Rum Runner Liveaboard, Australia

  • Rating 9.0 out of 10 9.0 Superb
  • from $ 147 / day
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“I booked this trip looking for a more authentic and communal experience on the Great Barrier Reef and the Rum Runner exceeded my e…”

Taylor Q, Flag of United States United States


  • 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: an itinerary away from the crowds at the Outer Great Barrier Reef or an 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 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.

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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), Rental Gear (140 AUD per trip), Scuba Diving Courses (220 AUD), Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

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Rum Runner Reviews

  • Rating 9.0 out of 10
  • 9.0 Superb
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  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Taylor Q
  • Flag of United States United States

The most authentic way to see the Great Barrier Reef

I booked this trip looking for a more authentic and communal experience on the Great Barrier Reef and the Rum Runner exceeded my expectations, would 100% recommend to anyone. Because of the size, the passengers and crew quickly became like family. You get to go to a few different dive spots without seeing crowds of other boats or tourists, and seeing the stars at night is so worth the overnight experience. The crew is absolutely fantastic - they make you feel right at home with added benefits of full cooked meals, education and entertainment. They even made each dive feel catered to your skillset. Keep in mind you probably won't sleep very much since the bunks aren't air conditioned (they are comfortable though) and the rules are 3 second showers so be prepared to be a little salty and sweaty, all part of the experience though! Perfect mix of snorkeling and diving which is great for any skill level, and solo or group travelers. This will be one of my favorite experiences in Australia.

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Amazing crew, opportunity to bond with other passengers, secluded days on the reef!
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Amber H
  • Flag of United States United States

Wonderful intimate experience with the GBR

Absolutely the best bang for your buck. This is my second trip to the GBR and I would prefer this experience over the more fancy boats anytime. You loose the Disneyland factor and gain an authentic experience with real people, great instructors and a great adventure. At the end of the day it’s about the diving, and I can’t tell you it was absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to come back and dive with the sharks. I’ll be back!

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The dive sites, the instructors and the small groups
  • Rating 6.0 out of 10
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Mark S
  • Flag of United States United States

Good hosts and food. Very professional. Boat and some equipment need updating

Ask for “The Labyrinth” dice.

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Good Day 2 selection of dives. Crew worked well together, made us feel at home and kept us on time.

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