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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Australia

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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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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:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Ocean Quest :

Average price is US$ 113 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers46
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Are you tired of the hectic routine and want to try something new and adventurous in your holidays? Get ready to conceal yourself in the salubrious and tranquil region of the Australian sea with the exclusive catamaran Ocean Quest. The luxurious yet budget-friendly liveaboard is a top-sailing catamaran, which is permanently moored at the Outer Reef of the Great Barrier Reef. The travelers of the vessel are shifted by the speedy watercraft from the Cairns. The main dive sites include Saxon, Norman, Michael mas and Hastings Reefs. You can also avail of the option to hire a private dive guide to get personalized service throughout the dives.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Shore Thing :

Average price is US$ 394 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The 15 meters (approx. 51 feet) purpose-built catamaran is exceptionally designed by Roger Hill, who has been designing stylish yachts for more than 40 years. His exclusively designed beauty Shore Thing is a perfect example of stability, comfort, and safety in water as well as an anchor. It is an ideal choice for those who seek a compact yet multi-featured liveaboard, for exploring the magnificent inner reef lagoons of Ningaloo Reef. It is known as the calmest anchorage, which is suitable to visit in all weather conditions. Shore Thing is available to book as a private charter so that you can make your event or special occasion with your close friends or family one of the memories for a lifetime.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Great Escape :

Average price is US$ 480 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers14
InternetYes ($)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Reef Prince :

Average price is US$ 276 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers36
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Scuba Pro :

Average price is US$ 188 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers32
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Sea Esta :

Average price is US$ 162 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Spirit of Freedom :

Average price is US$ 283 per day

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Year built:2008
Max divers22
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Spoilsport :

Average price is US$ 314 per day

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Year built:2019
Max divers28
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Are you prone to motion sickness and that’s the reason you avoid vacation on a cruise? Here we are, with a solution to your problem, the beautiful twin-hulled catamaran Spoilsport, which is a purpose-built vessel offering its cruise to the best dive sites of the Coral Sea. It has been sailing for almost 3 decades now and has gone under dozens of renovation procedures to ensure the best performance, comfort, safety, and luxuries to its guests. You can choose 3,4- or 7-night cruise to the best itineraries of Australia, which includes the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea with 40-meter visibility.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Coral Expedition I :

Average price is US$ 685 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers50
InternetYes ($)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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).

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Coral Expeditions II :

Average price is US$ 316 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers42
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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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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