about working on "SnorkelQuest" and that turned out to be so true. The diving equipment was subpar and included snorkel-grade masks that wouldn't stay dry or clear inside. On our first dive I couldn't see a thing and also had trouble equalizing my ears after our too-rapid descent, but our clearly inexperienced guide kept going despite my hand signals. I was in a lot of pain but not confident enough to surface on my own (huge error on my part). I had to sit out the next two dives (which we still had to pay for obviously) because of my ears but thankfully was able to continue the next day. My husband and I went on our own instead of with a guide, took a reasonable amount of time to descend, and everything was fine. My husband is a very experienced diver (~250 dives) and says that ReefQuest was the worst "dive boat" he has ever been on (in quotes because it is clearly really for snorkelers). As far as we could tell, OceanQuest is affordable for three reasons: 1) Your first day of dives are done on ReefQuest because there isn't enough capacity on OceanQuest for the people already on-board and the new arrivals. 2) It is staffed almost entirely by young people who are paid in room, board, and diving and clearly have zero customer support training/interest and little training as dive guides. Staff turnover is presumably very high. 3) Food is basic and essentially rationed. Guests were admonished for taking more than one slice of toast at breakfast (seriously? whose serving size of toast is less than 2 slices?). Staff complained in front of guests about not getting enough to eat. The staff should have separate portions from the guests so they don't have to worry about not getting enough if they're busy/late! It was pretty uncomfortable to feel like we were taking food out of somebody else's mouth. Overall we felt less like guests and more like intruders. Our room was comfortable enough but nothing about the boat is "luxurious," as described by Liveaboard. One thing that really bothered me is that the bed didn't have a top sheet and there is zero chance the comforters are getting changed/laundered between every set of guests. Lack of top sheet is clearly another way that management cuts costs/labor, but that is just gross and unacceptable. I would only recommend this liveaboard if you are on a tight budget and can't skimp anywhere else.

Recommended for
dive sites, unprofessional staff, rationed food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Svetlana G
  • United States United States
Exceeded Expectations

The diving. Hands down. First time visiting the Great Barrier Reef and my husband and I were blown away. That aside however, our experience with Ocean Quest exceeded all expectations. The accommodations were very comfortable. Cabins were actually quite spacious, the en suite was a lovely touch, and the beds were heavenly comfortable. Especially after a full day of dives. The food was very reasonable and the crew friendly, chipper, and very accommodating. The curriculum throughout the day leaves pockets of downtime but most of the time you do find yourself engaged somehow. We basically never felt like we were waiting around for the next thing but instead welcomed the hour or so pockets of downtime. We did the Shark Experience as well which was a really nice experience as an alternate do doing a night dive (had some ear problems earlier so decided to sit the night dive out). You have the option of diving with a buddy or hiring a guide. My husband and I buddied up which was a bit of a new experience and it was great! Everything is very structured but somehow doesnt feel that way and is instead very self paced and relaxed. My only complaint is that after our final dive, one of the crew members decided to prioritize speed of prepping the equipment for the next passengers over watching out for our equipment. We had our own masks and one had a tank set on top of it while we turned away to hang up our suits. No one owned up to it and they seemed very unconcerned that that had happened. Theres no way that the individual at fault wouldn't have noticed as the glass of the mask was smashed to bits and they would have felt it and heard it smash. I understand that there is a certain rush but it doesnt excuse not watching out for divers personal equipment. We werent the only ones, another diver had his personal regulator snatched and thrown in with the others. A suggestion would be to provide an area where divers could set their personal equipment while all the prep is happening if they are still getting out of their wet suits etc. As setting it by the other equipment is obviously not safe (that's where our mask was, by the BCD), and throwing it in with Ocean Quest's is not ideal either. Other than that I would still highly recommend this experience as one thoughtless individual shouldn't represent the entire experience.

Recommended for
Comfortable cabins, great crew, amazing diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Michael F
  • United States United States
So good I immediately booked a follow-up trip!

The Reef was never more than a few fin-kicks from the boat—no wasted time. Abundant fish life—day and night. Gear was high-quality, always prepared and dive operations were efficient. This is a BIG deal when you are attempting 4 dives a day with 40 other divers entering and exiting the water.

