It is for 3 nights / 3 days, and allows for 10 Holmes Reef dives, including 1-night dive and 1 twilight dive at the fabulous Coral Sea.
Departure is from Marlin Marina, E finger, Cairns at 2:00 pm Friday, return time 8.00 am Monday.
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 (almost always over 30 meters, and if you don't have at least one dive at Holmes Reef of 30m plus or see any Sharks, Rum Runner offers a 100% Money back guarantee!), abundant sharks and large pelagic fish life. Divers have observed the reef sharks here at shark feeds for 25 years, and it is still a spectacular sight.
We can't think of any Coral Sea trips where you can get up to 10 more amazing and adventurous dives. We emphasize the term ‘adventurous’ as any open ocean trip can get bumpy, and once outside the Great Barrier Reef there is no protection from Pacific Ocean swells on the trip out to Holmes Reef (or back, but it's always better, we highly suggest seasickness medications).
While the diving is always amazing all year, the most certainty of a comfortable trip would be between October and April, the less windy months even though that's cyclone season. The visibility is the best during the winter months. The diving on this trip is suitable for beginner OW divers with our crew, to the experienced diver wanting to do their own diving schedule.
With this trip you get the amazing visibility that the Coral Sea Reefs are famous for, with visibility reaching 50 meters plus and is rarely less than 30 meters.
Very little of these reefs have ever been dived, surrounded by depths of 1000 meters, rising vertically to the surface, offering magnificent wall and shark diving opportunities.
On this trip you can make up to 10 Holmes Reef dives including 1 night dive and 1 twilight dive at the fabulous Coral Sea. You also get to dive with large pelagic, (yes sharks are seen on nearly every dive here!), as well as huge gorgonian fans, resilient hard and soft corals and several species of tropical fish endemic only to the Coral Sea, making Holmes Reef a truly unique dive location. As of this time, Rum Runner is the only vessel that visits Holmes Reefs regularly, so you are diving at amazingly pristine dive sites.
Being such large reefs, sand cays and large sheltered areas have formed over the centuries, with good anchorages and dive sites manageable for novice divers. The beauty of these Coral Sea Reefs is their diversity in dive sites and marine life, offering extremely good dive conditions and excellent visibility, leaving room for us to explore new realms of diving and keeping it adventurous, yet safe.
The open ocean isolation also draws in large pelagic fish such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda. These reefs are great places to spot sharks of all kinds, especially white tipped and grey reef sharks. With Rum Runner expect Silver tip sharks and more! Scuba diving the Coral Sea reefs can be a pretty expensive proposition, with trips being focused on 5-star comfort, service and priced out of the range of many novice and beginner diver budgets.
From $795.00 includes tanks and weights, BYO (bringing your own) Scuba diving gear.
Included: 10 dives, tanks, weights, air fills; all bedding linen, all meals, light refreshments provided after dives coffee, tea, hot chocolate, BYO alcohol and other drinks (no glass on deck), tap drinking water.
All prices are in AUD Dollars.
ADD ON EXTRAS
Bar Purchases - Bottled water, Coke, etc.
Snorkeler / Free Diver $90
Extra inclusions: 3 introductory dives including the Shark Feed dive, all snorkeling gear and wetsuits.
FULL GEAR HIRE $180.00
Inclusions: BCD, Regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required.
CERTIFIED OPEN WATER DIVER GEAR PACKAGE $320.00
Extra Inclusions: Full Gear hire including computer, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course with 5 guided dives.
Rum Runner price is inclusive of all taxes and fuel levies - no more to pay. Minimum of 8 divers required before departure can be confirmed. Reef Tax is not required in the Coral Sea.
Book online or call to book to guarantee the best rate and ask the Captain about the best sailing conditions and dates for this expedition.
Great news as we are now operating our all our tours within any of the new COVID limitations. Now up to 2 Sq meters per person.
We have been working continuously and we are ready to operate trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea and have our COVID safe plans and signs on board. Departures are scheduled on selected 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 you start to book on to our tours.
New COVID restrictions means guest numbers of 16 persons only plus the crew, 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 April.
Call to book to guarantee the best rate and ask Captain Richard 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 1.5m ’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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