Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive boats for the single traveller with single berth cabins
In my time I’ve done loads of traveling as a single traveller. This is great, but if you’re a solo diver, perhaps not so good. For safety reasons you shouldn’t dive alone. So what’s the solution if you’re looking for a Great Barrier Reef liveaboard with a single cabin?
Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive boats for the single traveller with single berth cabins: Australia liveaboards for single divers include twin cabins with single beds for solo divers happy to share with other single travellers, who are also looking to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. Liveaboards that match this criteria include Spirit of Freedom, Pro Dive Cairns, Ocean Quest and the Coral Sea Dreaming.
Australia liveaboards for single divers
The Great Barrier Reef is on many scuba diver’s bucket list. The Great Barrier Reef is a site of unmistakable variety and beauty. It lies on the north-east coast of Australia.
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The Great Barrier Reef heralds the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral. There are around 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc to be found on this living World Heritage Site. You’ll also find endangered species such as the dugong (‘sea cow’) and the large green turtle.
If you are planning your diving holiday to the Great Barrier Reef and you’re single, this makes things slightly more difficult as a solo diver.
But as a solo traveller and diver and without a dive buddy, you will soon discover that a liveaboard is the best option.
If you’re travelling alone and you’re looking to explore the underwater world of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a liveaboard dive boat with single cabins is the way to go.
Great Barrier Reef for single divers – the options as a solo diver
Great Barrier Reef dive liveaboards with single cabins
The following Great Barrier Reef liveaboards have twin berth cabins, which are suited for solo divers when single cabins are not available, but of course you’ll need to share with another solo diver.
The Spirit of Freedom liveaboard
Spirit of Freedom, Australia – Rated Superb, 9.3 out of 10 with 4.5 stars. The Spirit of Freedom doesn’t have single cabins, but has twin and triple cabins instead if you’re willing to share. Shes a large dive boat measuring 37 metres (121 feet) in length and designed for up to 26 guests. The Spirit of Freedom was voted Best Australian Liveaboard by readers of Australasia Dive Log in 2015 & 2017.
Customer Review of Spirit of Freedom: “We loved everything about this trip – the crew was amazing (Michelle the Director was hilarious), the food was great and there was tons of variety (we probably gained 5 lbs), we loved all the other passengers on the boat, our room was very comfortable (we were in a 4 bed shared) and the dive sites were gorgeous”. Recommended for: Diving, Crew & Bonding with the other passengers. Review by Jaime G of Colombia.
Spoilsport Liveaboard, Australia
Spoilsport Liveaboard, Australia – Rated Superb, 9.4 out of 10 with 4.5 stars. The Spoilsport liveaboard doesn’t have single cabins, but has twin en-suite cabins if you’re willing to share. She measures 30 metres (98 feet) in length and is designed for up to 28 guests.
Customer Review of Spoilsport: “Amazing first time liveaboard experience! We loved the advanced course with Joe. Our diving greatly improved! Will was a great trip director – made it all fun, safe and easy. Bobbie is an amazing chef – the food variety was hard to believe. Julie’s photography and fish lectures were fantastic bonuses! We hope to return!” Recommended for: Dive sites, crew and food.Anne D, United States
Pro Dive Cairns, Australia liveaboard
Pro Dive Cairns, Australia – Rated Superb and 9.2 out of 10 with 4.5 stars. The Pro Dive Cairns liveaboard also doesn’t have single berth cabins, but does have twin share cabins. In total the Pro Dive Cairns has 14 twin cabins, which are bunk style and don’t have ensuite facilities. In total there are 8 shared bathrooms on-board. The Pro Dive Cairns is 24 metres (75 feet) in length and caters for up to 32 guests.
Customer Review of Pro Dive Cairns: “Had an amazing time at the reef! Saw lots of turtles,fish,stingrays and saw my first shark.” Recommended for: The crew were awesome and the food was great.Lena B of New Zealand
Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia
Ocean Quest Liveaboard, Australia – Rated Superb and 9 out of 10 with 4.5 stars. Like the other liveaboards in this article, she only has twin share cabins if you’re happy to share with another solo scuba diver. She is 36 metres (118 feet) in length and caters for up to 48 guests.
Customer Review of Ocean Quest: “Great driving experience! Well- run and organized diving, great guides who were very knowledgeable and looked after divers safety.” Recommended for: The boat was very comfortable and well equipped, the staff were awesome and most importantly superb diving!Aleks K, Australia
Coral Sea Dreaming liveaboard
Coral Sea Dreaming liveaboard – If you’re a solo diver and looking for a short liveaboard trip of just 2 days 1 night, the Coral Sea Dreaming offers shared single bunks As an option. Rated Superb and 9.2 out of 10 with 4.5 stars. The Coral Sea Dreaming is 18 metres (60 feet) in length and accommodates up to 12 guests.
Customer review of Coral Sea Dreaming: “Amazing trip with a great crew! Waking up on the reef in the morning and being able to jump right into the water.” Recommended for: The crew, the coral, and the amount of ocean life.
Travelling families in need of single cabins
If you’re a travelling family and in need of single or twin cabins for your children, the above liveaboards will be ideal too.
Australia dive liveaboards table
This list of Australia liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.
|Liveaboard main photo||Discover Liveaboard||Customer Review Rating Out of 10||SDE Lux Rating %||Flexible Booking||Dive Courses||Dietary Requirements||Nitrox||Gear Rental|
|Review Link: Shore Thing Catamaran; Booking Link: Shore Thing Catamaran||9.9||69||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review Link: MY Spoilsport; Booking Link: MY Spoilsport||9.4||73||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MY Spirit of Freedom; Booking Link: MY Spirit of Freedom||9.3||83||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: Coral Sea Dreaming; Booking Link: Coral Sea Dreaming||9.2||62||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review Link: MY Pro Dive Cairns; Booking Link: MY Pro Dive Cairns||9.2||52||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: Rum Runner; Booking Link: Rum Runner||9||44||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review Link: MY Ocean Quest; Booking Link: MY Ocean Quest||9||40||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MY Odyssey; Booking Link: MY Odyssey||8.6||60||YES||NO||YES||NO||YES|
The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.
Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.
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