Townsville Liveaboard Trips

3 Star Accommodation – 5 Star Diving

Join our experienced crew on the only scheduled Liveaboard Trips from Townsville to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the worldExplore world class sites including the SS Yongala Wreck which is situated within the Great Barrier Reef.

Features of the Vessel (MV SeaEsta):

  • Accommodation for 20 passengers in double, twin & quad-share berths
  • Budget-style, Air-conditioned Cabins
  • Large Fully Equipped Dive Deck
  • Easy access In/Out of water for divers and snorkelers
  • BBQ/Entertainment Deck

Click here for our Weekend Great Barrier Reef Adventure trips

Click here for our 3 Day / 3 Night Snorkel & Dive Eco Liveaboards (Great Barrier Reef & Yongala)

2 Day / 2 Night Weekend Reef Adventure – Great for the whole family!

Snorkelling – Diving – Fishing

A perfect weekend Great Barrier Reef getaway…

MV SeaEsta departs from Townsville on Friday night so you can wake up for a Saturday sunrise over the reef. After 2 dives/snorkels in crystal blue waters during the day and a spot of fishing, there’s even time for a night dive in between fully catered meals. On Sunday, enjoy two more leisurely dives before cruising back to the mainland arriving in Townsville about 5pm, ‘reefreshed’ & ready for Monday morning!

Suitable for divers, snorkelers and even anglers too, save $50 for each additional passenger when booking by telephone (+61 7 4724 0600).

Departing every month from April 2018, find a date that suits you below:

Your trip includes:

  • Up to 5 Dives/Snorkels including 1 night dive on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 nights accommodation in air conditioned cabins
  • All bed linen
  • All meals from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon
  • All Environmental Management Charges
  • Tanks and weights for divers
  • Snorkeling equipment and instruction
  • Basic fishing tackle (hand lines including 1 rig)
  • Environmental Education – learn about the reef

Sites we visit:

Visiting the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef, our knowledgeable skipper tailors each trip according to passenger interests, weather conditions, tides and currents to ensure a great experience.

Sample Itinerary:

Friday: Boarding 7:30pm  Townsville

Saturday : Wake up at the Great Barrier Reef. Time to drop a line to catch lunch or watch the sunrise… When the sun rises a bit further, we move into a shallower reef for snorkelling, diving, swimming and relaxing.

Later in the afternoon, we leave time for a little more fishing before dinner. Relax as the sun goes down over the water.

A night dive is on offer for the adventurous ones

Sunday: After a short cruise early Sunday morning, there is time for another spot of fishing before more diving and snorkelling.

Try trailing a lure on the way back home for some pelagic action.

Arrive back in Townsville around 5:00pm

What to bring:

  • Your diving certification and log book
  • A small bag with towel, swimwear, toiletries, sunscreen and hat
  • Some small fishing equipment (if desired)

What not to bring:

  • Large bags or backpack
  • Bed linen, sleeping bags and pillows
  • Glass Bottles (wine bottles allowed)

Accommodation Type


Child (6-11yrs)

Share – 3 or 4



Optional extras:

  • 1x Certified Day Dive $50
  • 4x Certified Day Dive package $180
  • 1x Night Dive $65
  • 1x Discover Scuba Dive $80
  • Additional Discover Scuba Dive $40
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver $295
  • Guided dive $10 per dive

Weekend Liveaboard

3 Day / 3 Night – Eco Liveaboard Trip – up to 10 Dives!

Departing Townsville with a maximum of just 20 guests, we cruise through the night to arrive at our first dive site, in plenty of time for you to see the sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef. Two action-filled days, as the only boat of divers in an expanse of World Heritage reefs, are rounded off on a grand finale with two dives on the World’s best wreck dive, the SS Yongala!

Trip dates

View the dates of our scheduled 2018 liveaboard voyages. To make a booking and view extras, use the Book button below.

For Special Liveaboards, such as our Easter Weekend 4 day/4 night and Coral Spawning click here.


Your trip includes:

  • Up to 10 Dives including 2 night dives and 2 dives on the Yongala Wreck
  • 3 night’s accommodation in air conditioned cabins
  • All bed linen
  • All meals
  • Environmental Management Charges and site mooring fees
  • Tanks and weights for divers
  • Snorkeling equipment for snorkelers

Sites we visit:

Visit a range of world-class sites on the Great Barrier Reef over the first two days of your trip. Our experienced crew will select some of the best Great Barrier Reef sites according to weather conditions on the day.

Yongala WreckA taste of sites visited:

Peacock Bommie at Davies Reef rises from depths of over 30m up to 5m from the surface. Schools of fusiliers, fairy basslets and snappers explode around you, as larger pelagic fish cruise past. Waft away clouds of glassfish to uncover pipefish, cleaner shrimp, and count the number of coral cod…

Vic’s Patches on Keeper Reef or Fish Bowl offers tantalising swimthroughs that see beams of light revealing delicate nudibranches, camouflaged frogfish, giant pufferfish and wide-eyed cave dwellers peeking up through the dark.

The North Face of Wheeler’s Reef offers an action-packed drift dive for Advanced or training Adventure Divers to cruise at 20m past schools of humphead parrotfish and huge Spanish mackerel, whilst spotting wobbegongs in the sand as the occasional grey reef shark watches on.

On your final morning, be the first divers to descend on the SS Yongala. Witness Giant Bull Rays waking up and ‘flying’over the top of the wreck, and, if you can tear your eyes away from the symphony of batfish, cod and giant trevally long enough, look out for the formidable resident Queensland gropers, bottle-nosed wedgefish and leopard sharks.

An unrivalled open ocean location means lucky divers even have a chance to see migrating manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales at certain times of the year.

Sample Itinerary:

Departs: Townsville

Boarding: 8pm at Townsville, departing 10pm

Day 1 2 dives at Vic’s Patches, Keeper Reef and 2 dives (incl. night dive) at Student Bommi, Wheeler Reef

Day 2 : 2 dives on Peacock Bommi, Davies Reef and 2 dives (incl. night dive) at Barra Bommi, Little Broadhurst Reef

Day 3 : 2 morning dives on the SS Yongala Wreck (subject to weather)

Return to Townsville, disembarking at approx. 4.30pm

What to bring:

  • Your diving certification and log book
  • A small bag with towel, swimwear, toiletries, sunscreen and hat

What not to bring:

  • Large bags or back pack
  • Bed linen, sleeping bags and pillows
  • Fishing equipment
  • Glass bottles (wine bottles accepted)

Accommodation Type



Share – 3 or 4
Double $1000 $880

3 Day 3 Night LiveaboardOptional extras:

  • Full equipment hire $95
  • Dive Torch $25 (incl. batteries)
  • Guided dive $10 (per dive)
  • Adventure Dive $25 (per dive)
  • Nitrox Fills: $30 for one or $50 for 2 tanks (certification or training required)
  • Nitrox course: $230
  • Advanced Course: $295
  • Camera hire: 1 Day $65; 3 day $130; (SD card – yours to keep)

3 Day 3 Night Liveaboards

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