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Australia Rum Runner Liveaboard Review

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The Australia Rum Runner liveaboard – Overall review rating 8.8 out of 10 and 4.5 stars

If you’re set on scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, your next decision is whether you do resort based diving vs scuba dive from a liveaboard. But as you’re reading this Rum Runner liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.

Australia Rum Runner liveaboard review: A review of the Australia Rum Runner liveaboard reveals a 20 metre (66 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. She accommodates 16 divers over 4 cabins with air-con, some with sea views. Western and local food served buffet style with vegetarian and vegan options. Dive trips of 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights.

The best way to dive Australia is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Australia liveaboards using the following window:

Features of Australia Rum Runner cabin and deck

Features of Australia Rum Runner cabin and deck - Standard bunk cabin
Features of Australia Rum Runner cabin and deck – Standard bunk cabin – Image courtesy of

The Rum Runner is a budget friendly liveaboard dive boat offing liveaboard dive trips to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for 2-day 1-night or 3 day 2 night diving and snorkeling out of Cairns.

These dive liveaboards are ideal for diving the Great Barrier Reef on a budget and the time-conscious diver looking for a short dive trip.

The features that are included with your stay on the Australia Rum Runner liveaboard are as follows:

  • The Australia Rum Runner liveaboard is 20 metres (66 feet) in length.
  • Designed for up to 16 divers across 4 cabins.
  • Cabins have air conditioning with storage and some have sea views.
  • Sun deck for those sun-lovers.
  • Warm water showers.
  • Western and local style food is served buffet style alfresco.
  • Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
  • Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, camera station with a separate rinse for underwater camera and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
  • Family friend with family cabins.
  • Note the trip is for cruise only and the dive packages can be purchase in advance for an extra optional charge.

You can check the Rum Runner liveaboard availability and prices here.

More Reading: Best liveaboard Great Barrier Reef (5 best reviewed GBR liveaboards)

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The diving from the Australia Rum Runner 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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Table of Australia liveaboards

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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Review: Shore Thing Catamaran; Book: Shore Thing Catamaran 9.9 69% YES YES YES NO YES
Review: MY Spoilsport; Book: MY Spoilsport 9.4 73% YES YES YES YES YES
Review: MY Spirit of Freedom; Book: MY Spirit of Freedom 9.3 83% YES YES YES YES YES
Review: Coral Sea Dreaming; Book: Coral Sea Dreaming 9.2 62% YES YES YES NO YES
Review: MY Pro Dive Cairns; Book: MY Pro Dive Cairns 9.2 52% YES YES YES YES YES
Review: Rum Runner; Book: Rum Runner 9 44% YES YES YES NO YES
Review: MY Ocean Quest; Book: MY Ocean Quest 9 40% YES YES YES YES YES
Review: MY Odyssey; Book: 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 when searching for the best hotel. 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, 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. search GBR-scroll

Scuba diving options on the Australia Rum Runner liveaboard:

Examples of the dive itineraries on the Rum Runner liveaboard.

  • 2D/ 1N Great Barrier Reef Diving Trip – 2 days 1 nights trip. Approx. 6 dives in total. Open Water Diver – 4 minimum logged dives required.

The diving on the Great Barrier Reef

The diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef 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 Rum Runner 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, cod 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’s always that chance you could see a bull shark or a tiger shark too. Plus of course the chance to see a Dwarf Minke Whale or humpback whales and coral spawning at the right time of year on the GBR!

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

You can check the Rum Runner liveaboard availability and prices here.

Australia Rum Runner liveaboard review by customers

Scuba divers that have stayed on the Australia Rum Runner liveaboard review comments include:

  • As awesome as you would expect;
  • Wonderful intimate experience with the GBR;
  • Great Diving with Friends and “Family”;
  • This is my second trip to the GBR and I would prefer this experience over the more fancy boats anytime;
  • Good hosts and food. Very professional. Boat and some equipment need updating;
  • Music onboard, hot shower after the dive, the rocky boat sleeping experience, the gorgeous fish, coral, and caverns on the reef;
  • Felt as though we had a real diving experience without unnecessary comforts and distractions;
  • Small group experience w family run business.

Customer reviews from around the world

To see more of the Rum Runner reviews 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.

More Reading: Book 3 day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef (4 GBR liveaboards for 2 nights)

Here’s a review by a customer who rated the Australia Rum Runner liveaboard 9.2 out of 10 and 5 stars:

Excellent Experience.We had excellent weather the whole trip and as a result epic visibility. I didn’t dive, I snorkelled, and my experience was the dive crew preferred the company of divers that at times felt like the snorkelers weren’t given direction or guidance. Otherwise the whole experience was fabulous. The menu was very complimentary to lots of time in the water. The skipper was really friendly and knowledgeable. The dive sites were incredibly beautiful and vibrant – exactly how I had hope to experience The Great Barrier Reef. Highly recommend.” Recommended for: Excellent weather – friendly skipper – authentic experience.

Jess G, Australia

Video of Australia Rum Runner liveaboard

Diving in Australia: Holmes reef. Rum Runner liveaboard
3 days and 3 nights diving trip aboard the Rum Runner in the coral see. 10 dives including a shark feeding dive and a night dive.

More Reading: 2 day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef (2 day 1 night Outer Barrier Reef)

I hope you enjoyed this article about the Australia Rum Runner 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 Rum Runner 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 Rum Runner 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 Rum Runner 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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