Recommended for
Crew were wonderful, diving was accessible, captain and crew handled adversity with great professionalism
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kevin O
  • United States United States
Fantastic. This was one of our most memorable trips in a long time.

Night diving was completly magical - I had never done it before and I was so completly shocked by the awe and beauty of it. Highlights were waking up before the sun hit the water, new reef locations to explore every day, turtles, sharks, fish, fun staff and making new diving friends. Seriously, it was a complete blast.

Recommended for
If you diving and the sea, I can't imagine doing the reef any other way - completly worth the money and time.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Allison H
  • United States United States
I loved this trip!

I saw an eel, manta ray, orangutan crab, sharks, and a turtle. The food was good and the crew was nice. They really tried to make sure I was comfortable and checked in with me frequently. I really liked how the crew remembered everyone’s names too!

Recommended for
Sights, food, experienced guides.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Robert C
  • United States United States
Awesome

Bucket list check ✔️

Recommended for
Capt., and crew. Food. Diving and snorkeling.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dan P
  • United States United States
EPIC EXPERIENCE!

Loved every moment of it! Met really cool people (guests and crew), enjoyed hanging out in the various chill zones, my room was great. Completed my Advanced Certification while onboard. Highly recommend. To see a video of the experience, check out the one I made here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxlQn5OmHVI

Recommended for
food quality, dive variety, friendliness of crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kelcy H
  • United States United States
Amazing!

Great diving, so much variety. The food was amazing! The crew was friendly and we met some awesome people we will be staying in touch with!

Recommended for
The diving, the people we met, the food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Giovanna P
  • United States United States
The Crew and the Scenery were Amazing

It was our yearly family trip and the Great Barrier was on our bucket list. First time into a live aboard experience, we can not get over of how amazing the experience was. Full of fun and quality of people. We made friends from all over the world.

Recommended for
Great diving sites, crew service was very professional and the cabins were comfortable and clean
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nancy C
  • United States United States
Excellent way to immerse oneself in the Great Barrier Reef

One of my lifelong dreams has been to see the Great Barrier Reef and this was the perfect way to do it. Most of the 20-30 guests dove, with fewer of us snorkeling, and the sites chosen had something for all of us. There are 2 intertwined characteristics: the quality of instructors/guides and the unobtrusive focus on safety. The staff had to take the group as they presented, with various skill levels hours off land, show them the reef in as fun a way as possible, all the while keeping everyone safe and they did this beautifully. There is a standard schedule every day which was adhered to closely and that kept the potential chaos to a minimum. All told, really a remarkable 4 days. I highly recommend it.

Recommended for
1. Snorkeling sites 2. The crew 3. The fun
  • 8.0 Very good
  • clinton E
  • United States United States
Experienced narvana

Shark in the dark

Recommended for
Underwater scenery, accommodating staff, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Phillip H
  • United States United States
All around amazing

Dive locations were amazing. Food was top notch and they went above and beyond to take care of people with eating restrictions. Can't praise the staff enough, professional and strict when it came to our safety, but friendly and fun with our general interactions

Recommended for
Staff food dives
  • 7.2 Good
  • Jade M
  • United States United States
Diving was absolutely fantastic although I felt the crew was not as friendly as previous liveaboards I've been on and was quite crowded underwater with that many divers.

Diving!

Recommended for
Diving, accommodation and the sunrise.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jenni S
  • United States United States
What an incredible experience!

Honestly, the whole trip was a lifetime highlight!

Recommended for
Obviously the Great Barrier Reef is the highlight of the experience, but the crew/staff really took the trip to the next level. The team was very helpful with general questions about diving/fish/the reef/etc. The food was great. The accommodations were nice.
  • 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.
  • 8.0 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 8.4 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
  • 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!
  • 8.8 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Reno M
  • Malta Malta
Amazing experience

The reef is so beautiful. Our favourite was Troppos! Marine life was amazing. We managed to see some turtles and white tip sharks as well. The staff are very hard workers, professional and very helpful. The cabin was super comfortable and very clean. We had a double room with ensuite. It was an amazing experience! highly recommended

Recommended for
The reef and marine life, the cabin and the staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lauren P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Best holiday ever, my dream come true

Diving with turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, soo many different fish. Diving with my daughter. Great staff especially Tobi, Jess, Rich, Emily

Recommended for
Diving up to 5 times a day, fantastic staff and guides, guided night dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Shifali G
  • India India
Great experience

Barring the food which was hit or miss, everything else exceeded expectations!

