4 Night Liveaboard Minke Whale Expedition

    Minke Whale expeditions to The Great Barrier Ribbon Reefs between May and July yearly. Explore the wonders of the Ribbon Reefs on board our luxury live-aboard vessel OceanQuest. See the best of The Great Barrier Reef at our most exciting time of year.

    Our Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions run through May, June and July from Cairns. July to September is the peak season to encounter the inquisitive Minkes as they frequent the Agincourt ribbon reefs.

    Unlike any other whale experience, the Dwarf Minke are unique, the encounters are regular and entirely initiated by the Whales themselves.

    We provide every opportunity for close approaches, being in the water offering the highest abundance of whales, but the Dwarf Minke whales find us, we don’t find them. During peak season we have a success rate of achieving in-water encounters of up and beyond 90%, the average whale interactions lasting 2 hours, often longer. 

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      Day 1: Cairns to Ribbon Reef

      We make our way to the Outer Barrier Reef where we will enjoy two dives on Norman Reef, before transferring to OceanQuest at approximately 14:30 and steamed overnight to the Ribbon Reefs.

      Meals included : Lunch, Dinner

      Day 2: Upper Ribbon Reef

      Wake up to the sun rising over the Great Barrier Reef at Light house Bommie, where most of our interactions are with the Minke Whales. You will enjoy four dives at various sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including one night dive.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 3: Great Barrier Reef

      We kick the weekend off with more diving and snorkelling opportunities throughout the Ribbon Reefs. Today you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most untouched areas of the Great Barrier Reef. We will also take part in an exploration dive. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including another night dive, when the reef will transform itself into a completely different setting with all new nocturnal marine life just waiting to meet you. This pristine and unique reef system, is an underwater playground teaming with marine life, a real natural wonder for you to explore and enjoy!

      Meals included : None

      Day 4: Ribbon Reef

      Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives, including a dive at Steve’s Bommie, one of the most pristine dive sites that the Ribbon Reefs have to offer. The reef locations that we visit are home to many tropical fish species and offer magnificent viewing of bright mesmerising coral less frequented by any other boats. On completion of our final night dive, we will steam south towards Cairns.

      Meals included : None

      Day 5: Back to Cairns

      Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 9am, so you’ll be able to plan other activities on this day.

      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info

      Essential things to pack

      • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
      • Swimsuit and towel
      • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
      • Toiletries
      • Cert card and logbook (for certified divers)
      • Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board.
      • Excess baggage can be stored at the Draper Street office at check in.

      Important Booking Info

      • Transfers from the Northern Beaches  $20.00 Payable on the day of travel
      • Certified divers please remember to bring your dive card. If you do not you may be required to sign a ‘Statutory Declaration’ and dive with an Instructor on your first dive which will cost an extra $15.00

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