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Top 10 Liveaboards In Australia in 2022

Australia is a huge country, which is famous for its quality diving experiences. There are approximately 17 liveaboards available around the country, which offers some of the best diving found throughout the world.

We’ll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It’s difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we’ve gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you’ll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

Top 10 Liveaboards In Australia in 2022

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The Great Barrier Reef is known as the largest reef, which is bigger than the United Kingdom, Holland, and Switzerland (combine). It is considered as the dream site for enthusiastic divers, who wish to have a budget-friendly trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The SV Rum Runner liveaboard offers exclusive dives to all divers including novice divers to the most experienced ones. Certified divers can avail the opportunity to explore the tropical marine life at the most iconic dive sites, which can be accessed by the exclusive SV Rum Runner. Reef sharks, turtles, Nemo’s cousins – clownfish and naughty dolphins are the major attraction during the dives.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:1984
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:16
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.1

Things we like:

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    Several divers commended the diving instructor on a well planned itinerary
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    Divers said they got to witness professional shark feeding
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    Many people were happy with the friendliness of the staff
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    Some divers said that the caverns on the reef were breathtaking

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people thought the boat was a bit small
  • check-markThis is a sail boat, and does not have the same comefort like dive deck, and space for dive gear
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MV Coral Discoverer was previously known as Oceanic Discoverer and Oceanic Princess. It was built in 2005 and was last refurbished in November 2016. The lavish expedition cruise is operating in the regions of Australia and Oceania, sailing from the homeport Cairns, North Queensland. It is registered under the world-wide operation of the International Convention for the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Owned and flagged under the Australian Flag with the best and talented crew in their respective fields. It offers exclusive marine adventure trips for the discerning vacationer for 11, 12, 13 and a long trip of 25 nights.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2016
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:72
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:Yes ($)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes ($)
  • airconAircon:free

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    A couple of divers said the reefs were beautiful and filled with marine life
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    Divers said the dive instructors knew where to find the best diving spots
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    The food was exceptional and catered to particular preferences

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people noted that they'd like smaller dive groups
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Coral Expeditions I is a multi-hulled boutique catamaran designed to provide high-standard facilities and maximum guest comfort. It is well-equipped for an exclusive expedition cruise experience in the crystal-clear Australian coastal waters. Coral Expeditions I is flagged under the Australian registration and carries the top-notch crew of the time. The stunning catamaran was purpose-built for cruising in the region where large boats of its kind cannot reach. Having an ideal size to access the best regions of Western Australia’s phenomenal Kimberley region, the Cape York’s northern coastline and Arnhem Land and the Great Barrier Reef (listed as a world-heritage).

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2016
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:50
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:Yes ($)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes ($)
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

3.8

Things we like:

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    Many people said the landscape and the guides presentation was a memorable experience
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    Some people noted that the indigenous art was fascinating to see
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    A lot of people commemorated the staff the crew on being informative and lively

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people said that the liveaboard was really rocky at times
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The twin sister of Coral Expedition I, is a double-hulled liveaboard, which offers perfect cruise services for the guests at the world heritage listed destination the Great Barrier Reef. Compact boat with features and facilities as much as a large and expensive vessel offers. You can have an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and experience the breathtaking views of the natural landscapes, stunning white-sand beaches, and turquoise blue water as far as you can see. Snorkeling at this site is indeed a lifetime experience. Marvel the exotic sites, which have around 1500 fish species, turtles and pristine reef.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2015
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:42
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:Yes ($)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes ($)
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many people felt the crew was exceptional and very attentive
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    Divers commended the marine biologist for her knowledge and expertise
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    A couple of divers said the reef was rich in marine life and the water was crystal clear
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    Many people were happy with the fact that they got to meet people from all over the world
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    The cabins were spacious and well kept

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people noted that they were lacking in evening activities
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Are you running out of time and searching for a cruise that offers personalized service with snorkeling and diving at Great Barrier Reef? Your search ends here, the unique and compact liveaboard Coral Sea Dreaming offers ultimate services to the enthusiastic vacationers. Available to book as a private charter for a family holiday, Christmas party or a friend’s reunion. You can also enjoy the company of strangers and meet new people while enjoying a solo holiday on a cruise. console yourself from the busy life and rush towards the tranquil part of the Great Barrier Reef with the stunning vessel Coral Sea Dreaming.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2015
  • rentalRental equip:Yes (free)
  • diversMax divers:10
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the work ethic and overall diligence of the crew and staff
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    Divers said the reef was amazing and diverse
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    A couple of divers said the night dives under the stars was memorable
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    Some people noted that they got to experience real sailing conditions with winds of 25 knots and waves of 2 meters
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    The land excursions was a highlight for everyone on the liveaboard

