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 can offer a variety of extended diving expeditions of 5 Night / 5 Days 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.

Private Charter Rate $3300.00 per day all inclusive.

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.

Private Charter Rate $4400.00 all inclusive.

Included: 7 dives, Tanks, weights, air fills; BCD, regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required, 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.

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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 $1100.00 per day.
Includes all food and dive gear hire
Perfect for intimate tours and small groups

Rum Runner Cairns 0429 638 744 or e-mail:


Cairns snorkeling
Day Private Charters
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 Monday’s and Thursday’s
Cairns PADI course
Shark Diving
3 nights, 3 days with up to 9 dives at Holmes Reef, including a night dive and sharks guaranteed
shark diving Cairns
Special Charters
Private charter and extended expeditions can be catered for all special diving tours and intimate groups
Operational Update

Operational Update 2024/25

2D/1N GBR Live-aboard tours - Book direct online with confidence

2D/1N tours are scheduled on most Mondays and Thursdays, selected Saturdays, and other selected weekdays where we are able to fit extra tours in. Fine weather forecast means no winds above 25kts. (Why would you want to go out there in strong winds for? Not even the Locals will; Some operators will; We Don't)

So, if we can't depart as scheduled, we ask to please accept some flexibility and a lot of understanding as you look to book on to this tour. Any bookings made directly 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.

Book online (Book Now) to guarantee the best rate or call to ask Captain Richard about the best sailing conditions and departure dates. Look out for our DIVE SPECIALS - direct bookings secure discount dive gear hire and $40 reef and fuel levy included!

Rum Runner is a 20m Fiberglass Yacht with shaded deck and all the creature comforts such as amenities, seating and dive platform/showers/Floating Dock and private tender to help make your trip a memorable experience.

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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