Coral Sea Dreaming Dive & Sail provides the ultimate overnight adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. Sail the path less traveled to Cairns outer most reefs on our strong purpose build steel yacht. Enjoy the unparalleled experience of sleeping with the stars overhead and waking to a Coral Sea sunrise.

We are a small Cairns family owned and operated business providing overnight Reef trips to the Great Barrier Reef.  Our trips are perfect for families, couples or solo travellers looking for a truly unique, reef adventure without the crowds!

Coral Sea Dreaming 2 day/ 1 night trips depart Cairns every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We carry a maximum of 12 guests ensuring an intimate and personalised experience with guest to crew ratio of 4:1.  We have access to 30 moorings over 9 stunning reef systems and can guarantee the best locations per conditions on the day.

Our vessel is a beautiful, stable, 60ft steel hulled sailing boat offering cosy accommodation in Private Double or Single Shared bunk cabins.  Meals are prepared on board using fresh, local ingredients.

Trip costs include accommodation, linen and meals, all snorkel/ dive gear and instruction along with some phenomenal star gazing, amazing sunsets and sunrises. Diving is an additional cost. All guests are required to pay reef levy on-board $40 pp per trip.

We offer everything from first time snorkelling, Introductory and Certified Diving, Free Try Dives, Nitro Dives (unique Night Dives for Intro Divers or Certified Divers), dive courses, camera hire, bar facilities and merchandise. Private Charters also possible upon request.




With exclusive access to 30 premier moorings on both the mid and outer Great Barrier Reef, visit the best dive and snorkel sites Cairns has to offer including ‘The Whale, 5-Ways, Little Tracy and 3 sisters’. Our reef sites are healthy and full of diverse marine life. Their are stunning coral gardens with visibility often up to 30+ m.

Average viability 20 m with water temp 23 – 32 degrees


Soak up the full reef experience, snorkelling and diving by day, unwind with a sun-downer at sunset, gaze at the galaxy above and wake to a Coral Sea sunrise. Our adventurous divers indulge in thrilling night diving where they witness sharks out hunting, playing god with Red Bass, sleeping turtles, parrot fish in their sleeping bags and cuddly cuttlefish.


Easier than snorkeling come and try introductory diving where you can fly like an underwater eagle, be weightless like an astronaut and be surrounded by nature in ever sense. Super easy, fun and no experience necessary. Unlike snorkeling on the surface where you are looking down at the reef and dealing with water in your snorkel, introductory diving allows you to full immerse yourself in your surroundings, getting up much closer to the marine life and your regulator makes it easy to constantly and comfortably breath. We also offer a FREE 10 minute Try dive including your lesson, equipment and basic skills. Come and experience the thrill of diving you will be hooked in no time!


Leave the crowds behind as you unfurl the sails and take in the Great Barrier Reef serenity to sail your way to paradise. There is no better feeling than the breeze in your hair and wind in your sails as you relax and encounter breaching whales, cheeky turtles, dashing dolphins riding the bow and shy elusive sea snakes- all this before you even get to your first scuba dive site.


Such an incredible experience aboard Coral Sea Dreaming. Great positive, witty crew that are willing to help in any way they can, all with extensive knowledge on diving. Since the trips are limited to 12 people, its a very intimate experience and the overnight stay means there's plenty of time to settle in and make the boat feel like home. It's a great value for anyone wanting to experience the great barrier reef on a more personal level. It felt more like a few close friends taking us out on their boat than a cash grabbing, big name company. Relaxed atmosphere with a very professional team!!

Vinny - via Trip Advisor July 2020AMAZING!!