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people claimed they had unpleasant weather conditions while on the liveaboard
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The exclusive liveaboard Great Escape gives you an opportunity to explore the ultimate dive site Rowley Shoals located at the Kimberly Coast. This remote dive destination in Australia has much more to offer than a diver can expect including incredible diving experience with abundant fish species like giant clams, potato cod, shellfish, the Maori wrasse and over 200 vibrant coral (both soft and hard). The stunning vessel has a special buddy system, which allows every diver to dive with a buddy. This system is implemented to ensure safety along with a dive partner in the crystal-clear water.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2015
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:14
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:Yes ($)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes ($)
  • airconAircon:No

Our Overall Review

3.6

Things we like:

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    Many people felt the crew made the trip better and they were always helpful
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    Divers said they got to see various ship wrecks and divers corals
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    A couple of people said the land excursions revealed rock paintings and wild life sightings
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    Many people said a highlight for them was seeing the waterfall
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    The food on the liveaboard was excellent and well prepared

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people noted that the dive briefings was lacking in certain aspects
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The ultra-modern steel-hulled liveaboard MV Reef Prince was built in the year 1995 and has a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2019. It is a part of Kimberley Cruises, who are well-acclaimed for offering ultimate itineraries with small cruise and matchless services. The expedition vessel focuses on providing exclusive trips to the best destinations in a distinct way. A perfect choice for budget-oriented travelers, as you will find the services, comfort, and performance aligning well with the value of money. Reef Prince is much more than a luxurious yacht that gives an opportunity to enjoy a memorable trip to the discerning vacationer.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:36
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.4

Things we like:

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    Some people stated that the land excursions exposed them to wonderful wild life
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    Divers claimed that the reef was in great condition filled with plenty of marine life
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    A couple of people noted the rock paintings was extraordinary on the islands
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    The food on the liveaboard catered to different pallets and there was enough for everyone
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    A lot of people mentioned that they would return in the future

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people stated that they would have preferred a shorter trip
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The multi-million-dollar worth identical sister vessels; MV Scuba Pro I, II, and III are a well-equipped charter yacht. It belongs to the Pro Dive Cairns’ fleet. These luxurious vessels are used in concurrence for dive training and liveaboard service. All these mono-hulled vessels are purpose-built to handle the different climatic condition at the world-famous and exotic dive site The Great Barrier Reef. You can enjoy a smooth, stable, luxurious and comfortable journey, which is full of fun-filled activities. Cruising with Scuba Pro liveaboards, you can get an opportunity to explore the spectacular underwater bio-diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2015
  • rentalRental equip:Yes (free)
  • diversMax divers:32
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:Yes (free)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes (free)
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.1

Things we like:

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    Some people stated that the crew made everyone feel comfortable while still being professional
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    A couple of people noted that they have three identical vessels
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    Divers said the instructors knew which places to go to get the best marine life
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    People raved a bout the delicious food prepared by the chef
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    Divers said they loved the fact that they could go explore on their own

Things we don't like:

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The mono-hulled vessel MV Sea Esta was built in 1982 and is a prominent member of the Adrenalin Dive fleet. This fleet is famous for offering snorkel and dive to the best dive sites of the Australian coastline. It is one of the oldest dive training and marine adventure operator in the Townsville. The compact liveaboard cruise at the world heritage listed the Great Barrier Reef. Starting the journey from Airlie Beach to Cairns as a comfortable and safe dive vessel. The smart sailing beauty offers a 4-day cruise to the Yongala and the Great Barrier Reef. You may explore the astonishing underwater marine life, which includes pristine reef, vibrant corals and around 1500 fish species.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:16
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:No

Our Overall Review

2.6

Things we like:

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    Many people said the dives were good on the liveaboard
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    The food was nice and well prepared

