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
  • 383 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Te-Anu B
  • Australia Australia

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

Recommended for
Diving, company food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ian W
  • Australia Australia
Whales, Whales, Whales !!!!

Minke whales

Recommended for
Relaxed atmosphere, great dive guides, plenty of space.
  • 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.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • David P
  • Australia Australia
Diving and more diving!

Staff went out of their way to make sure the trip was as enjoyable as possible, really great trip

Recommended for
Lots of dives, very friendly staff, night dive!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • karol K
  • Australia Australia
Great diving trip

Well organised experience and good value for money

Recommended for
guides, food, price
  • 5.6 Review score
  • fred W
  • Australia Australia
No as good as other Liveaboard experiences

Pleased I have done it but won't be back to this site.

Recommended for
Big bedroom
  • 8.0 Very good
  • John M
  • Australia Australia
Worth doing.

Diving with different people.

Recommended for
Crew, diving and the interaction with the crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Te-Anu B
  • Australia Australia

Fantastic can not rate it enough

Recommended for
Diving food and people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sandor H
  • Australia Australia
Oh my god that was so awesome.

The best value for money trip on the planet. The staff were professional and able to cater to all skill sets. From snorkeling guests all the way up to my travel companion who had over 200 dives under her belt. Everyone was catered for at some of the best dive spots ever. I will be coming back and I will be recommending this to everyone I know. Again a special thanks to Matt for training me in my advanced course. By the way that was the best price I've ever seen for an advanced course.

Recommended for
Night dives with sharks. Early morning dives with the fish waking up. Matt my advanced course instuctor was the coolest and the best.