Recommended for
The guides, the dives, the amenities
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Debashis B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great experience and a must do

The crew was efficient and friendly. Food was great. The camaraderie amongst the guests and crew was fantastic. Everything worked to clockwork precision. Great place to be

Recommended for
1. The organisation of the crew 2. Food 3. Camaraderie
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rickard E
  • Sweden Sweden
Wonderful and nice trip!

Amazing dives, the professional and friendly crew together with the atmosphere among the divers aboard made this to a memory that will last!

Recommended for
The crew, the atmosphere, the diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • Ritty C
  • Australia Australia
Once-in-a-lifetime experience

Still amazed at this natural wonder even this is not the first time diving a the great barrier reef.

Recommended for
Beautiful sites, comfortable cabin, helpful crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Carlos L
  • Australia Australia
Overall, an amazing diving experience

The scuba diving was definitely the highlight of the trip. The Great Barrier Reef is still an amazing place to dive, with thriving marine life, both big and small. Scuba diving beside immense walls of coral is a once in a lifetime experience. On top of that, the Ocean Quest is an amazing vessel, with all the comforts required to make your experience out of the water as enjoyable as possible. The crew are friendly and always willing to give you hand. Their attention to safety is something that is also exceptional.

Recommended for
Dive sites, crew friendliness, efficiency of diving operation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jordyn L
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic Stay

The dives were great and there are lots of them in almost all different locations on the reef. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Had Emily as my dive instructor for my Advanced Open Water certification and she was the best.

Recommended for
Amazing staff, clean facilities and lots of diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Davina S
  • Australia Australia
The diving was fantastic and of a very high standard in regards to equipment and crew.

Definitely the diving. Seeing sharks, turtles, cuttlefish and so many different varieties of sea life. Having the opportunity to dive 5 dives a day was absolutely fantastic.

Recommended for
The night dive. The crew. Meeting people from all around the world.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nellie M
  • Australia Australia
All the staff were brilliant, super friendly and I always felt very safe

You could tell the staff valued pleasing divers (and snorkellers) in water and on the boat. Particular shout out to chill Phil, knowledgeable Clara and "always right" with the best recommendations Mickie. The food was splendid, good spread, I'm vegetarian and I loved the salads and veggies, oh and that risotto! I enjoyed no Wi-Fi, (could send texts and access the internet with Telstra on my phone), very relaxing. Beds were comfy, showers were hot. Recommend bringing cash for tipping the staff for their attentiveness and above and beyond service. #bringbackthemargaritamachine

Recommended for
Diving, relaxing and lovely staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Wolfgang K
  • Germany Germany
Great diving with friendly people

The fluoro dive on the last night

Recommended for
Excellent organisation, friendly crew, great dive sites.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Josh B
  • Australia Australia
Amazing trip

What an amazing trip we had in tough circumstances- despite being the last trip the crew made before the Coronavirus took hold they were amazing in the face of being out of work the next day. The reef was fantastic - and I look forward to going back soon!

Recommended for
An amazing trip - great crew, great dive sites, great value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tanja W
  • Denmark Denmark
Amazing

The Crew was so amazingly awesome, helpful and fun. Always ready to help or answer stupid questions. The dives were amazing, utterly serene. The food was really good, and they always make sure you don’t go hungry. It was all worthwhile and every dime was well spent

Recommended for
Crew, dives, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Laura T
  • Australia Australia
Fabulous trip! Wish I stayed longer!

The diving was fabulous despite poorly weather conditions. Fluoro night Dive was incredible!

Recommended for
Beautiful staff, great food and so many diving opportunities!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ryan L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great live aboard experience!

Loved the shark night dive!