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markA couple of people said that the boat was too overcrowded with not enough restrooms
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MV Spirit of Freedom was built in 1992. It has a vast experience of sailing in the crystal-clear blue water of Australia. It has been voted as the best Australian Liveaboard by the potential readers of Australasia Dive Log in the year 2015 and 2017. You can enjoy a 3,4- and 7-day diving safari adventure to the best dive site of Australia including Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, Cod Hole, and the most happening Far Northern expedition. Diving at these sites, you will have an opportunity to explore the untouched remote reefs and underwater diverse marine life.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2008
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:22
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:Yes (free)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes (free)
  • airconAircon:free

Our Overall Review

4.4

Things we like:

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    Many divers said the itinerary was well planned and executed
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    Divers liked feeding the sharks
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    Many people were pleased with the crew and felt they made the trip spectacular
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    They served a great variety of meals including vegetarian options

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of divers said the visibility in the water was poor at times

Best time to go

Diving in The Great Barrier Reef is good all year round. The water temperature ranges from 24°c in winter (July, August) to 30°c in summer (December, January)

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The most famous diving, that Australia is known for is the Great Barrier Reef located in Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef itself is huge, with endless diving spots to experience and discover. The most popular of which is the stunning city of Cairns, where the majority of liveaboards visiting the Great Barrier Reef start their voyage.

Cairns Liveaboard Route

Liveaboard routes that start from Cairns usually include dive sites like Cod Hole, North Horn at Osprey Reef as well as so much more, depending on the length of your trip.

Cod Hole

Cod Hole is one of the most famous dive sites in Australia and is located within the Great Barrier Reef, in the North of Queensland. Known for the friendly potato cod that are found in the area, you can swim and enjoy being around them. The dive site is a very easy dive, perfect for trainees and beginner divers. There are hardly any currents and excellent visibility. Average depth is around 15m, making it suitable for all levels of diver.

 North Horn, Osprey Reef

The main dive site to visit at Osprey Reef is North Horn, located on the northwest tip of Osprey Reef. Depth ranges from 2 to 20m and this is a dive site for the more experienced divers. North Horn is known for its sheer number of white tip reef sharks that have made this area their home. If you are interested in observing shark feeding, then this is the dive site for you. Divers will also get to see silvertip and grey reef sharks, potato cod and a huge variety of reef fish.

Port Lincoln Liveaboard Route

If you are interested in having an experience of a lifetime, then a liveaboard trip leaving from Port Lincoln will outweigh all of your expectations. Diving with great white sharks is a thrilling experience that, if you’re game, should not be missed.

Great White Safari

Great white safaris will usually take you to dive sites around Great Neptune West and Great Neptune East, which are both small islands that are frequented by great white sharks. On these liveaboards you’ll get to dive within metal cages located on the ocean floor, which allows you to get up close and personal with these giant creatures.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in Australia

  • When planning a dive trip or a liveaboard trip in Australia it is really important that you have a ‘recreational medical certificate’. This is also essential to have if you are planning on doing a diving course in the country. If you do forget this, it is good to know that doctors in Cairns or other large cities can make one for you very easily.
  • Make sure you travel with your diving certification cards.
  • If you’re starting in Queensland, it is possible to dive pretty much all year round. However, in the southern part, weather can be very unpredictable between the months of May to October, so make sure you keep this in mind before booking a trip to this location around this time.
  • The hot season to travel to Oz is between November through to April and the colder season is from May through to October.
  • As Australia is so huge, diving conditions as well as air temperature does vary, so if you have an area of Australia in mind to travel to, it’s always a good idea to research that particular area before visiting.
  • Usual temperature on land varies from 20C/68F to 35C/95F depending on your location and the season.
  • Water temperatures vary dramatically from 20C/68F to 31C/88F. However, water temperature drop considerably in the South during the winter months.
  • If you choose to dive on a liveaboard and visit locations that are slightly further afield, then visibility can reach up to 50m. If you are a little closer to land, you can expect to have visibility from 15m to 20m.
  • Depths range from 5m to 40m depending on the dive site as well as your qualification level.
  • The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar. There is 1.38 Australian Dollars to $1.
  • You can travel to Australia from pretty much any country in the world, making transfers on the way as Australia is usually on the other side of the world to some countries.
  • Language spoken in Australia is primarily English.
  • Make sure that you have your usual travel vaccinations before going to Australia.
  • Depending on what country you come from, you may need a visa to enter the country, so check this out on their governmental website.
  • Australia has a Reef Tax, which is payable by cash to the liveaboard crew of 6.50AUD per day per person.

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