Welcome aboard S.V. Rum Runner
We are Australia’s Premier Budget Dive Expedition and Cairns most affordable Outer Reef Liveaboard dive and snorkel tour operator.

Rum Runner offers the very best Liveaboard dive and snorkel deals to both Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the remote Coral Sea. Dive, snorkel and sail away with us on trips of 2 Day / 1 Night duration depart from Cairns to Australia’s top attraction - The Great Barrier Reef, to the outer reefs that we visit, with still abundant healthy tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity.

Dive Expeditions of 3 nights / 3 days duration depart monthly from Cairns to one of the world top 50 dive destinations – Holmes Reef. Shark dives, sheer walls laced with massive soft corals, schooling barracoota and big eye trevally, and if you’re really lucky manta-rays, whale sharks and hammer head sharks, are just some of the high-lights you'll experience with Rum Runner shark diving Expeditions.

Operational Update - 2020

**** LIVE - ABOARD TRIPS STARTING August 2020 ****

Great news as we are now in QLD stage 3 of lifting restrictions, we are now able to operate our 2 Day / 1 Night tours within the new COVID limitations.

We are working with the dive team @ WorkSafe QLD to ensure we are ready to viably operate trips to the GBR, and have our COVID safe plans and signs now on board.

We expect that, at first, trips will be on most Weekends and specific scheduled weekdays / Wednesdays, and we will need a minimum number of passengers to make it viable. So, we ask to please accept some flexibility and a lot of understanding as we start our tours back.
New COVID restrictions means reduced guest numbers from 16 to 10 persons, everyone gets their own equipment for the entire trip....no sharing, all day help yourself snacks, and all meals prepared individually on board.
We are also looking to operate our Full DAY 3 dive Outer reef trips (6am to 6pm ) in the near future, and we hope to return to the Shark Diving / Coral Sea / Holmes Reef come this September/October thru to March 2021. Look out for select scheduled departures on our booking page.

At this stage we are still bound by many restrictions such as "social distancing" so to make that possible we like to schedule departures on "fair weather and Sunny dates" – why would you want to go if the weather was not great anyway?????
If you would like to be added to our “potential guest register” with further updates please e-mail us with your interest at info@rumrunnercairns.com.au

Any bookings made direct with us, which we are unable to honor or which you need to cancel, or are unable to reschedule, will receive 100% full refunds.


Hope to see you on the Rum Runner

Why Choose Rum Runner?
  • Small group tours with only a maximum of 16 divers and snorkelers per trip
  • Depart and return on the same vessel with the same group, so by the end you will be a friend not just a number
  • Fabulous meals prepared fresh on-board. Vegetarian always catered for. Vessel re-stocked each trip
  • Have been in operation since 2005 and working the local area for over 20 years
  • High standards of safety by Worksafe Qld. (100% safety record)
  • PADI scuba diving courses from Introductory Diving, Open Water Certification through to Advanced Diver Courses are all available
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So what are you waiting for?
Leave the crowds behind! See the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea aboard S.V. Rum Runner. We believe in offering the best value overnight dive trips for the lowest possible price without any sacrifice of safety, both in and out of the water. How? Because we are an owner operator family based operation with the reefs as our Head Office! That's called "Livin the Dream"
The Vessel
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We make no apologies for what Rum Runner is… a 20m Motor Sailing Schooner, built in 1984, and with a nearly indestructible fiberglass hull. The vessel will accommodate up to 16 guests in multi share twin single bunk areas, semi-private twin single bunk cabins, and a 4-share single bunk cabin. She is the equivalent of a mutli share hostel, just on water.

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This is our most booked tour!! The 2 Day / 1 Night Great Barrier Reef tour for both Snorkelers and Certified Divers. Of the 150 tours we operate per year, this is 95% of all our departures. You get to spend over 24 hours at the Great Barrier Reef! That's 2 full days and 1 night aboard Rum Runner, Returns Cairns next day approximately 3.00pm

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Diving in this section of the Coral Sea is a great experience for both new and experienced adventurous divers. This trip visits Holmes Reef, a reef system lying some 90 miles outside the Great Barrier Reef. Due to its isolation the reef has incredible visibility abundant sharks and large pelagic fish life.

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Rum Runner Cairns have been providing Cairns Reef Trips since 2005 and in that time we have gained valuable experience of the area we tour and where the best spots to go are. We take regular groups of up to 16 people for Cairns snorkeling expeditions where guests get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Our services are value added with Cairns scuba diving expeditions to some very unique parts of the Great Barrier Reef marine park and we ensure all of our services are operated in the most professional way. If you have never been scuba diving before don't worry! We have trained and certified Cairns PADI course instructors who can help you get the skills necessary before you come out with us for a reef diving trip. And if you ever wanted to go shark diving Cairns this is our specialty with trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea expeditions to take divers to places where spotting all types of sharks is possible.

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