Legit changed how I think about the ocean! Review of: Coral Sea Dreaming: Overnight Dive, Snorkel and Sail Experience from Cairns I'm yet another voice added to the list of reviewers who say this was their highlight of an Australian trip. I went out on Nov 19-20, 2019 with Christian (our skipper/ocean philosopher), Mike (the best dive instructor a newbie diver like me could hope for), and Leo (who dove with the certified divers and made seriously delicious meals for all of us). I'd been diving a few times before, but not for years and not to a point where I felt particularly comfortable with it. This trip truly changed that for me. The whole crew worked hard to encourage us to spend as much time in the water as we could, and Mike hit just the right combination of easy-going humor and professional attentiveness to really help us new divers feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. The world of the Great Barrier Reef is incredible (in the literal sense of the word), and the different moorings we stopped at gave us so many chances to experience that. Snorkeling over so many different types of coral and fish and anemones up close, listening to parrot fish crunch their food, watching bioluminescence swirl around in the night water, following sharks as they hunted, passing by schools of barracuda hanging motionless in the current, tickling giant clams in so many amazing colors. Really, this entire trip was like unlocking the doorway to a wholly magical new realm. I never thought I'd do all the dives possible, especially the night dive. But I did. And I was sad that I couldn't do more. By the end of these two days, far from nervous, I was eager to wriggle into my wetsuit and jump back into the water for more. Thank you to the crew for all their wisdom and encouragement and laughter. Thank you to all the passengers on my trip, who approached our adventure with open arms. If you're looking for a short trip that will still totally immerse you in life onboard (let yourself be rocked to sleep by the waves, watch the sun set and rise over the ocean, embrace barefoot life, sway in the shady hammock) and will meet you at whatever level of diving and/or snorkeling experience you've got, this is a perfect option for you!

Love, love, loved it, such a great experience, amazing crew and passengers. This would have to be the best boat I have been on in Cairns. Can't wait to hopefully come out another time because It's had so much fun! Thanks again Coral Sea Dreaming you guys are awesome.

Laila S. via FACEBOOK

We sailed, we laughed, we dived! A great two days onboard Coral Sea Dreaming

We are just back from the two day one night sailing and diving trip on Coral Sea Dreaming. We chose these guys as they were smaller than many of the much bigger operators out of Cairns and hoping for more personal and less hectic approach with smaller diving numbers. We were not disappointed. The maximum allowed on the boat is 12 guests and 3 crew. It made for a much more intimate trip which allowed us to get to know everyone on the boat really well by the end.

The crew were all brilliant and looked after us really well. My friend and I went specifically to dive and the biggest group we dived with was four. Morgan the dive master was attentive and patient as there were different levels of competency but made each dive a great experience for everyone. Thanks guys for a cracking two days. Highly highly recommend Coral Sea Dreaming!

SimonAsh37 via TripAdvisor

~~If you do anything in Cairns, see the reef! If you’re looking for a small tour to do it with, chose Coral Sea Dreaming!~~

We had an amazing time doing the 2 day/1 night sailing trip with Coral Sea! The crew was amazing and fun. The dive/snorkel sites were fantastic. I even did my first night dive which was a wonder in itself. We saw turtles, rays, sharks, and fish galore.

The Great Barrier Reef is a Wonder for a reason and Coral Sea made our time out there amazing. The food was good and the boat was cool. They supply you with everything you need.

Even if you don’t dive, you will see a lot snorkeling. However, if you are interest in diving but haven’t been certified, don’t worry, they take first-timers a lot and make it very comfortable.

If you do anything in Cairns, see the reef! If you’re looking for a small tour to do it with, chose Coral Sea Sailing!

Todd G. via TripAdvisor

This was such an amazing trip. The group (Jan, Joris, and Julien) was really knowledgeable and made our time exceptional. We did 6 dives total. Including 1 night dive. We saw sting rays, a shark, and the reefs were beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a nice diving experience without feeling pressured to rush. It was my best experience diving thus far

Marine via TripAdvisor

My sister and I had the best time on Coral Sea Dreaming!! the crew was super friendly and kind, skipper and his wife (and adorable baby) were absolutely wonderful. We loved having a smaller boat as it allowed us more one-on-one dives, all around an incredible experience!!!! Nick (member of the crew) made us feel comfortable in the water (and is also the Love of my Life) Reviewed via Facebook August 2017

Nicole - California



With a maximum of just 12 passengers and 3 crew, Coral Sea Dreaming offers a very unique alternative to the large live-aboard experience. Small group numbers diving and snorkelling, means you see more creatures, experienced divers enjoy longer dive times and first time divers receive one on one training with no rushing. This is your adventure of a lifetime!