The Best Cairns Liveaboard Boats Await You

Want to visit the very best locations that Australia’s outer Great Barrier Reef has to offer? Look no further than Cairns liveaboard boats!

Cairns is famously known as the city with access to the most pristine areas of coral reef and abundant marine life.

Liveaboard boats are offering every sort of excursion, and it’s easy to find one that’s tailored precisely to your needs.

Things To Consider When Deciding On Your Cairns Liveaboard Boat

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Relaxing on the Sundeck

Liveaboard boats cater to a range of different guests – and finding the one that suits your needs can ensure that you get the very best Great Barrier Reef tour for you.

 

Here are three questions to consider when browsing reef liveaboards:

 

 

#1 The number of nights you wish to spend onboard?

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Reef Encounter Twin Stateroom

How much time do you want to spend at the Great Barrier Reef? Most never want to leave! But your travel plans and timeframe will affect the tour you select.

Luckily, because Cairns has such easy access to superb Great Barrier Reef destinations, there are liveaboard itineraries to suit everyone.

Three and four-day liveaboard Cairns trips are amongst the most popular for those visiting the region. Two-day (one-night) trips cater perfectly to those on a tighter timeframe who still wish to experience this incredible ecosystem at it’s varying stages throughout the day.

These tours depart daily and so can easily fit in with your travel plans.

View Our Favourite 2-day, 3-day and 4-day Cairns Liveaboards

For enthusiastic scuba divers, a select number of Cairns liveaboard boats travel much farther out into the heart of the coral sea. These voyages last for a minimum of seven-nights and visit elite scuba diving sites such as the ‘Cod Hole’ and remote Lizard Island. These liveaboard boats cater to experienced divers only and aren’t recommend to in-experienced divers or snorkellers.

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#2 Liveaboard Snorkelling, Liveaboard Scuba Diving, BOTH or neither?

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Snorkelling

Liveaboard Snorkelling
Are you looking for a Cairns liveaboard boat with breathtaking snorkelling opportunities, that visits shallow areas of dense coral gardens and crew that offer guided snorkelling tours?

Liveaboard Scuba Diving
Are you a scuba diver, or are you looking to become one on the Great Barrier Reef?!

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Introductory Scuba Diving

Some liveaboard boats cater only to experienced scuba divers while others accommodate all levels of experience, from advanced divers to beginners.

Liveaboard boats usually offer a range of scuba diving courses. Learn To Dive certifications, and a variety of advanced dive certifications are popular options. This can be a fun way of meeting new people, interacting and expanding your dive skills during your reef vacation.

BOTH
One of the most frequent questions that we get is about liveaboard tours that expertly cater to a range of guests. Maybe the people you are travelling with would like to experience the reef in a different way to you? Or some want the option to try new things once onboard?

We can help you here. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we’ve discovered those fantastic boats that consistently get rave reviews for catering to a multitude of requirements. It’s not impossible to make sure that everyone gets what they dream out of a liveaboard tour!

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Relaxing on the Reef

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Not everyone who wants to experience a night on the Great Barrier Reef wants to go diving or snorkelling. Many guests that visit Cairns simply want to sleep on the Great Barrier Reef! View the stars over the ocean in a moonlit sky, awake to sunrise over the majestic Coral Sea and meet others with a passion for natural landscapes.

Choosing a ‘floating hotel’ over its land-based equivalent truly is one of the most unique and unforgettable holiday experiences that Australia has to offer. Some liveaboard tours cater to non-swimmers, with other activities such as glass-bottom-boat tours, outdoor relaxation areas, communal spaces indoors and optional scenic helicopter flights over the reef.

#3 What Accommodation Type Suits You?

Do you like a little luxury? Are you looking for a boat with hotel-style amenities, ensuite cabins and home-cooked meals? Is air-conditioning a must for you? It may not sound like something to consider when booking your reef trip, but it’s these little (and sometimes big) differences that are all part of the memories you’ll make of your holiday.

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Are you a boat lover at heart? Does the idea of setting sail and not knowing where you’ll end up thrill you? Cairns liveaboard boats vary in all shapes and sizes. A small sailing-craft vessel may be what you’re looking for if you’re a traditional seafarer. Small sailing liveaboards offer intimate groups – usually of no more than 12 guests – where passengers and crew get to know one another well. These tours provide intimate ocean experiences. Destinations are dictated by weather and guests should be comfortable sharing small spaces.

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Do you not care where you sleep as you are planning on spending as much time as you can in the water – and it doesn’t matter where you rest your head? Many ‘no-frills’ boats have all the modern upgrades but with a lower price tag. Bunk-bed-style shared cabins and shared bathroom facilities are less expensive than hotel-style accommodation.

View No-Frills ‘Dormitory-Style’ Cairns Liveaboards

Are you looking for a VIP voyage – with a private crew-member assigned to give you personalised, in-water, Great Barrier Reef tours and bring you breakfast in bed? More boats are offering ‘first-class’ options now, and they’re proving popular with couples on romantic getaways and those individuals looking for one-on-one, in-water, guided tours. These VIP liveaboard experiences are tailored to suit the guests’ individual needs.

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Visiting Cairns City, Australia

Cairns is universally known as the ‘Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’, but it also has many other attractions that bring people to this incredible region. Far North Queensland’s tropical climate, laid back atmosphere and vibrant city culture make it a popular hot spot.

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Cairns City

There are attractions and activities to suit almost everyone’s taste; ranging from tropical food tasting tours and aboriginal cultural experiences to extreme sports such as bungee in the rainforest and white water rafting.

North Queensland is the only place on earth where two independent world-heritage listed ecosystems thrive side-by-side to each other. The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Daintree Rainforest. As one of the oldest living rainforests in the world, the Daintree Rainforest draws tourists in its own right each year and is well worth a visit.

From Cairns, travellers can visit the rainforest village of Kuranda on the Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway tour, go crocodile spotting on the Daintree River and visit the majestic waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands.