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The Undersea Explorer is the most unique liveaboard operating on the Great Barrier Reef, accommodating not just crew and diving guests, but also scientists and marine biologists who gather data and carry out research projects on these remote reefs.

Length: 25 metres / 83 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 20 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 20
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Snorkelling in Australia's Coral Sea with the Undersea Explorer

If you are interested in learning more about what actually goes on under water rather than just looking, a trip aboard the Undersea Explorer is the perfect way to do so. You can attend one of the onboard lectures to hear about what the marine scientists are doing, or you can actually help to gather information and log marine life that you sighted. Some of the projects include investigating dwarf minke whales, white tip reef sharks, octopii, nautilus, fluorescent corals, coral bleaching and water quality.

The 25 metre vessel can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests in 10 cabins, all of which are air-conditioned. The Undersea Explorer has a spacious saloon, equipped with DVD, TV and a microscope connected to the TV, allowing researchers to share the minutest details of marine life with guests. The saloon also has a marine reference library, allowing you to look up the weird and wonderful creatures that you see on your dives.

A large sundeck with both shaded and unshaded areas, allows you to enjoy the fresh sea air and seascape, whilst either working on your tan or relaxing in the shade whilst cruising between dive sites.

The dive deck is well designed with plenty of space for all guests to gear up. The Undersea Explorer's hydraulic dive platform makes entries and exits effortless. It doubles as a viewing platform when checking out the shark action during taggings carried out for ongoing research into reef sharks at Osprey Reef and tiger sharks at Raine Island.

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Notes: Undersea Explorer has ceased to be in operation.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Undersea Explorer has 5 queen cabins and 5 twin cabins onboard, all of which are the same price. 1 of each category is located on the upper deck, and the rest on the lower deck.

1 of the queen cabins and 2 of the twin cabins feature windows which let in natural light, and the rest of the cabins are lit by cabin lighting.

5 bathrooms are shared between the cabins, each with a toilet and hot-water shower. All cabins are air-conditioned with a 24-hour, 240V Electricity supply.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bedding
  • Bath towels
  • Cupboard
  • 24-hour electricity
  • Fire warning system
  • Life jackets
  • Fire estinguishers
  • Reading lights (queen only)
  • Mirror (queen only)
  • Shelves (queen only)
No. of bathrooms / showers - 5 / 5 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
  • Captain
  • Dive Supervisor
  • Engineer
  • Instructor
  • Marine Biologist
  • Host
  • 1 Dive crew
  • 2 Crew volunteers
  • 2 Guest researchers
Enriched air nitrox - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Editing facilities for photos and video - 27m² Saloon & bar - Open-air dining area - TV, DVD and music centre - Microscope linked to TV - Computer & CD burner - Internet access - Books, magazines, games - Extensive fish ID and diving book library - Sun deck with chairs and sun matresses - 42m² open-air shaded area - Satellite phone and GSM - Lecture room

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • 3 main meals are served, comprising breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  • Served buffet-style in the air-conditioned saloon or in the open-air dining area.
  • The chef onboard cooks Thai, Italian, Japanese and Chinese dishes.
  • Australian BBQs are popular alternative dinner activities.
  • Snacks in between meals ensure a constant supply of energy.
  • The first main meal you will enjoy aboard Undersea Explorer is breakfast
  • Vegetarians and Muslim diets can also be catered for, but requires advance notice.
  • Tea, coffee, milo, water, biscuits and fruit are complimentary.
  • Softdrinks and beer are available for purchase onboard.
  • Guests are able to bring their own alcoholic beverage for onboard consumption.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1988, restored / refurbished in 2007
  • Size - 25m x 6.2m
  • Top speed - 9 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 220 HP Cummins engines
  • 2 x 85 KW Hino generators
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • 11 & 8 litre aluminium scuba tanks with INT valves
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • Electricity - 250V 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 7,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker
  • Fuel capacity - 3,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Life raft
  • 2 x 25 HP Yamaha dive dinghies
  • Global positioning system
  • Radar
  • UHF radios
  • Sonic altimeter
  • Fishfinder
  • Auto-pilot
  • Sounder
  • Email
  • Satellite & mobile telephone
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Fire / bilge pump alarm
  • First aid box
  • Oxygen - continues flow / demand valve - 24,900 litres
  • Search light
  • Loud hailer
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire detectors and extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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