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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
Become PADI certified
Get certified to scuba dive with our PADi dive courses


Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater?

If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. Rum Runner offers this course during all tours.

While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To start in a PADI Discover Scuba Diver course, you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. Maximum of only 4 students per course.

No prior experience with scuba diving is required. Maximum of only 2 or 3 students per course.

Breathing underwater for the first time is thrilling, especially at the Great Barrier Reef, so what are you waiting for!

Introductory diving starts from $120.00 per person


If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with Rum Runner’s PADI Open Water Diver referral course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Hundreds of our guests have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To start our PADI Open Water Diver referral course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Then you need to do your PADI eLearning (theory) and pool skills training with any PADI Dive Centre before you get to Cairns. If you are planning to do your course in Cairns, check out PRODIVE Cairns "PADI 2 DAY POOL & THEORY REFERRAL" from $370.00

To Book a PADI Open Water Diver referral course contact Rum Runner directly . This course cannot be booked directly online as we need to make sure we have trips departing and our Instructors are available for the dates your after.

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Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water during your liveaboard tour. As soon as your 4 x open water training dives are approved by our instructor you will be a certified diver. PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognised worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.


PADI 2 DAY POOL & THEORY REFERRAL - at your own expense. (ProDive Cairns from $370.00)
The Cost of your liveaboard Tour – From $440.00 plus $40 Reef Tax
Full Gear Hire $180.00 inclusions: BCD, Regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required.

(TOTAL COST with a 2 Day 1 Night GBR Liveaboard tour $1030.00)


Includes 2 Day / 1 Night GBR tour, 5 scuba dives (4 training dives plus 1 certified dive), Full Gear Hire and Reef Tax. Save $180.00!!

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course can be booked online or you can talk to our dive crew once onboard.

Rum Runner Cairns 0429 638 744 or e-mail:


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Day Private Charters
Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts who have more than 20 years’ experience
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2 Day Snorkel & Dive
This is our specialty tour that departs all year round on selected Monday’s and Thursday’s
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3 nights, 3 days with up to 9 dives at Holmes Reef, including a night dive and sharks guaranteed
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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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