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Nitrox course & Liveaboard COMBO

Combine Nitrox certification with a 3 day Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trip

  • 11 dives
  • Dive Insurance
  • Transfers
  • All Dive equipment
  • Double or twin share
  • All meals

  • PADI

Diving with nitrox 

Nitrox is an air mix, also known as Enriched Air, that has a higher percentage of oxygen and a lower percentage of nitrogen than standard air. This reduced percentage leads to a slower rate of nitrogen gas absorption, extending your allowable bottom time. Nitrox is ideal for divers wanting to dive multiple times over multiple days, making it perfect for liveaboard dive trips. However, special certification is required for its use.  Pro Dive Cairns offers the Nitrox Certification for certified divers, in conjunction with the three-day, two-night Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip.

The theory component of the certification begins pre-trip.  Within 24hrs of your booking, you will be provided with details on how to log into the online PADI eLearning portal and begin your course. Here you will read and watch the prerequisite content,  along with a final knowledge review. Completing the theory component prior to the trip allows for the maximum number of nitrox dives possible. 

An offline alternative is provided on board the vessels for those without access to the internet. 

Pro Dive Cairns' liveaboard dive trip allows for three-days and two-nights of exploring a variety of outer Great Barrier Reef locations, all selected for their extravagance of marine life and excellent visibility.    

This personalised adventure offers an opportunity to participate in up to 11 dives, including two night dives, as well as some great snorkelling on a variety of our 19 exceptional Outer Reef dive sites over four magnificent reefs: Flynn, Thetford, Milln and Pellowe Reefs. Diving at different times throughout the day, you will be able to encounter an amazing diversity of marine life including giant clams, majestic sea turtles, graceful stingrays, reef sharks, an incredible variety of tropical fish, spectacular coral formations and consistent underwater visibility. Night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal life. 

Between dives, relax in comfort on board one of our three premium  Scubapro dive boats; these purpose-built liveaboard dive vessels; these feature air-conditioned twin or double cabins, spacious decks, 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 day except Tuesday this three-day, two-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 32 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 & Nitrox Course

Offered in conjunction with the liveaboard trip, this combo course allows you to take the next step in your scuba diver training with Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certification. Expand your diving skills, knowledge and gain Nitrox certification, allowing for potentially longer and safer diving. 

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 - Sunday: 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 26 June 2022 -
Consider another operator if you're an experienced diver

I wish I had read some of the reviews from more experienced divers before I booked the 3 day liveaboard with prodive. Writing this review to cover the things I wish i knew before booking.The crew did their best with what they had but ultimately its just a low cost, low quality, high volume operation:- most divers on board were doing their ow certification, which I think influenced the sites we went to. We spent most of our time on flynn reef and only moved to milln reef for the last two dives. Not sure about the rest of the GBR but a lot of the sites were bleached and sad.- no guides are provided, and you're on your own to navigate to the sites and find interesting critters. Quite a few people I talked to didn't end up in the right place or see the things we were supposed to. Instead of enjoying the dives, a lot of it was trying to situate ourselves or look after the more inexperienced divers. If no guides are provided, than a minimum number of dives would be appropriate to ensure safety- no effort was made to buddy up solo divers based on experience and air consumption. It was uncomfortable seeing someone realise their buddy was highly inexperienced and try to communicate that they didn't feel safe or confident with them as a buddy as we were getting ushered into the water.- open water divers were on their own without guides/divemasters immediately after getting certified, and a lot of them looked pretty rattled. All the safety checks and head counts seem pretty pointless if they're happy to send out two extremely inexperienced divers out on their own- no idea why the staff didn't tell divers to take motion sickness tablets when we were checking in or before boarding the boat - they told us way too late when the boat was already in choppy waters, and 20+ people threw up for 2 hours straight.- this last point is being picky but the boat was at full capacity which meant uncomfortably cramped seating arrangements for meals, and being in each other's way when we were putting on our gear - this could easily be managed by staggering entry into water by groups rather than have all 32 people getting ready at the same time.
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- Reviewed 23 July 2022 -
Advanced open water with Prodive

This was our second trip with Prodive Cairns. We completed separate courses over a 3 day period. As usual the facilities, food and diving were great but what really elevated this trip were the crew. Floriane is an amazing asset to prodive. Flo is friendly, knowledgeable and professional and she does it effortlessly. Leo was also fantastic in his ability to observe and correct parts of my diving. The dive briefs were comprehensive and this really improved our navigation skills. Due to multiple concurrent courses there were at times some confusion as to what was happening but the staff were approachable and this was always sorted out. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up on another prodive trip in the future.
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- Reviewed 25 October 2022 -
Elena L

Had the best time during the open water and adventure course on the liveaboard! Met great people on board the boat and in the classroom and obviously the GBR is just stunning! Thank you especially so much to our instructor Flo who is everything you could wish for in a teacher and such a great person! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn how to dive in Cairns :)
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