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3 Day /2 Night with OpenWater Referral Course

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 Daily Except Tuesdays 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$85 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
  • Reef Teach course



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 info@prodivecairns.com 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.

Night before departure
As an option, you may wish to learn about the reef and fish you will meet by visiting 'Reef Teach' - a 2.5 hour marine biology presentation. This is an additional charge per person, click here for more information!

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 - www.spums.org.au
Web address for Cairns 24HR Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm - www.thedoctors.com.au

Dive Certification
Don’t forget to bring your 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 PRO DIVE Cairns clients are required to be fully vaccinated (first and second doses received) for all trips and courses - please print and fill out this form to be presented on arrival for your course or liveaboard experience.

Terms and Conditions

PADI Open Water Referral Course - Important Information

Dive Medical - Prior to commencing your Ocean Referral Course you are required to complete the self-assessment Entry Level Student Dive Medical Declaration. A positive response to any question means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must consult a medical practitioner preferably with experience in diving medicine to obtain a dive medical certificate that states that you are fit to undertake recreational diver training.

Please read the Student Diver Medical Declaration and if necessary obtain a dive medical from a doctor prior to commencement. (Any costs associated in this process are payable direct to the doctor).

Important Note: Student Diver Medical Declaration and Dive Medical (if required) must be completed within 12 months of commencement of your Ocean Referral course.

Pickup Points:
Please let us know at time of booking where you will be staying Cairns so we can give you a pick up time. If you are unsure at the time of booking, please let us know 48 hours prior to course commencement. 

Booking Reconfirmations:
We recommend that you reconfirm your booking on freecall 1800 353 213 / phone 4031 5255 at least 48 hours prior to your date of departure. If you have time the night before departure, could you please organise your gear at the Retail Shop on the corner of Grafton and Shields Street between 4:15pm and 6:45pm.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
You can cancel your Dive trip for any reason at any time up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive a full refund of all money paid to Pro Dive Cairns. There is no refund for any reason after this time. If you plan to book through a travel agent please ask if they have any cancellation fees.

Extra Charges
An additional fee of AUD$65.00 per person is payable direct to Pro Dive Cairns. This fee consists of a AUD$18.00 Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration charges. This charge is applicable to all passengers travelling on the 3 Day 2 Night Liveaboard Dive trip and all Dive Courses combining the 3 Day trip. (This fee is subject to change and without notice)

Flying After Diving
We recommend that you do not fly until midday (or later) the day after your dive trip returns. This will give you 24 hours of surface interval after diving.

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

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