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Minke Whale Season and Ribbon Reef- 5 Days Expedition Liveaboard -Deep Sea Divers Den, Cairns

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5 Days Itinerary

Day 1 ( 2 Dives)

8 a.m.boarding transfer vessel. 90 minute travel to the Outer Reef where we will enjoy two dives on Norman Reef. 2.30 p.m. transfer to OceanQuest and steaming overnight to the Ribbon Reefs.

Day 2 ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive)

Wake up to the sun rising over the Great Barrier Reef at Light house Bommie, where most of the interactions take place with the Minke Whales. You will enjoy four dives at various sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs.

Day 3 ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive)

Today you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most untouched areas of the Great Barrier Reef. You will also take part in an exploration dive.

Day 4 ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive)
Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives, including a dive at Steve’s Bommie, one of the most pristine dive sites that the Ribbon Reefs have to offer. On completion of our final night dive, boat will steam south towards Cairns.

Day 5

Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 08:30.

Please note, itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions. During Minke Whale season, the dive schedule may be altered to enable as much in-water interaction with the whales as possible.

PRICES (per person):

Twin private cabin (2 x single bed ensuite)

Snorkeler: $ 1685

Certified Diver: $ 1785

Double private cabin (1 x double bed ensuite)

Snorkeler: $ 1765

Certified Diver: $ 1865

What’s included:

– Pick up and drop off from Cairns main accommodation

-Snorkel equipment (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins)

-All meals freshly prepared onboard, Tea and Coffee

-All bed linen

-Hot freshwater showers

-Corrective lens mask (if required)

-Air conditioned cabins and saloon

– Scuba Dive Guides

Extras: $ 80 Reef taxes and mooring fees

Optional Extras:$ 160 Diving equipment, Underwater camera, Introductory Dives, Fluoro diving.

What to bring: Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, Swimwear, beach and bath towel, long pants and jumper during cool months, Cert card- logbook for certified divers, Credit card or cash (for optional activities or onboard purchases).

*Please note prices are subject to change from 1st April 2020
2019 dates are:

31st of May

7th – 14th – 21st – 28th of June

12th – 19th – 26th of July

Expeditions departure Friday, Return Tuesday

Departure time: 08.00 a.m. from Cairns Marina.

Returns: approx. 08.30 a.m.

*Courtesy bus transfer to your accommodation


Minke Whale Expeditions to The Great Barrier Ribbon Reefs

Explore the wonders of the Ribbon Reefs on board of the luxury Liveaboard Vessel OCEAN QUEST. See the best of the Great Barrier Reef at the most exciting time of the year!

Recommended level experience: swim with whale encounters are suitable for snorkelers, novice to advanced divers

Number of Dives:  Up to 16 dives, including  night dive (s)

Number of passengers: 35 maximum

Swim with Minke whale 2019 tour dates are:

  • 31st of May
  • 7th – 14th – 21st – 28th of June
  • 12th – 19th – 26th of July

The trip will include a total of 16 dives on the Outer Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs. The Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions run through June and July. Unlike any other whale experience WORLD-WIDE the Dwarf Minke’ are unique, the encounters are regular and entirely initiated by the Whales themselves. This expedition provides every opportunity for close approaches, being in the water offering the highest abundance of whales. During peak season,  in-water encounters of up and beyond 90%, the average whale interactions lasting 2 hours, often longer.

During the trip  it is also possible to enjoy both our exclusive Fluoro Night Diving and “Sharks In the Dark” experiences are available during these expeditions.

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