Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review

Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review
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The Australia Reef Prince liveaboard – Overall review rating 10 out of 10

If you’re set on scuba diving Western Australia’s Rowley Shoals or perhaps cruising up the west Australian coast from Broome to Darwin, how about this highly rated liveaboard. The Reef Prince liveaboard review is a mix between a dive liveaboard and a cruise ship for non-divers who like to explore.

Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review: A review of the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard reveals a 38 metre (125 feet) dive boat that accommodates 36 scuba divers/guests over 18 cabins with air conditioning and some have sea views. Local and western food served buffet style with an air-conditioned saloon and bar. Rowley Shoals dive trips of 7 days 6 nights.

Features of Australia Reef Prince cabin and deck

Features of Australia Reef Prince cabin and deck
Features of Australia Reef Prince liveaboard cabin review – Image courtesy of Liveaboard.com

The MV Reef Prince is a west coast based liveaboard boat. You can explore the West Coast of Australia, which includes the Kimberley boat cruise or fast boat rides through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

But then as a scuba diver you can experience scuba diving at Rowley Shoals, which is every diver’s dream.

Which means that not all cruises on the Prince Reef liveaboard are for scuba divers.

If you’re a diver, check for the trips to Rowley Shoals, but if you’re not a scuba diver and you’re interested in the other amazing cruises along Australia’s west coast, please choose one of the other trips.

Although some of these non-dive focused trips do also include dives for those interested in exploring the underwater world (see below).

The features that are included with your stay on the Australia Reef Prince boat are as follows:

  • The Australia Reef Prince liveaboard is 38 metres (125 feet) in length.
  • Designed for up to 36 divers across 18 cabins.
  • Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, some with sea views and there’s daily housekeeping and a laundry service. Plus storage cabinets, TV and DVD player.
  • Warm water showers.
  • An observation deck and a sun deck for those sun-worshippers who like to relax and enjoy sunbathing in-between dives.
  • Food includes local and western style food and is served buffet style and are eaten indoors with all day snacks.
  • Both wine and beer are available at an extra charge.
  • Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
  • Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar and library.
  • Scuba diving facilities include tenders for diving.

You can check the Reef Prince liveaboard availability and prices here.

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Australia Reef Prince scuba diving review

Australia Reef Prince scuba diving review
Australia Reef Prince scuba diving review – Image courtesy of Liveaboard.com

The diving from the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard has a superb review rating and she was custom-built for scuba diving.

On this scuba diving liveaboard, you’ll be in the hands of experienced and professional crew.

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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.

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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.

Kimberly cruise and diving options on the Australia Reef Prince:

Examples of the dive itineraries on the Reef Prince liveaboard.

  • Reef Prince Rowley Shoals Cruise – Dive cruise – 7 days 6 nights trip. Approx. 25 dives in total. Open Water Diver certificate required – 1 minimum logged dives required.
  • 8 day Arnhem Land Coastal cruise – Non-dive cruise – 8 days 7 nights trip.
  • 11 Day Kimberley Coastal Expedition (Darwin to Broome) – 11 days 10 nights trip. Approx. 5 dives in total. Open Water Diver certificate required – 1 minimum logged dives required. Not all these trips include diving, please check when you book the trip.

The diving in Australia is varied and interesting with some deep dives, which can be up to 30 metres (98 feet) and there are night dives too. But The Reef Prince is about including most experience levels of scuba diver.

On most of these dive trips divers will see a variety of marine life. This includes nudibranchs, potato code fish, moray eels, large schools of reef fish, eagle rays, various shark species including grey reef and white tip sharks, turtles, manta rays and the occasional whale sharks. Plus there are at certain times dolphins and humpback whales seen there too.

You will also get the opportunity on some trips to dive some of the most beautiful shipwrecks too.

You can check the Reef Prince liveaboard availability and prices here.

Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review by customers

Scuba divers and guests that have stayed on the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard comments include:

  • Best holiday ever, faultless in every way with crew who never stopped trying (and succeeding) to please;
  • Recommended for Onboard comfort and food, crew affability and knowledge, snorkeling at Abrolhos, Monte Bello and Rowley Shoals;
  • Superb biodiversity diving on understated boat with competent staff.

To read these reviews for the Reef Prince, please click here to read them. If you weren’t already convinced how wonderful this top class liveaboard was before, then certainly after reading them all.

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Video of Australia Reef Prince boat

This video gives you a feel for the recently updated interior of the Reef Prince liveaboard. But it also gives you a flavour for the trips on this highly rated boat too. This video doesn’t show a trip to Rowley Shoals though.

Reef Prince with the Kimberley Cruise Centre
Explore the magnificent Kimberley coastline on the 38m expedition cruise boat, the Reef Prince. Louise from the Kimberley Cruise Centre gives you a brief tour of the boat here. For itineraries, dates and prices visit www.kimberleycruises.com

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I hope you enjoyed this article about the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

But in particular if you’ve dived either in Australia or in particular on the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard, please share your experiences.

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about the Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Australia Reef Prince liveaboard review

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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