Recommended for
Sharks, food, service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • ruben S
  • Spain Spain
an amazing experience

all the equipment is great and very professional, you couldn't ask for more great, very happy for everything, cleaning diving equipment, food, the rooms, everything 10 a great team

Recommended for
the food, the equipment on board, a great service
  • 7.2 Good
  • Anton D
  • Sweden Sweden
Very nice experience!

Guide Natalie (Nat). Very friendly and showed us around under water in a good way. There were some inter individual difference from guide to guide. Getting to see the reef up close.

Recommended for
Get close to the reef. Diving.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sibylla L
  • Canada Canada
Good experience. Staff are very helpful and supportive ifyou forget things.

I loved the dives even though the water was not that clear because of the weather. I was worried about doing 6 dives in 2 days, but guides were very encouraging and supportive. Would do it again and would encourage others to as well.

Recommended for
Fun people. Very supportive staff. Well organized.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paul R
  • Australia Australia
Awesome

Everything was awesome the staff were exceptional and happy to be there

Recommended for
Staff food dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Silvia S
  • Italy Italy
Just what I needed to start 2021!

The crew was absolutely amazing! They really took good care of everyone on board and were very friendly. The diving was also unforgettable! We had good visibility throughout and the weather was incredible! We had storms every night, after all the diving had been done, which only made the experience better. Seeing the lightening show from the boat was really cool! I recommend and will be back for more!

Recommended for
The crew, the diving and the experience!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pavel R
  • Australia Australia
Scuba fun

Super friendly staff Swimming with sharks

Recommended for
The staff, the vessel, & the dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Blake S
  • Australia Australia
The only way to dive the GBR

Our trip was saw the Ocean Quest with only 5 guests on board. The crew was fantastic with spending time with us and having great chats about the reef and any dicing questions we had. My wife and I are both advanced open water certified and were able to buddy dive which we haven't been able to do with other companies. The highlight was the night dive with many many reef sharks swimming around us, a true bucket list experience. The food is homely, delicious and plentiful so don't worry about going hungry. 10/10 And will recommend to all

Recommended for
Diving effcienfy, knowledge of reef by staff, the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jiexiong W
  • China China
Brilliant!

Night diving is so awesome. The corals are also beautiful.

Recommended for
Diving Crews and Individual bathroom
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peter B
  • Australia Australia
This trip has made me want to do more liveaboards

Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from underwater, diving with sharks, could not fault the trip

Recommended for
Staff being organised, friendly helpful staff, great atmosphere
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Yura C
  • South Korea South Korea
Amazing!!

Enjoyed diving thanks to well organized system

Recommended for
Hot shower, nice diving gear, well organized
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Henricus R
  • Australia Australia
Best drive trip ever

Amazing service by the staff. Nature delivered: abundant sea life Highlight was the Minke whales

Recommended for
Minke whales, the reef, the crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Vince D
  • Australia Australia
Exceeded my expectations.

Sharks in the dark, the Dwarf Minke Whales, the sea life at the reefs, the night diving.

Recommended for
The reef sites, crew and other guests
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Allen B
  • Australia Australia
Well organized and Friendly - professional staff

Shark experience, Fluro night dive

Recommended for
Great dive spots, Dive gear in good condition , helpful friendly staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Allison W
  • Australia Australia
Thoroughly and highly recommend this trip

Feeling well supported as a new diver.

Recommended for
Location , crew, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Renee L
  • Australia Australia
Professional and Amazing Trip

Night Diving Professional Crew Excellent food

Recommended for
Dive sites, Boat Crew, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Iman Daniel J
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Amazing

The shark night snorkelling session

Recommended for
Lots of good food, friendly crew, the dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Sherie E
  • Australia Australia
If only it wasn't windy!

The reef is amazing and one of the best places to dive. Divers Den is a great set up - more for people who like their own space and company rather than a party boat. Seemed to be an older demographic than other liveaboards. Definitely more spacious. Unfortunately our trip was cut short due to a gale force wind warning - we only managed one day of dives and spent the night at Cairns wharf. This is the ultimate test for a company. Although it was out of their control, they organised a refund for part of the trip.

