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The Best Cairns Liveaboards For Advanced Divers

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Fri 19 May 2023

The Great Barrier Reef is like heaven for advanced scuba divers! As the world's largest coral reef system, this area off the coast of Queensland is packed with unique marine life and fascinating coral gardens. There's no wonder why the Great Barrier Reef is considered a natural wonder of the world. And it's not surprising why tourists travel to Australia from all over the world in the hopes of seeing this magical collection of reefs with their own eyes. 

Cairns is one of the best places in Australia to base yourself for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Though many travelers opt for day trips to the reef, liveaboards are growing in popularity. Liveaboards allow you to spend 2 or more days on the reef, sleep in a comfy cabin on a boat, and spend lots of quality time underwater. Many liveaboards are suitable for snorkellers and introductory divers.

But there are some liveaboards that are better for advanced divers. If you're a certified diver with lots of experience and you want an incredible reef experience without having to slow down and wait for the intro divers or snorkellers, here are the best Cairns liveaboards for advanced divers!

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The Best Cairns Liveaboards For Advanced Divers

Advanced divers have some great options for liveaboards in CairnsFrom 3 days to 7 days on the reef, each of these liveaboards is recommended for advanced divers only. If you want to be surrounded by other experienced scuba divers and have unique opportunities to dive with wildlife and venture to some more challenging dive locations, these are the tours you'll want to book! Dive gear is included for all tours but make sure you bring your certification card. 

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Spirit of Freedom Cod Hole

3 Days, 3 Nights

With 3 days on the reef, you'll have time for up to 11 dives amongst the Ribbon Reefs and the famous Cod Hole. Known for its large population of friendly potato cod, at Cod Hole you can get face-to-face with these large fish. This tour even includes a scenic flight from Lizard Island back to Cairns so you can admire the reef from the sky after your diving adventures!

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Spirit of Freedom Coral Sea

4 Days, 4 Nights

This liveaboard has all the amazing qualities of the 3-Day Cod Hole tour, including the Ribbon Reefs and diving at Cod Hole. But with an extra day, there is time for up to 15 dives! You'll also get to visit more remote reef locations like Osprey Reef, famous for its mesmerizing underwater landscapes, and Bougainville Reef, famous for its partially submerged shipwreck. 

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Spirit of Freedom Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef, & Coral Sea Adventure

7 Days, 7 Nights

Another one of the best Cairns liveaboards for advanced divers is this epic 7 day adventure with Spirit of Freedom. With up to 24 dives, including night dives, you'll have an immersive reef experience as you sail through the Coral Sea for a week. Visit a large range of unique dive sites and even have the opportunity to try diving with sharks!


Mike Ball Fly and Dive Cod Hole

3 Days, 3 Nights

Mike Ball offers another incredible 3-day liveaboard that will leave divers glowing with excitement. Start with a low-level flight over the reef so you can observe the coral networks from above. Then have time to complete 12 dives including two night dives.


Mike Ball Fly and Dive Coral Sea

4 Days, 4 Nights

Extend your trip to the Great Barrier Reef with Mike Ball's 4 day Coral Sea adventure. With 3 days at sea that include a scenic flight and 14 dives, you'll get to witness so much magic underwater. Visit Cod Hole, Osprey Reef, Western Wall, Bougainville Reef, Joani's Joy, False Entrance, North Horn, and more. The chances of spotting sharks, giant clams, turtles, and more are very high at these remote, wildlife-rich reef locations.

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Pro Dive Minke Encounter

3 Days, 3 Nights

Though Pro Dive offers liveaboards that are suitable for snorkelers and intro divers, you will still have a blast on this tour as an advanced diver. With an emphasis on spotting Minke Whales on the reef, this boat visits whale hotspots so you have a great chance of spotting these majestic giants in the water. As you're scuba diving, you'll be in the perfect position for witnessing the beauty of a Minke Whale sail past! You'll get to complete up to 10 dives plus 2 night dives as well. 


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