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3 Day /2 Night with OpenWater Referral Course - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

PRO DIVE Cairns' Outer Reef Cruise 3 Day / 2 Night LiveAboard
with OpenWater Referral Course
If you have started your Open Water Course and just need to complete the 4 Ocean Training Dives, this is perfect for you.

Departs Daily at 7am except Tuesdays and includes 9 Dives

About Trip
About Scubapro
Departs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday No. of Divers 32
Duration 3 Days / 2 Nights Cabin Types 14 Twin berth - 2 Double Berth
No. Dives 9 Dives including training 4 dives Ensuites Share Bathrooms
Check in 6.15am Cairns Nitrox Available
Disembark 4.30pm Carins Star Rating 3 Star
Min Cert PADI Openwater Referral Forms Diving Experience Diving is suitable for all level of divers


Day 1 7.00am departure – Light breakfast while cruising to the outer reef –Dives 1 & 2 of your Openwater Course
Day 2 Full day at sea - OpenWater Dives 3 & 4 plus 2 pleasure dives including a Night Dive
Day 3 3 Pleasure Dives and out of the water by 12.30pm. Cruise back to Cairns disembark 4.30pm


About the Cruise

Pro Dive offers you the adventure of diving the Great Barrier Reef and completing your PADI Openwater Scuba Diving Course at the same time. Before you board Pro Dive's MV Scuba Pro for your 3 Day/2 Night liveaboard dive trip, you should have already completed all the theory, confined water (pool training) modules and theory exam at your local PADI facility. During this cruise you will complete all 4 openwater training dives and then as a qualified openwater scuba diver enjoy up to 5 pleasure dives, including a fully escorted night dive before returning from sea. This is an ideal trip for those already travelling with an certified OpenWater Diver. If you have not completed the first part of your open water dive course at a PADI Training Facility, you will be required to allow one additional day for formal training at Pro Dive's Training facility in Cairns before you go so sea.

Your Great Barrier Reef adventure will begin with an early morning transfer from your accommodation to the boat. You are on your first dive in just under 3hrs. There are 16 dives sites to dive over 4 different reefs, all exclusive to Pro Dive. Scubapro will move between dive sites during your stay on the reef and you will do as many as 9 dives during this trip. Before each dive you will be given a thorough dive briefing and although we do not offer in water guided dives we have professional dive supervisors providing deck watch at all times.

Our vessels are 25 metres (80 feet) in length, centrally air-conditioned, light and airy. There are 2 large decks, one for scuba diving and snorkel gear and one strictly for sun tanning and relaxing. These vessels are the only purpose built outer reef dive liveaboards operating in the area. There are a total of 16 Cabins which sleep a maximum of two per cabin and a bathroom for every two cabins. Dinner, the menu changes each trip, however it will be wholesome, hot and of course lots of it. Dessert is served after the night dive. Please advise if you are a vegetarian and we will do our best to make sure we cater for you. Single travellers are accommodated in the twin berth cabins with another diver. 




  • PADI Gold Open Water certification
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns City and Northern Beaches only
  • 2 nights accommodation on board vessel (all twin cabins)
  • All meals whilst on board
  • Bed linen (no bath towels)
  • Essential dive equipment hire, including dive computer and 5mm short arm/leg wetsuit
  • Prescription masks (if required)
  • Dive Insurance - for dive related injuries and evacuation only
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Up to 9 dives (4 training dives, 5 fun dives)

  • Flights to and from Cairns
  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • Environmental Management Charge, Port and administration fees, and fuel levy - AU$90 per person and payable  in Cairns
  • Underwater Canon digital camera hire
  • Introductory "Discover Scuba" dives
  • Nitrox air fills
  • Cost of Dive Medical (if required)
  • Trip cancellation or interruption Insurance -
  • Deck and bath towels
  • Personal toiletries



Departs:   Cairns 6:15am day 1
Returns:   Cairns 4:30pm day 3

Planning your travel arrangements
You will need to be in Cairns the night before departure.

Check-in and Hotel Transfers
Email up to 48 hours prior to departure to advise your accommodation, we will then organise a transfer for you.
Check-in time is between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at PRO DIVE's retail store on the corner of Grafton and Shields street. If you are not able to make the check in that day, you will be checked in first thing in the morning 6:15am.
Check-in formality - you will be sized for the hire gear you will use for the trip.

Fit to Dive
Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration. Any dive medicals are only valid within 90 days of commencing the course and must be done before you start with us. 
Web address for Doctors registered to do Dive Medicals Australia-wide -
Web address for Cairns 24HR Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm -

Dive Certification
Don’t forget to bring your PADI Dive Referral paperwork, which must be presented at check-in.