Recommended for
Spacious boat, well equipped, large cabins
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Vic G
  • Australia Australia
Simply the best way to dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Dive sites were safe and conditions were great. The staff were very professional and prioritised safety for everyone both in and out of the water.

Recommended for
Staff were superb, food was plentiful and delicious and diving was convenient. Water was beautiful!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Stuart R
  • Australia Australia
Best liveaboard in Cairns

Seeing a whale shark! Seeing the wonderful sea life, corals, fluoro dive, turtles turtles turtles and having a very supportive dive crew who is always willing to help.

Recommended for
Diving sites, Crew & Dive Guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Victoria T
  • Australia Australia
Incredible experience with an affordable price tag

The night dives with sharks were amazing. All of the staff were so kind and had great knowledge about all the dive sites, with informative briefings and the option for dive guides. The food was also fantastic!

Recommended for
Incredibly affordable, knowledgeable staff, outstanding dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mengjie(Krystal) L
  • China China
Absolute remarkable experience

It’s an unique diving experience on Aqua Quest and Ocean Quest. Every member is supportive and experienced. They are genuine, patient and compassionate. I recovered my confidence and pleasure in diving with the crew. They’re super environmental and creatural friendly. No doubt they are expertise and offer great opportunities exploring Great Barrier Reef.

Recommended for
Professional staff, competent safety control, reliable team
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Wen Qin J
  • Canada Canada
Great liveaboard experience for my first time

Met some awesome fellow divers and saw lots of different cool things (macro and micro life). The night dives were fun, although the fluoro dive felt a bit underwhelming. A shame that the weather wasn't cooperative so our choices for dive sites were limited for safety reasons.

Recommended for
Food, Night Diving, Meeting new diving friends
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Allan B
  • Australia Australia
The trip exceeded my expectations

The sharks in the dark on the rear duckboard Seeing my partner go from a novice diver with anxiety to a competent diver, even doing her first night dive. Sharing experiences and conversations with like minded people.

Recommended for
1. The organisation while on board 2. The cross checks of equipment and manifest record keeping 3. The dive site briefings were at just the right level
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Victoria S
  • Australia Australia
Outstanding in all aspects

This was our second trip with Divers Den. We came back as we knew the quality we would get for the time and money. Dive sites show cased the best of the reef, with only our boat accessing each anchorage. All equipment was well maintained and well organised to ensure confidence and familiarity iver the course of the trip. Food and bedding was glorious and better than expected. Staff were genuine and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

Recommended for
Dive sites were spectacular and suitable for a range of skills. Accommodation was high quality. Staff were wonderful and passionate.
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Dooyoung K
  • South Korea South Korea
I made a wrong decision to choose our honeymoon at Ocean Quest

I sent an email to company cause i wanted give good experience to my husband for our honeymoon trip and as the first trip in Australia for my husband that also mention email to company before we book the trip. company replied 'we will prepare something' the something we got amazing hospitality service + sleep just next engine room with heavy noisy for 2 nights. I am an Australian citizen, so i took my husband to Aus. for our small wedding from Korea. we choose liveaboard trip as our honeymoon, overall okay.. BUT one thing i was truly disappointed the service by manager. While serving food at the breakfast buffet, the manager asked to my husband to take the bacon off from the his plate, saying he had too much bacon on the plate, i thought that made a jock but eventually he asked me to share his bacon so i did not touch. I am an hotel manager for 15 years.. i was really shocked on speechless situation .. and my husband has limited English luckily who kept asked me to check either Manager really asked the bacon off from his plate. I lied to my husband that could not translate 100%. Hope company can training to staff to care the purpose of trip and respect every guests.

Recommended for
Friendly staffs ( except service operation manager) , lack of organization of dived schedule,
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Peter J
  • Australia Australia
Amazing and very affordable

My partner had a personal encounter with a turtle that was beyond her imagination and would be hard to imagine unless you saw it

Recommended for
Organisation overall,. The crew, and diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mark B
  • Australia Australia
3rd trip on Ocean Quest and always an amazing experience!

