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Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

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Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef with the M.V. Rum Runner, providing affordable dive trips and a fantastic experience. Option available to upgrade to diving!

Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef with the M.V. Rum Runner, providing affordable dive trips and a fantastic experience. Option available to upgrade to diving!

Highlights

  • Small numbers with a maximum of 16 guests
  • Spend the night on the Great Barrier Reef
  • All Dive gear included if you wish to upgrade to an introductory dive or certified dive
  • Hot Showers
  • All snorkelling equipment including wetsuits
  • Experienced friendly crew

This is a 2 day liveaboard outer barrier reef snorkel trip, diving upgrade available!

Designed as an affordable overnight reef experience for the traveller on a budget, backpackers and families looking for the ultimate overnight reef experience. The M.V Rum Runner is a 20m Motor Sailer with bunk style beds, twin and share accommodation. This trip offers the opportunity to meet other divers and travellers from around the world and have a great time with an experienced crew on the reef!

We have at least 4 crew on board each trip, so with a maximum of 16 guests you will receive personalised guidance and support. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol on board to relax after a day diving, just no glass please.

Some medical such as asthma my prevent ability to dive, no problem, the snorkelling is fantastic and safe at all sites! Please advise crew of any medical conditions prior to departure.

We provide:

  • Small numbers with a maximum of 16 guests
  • All meals, tea and coffee provided. Other refreshments can be purchased at the bar or you can bring on board yourself
  • Bunk Beds
  • Fresh Linin
  • 240 V ac and 12 V dc power points
  • Hot Showers
  • Male & Female toilets
  • All snorkelling equipment including wetsuits
  • All Dive gear if you wish to upgrade to an introductory dive or certified dive

Boarding E Finger, Marlin Marina, Cairns, at 7am Wednesday and Saturday.


Looking to dive?

Dives can be purchased on board. First Introductory Dive $120.00 per person. Additional introductory dives for $45 per dive, or 3 intros package for $90.00. Certified dives $45.00 each or Cert. Dive Package of 6 dives including night dive for only $120.00. Nominate on your way to checkout if you would like to secure this package or talk to our crew on the day about dive package specials

Per Person $440.00

What's included

  • All meals, tea and coffee provided. Other refreshments can be purchased at the bar or you can bring on board yourself
  • Bunk Beds
  • Fresh Linin
  • 240 V ac and 12 V dc power points
  • Male & Female toilets
  • All snorkelling equipment including wetsuits
  • All Dive gear if you wish to upgrade to an introductory dive or certified dive

Duration

  • The duration of this experience is 2 days

Location

  • E Finger, #3, Marlin Marina Cairns

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Please Note: Admin and Fuel Levy of $20 per person per day ( $40 per 2D1N tour ) payable onboard.

Available Bookings from 4 Mar to 17 Mar 2024

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  • Per Person$270.00 Less than 6 at this price!

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.7

64 reviews

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Miranda Clark from Australia wrote on 05 June 2023

Experience on trip

It was such an amazing trip! Got to see so many different areas of the GBR and really enjoyed spending time on the boat.

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From Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

Thanks New Crew are doing good things Cheers Rum Runner Crew

lilyo from United States wrote on 06 December 2019

Incredible diving, incredible people

Just what I needed to see the Great Barrier Reef! No, it's not luxurious, but the simplicity of this trip makes it an affordable option for budget travelers like me to see the reef. 6 amazing dives in a section of the reef that was healthy and full of life! The captain and crew were so friendly and helpful. I also met other travelers that I have kept in contact with. Definitely recommend!

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From Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

G’Day Mate! Thanks for the review. Other guests from this same trip have also left us 5 star reviews elsewhere. You have become one of the less then 1% of past snorkellers and divers to write us a review. Good or bad thanks for taking the time and effort. Over the past 15 years we have taken over 20,000 snorkellers and divers to see the Great Barrier Reef. So of the less then 0.2% of reviews 2 stars or less, 99.8% of our snorkellers and divers must be at least satisfied with what we offer. So if your looking for the best value and cheapest overnight snorkeling and Scuba dive trip to the GBR have look at Rum Runner. Like they say “you get what you paid for” You get: 3 to 4 different reef sites to snorkeling and upto 6 scuba dives including night dive. ( is this not the reason why your booking a trip? We are all about the snorkeling and diving on the GBR, so if your after 5 star luxury vessel try elsewhere) Old Charming Rum Runner which has been travelling to the GBR and beyond for the last 40 years. Experienced captains, young dive crew, great meals, quality scuba gear, small group size, basic single bed with clean linens, and great memories. Like they say “you can’t please everyone all the time”....... we try, we really really really try hard to please everyone, 99.8% can’t be wrong!

