Rum Runner Liveaboard, Australia



  • Budget-friendly diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dive with sharks at remote locations
  • 6 dives available including a night dive

The S.V. Rum Runner Australia is a fantastic budget-friendly way to dive into the Great Barrier Reef. There are 2 tours available, a 2-day/1-night itinerary away from the crowds at the Outer Great Barrier Reef or a longer 3-night expedition to dive with sharks at the even more remote Holmes Reef. The classic 1-night tour is perfect for divers, snorkelers, or people who want to try diving in this amazing area. 6 dives are available, including a night dive, meaning you will get the most out of your 2 days on the Great Barrier Reef. The 3-night Coral Sea shark-diving trip is a must for the more adventurous diver. Holmes Reef lies 90 miles outside of the Great Barrier Reef, so due to its isolation is home to abundant sharks, large pelagic fish life, and incredible visibility - up to 50m.

The S/V Rum Runner can accommodate up to 16 guests in twin and 4-share single bunk-style berths. Cabins are not very spacious or private - more like a multi-share hostel on water, but ideal for resting after diving or snorkeling. Common areas include an open salon, galley, and covered and open deck areas. There are also charging areas for cameras and phones and separate male and female shared bathrooms with hot water showers. All meals are included, but the boat operates a Bring Your Own Alcohol policy - no glass allowed.

Operating dive tours in the Great Barrier Reef since 2005, the Rum Runner liveaboard is perfect for the adventurous diver wanting to explore Australia's Barrier Reef and beyond. Book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Visas and Fees, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (40 AUD per trip), Fuel Surcharge (20 AUD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Soft drinks (2 AUD per item), Private Dive Guide (44 AUD per item), Rental Gear (140 AUD per trip), Scuba Diving Courses (220 AUD), Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

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

  • Camera Station
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Charging stations
  • Family Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Full-board Option

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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • 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.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1984
  • Length 66ft
  • Max guests 16

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
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light

Rum Runner Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 18 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Will R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazingly friendly trip, absolute highlight of my trip to Australia

Sucba diving through "The Laybrinth" or "Five ways" coral reefs, seeing the amazing fish and turtles and corals, hilarious and interesting stories from the crew members

Recommended for
Friendly staff, well planned, stunning reefs
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jarno L
  • Finland Finland
Highly recommended

This was a wonderful experience. Everything was well organised, the crew knew what they were doing and were super friendly to boot. Nice combination of showing where the best dive spots are while still allowing you to explore at your own pace. Highly recommended.

Recommended for
Great atmosphere, friendly and professional crew, top-notch dive spots
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yvonne N
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
I enjoyed it very much

Perfectly selected diving spots, very good organization of dives and perfect servis on the boat

Recommended for
great diving, crew frienlinnes, good food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Julian S
  • Austria Austria
As awesome as you would expect

Deep dive

Recommended for
Crew, diving, trip
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Mark S
  • United States United States
Good hosts and food. Very professional. Boat and some equipment need updating

Ask for “The Labyrinth” dice.

Recommended for
Good Day 2 selection of dives. Crew worked well together, made us feel at home and kept us on time.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ananda S
  • United States United States
A fun adventure!

Music onboard, hot shower after the dive, the rocky boat sleeping experience, the gorgeous fish, coral, and caverns on the reef.

Recommended for
1) Captain PJ with his reef talk and guitar playing, 2) Kate and her excellent breifings, friendliness, and professionalism, and 3) the amazing underwater beauty.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Eric D
  • United States United States
Felt as though we had a real diving experience without unnecessary comforts and distractions.

Improved diving skills, beautiful reefs, interesting conversations with people from around the world.

Recommended for
Professional dives, good company, escape from the internet.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Julie L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Good dives and good times

Really nice dives with some through "coral tunnel", a night dive and a really good time just chilling on the boat. Great experience!

Recommended for
Nice dives, good atmosphere, friendly crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sheridan V
  • Australia Australia
Great Diving at Thetford Reef

Mystery - towering coral columns and swim throughs made this site something special

Recommended for
Diving, diving and more diving. No frills or other time wasters on this trip.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • robert G
  • United States United States
Small group experience w family run business

Getting to know Captain Jase, authentic,skilled,and generous. From one green man to annother

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