Day 1: Diving The Outer Great Barrier Reef

5:45am - Complimentary hotel transfer - available from Cairns City & Northern Beaches accommodation
6:15am - Check in at Pro Dive retail shop - corner Shields & Grafton Streets
7:00am - Depart Cairns for 3 days & 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard
11:30am - Your first Ocean Dive is before lunch.
12:45pm - Lunch is served - hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats & bread rolls
2:30pm - Your second Ocean Dive. Once you have completed your dive the vessel moves on to the next site
4:30pm - After lunch an afternoon of snorkelling and relaxing
6:00pm - Dinner - the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot & of course lots of it!
8:30pm - Dessert is served after the Certified Divers have completed their Night Dive

Day 2: More Great Diving

7:00am - The vessel moves for your third Ocean Dive. This will be the deepest training dive for your certification
8:00am - Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast & spreads
10:30am - After breakfast the vessel moves on for the last training dive, once complete you are a certified OpenWater Diver
12:00pm - Lunch on the second day is hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads
3:00pm - After lunch Your first pleasure dive as a certified diver
6:00pm - A hot dinner is served before your first night dive ever.
7:30pm - A guided Night dive
8:30pm - Dessert is served!

Day 3: Morning Dives And Return To Cairns

6:30am - Your first dive of the day
7:30am - A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast
9:00am - After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive of the day
11:00am - Your last dive! When you surface freshly made sandwiches are served as the vessel heads home
4:00pm - Complimentary accommodation transfers - Cairns city & Northern Beaches
7:30pm - Join fellow passengers & crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wish

Please note, the above itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites may change. The captain will always adapt the itinerary to the prevailing weather, tides and currents. Meals may vary slightly depending on availability of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Please advise if you are a vegetarian and we will do our best to make sure we cater for you.

Flying after Diving
We recommend you give yourself a 24 hour surface interval after your last dive before flying.

Reef Taxes and Levies
There is an additional fee of $80aud per person, which includes an Environmental Management Charge, as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs. This is payable direct at the end of the trip. 

Luggage restrictions
We request that you only bring a small bag on board. You can store additional luggage at the retail shop for the duration of the trip (free of charge).

What to bring
Click here for a PDF of what to pack for the trip

Cancellation Policy
Pro Dive Cairns guarantee: the trip amount is fully refundable up until 48 hours prior to trip departure. There is no refund for any reason after this time. If you plan to book through a travel agent, you will be subject to their cancellation policies (please check their cancellation policies).

Alcohol Policy
No alcohol is served on this trip. You are welcome to BYO (no bottles please but wine is fine). Alcohol can only be consumed in the evening and Pro Dive Cairns encourages responsible drinking.

Dive Site Guide


You will be required to obtain a dive medical certificate if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Entry Level Student Diver Medical Declaration. This must be valid within 90 days of commencing the course and must be done before you start with us.

All Pool and Theory must be completed with a PADI Instructor prior to arriving. None PADI Training may require Pool and theory to be completed.

