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Great Barrier Reef minke experience Scuba Dive Trip

3 Day, 3 night, Liveaboard Minke Experience 

  • 10 dives
  • Dive Insurance
  • Transfers
  • All Dive equipment
  • Double or twin share
  • All meals
  • Free Wifi

  • PADI

three days exploring the great barrier reef & searching for minke encounters.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef with a high chance of a Minke encounter!

For a limited time only (everyTuesday from 30th May with last trip Tuesday 01 August 2023) Pro Dive Cairns is offering special three-day, three-night Minke encounter liveaboards to the Great Barrier Reef. Traveling to the Minke hotspots on the ribbon reefs off Port Douglas and Cooktown, this liveaboard trip is perfect for the diver looking for that next level of marine life encounter. 

While Minke's operate on their own schedule and no encounter can ever be guaranteed, the liveaboard format allows for multiple sites popular with migrating Minkes, so encounters are highly likely. If Minkes are encountered at a dive site, divers will have the option to complete one of their up to 10 dives or snorkel with the Minke whales.


All this while still visiting a variety of outer Great Barrier Reef dive locations, giving you the chance to explore the very best of this Natural Wonder of the World. Along with Minke hotspots, you will visit a variety of outer Great Barrier Reef locations, all selected for their extravagance of marine life and excellent visibility.    

Between dives, relax in comfort onboard one of our three premium  Scubapro dive boats; these purpose-built liveaboard dive vessels; these feature air-conditioned twin or double cabins, spacious decks, WiFi, catered meals, and the comforts of home. With small passenger numbers and close crew-to-guest ratios, a high-quality, personalised experience from our dedicated staff is ensured at all times.


Departing Cairns every Tuesday from 30 May until 1 August 2023, this three-day, three-night liveaboard trip offers a truly memorable and exciting way to fully immerse yourself and experience our magnificent World Heritage Great Barrier Reef environment. 


Please Note: some medical conditions may prevent you diving and you will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to the trip. If you have recently/continue to suffer from an illness or condition that may affect your dive fitness,  or currently taking any prescription medication, you will need to consult a doctor for a 'fit to dive' medical certificate. 


  • Purpose built, PADI Five Star Dive and Career Development Centre
  • All dive crew are fully qualified PADI instructors. You will be diving with a passionate team of experienced professionals, ensuring the quality of your experience and your safety
  • Our boats carry a maximum of 28 passengers and six crew, providing you with a more personal experience
  • We provide a true liveaboard experience with our boats departing from and returning to Cairns for every three-day, two-night trip, with no boat to boat passenger transfers
  • Access to 19 high-quality dive sites ensuring a diverse range of reef environments and dives
  • Pro Dive Cairns is a high standard operator with Advanced Ecotourism Certification, committed to the long-term conservation of The Great Barrier Reef
  • Pro Dive Cairns has one of the highest safety standards in the world. With safety the number one priority, there is no safer place to dive in the world

Optional Upgrades and Additional Courses

Additional certification courses available for completion during the liveaboard (additional cost):

PADI Advanced Open water Course

Offered in conjunction with the liveaboard trip, this course is the next step in your dive training; designed to expand your diving skills, knowledge and to give the inexperienced certified diver added confidence in their diving.
The PADI Enriched Air Course add on available. 

+$195Per person

Optional Upgrade


Enriched air Course

padi Enriched air Course

Enriched air (nitrox) is a nitrogen/oxygen mix that extends your allowable bottom time and reduces your nitrogen loading over multiple dives

+$205Per person

Optional Upgrade


Only available for divers with enriched air (nitrox) certification. 10 dives with enriched air (nitrox) provided.  

+$120Per person

Optional Upgrade

Tour Itinerary

We recommend that you visit our retail shop located on the corner of Grafton and Shields streets the night before your trip to arrange the diving/snorkelling equipment, ensure the necessary paperwork is in order and to ensure your certification details are correct. The shop is open Monday - Wednesday: 12.00am - 6.00pm, Thursday - Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm and Saturday: 12.00am - 6.00pm.

Please note, the below itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites may change. The skipper will always adapt the plan to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.

Additional Information

Tripadvisor Reviews

4.5Excellent! (Based on 1,090+ Reviews)

- Reviewed 21 July 2022 -
Edward N
Melbourne, Australia
Experience it yourself.

Dedicated and coordinated crew were constantly anticipating your well being on the voyage to the outer reef. The night dive turned out to be enjoyable while discovering a wide range of marine life. Scuba equipment is entry level and adequate for recreational depths. When you take into account the cost of gear hire, food, accommodation, and fuel, it’s worthwhile for novice divers to complete their Open Water training on the Great Barrier Reef.
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- Reviewed 3 October 2022 -
Devon P
Brisbane, Australia
Learn to dive course

I learnt to scuba dive over 5 days and I had so much fun. My instructors were Flo and Molly and they made the whole learning experience enjoyable and took away the stress of learning. Flo was a great teacher because she was patient and explained everything very clearly and those are great qualities to have from an instructor when you can't speak underwater. She put lots of effort into teaching us so that we could explore the reef with our remaining air and she would always show us the hand signs for all the fish we saw.Being on the liveaboard for 3 days was worthwhile because I made some great friends on board and was especially close with the others learning to dive with me. They catered for my friends vegan diet and the crew were friendly and fun to have around.The only disappointing part was during the course when the guy from the store came to convince us to buy all the equipment for diving. They will allow you to try on the good quality mask and fins in the pool but expect you to buy it yourself before you go on the ship. I was expecting to have access to the decent equipment as part of the deal but instead they provide you with the lower quality mask and flippers which they advised us were much inferior.
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- Reviewed 9 September 2022 -
Clarence C
Great trip, great crew, great experience

Must do activity when in Cairns, the weather condition was spotless, and the crew were professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Big thanks to Kevin, Michael, Courtney, Marine, Matt, Chris, and, Carol for looking after us so well, keeping us entertained, and keeping us safe.The liveaboard trip is just unreal and well worth your money. If you are looking to do your open water licence, then look no further as the crew's knowledge and skills were extensive and will benefits you for the years to come.
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