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Travel to northern Queensland and discover the amazing colours and biodiversity of its reef and rainforest. The trip includes a week long diving expedition to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, an epic adventure.

There’s so much fun and adventure to be had in Queensland, both topside and out at sea.

Spend a few nights in Cairns on arrival with opportunities to explore the Daintree National Park followed by a week long liveaboard expedition of 450 miles along the Great Barrier Reef and out to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Experience Singapore on your return journey.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Queensland, Australia

    Depending on your chosen airline, it’s possible to break the long journey with a city stopover on the way. 
  2. Day 2: In flight

  3. Day 3: Arrive in Cairns

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Check in for three nights stay at the 4-star Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar). Rest of day at leisure.

  4. Days 4-5 : Discover Cairns & explore the rainforest

    Our recommended hotel is perfectly located to explore and enjoy the attractions of Cairns and surrounding areas. It’s likely you’ll need time to get over your jetlag, but we’ve built in some time for topside exploring.

    It’s possible to book a full day tour visiting the unique coastal region of Kuku Yalanji and walk in the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree national park, a rewarding cultural experience (additional cost).

  5. Days 6-13 : Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea dive expedition

    Transfer to the dock late afternoon to join your liveaboard. This week long expedition covers 450 miles and offers 26 adventurous dives in the Coral Sea as well as superb Great Barrier Reef marine biodiversity.

    The itinerary begins at Cod Hole, an amazing phenomenon of the Great Barrier Reef where you dive with ‘small diver’ sized potato cod. Enjoy big fish action and shark frenzies at Osprey Reef where the visability is typically 40 metres. The epic adventure includes time at Lizard Island and diving opportunities on the Ribbon Reefs where you can expect schooling trevally, barracuda and mackerel, sharks patrolling the reefs, plenty of colour and an amazing biodiversity of marine life; excellent for photographers.

    On your return to port, disembark early morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Singapore, landing later the same day. On arrival, transfer to your chosen accommodation for a two night stay. Rest of evening at leisure.

  6. Day 14: Experience Singapore

    Enjoy a full day of experiences in Singapore at your own pace taking advantage of the Singapore Stopover Holiday. Ask a member of the Dive team for further details.

  7. Day 15: Depart Singapore and arrive UK

    Today you will transfer to the airport for your daytime flight back to the UK, landing later the same day.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 days from £3,745 pp
  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights from the UK
    • 3 nights in Cairns (BB)
    • 7 nights liveaboard (FB)
    • 2 nights in Singapore (BB)
    • Twin share room/cabin
    • Up to 26 dives on liveaboard
    • Tanks and weights
    • Most transfers
Featured location:

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Stretching almost 3,000 kilometres along the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is a complex ecosystem blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. There are over 2,900 individual reef systems, cays and tropical islands.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant grouper, white-tip reef shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dwarf minke whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Whales, Reef diving
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mike Ball’s Spoilsport

Experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on board this luxurious liveaboard. Three, four and seven night itineraries are available to the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Osprey Reef.