This is my 3rd trip on Ocean Quest and once again I had an amazing time! I met a great bunch of people to dive with, the crew were amazing, the food is delicious and the hospitality is second to none. Absolutely incredible value!

Recommended for
The diving (of course). The people on the boat - I've always met awesome people to dive and hang with. The crew and food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jade V
  • Australia Australia
Everything was incredible!

Everything was incredible. The crew were the absolute best and I loved how easy they made it to dive and have a great time!

Recommended for
The crew, the organisation and diving the GBR!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Emile A
  • Canada Canada
Amazing experience

The highlight of my trip was seeing sharks, turtles, and two octopus fighting in one dive. I did intro dives and the crew was really nice in introducing me to the dives

Recommended for
The dives the atmosphere and the food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sophie S
  • Germany Germany
Very special and unique!

Feeling taken care of and being able to fully enjoy diving in the Great Barrier Reef without any worries

Recommended for
The dive sites were great, the crew is very nice and the equipment is top!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Heath C
  • Australia Australia
Was excellent trip!

1. Night dives, the sharks and Huge GTs were amazing to dive with. 2. The crew. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful… every single member went above an beyond to ensure you had the best time possible 3. The people you get to meet along the journey and share your diving experiences with. I could keep going on but I’d just recommend that you go out and try it for yourself!

Recommended for
1. Night diving with the sharks 2. The friendly crew that went the extra mile at every turn. 3. The value for money experience offered!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Stuart B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
2nd time

2nd time for me on this boat. The crew were brilliant. So helpful. Good briefings. Great mix of divers from different countries. Food could be better. Good value as everything is so much more expensive post Covid.

Recommended for
The crew, the company,the diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Esther N
  • Australia Australia
Owesome crews and great team work! Best liverboard in Cairns☆☆☆☆☆

Diving at Saxon reef was the best and Sharks in the dark was the best fun. It was the best holiday to stay on Oceanquest. The food was beautiful and plenty all the time. Program runs on time and every crew knows what they need to do for each program. Great team work, great support for every dives. All crews are kind and enjoyed to work for us. Energetic and cheerful mood all the time.

Recommended for
Great crews, facilities including gears, well organised program
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alex B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Laid back yet well organised

Night dives; coral gardens

Recommended for
Boat ambience; the fact they dealt with my gluten-free diet; the people I met
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Peter D
  • Canada Canada
I enjoyed it but would try a different operator next time.

It was great being around people who loved diving - staff and clients. The ads are incorrect as 10 is the max number of dives possible (4 - day 1, 4 - day 2, 2 - day 3). Not sure why the ads say 11 as there just no way that’s possible the way the trip is organized. Not much variety in dive sites. We stayed at the same site on Norman for 4 of the dives. Even the Dive Masters we’re disappointed.

Recommended for
Staff, cabins, food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Antonio S
  • Mexico Mexico
Incredible trip, it exceeded my expectations.

Everyone was really cordial, friendly and had a great attitude. The actual dives are the best part of the trip, I highly recommend doing them with guides, they are really experienced and know what is worth seeing in the reef.

Recommended for
The crew, the itinerary and the dives.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Florine C
  • Canada Canada
Good time

This is my first scuba diving. I am a person easily nervous. When I told a guide my situation, he is very nice to carry me for the whole time. All the guides are very nice and reliable to take care me when they found I have problems

Recommended for
Crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Isabelle K
  • Germany Germany
Best trip ever!!!! Highly recommended

I met wonderful people and saw wonderful animals. It was great how many reef sharks were around and how many dives we could do. The food was spectacular and the crew is a dream! Cannot complain in the slightest and would always come back

Recommended for
Great crew, amazing food, a lot of great animals to see
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Guido P
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Great diving experience

The night dive was definitely the greatest highlight but the overall experience was amazing. Waking up and watching the sunset in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef was another highlight. Great value for the money spent

Recommended for
Diving, professionalty of the crew, cosmopolitan environment
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Preston S
  • Canada Canada
It was the best diving experience of my life !

The staff were friendly and very helpful the locations of the dive sites and knowledge of them was a key part of the experience!

Recommended for
The staff The Dive gear the size of the cabins
Origin: US