Great Barrier Reef
6th - 11th June 2021
Dive & Snorkel with Minke Whales on Ribbon Reefs
The Great Barrier Reef trips are truly a remarkable adventure. With more than 14 permanent moorings at Saxon and Norman reefs, and selected sights at Hastings Reef, snorkellers and divers of all levels can explore the reef and its diverse marine life from early morning and late into the night.
During the months of June and July, Minke Whale expeditions operate on the GBR. Expeditions are open to both snorkellers and divers, with whale interactions strictly controlled. Dwarf Minke Whales grow up to 8 metres long, and a closeup encounter with these majestic 6-tonne creatures is an experience you will never forget. Minkes often approach snorkellers, divers and boats, so there is every chance to see them close up. The success rate for close sightings over the peal season is over 90%, and your interaction with the whales could last two hours or more!
OceanQuest's is a 35 metre catamaran with 18 twin and 4 double cabins with air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. There's plenty of room to spread out on the OceanQuest over three decks with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and hot, fresh water showers. All delicious meals are prepared by the onboard chef, including heart breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Enjoy a well-deserved dessert treat after your day in the water!
Day 1 - Depart Cairns at approximately 7.30am for 2 dives before transferring to OceanQuest. Steam to the Ribbon Reefs overnight following 1 afternoon dive and 1 night dive.
Day 2 - You will enjoy four dives today, two at Steve's Bommie and two others (including one night dive) at various other sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs.
Day 3 - Two morning dives at Lighthouse Bommie, it is here that most interactions with Minke Whales take place. You'll also have an afternoon dive and another night dive.
Day 4 - Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives - two in the morning, one in the afternoon and one night dive.
Day 5 - Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 9am.