Reef Trips Cairns
Cairns scuba diving
Welcome aboard S.V. Rum Runner, the little big motor sailor that can do it all
Australia’s premier budget dive expedition and Cairns’ most affordable outer reef liveaboard dive and snorkel tour operator
Special diving charters
Private charter and extended expeditions can be catered for all special diving tours and intimate groups

Throughout the year we offer a variety of extended diving expeditions of 4 Night / 3 Day to the Coral Sea Reefs - Flora and Holmes Reef – and north to the GBR Ribbon Reefs just off Lizard Island. Best to dive the Coral Sea in the warmer summer months between October and March, and the Ribbon Reefs are at their most spectacular in Mid-June to early July.

Check our Facebook business Page for these special extended tour dates and prices.

Prices start from $440.00 per diver per day, plus reef tax $60.00 per GBR Trip
Full Gear Hire $180.00 inclusions: BCD, Regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required


Once a year in November/ December 3 to 4 days after the Full Moon from 9.00pm onwards, all the corals on the reef spawn at once in a dazzling display.

Billions of tiny cells come shooting out of corals all over the reef in a mass synchronized event, pouring into the water like sparkling bubbles and forming a slick that coats the surface, after which the tiny baby corals settle down onto the reef and find a place to grow and flourish.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef on our special 2 night/ 1 day adventure. This dramatic phenomenon lasts just one night, and is considered a rare viewing event, as one must be in the right place at the right time to see it. Our 2-night/ 1-day expedition offers you 4 chances over two nights to try and match the time of coral spawning for an unforgettable experience. That’s 4-night dives and 3 day dives.


4pm Thursday 3rd December. Returns 4.00am Saturday Morning (your welcome to stay onboard till daylight)


Included: 7 dives, Tanks, weights, air fills; all bedding linen, all meals, light refreshments provided after dives coffee, tea, hot chocolate, BYO alcohol and other drinks, tap drinking water. All prices are in AUD Dollars.


Bar purchases - bottled water, Coca-Cola, etc.
Full gear hire $180.00 inclusions: BCD, regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required.

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Rum Runner is available for private charter from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef for most of the year, and can be chartered for a multitude of activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling the reef, whale watching, coral spawning adventures, island hopping and visiting sand cays.

Our private charter can cater for both day charters or extended overnight charters and each tour can cater for a specific number dependent on the private charter requirements.

It is always best to enquire about your private charter in advance to ensure the vessel is available and we can cater for your specific requirements.


Any of our tours and up to 5 day/ 5 nights are available for private charter of groups between 10 and 16 (groups of 16 to be from same family/ friends for COVID-19 restrictions), so get your mates together and contact us for availability.


Extended range surcharge and fuel Levy to the Ribbon Reef or Coral Sea extra $550.00 per day.
Includes all food and dive gear hire
Perfect for intimate tours and small groups

Check our Facebook Page for these special extended tour dates and prices.

Rum Runner Cairns 0429 638 744 or e-mail:


Cairns snorkeling
Full Day Reef Tour
Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts who have more than 20 years’ experience
Cairns scuba diving
2 Day Snorkel & Dive
This is our specialty tour that departs all year round on selected Wednesday’s and Saturday’s
Cairns PADI course
Shark Diving
3 nights, 3 days with up to 9-10 dives at Holmes Reef, including 1-night dive and 1 twilight dive
shark diving Cairns
Special Charters
Private charter and extended expeditions can be catered for all special diving tours and intimate groups
Operational Update
Live-aboard trips starting October 2020

Great news as we are now in QLD stage 4 of lifting restrictions, we are operating our all our tours within the new COVID limitations.

We have been working with the dive team at WorkSafe QLD to ensure we are ready to operate trips to the Great Barrier Reef and have our COVID safe plans and signs now on board.Departures are scheduled on sleected dates, 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 of 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 ready to operate our Full DAY 2 dive Outer reef trips (6am to 6pm ) in the summer months, and we return to the Shark Diving / Coral Sea / Holmes Reef between October through to March.

Call to book to guarantee the best rate and ask the Captain about the best sailing conditions and departure dates. Look out for select scheduled departures on our booking page, and COVID SPECIALS direct bookings secure free dive gear hire and reef tax included!

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’. By selecting days where we can assure the best cruising conditions possible, we can manage numbers accordingly ensuring social distancing measure onboard the S.V. Rum Runner.

If you would like to be added to our ‘potential guest register’ with further updates, please e-mail us with your interest at Any bookings made direct with Rum Runner Cairns, which we are unable to honor or which you need to cancel, or are unable to reschedule, will receive 100% full refunds.

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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