Meeting Point

01 SELF DRIVE - NO PICKUP/DROPOFF - Make own way to/from Pro Dive Cairns Retail Store at Cnr Grafton & Shields St @ 06:20
181 THE ESPLANADE (181 Esplanade) @ 06:10
201 LAKE ST (201 Lake Street) @ 06:10
A1 INN THE CITY (141 Lake Street - PICK UP FROM NOVOTEL OASIS) @ 06:10
ACACIA COURT (Pick Up Lake St Entrance) (223/227 Esplanade) @ 06:10
ADOBE MOTEL (191 Sheridan Street) @ 06:10
AGINCOURT BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS (69-73 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 05:50
ALASSIO ON THE BEACH (139 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 05:45
ALL ROUND MOTEL - INN THE PINK (263 Sheridan Street) @ 06:10
AMAROO AT TRINITY *- P/Up Cnr Moore & Trinity @ 05:50
AQUARIUS APARTMENTS (107 Esplanade) @ 06:15
ARGOSY ON THE BEACH (119 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 05:50
ASPECT CENTRAL MOTEL (209 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
ASYLUM CAIRNS BACKPACKERS (149 Grafton Street) @ 06:10
AUSSIE WOLF (29 Maranoa St) @ 06:15
AVIS CAR RENTAL (135 Lake Street) @ 06:10
BALACLAVA HOTEL (423 Mulgrave Road) @ 06:00
BAY VILLAGE (Cnr Lake & Gatton Streets) @ 06:10
BEL AIR BY THE SEA HOSTEL (155-157 Esplanade) @ 06:15
BELLA AQUA (123 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 05:45
BELLEVUE AT TRINITY* (P/Up Cnr Moore & Trinity) @ 05:50
BELLVIEW (85-87 Esplanade) @ 06:15
BETTA AIRPORT PARKING (397 Lake St, Cairns North) @ 06:00
BILLABONG BED & BREAKFAST (30 Caribbean Street Holloways Beach) @ 06:00
BLUE LAGOON RESORT (22/26 Trinity Beach Road) @ 05:50
BLUEWATER BAR & GRILL (7 Harbour Drive Trinity Park) @ 05:55
BOHEMIA RESORT (231 McLeod Street) @ 06:00
BOUNCE APTS (formerly Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street) @ 06:15
BP SERVICE STATION CLIFTON BEACH (1802 Captain Cook Highway) @ 05:50
BREAKFREE ROYAL HARBOUR (Level 1, 60 Abbott St) @ 06:15
BUNGALOW HOTEL (200 Aumuller St.) @ 06:00
CAIRNS BEACH RESORT (129-135 Oleander Street Holloways Beach) @ 06:00
CAIRNS CITY BACKPACKERS (274 Draper Street) @ 06:15
CAIRNS CITY MOTEL (169 Lake St.) Pu/ Cascade Gardens @ 06:10
CAIRNS CITY PALMS MOTEL (199-205 Sheridan Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS CITY SHERIDAN (157 Sheridan Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT (23-51 Anderson Road) @ 06:00
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (18-26 Cannon Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS GATEWAY RESORT (1-21 Anderson Road) @ 06:00
CAIRNS GIRL'S HOSTEL (147 Lake Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS HARBOUR LIGHTS (1 Marlin Parade) @ 06:15
CAIRNS HARBOUR LIGHTS (1 Marlin Parade) @ 06:15
CAIRNS HOLIDAY LODGE (259 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS HOLIDAY PARK (12-30 Little Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS MOTOR INN (187 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS NEW CHALON (702 Bruce Highway) @ 06:00
CAIRNS ONE (12 Gregory Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL (145 Esplanade) @ 06:10
CAIRNS RAINBOW INN (179 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS REEF APARTMENTS (670-678 Bruce Highway) @ 06:00
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (17 Scott Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (18 Lumley Street) @ 06:15
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (300 Draper Street) @ 06:05
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (323 Draper Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (351 Draper Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (8 Loeven Street) @ 06:15
CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE (80 Martyn Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS SHERIDAN (295 Sheridan Street) @ 06:10
CAIRNS STUDENT LODGE - Pick-up at Entrance Flags (10-24 Faculty Close) @ 06:00
CAIRNS SUNLAND LEISURE PARK (49-61 Pease Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS VACATION VILLAS (8 Pease Street) @ 06:00
CAIRNS VILLA & LEISURE PARK (28 Pease Street) @ 06:00
CANNON PARK MOTEL (574 Bruce Highway) @ 06:00
CARAVELLA 149 (149 Esplanade) @ 06:10
CARAVELLA CENTRAL (formerly Corona, 72 Grafton Street) @ 06:15
CASTAWAYS BACKPACKERS (207 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
CASTAWAY'S TRINITY BEACH (63/71-73 Moore Street) @ 05:50
CASTLE HOLIDAY FLATS (209 Lake Street) @ 06:10
CENTREPOINT APARTMENTS (141-143 Abbott Street) @ 06:15
CITY PLAZA CAIRNS (37-39 Digger Street) @ 06:10
CITY TERRACES (63-65 McLeod Street) @ 06:10
CLARENDON ON SPENCE (79 Spence Street) @ 06:15
CLIFTON PALMS (35 Upolu Esplanade Clifton Beach) @ 05:50
CLIFTON SANDS HOLIDAY APARTMENTS (81-87 Guide Street Clifton Beach) @ 05:50
CLIFTON VILLAGE BUS STOP (P/Up Endeavour Street) @ 05:50
CNR Anderson & Trinity St (roundabouts @ Trinity Beach) @ 05:50
CNR Moore & Trinity St Bus Stop @ 05:50
COCO'S HOLIDAY APARTMENTS (1/59 Moore Street Trinity Beach) @ 05:50
COMFORT INN & SUITES TRINITY BEACH CLUB (19-23 Trinity Beach Road) @ 05:50
COMFORT INN DISCOVERY CAIRNS (183-185 Lake Street) @ 06:10
COMPASS MOTEL (232 Mulgrave Road) @ 06:00
CONCORD HOLIDAY UNITS (183-185 Sheridan Street) @ 06:00
COOLWATERS HOLIDAY PARK (2-14 Shales Street) @ 05:50
CORAL CAY VILLAS (267 Lake Street) @ 06:10
CORAL HORIZONS BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS (137 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove) @ 05:50
CORAL REEF APARTMENTS (192 Mann Street) @ 06:00
CORAL SANDS BEACHFRONT RESORT (Trinity Beach Road) @ 05:50
CORAL TOWERS (255 Esplanade) @ 06:10
CORAL TREE INN (162-172 Grafton Street) @ 06:10

*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates and options.

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