Pro Dive operate 3 identical, custom-built vessels of the multi-million dollar variety that are aptly named Scubapro 1, 2 & 3. Designed specifically for taking divers on tours of the Cairns Great Barrier Reef, each vessel is 25 metres long, over 7 metres wide and accommodates 32 divers. The Scubapro boats and crew have built a great reputation and become the best available budget option for spending 3 days diving from Cairns.
All 3 of these Scubapro Cairns liveaboards share the same design and have the same high level of professional staff onboard. This is no coincidence as this setup ensures that no matter which Scubapro you might find yourself on, you can be assured of an excellent diving adventure on Cairns' Barrier Reef.
The large dive deck has 2 toilets and showers. It can accommodate all divers in comfort, with personal storage for each diver and ample space in which to gear up. 2 sets of steps from the dive deck leads down to a platform which offers easy access to dive sites. Unusually, rather than just a narrow ladder that you need to clamber up again once your dive is over, Scubapro liveaboards feature a wide staircase in the centre of the platform, making getting back onto the boat a breeze, even in choppy conditions.
The saloon has more than enough comfortable seating providing all tour guests with a space to relax. Free Wi-Fi is available on board Scubapro. It's also the venue for meals served in the saloon's air-conditioned comfort.
The dedicated sun deck is above the saloon, providing opportunity for a spot of tanning or doing nothing much other than take in the fresh air and blue vista of the Great Barrier Reef. Bench seating around the edge of the deck is complemented by enough space in which to lie down. A small shaded area allows protection from the sun, as well as hosting the dive site briefings.
The Scubapro fleet visit a variety of the Great Barrier Reef dive sites at 4 different outer reef locations on which they have exclusive moorings. That means no sharing the dive sites with dozens of other boats on your dive tour! In all, Scubapro has access to 16 exclusive moorings and it would be unusual to dive the same site more than twice on any one trip.
Dive experience: Divers need to be certified, Open Water with 4 logged dives, to join these Barrier Reef liveaboard trips.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from Cairns city hotels and northern beaches, dives (as detailed in the trips above), guided orientation, scuba and snorkelling equipment, torch, dive computer, dive insurance, tanks, weights, weight belts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Fees and charges (US$ 55). Minke whale trips taxes and levies (US$ 39). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Course and Cruise: 4 night 'course and cruise' packages are also available which include 3 days of liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Visit our Blog here: Scubapro Course and Cruise (cash only) for further details and a full list of what the price includes and excludes.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks (you must bring your own alcohol), towels (bring your own towel), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers US$ 68 for all dives. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival
How to get there: Scubapro departs at 7 am from Trinity Wharf in Cairns every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A transfer from your Cairns City hotel to the Pro Dive shop is scheduled for 6 am For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get there section.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am and then you will disembark back in Cairns at 4 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 465.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of US$ 465.
Dive clubs and group discounts: 1 bonafide guide can join the cruise free of charge with every 15 paying guests.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please contact us to enquire for a full charter.
There are 14 twin bunk bed and 2 double bed cabins on each of these Cairns liveaboards. They do not have en-suite facilities, but with 8 bathrooms onboard there is 1 for every 4 guests, so this is not really problematic.
The 2 double bed cabins and a twin cabin are located on the main deck, with 3 more twin cabins on the upper deck and have windows that allows natural light in. The remainder are located on the lower deck and feature cabin lighting and reading lights.
All the cabins are air-conditioned, have storage space for your bags and all have a reading light, in case you want to add all the marine creatures you encountered on your daily dives to your dive log.
Nitrox - Dive tender - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Free wi-fi - 49m² air-conditioned lounge with TV, DVD, music centre, books, magazines, games and fish ID books - CD burner - Underwater camera rental - Large, dedicated sun deck with shaded area and sun matresses
Scubapro offers 3 international styled meals per day with fully cooked hot and cold breakfasts, lunch and hot dinners with desserts. If you're peckish, snacks during the day will bring you gastronomic comfort.
Scubapro goes the extra mile with freshly baked cakes onboard, which are simply delicious, especially after diving when you you may be overwhelmed by that urge to snack.
All meals are served buffet-style in the spacious, air-conditioned lounge.
Buffet-style service in the lounge
Fully cooked hot and cold breakfast
Hot and cold lunches
Hot, freshly cooked dinners
Desserts are served after dinner
Tea, coffee, Milo, and cold drinking water are always available
Snacks between meals to to keep you going
Candy bars and soft drinks are available for purchase
Dining service aboard Scubapro begins on the first day with breakfast.
All meals are freshly prepared on board, no outside catering
"Pro Dive is a nice shop and they run an efficient operation. The staff on the liveaboard was great. Josh was a terrific dive coordinator, Marceo and Rafa and Hiro were super helpful in getting in/out of the water, Arek was a good captain and Bonnie an excellent chef. All gear worked well and I really enjoyed their company on the boat. I would not hesitate to advise someone to use them in the future.
" - Scott Moye-Rowley, USA, 6 May 2015 ...
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