The liveaboard of Divers Den 'Ocean Quest' is a very spacious, modern and comfortable vessel that is popular with divers of all budgets. The vessel takes up to 48 passengers to the Great Barrier Reef. It offers trips in the lower price range. The majority of guests onboard are divers, some snorkellers and some Open Water dive students. Dive training is offered in English. Other language course are available on request. Nitrox is available onboard.
Guests can board Ocean Quest daily, as she is permanently based in the Great Barrier Reef. You will reach the liveaboard with a transfer vessel. If you have a tight travel schedule, you still may be able to fit in a 2-night stay. If you have more time, you can also stay 3 nights and more.
The 35 m catamaran extends over three decks. There is plenty of space in the saloon on the sun deck and the dive deck. The boat has a large saloon area with a bar. The main deck has a large dining room capable of comfortably seating all passengers. The dive deck and some of the cabins are on the main deck. The majority of cabins are on the mid deck.
There are 18 twin share cabins, 4 double cabins and 1 quad share cabin.
All cabins have ensuite facilities, TV, bar fridges and internal phones.
There is room for up to 48 passengers overnight on the reef in comfort.
Divers Den has a selection of 17 exclusive moorings on Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reefs which all form part of the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef and are located approximately 50 km (30 miles) east of Cairns. Features of these reefs are pinnacles, lagoons, small caves & gutters and pretty coral gardens. The reefs display a huge variety of tropical marine life with colourful reef fish for example parrot fish, sweet lips, blue spotted stingrays, moray eels and sea stars. You might come across small white tip reef sharks and with a bit of luck barracudas or grey reef sharks. The typical features for the GBR are the many, beautiful giant clams which come in many different colours.
Diving here is pretty easy, ideal for novice divers. Hardly any currents and the best diving is to be found in the shallows, where most of the activity is happening. Maximum depth is between 15 and 30 meters (45-100 feet). The reef tops come up just below the surface, which is ideal for snorkelers. Average visibility is about 10 to 20 meters (30-60 feet), on a very good day even 30 meters (100 feet).
During the Minke Whale season, in June & July each year, the Ocean Quest does excursions along the Ribbon Reefs, the migration pass of the Minke Whales.
WiFi is not available on board the boat. Mobile phone/tablet users on the Telstra Network will have access to phone, email and internet whilst on board Ocean Quest.
Great value trip for divers and snorkellers on a tight schedule. Trips operate daily as the liveaboard is permanently based in the Great Barrier Reef. During June/July each year they offer great value for money Minke Whale excursions.