Coral Sea Dreaming Sail Dive and Snorkel Liveaboard

Welcome aboard the Coral Sea Dreaming Sail Dive and Snorkel Liveaboard.  This tour enjoys a small group and access to 30 moorings on nine spectacular Great Barrier Reef sites.  A crew of passionate instructors is ready to take you on an underwater treasure hunt through pristine outer reefs full of vibrant coral and marine life.

This two-day, one-night liveaboard sailing tour departs from Cairns Marlin Marina every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Coral Sea Dreaming offers low passenger numbers with a maximum of 12 guests.  Guests arrive as strangers and depart as friends.  Enjoy our uncrowded dive and snorkel sites to get up close and friendly with the marine life.  At night after your thrilling night dive, enjoy a drink and a yarn with fellow travellers and crew.  Visitors feel like part of our Coral Sea Dreaming family.


Coral Sea Dreaming Layout
Coral Sea Dreaming Layout




Overnight on the Great Barrier Reef aboard a sailboat


Day 1

  • Board Coral Sea Dreaming at 0745, at the Cairns Marina finger A, berth 3, Marlin Jetty, for morning tea and meet the crew.
  • At 8 am we depart. We will motor sail to Cairns outermost reefs. Along the way, we conduct introductory and certified dive briefings and a marine naturalist brief.
  • Next, we arrive at our first Outer Reef location (possibly Flynn Reef or Milln Reef). This site will be chosen to suit our passengers’ range of in-water experiences. Depths will range from 5 to 28 meters giving divers a wide range of options. For the snorkeler, you’ll experience extensive coral gardens with an unbelievable amount of marine life. Expect to encounter turtles, small reef sharks and schools of fish.
  • After in-water activities, enjoy lunch and afternoon tea.
  • In the afternoon, the boat moves to its second location for the 2nd dive/snorkel session.
  • Dinner is served, while the crew prepare for the night dive.
  • After a brief, certified divers undertake a night dive.

Day 2

  • Watch the sunrise over the Coral Sea. This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning is a fantastic time to see reef sharks, turtles and cruising fish. Enjoy breakfast on the deck.
  • Then Coral Sea Dreaming departs for its next reef location – often to “The Whale” dive site. Time for morning tea.
  • After mid-morning, the boat will move to the final dive location, for example, the Thetford reef. Enjoy lunch before departure.
  • Upon leaving our anchorage, we hoist the sails. It’s common to have dolphins surf the bow wave and, during winter, see humpback whales. The emphasis on the journey home is to relax and enjoy the company of new-found friends. Enjoy the spectacular view as we approach one of Australia’s most scenic harbours.
  • The general Sail Dive and Snorkel Liveaboard itinerary allows 4-5 day dives for certified divers and one-night dive. Snorkelling is available at all times except at night.


  • Selection of over 25 spectacular moorings.
  • All snorkelling and quality dive equipment serviced to commercial standards (wetsuits and stinger suits). Please note not all packages include diving (but it is available for purchase as an extra onboard).
  • Delicious homemade meals prepared onboard (special diets catered for with advance notice at no extra charge).
  • Morning and afternoon teas and snacks, cheese board before dinner.
  • Complimentary welcome pack including toiletries and chocolate
  • Hot Shower, 2 toilets (shared).
  • Fresh linen and towels.
  • Unlimited snorkelling, diving if purchased

Optional Extras

  • Certified dives
  • Introductory dives
  • Night dive

What to bring

  • One small overnight bag (no large backpacks)
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and camera
  • Warm clothes during the cooler months
  • Cert card/logbook for certified divers

How to get there

Check-in at 7:45am at the boat location: Berth 3, Finger A, Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence St Cairns

Important Information

Safety when Scuba Diving

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world.  It also has the safest scuba diving record.  The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that you complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking.

Some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving:  Medical Questionnaire

Flying and Scuba Diving

For a single no-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Important Information
  • The Sail Dive and Snorkel Liveaboard is an adventure tour suitable for those who can swim, snorkel, dive or wish to dive.
  • While we always try to do some sailing, due to the prevailing South Easterly winds, this usually occurs on the return part of the trip.
  • We like to think that a small sailboat is always a more intimate experience than a motorboat but it is important to note, there are no activities on the boat that will suit the non-swimmer or very young children.
  • Please check with us for availability prior to booking. Contact our friendly reservations team on (07) 4037 2700 or email us.



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