Ash from Australia wrote on 25 October 2023

Terrific value, great little trip away

Whilst we were particularly lucky with the most perfect weather conditions you might imagine, I can't say enough about how good the trip was, especially for the price. 6 legit dives for a small added premium on top of the base trip - i don't know if you could find better value in Australia. Thanks Richard for managing the trip, JP for the great captaining work, incredible food and entertainment, Tom for such patience and care with the divers, and to Rena and Miso for their excellent work too. Many thanks to all for the great trip, and to others looking for a trip - they have my recommendation for sure. Go for it

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Never ever ever again from United States wrote on 18 April 2017

The WORST - AVOID like the plague

The owner/captain is an A; who shockingly rude and condescending from the moment you board. He clearly doesn't like people, just wants ur $$. I got terribly seasick for the first time in my life on this shabby lil boat (and the seas were crazy calm). I've ridden all types of boats all over the world for 2 decades and have never gotten seasick. The A-hole owner forces you to get drinking water from the grimy bathroom sink rather than the kitchen sink which is nearby. Most of the wetsuits have holes in them and were for skinny ppl only. I would NEVER be a repeat customer. I STRONGLY advise you to book another operator who respects customers and cares about offering a great experience.

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From Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

G’Day Mate! You have become one of the less then 1% of past snorkellers and divers to write us a review. Good or bad thanks for taking the time and effort. Over the past 15 years we have taken over 20,000 snorkellers and divers to see the Great Barrier Reef. So of the less then 0.2% of reviews 2 stars or less, 99.8% of our snorkellers and divers must be at least satisfied with what we offer. So if your looking for the best value and cheapest overnight snorkeling and Scuba dive trip to the GBR have look at Rum Runner. Like they say “you get what you paid for” You get: 3 to 4 different reef sites to snorkeling and upto 6 scuba dives including night dive. ( is this not the reason why your booking a trip? We are all about the snorkeling and diving on the GBR, so if your after 5 star luxury vessel try elsewhere) Old Charming Rum Runner which has been travelling to the GBR and beyond for the last 40 years. Experienced captains, young dive crew, great meals, quality scuba gear, small group size, basic single bed with clean linens, and great memories. Like they say “you can’t please everyone all the time”....... we try, we really really really try hard to please everyone, 99.8% can’t be wrong!

elig from China wrote on 19 May 2023

Not Suitable for Seasickness or Chinese Guests

I recently embarked on the Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip, and I wanted to share my experience to help other travelers make informed decisions. Firstly, I must mention that the boat and activities were well organized. However, I would not recommend this trip for those prone to seasickness or Chinese guests. For individuals susceptible to seasickness, spending two days and one night at sea can be extremely challenging, especially if the weather is rough. It becomes difficult to appreciate the scenery when you are feeling unwell. Thankfully, once we reached the reef area and started diving, the nausea subsided. While seasickness and rough weather are objective conditions beyond anyone's control, it was the crew's attitude towards Chinese guests that made me uncomfortable. During dinner, one of the Japanese crew members mentioned, "He is Chinese; he also eats rice." Following that, a white crew member commented, "China, it is the source of many problems." Then, he proceeded to ask me about my views on the Chinese government and whether I liked Xi Jinping. Feeling unwell from seasickness and sensing the hostile tone, I simply replied, "I don't care." However, the crew member continued by asking, "So, what do you think about China planning to invade Taiwan?" I responded, "Taiwan is part of China, isn't it?" To which he said, "Oh, I understand your stance now." The captain nearby noticed the uncomfortable atmosphere and tried to diffuse it by saying, "But you don't live in China either, right?" It is true; I have been living in New Zealand since 2018. I wasn't well-versed in politics and government, nor did I have much interest. However, due to my physical discomfort from seasickness, I didn't have the energy or inclination to engage further. As a paying customer, I felt that such conversations and interrogations were unfriendly and unprofessional. Since then, I felt a lingering awkwardness, so I couldn't participate in the evening's presentation led by that crew member physically or mentally. Even later, when I had an uncomfortable eye contact moment with the crew member, he shook his head, implying that I shouldn't support a certain Chinese policy, despite it being an internationally recognized stance. Regardless of political differences, I believe expressing personal biases and judging guests based on differing opinions should not have occurred in that setting. As a result, I didn't feel welcomed as a Chinese guest, and I disliked seeing my fellow countrymen receive similar uncomfortable treatment. Therefore, if you are Chinese,I would recommend avoiding this trip to prevent any unpleasant experiences. Safe some troubles for both of you and them. I hope this review helps other travelers in their decision-making process.

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From Rum Runner Cairns - 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

Thanks I do remember this trip earlier in the year. The crew member in question has now left the operation in March 2023 Best to bring seasickness tablet Regards Capt Rick

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