Great Barrier Reef Overnight Liveaboard & Sailing Tours

There are several tour companies operating overnight tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The overnight experience is great for anyone who would like to explore the reef a bit more.

There are two different types of vessels and tours when it comes to an overnight stay at the reef. The first one is a sailing vessel where visitors travel in a small group, which is a more budget option. Great for backpackers. Otherwise, there is the luxury Liveaboards where guests stay in resort style accommodation offering great facilities and services. Great for families. Both options provide anyone with an amazing time on the outer reef.

Have a look below at all Overnight Liveaboard Tours and Overnight Sailing Tours available to the Great Barrier Reef departing Cairns (pick up from Port Douglas available).

Sunlover Platform Overnight Tour

  • Tour: Overnight stay at Sunlover Platform
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 18 guests
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef
  • Tour duration: 9:30am on day 1 – 5:30pm on day 2

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Starting from:
$AU499.00

Kangaroo Explorer - 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: 36
  • Number of room: 16 cabins (twin, double and 4-berth)
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Millin, Moore, Briggs & Thetford reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU475.00

Kangaroo Explorer - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: 36
  • Number of room: 16 cabins (twin, double and 4-berth)
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Millin, Moore, Briggs & Thetford reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU495.00

Ocean Quest - 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns (Pick up from Port Douglas available)
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 48
  • Number of rooms: 4 double suites, 18 twin share and 1 quad share cabin
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Reef Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU475.00

Ocean Quest - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 48
  • Number of room: 4 double suites, 18 twin share and 1 quad share cabin
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Reef Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU595.00

Pro Dive Cairns - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: 32
  • Number of room: 14 twin, 2 double & 8 bathrooms
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Flynn Reef, Milln Reef, Thetford Reef and Pellowe Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU745.00

Reef Encounter – 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Number of room: 9 Double suites, 10 Twin share and 1 Multi share cabin
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU370.00

Reef Encounter – 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Number of room: 9 Double suites, 10 Twin share and 1 Multi share cabin
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day

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Starting from:
$AU565.00

Reef Encounter Top Deck - 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: Top Deck (VIP) – 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day
  • Day of departure: Daily

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Starting from:
$AU795.00

Reef Encounter Top Deck - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

  • Tour: Top Deck (VIP) – 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day
  • Day of departure: Daily

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Starting from:
$AU1,195.00