22 July - 27 July 2021
7 days / 6 nights Ex Cairns
Dwarf Minke whale diving trips from Cairns are a highlight of the scuba diving calendar, and one that can only be experienced at the Great Barrier Reef. Amazing encounters with these inquisitive whales happen at the peak of their migration every June and July.
Join Lady of the Sea Diving Academy as we travel to the outer Great Barrier Reef to see the inquisitive Dwarf Minke whales as they migrate from the Antarctic waters up to the Ribbon Reefs.
Dwarf Minke whales grow up to 8 metres (26 feet) 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 during a Minke whale dive over the peak season is over 90%, and your interaction with the whales could last two hours or more!
Minke whale expeditions take place on the liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. With air-conditioned cabins, each with en suite bathroom, a comfortable lounge and bar and an onboard chef delivering delicious hearty meals, you’ll have everything you need to rest and relax after your Minke whale encounter.
Ocean Quest is a three-deck, 35m catamaran purpose built for a top class dive holiday, with a spacious dive deck, large open sundecks and hot, fresh water showers. All delicious meals are prepared by the onboard chef, including hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Enjoy a well-deserved dessert treat after your day in the water!
Liveaboard trips to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns are truly a remarkable adventure. With more than 14 permanent moorings at Saxon and Norman reefs, and selected sites at Hastings Reef, snorkelers and divers of all levels can explore the reef and its diverse marine life from early morning to night.
At night, relax in the lounge and bar. Or if you’re keen for more undersea adventures, try a unique night dive experience like Sharks in the Dark or Fluoro Diving to make your time on board our floating reef hotel truly unforgettable.
Note: dive schedule will be adjusted to enable as much in-water interactions with the Minke whales as possible.
Price does not include
Monday 26 July 2021
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Cairns to Bay Village Tropical Retreat for 1 night twin / double share accommodation.