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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
Overall, S.V. Rum Runner is a comfortable sailboat, well suited for the adventurous
The S.V. Rum Runner is a 20m Motor Sailing Schooner, built in 1984, and with a near indestructible fiberglass hull

Rum Runner 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.

As typical with sailboats, the cabins are not spacious or very private; they are for resting and sleeping. The common areas include an open saloon area and galley inside, and both covered and open outside deck areas.

We have USB, 12V dc and 240V ac for charging cameras and phones, and separate male and female toilet and shower cabinet with hot water.

She is by no means a luxury yacht. She is a practical working dive boat. Those seeking pure sailing, privacy and luxury must consider elsewhere. Rum Runner is a great opportunity to meet other divers and guests from around Australia and the world and have fun with the crew doing it.

WHY CHOOSE RUM RUNNER 2D1N Liveaboard Tours?

  • Small group tours with only a maximum of 16 divers and snorkelers per trip (private charter available from 1 - 16 guests)
  • 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 onboard. 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
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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 day and extended overnight dive trips for the lowest possible price without any sacrifice of safety, both in and out of the water. We can offer this because we’re an owner operator family-based operation with the reefs as our Head Office!

That's what we call "Livin the Dream”!!!

 

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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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Shark Diving
3 nights, 3 days with up to 9 dives at Holmes Reef, including a night dive and sharks guaranteed
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Special Charters
Private charter and extended expeditions can be catered for all special diving tours and intimate groups
Operational Update 2023/24
With Tourism not expected to be back to pre-COVID levels by mid 2024...

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

Due to a new GBRMPA Eye on the Reef survey contract till 2024, departures for our famous 2D/1N GBR liveaboard to Thetford Reef are all now guaranteed for departure pending fine weather forecast, and no minimum passenger numbers required!

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 free 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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