Visit the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef in style aboard the 36m Catamaran, the Ocean Quest. Each of the 23 cabins comes with its own en-suite, air conditioning and TV for a perfect voyage.
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The purpose built MV ScubaPro I offers divers excellent value for money while sailing to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Incorporating the latest technology, the MV ScubaPro I ensures a smooth ride.
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Enjoy a smooth ride to the Outer Great Barrier Reef upon the ScubaPro III. Holding a maximum of 32 guests within 16 centrally air conditioned cabins, the ScubaPro III offers excellent value for money.ScubaPro III
What To Expect On a Outer Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard
Liveaboards to the Outer Great Barrier Reef will enable you to cruise through much of the 900 islands and 2900 reefs that it is made up of, on board a boat offering top class facilities for diving, relaxing and sailing. When anyone says they are diving in Australia, it's highly likely they'll be talking about the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The best diving on the world's largest living organism is undoubtedly found in the outer sections, and it's advisable to spend a good few days there in order to experience the full range of marine life on offer. Liveaboard Dive trips here last for anything between 3 and 8 days, meaning that there is an itinerary to suit every timescale.
Daytrips to the Great Barrier Reef are extremely popular from mainland Queensland, but they are only able to reach the inner sections, making for a sometimes crowded and rushed experience. A liveaboard dive cruise takes guests to parts of the Outer Reef far from shore, which are visited much less and as a result support an incredibly diverse ecosystem, packed with all manner of tropical inhabitants all thriving in their natural environment.
The Outer Great Barrier Reef Underwater
The marine life that's found here is unparalleled, and the warm water temperatures allow year round diving. Visibility is fantastic, giving unspoilt views of the dazzling hard and soft corals surrounded by every imaginable tropical fish species. Clownfish, Angelfish, Parrotfish - you name it and it'll be here. On board a liveaboard boat, you'll have the advantage of diving in various different dive sites on the outer reef, where divers often come across the big fish too, with Sharks, Mantas, and giant Groper being permanent residents in many places. Liveaboard diving on the Outer Great Barrier Reef will ensure guests cover a wide range of remote and pristine reefs, rarely visited. There are many different boats on Liveaboard.com, with different schedules to choose from.
Dive Sites of The Outer Great Barrier Reef
Osprey Reef is extremely remote and so is only accessible via liveaboard cruise. Perhaps it's most famous site is North Horn - renowned for the resident shark population where divers will be able to swim with a range of these infamous predators in huge numbers. For half of the year (June to November), Humpback whales are also regularly spotted here.
Located to the very north of the GBR lie the Ribbon Reefs, a chain of ten spectacular turquoise reefs in one of the most isolated regions you are ever likely to dive at. You'll want to spend at least a number of days exploring what is on offer - the giant Potato Cod at Cod Hole and dwarf Minke Whales are particular highlights of a liveaboard trip here.
Some of the best examples of the Outer Barrier Reef's diversity of coral can be found at Milln Reef and Flynn Reef. Diving here will open your eyes to the stunning range of colours, shapes, and types of coral that are found in this underwater paradise. To get an even more striking perspective, liveaboard operators often arrange night dives at these sites.
If you are diving in the Outer Great Barrier Reef as part of a liveaboard cruise, then you'll be one of very few people with the opportunity to dive at rarely visited Bougainville Reef. Conditions only occasionally permit boats to reach here, but if you are lucky then you'll see some of the most undisturbed coral reefs and marine life in the world.
Top Tips For Divers
Diving in the Outer Great Barrier Reef ranges from gentle, easy lagoon dives to adrenalin pumping drifts. Often the crew will not require a minimum number of dives, but it's still a good idea to bring your certification and log book.
You can bring your own equipment if you like, although on board there is almost always diving gear available to rent.
All communications will be in English, the native tongue of Australia, although some of the crew may be able to speak other languages as well. ATMs are everywhere, and credit cards widely accepted - the Australian dollar is the local currency.
Getting to The Outer Great Barrier Reef
The only way to access the best scuba diving sites in the Outer Barrier Reef is as part of a Australian liveaboard dive cruise. Cairns, a city in the north of Queensland, is the most common port for departing trips. You can fly directly into Cairns from many overseas places, or it's just as easy to catch one of the many domestic flights arriving from other areas of Australia (such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne).
Outer Great Barrier Reef Diving Reviews
I really enjoyed being far out at sea and the the outer reef sites were exciting to explore.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in June on the Ocean Quest
Fab! Can't wait to make it back.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in December on the ScubaPro III
Spectacular of course. Beautiful and healthy looking coral. Sharks. Turtles. Giant clams. Clown fish. Hundreds of other species of fish. What more could you ask for than to dive the great barrier reef?Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in December on the ScubaPro I
Site was very diverse with lots to see. More than one can see on two tanks. Many dives could be made here without repeating.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in November on the ScubaPro I
GreatDiving Outer Great Barrier Reef in October on the ScubaPro I
Great, especially that you don't feel that many people dive over there, almost no other boats or divers.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in August on the ScubaPro II
Again pristine with lots of life, worth the extra journey time.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in August on the ScubaPro II
FantasticDiving Outer Great Barrier Reef in July on the Ocean Quest
A must for any diver. Although winter on my visit ,it was great.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in August on the ScubaPro I
Beautiful reef.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in June on the ScubaPro I
It was different than I thought it would be. It was amazing, but just different.Diving Outer Great Barrier Reef in July on the Ocean Quest