Rum Runner Australia Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Diving Review

Liveaboard Review Introduction

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Liveaboard Quick Review The Rum Runner Liveaboard is a 20m (66f) Australia Great Barrier Reef diving safari boat for up to 16 guests accommodated across 5 cabins and 2 bathrooms. This Australia liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.0 out of 10 and is rated 'Superb'.
Liveaboard Review Tips If you are looking for a superb , a great choice is the Rum Runner diving liveaboard. Here's our quick 7 review tips of why you might like to book this Australia diving liveaboard boat:
1. Customer Rating The Rum Runner liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.0 out of 10, and is rated "Superb".
2. Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating Summary Diver Benefits: 5 out of 9, Liveaboard Design: 3 out of 9, Cabin Luxury: 1 out of 7, Onboard Comfort: 3 out of 7, Food Luxury: 8 out of 11, Drink Luxury: 3 out of 9. This makes an average Total Lux Rating of 23 out of 52 (see below under "Liveaboard Luxury Features Review" for more details).
3. Cost Per Day The Great Barrier Reef Rum Runner Liveaboard costs from £132 per day ($161/€150)* .
4. Pros A quick list of the main pros of the Rum Runner Liveaboard include: aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, flexible booking, diving courses, scuba gear rental.
5. Cons A quick list of the main cons of the Rum Runner Liveaboard include: no Ensuite Cabins, no internet, no nitrox.
6. Liveaboard Capacity The Rum Runner liveaboard is 20 metres (66 feet) long, has 5 cabins and 2 bathrooms, which means it can accommodate up to 16 guests/divers.
7. Booking Itineraries The booking itineraries for the Rum Runner Liveaboard include: 2 Days/1 Night. (But it's worth checking if more diving itineraries have been added or you can book by click here: Rum Runner).
Booking tips Before you book and pay for your flights, you first need your itinerary dates confirmed for your liveaboard trip. 8 steps to follow: 1. Select an itinerary; 2. Choose a cabin; 3. Select number of people in your party; 4. Enter your email address and confirm; 5. Your trip will be held by the liveaboard operator until your dates are confirmed. 6. You'll receive a booking confirmation by email allowing you 2-3 days before payment is due; 7. Book your flights to Australia; 8. Pay for your Rum Runner liveaboard trip.
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* Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.22 and for GBP to Euro is 1.14. For an up-to-date cost for the Rum Runner Liveaboard, please visit this link: Rum Runner.
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    Liveaboard Review Highlights

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    Video Title Rum Runner Cairns Living the Dream
    Flexible Booking This liveaboard has flexible booking terms, which means you can book with confidence knowing that this dive boat offers a free trip reschedule within 24 months if you are unable to travel due to Covid19 related restrictions (T & Cs apply).
    Nitrox Diving This liveaboard does not have nitrox available.
    Dietary Requirements Catered For The onboard chefs will cater for specific dietary requirements, e.g. food allergies like gluten or lactose intolerance, and religious beliefs. This means you can enjoy the onboard meals. You are advised to add any dietary requirements to your special requests at step 2 of the booking form, but limit these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.
    Diving Courses This liveaboard offers diving courses, which means you benefit from being able to advance your diving skills. These training courses are an extra charge.
    Scuba Gear Rental You can rent scuba gear on this dive boat so you benefit from being able travel light and simply rent all your scuba equipment once onboard.
    Internet There is no WIFI or internet available on this liveaboard.
    Ensuite Cabins This liveaboard does not have ensuite cabins, which means you have to share bathroom facilities.
    Aircon Cabins Each cabin has air-conditioning, which means you can choose your own cabin temperature for personal comfort and a good nights sleep.
    Private Charter This liveaboard is available for private charter. If you charter this dive boat you have more flexibility over the choice of dive sites (with the captain's approval), the type of diving and total number of divers/guests onboard (subject to the maximum number of guests onboard - see below).
    DIN Adapters If you have DIN regulators do not worry as this liveaboard has DIN to Yoke regulator adaptors onboard.
    Relaxing between dives
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    Liveaboard Luxury Features Review

    Liveaboard Luxury Features The 'Liveaboard Luxury Rating' concept is to help you choose the right diving liveaboard for your Australia dive trip. This means you can compare this liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis, and makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.
    SDE Luxury Rating Total (Max 52/52=100%) The Rum Runner Liveaboard has 23 out of a total of 52 possible benefits and features. This total is made up of the following benefits and features:
    Diver Benefits (Max 9/9=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 5 out of 9 'Diver Benefits' and include: DIN Adapters: YES; Dive Courses: YES; Dive Deck: YES: Gear Rental: YES; Nitrox Onboard: NO; Private Dive Guide: YES; Rinse Hoses: NO; Shaded Dive Area: NO; Tenders For Diving: NO.
    Liveaboard Design (Max 9/9=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 3 out of 9 'Boat Design Features' and include: Airconditioned Saloon: NO; Charging Stations: YES; Custom Built For Diving: NO; Indoor Saloon: NO; Leisure Deck: NO; Observation Deck: NO; Outside Showers: NO; Sun Deck: YES; Warm Showers: YES.
    Cabin Luxury (Max 7/7=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 1 out of 7 'Cabin Features' and include: Air-Conditioned Cabins: YES; Cabin Balconies: NO; Daily Housekeeping: NO; Ensuite cabins: NO; Non-smoking Cabins: NO; Seaview cabins available: NO; TV In Cabin: NO.
    Onboard Comfort (Max 7/7=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 3 out of 7 'Onboard Comfort' features, and include: Beach Towels: YES, Cabin Towels: YES; Complimentary Toiletries: NO; Deck Towels: YES; Internet: NO; Laundry Service: NO; Nearly 1 to 1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio: NO.
    Food Luxury (Max 11/11=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 8 out of 11 'Food Features' and include: BBQ Area: NO; Beach BBQ: NO; Buffet Style: YES; Dietary Requirements Catered For: YES; Fine Cuisine: NO; Local Food: YES; Outdoor Dining: YES; Snacks All Day: YES; Vegan Options: YES; Vegetarian Options: YES; Western Style Food: YES; (Meal options include: Al Fresco Dining, Full-board Option).
    Drink Luxury (Max 9/9=100%) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 3 out of 9 'Drink Features' and include: Bar: NO; Beer Available: NO; Drinking Water: YES; Fine Wines: NO; Free Soft Drinks: NO; Free Wine With Dinner: NO; Soft Drinks: YES; Tea And Coffee: YES; Wine Available: NO.
    Example of Cabins
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    Customer Reviews of Liveaboard

    Customer Reviews The Rum Runner liveaboard customer reviews listed here have been chosen for you to get a feel for the scuba diving experience you'll get.
    Customer Review

    Wonderful intimate experience with the GBR. Absolutely the best bang for your buck. This is my second trip to the GBR and I would prefer this experience over the more fancy boats anytime. You loose the Disneyland factor and gain an authentic experience with real people, great instructors and a great adventure. At the end of the day it’s about the diving, and I can’t tell you it was absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to come back and dive with the sharks. I’ll be back!Recommended for: The dive sites, the instructors and the small groups.

    Customer Review By Amber H, from: United States scored the Rum Runner 9.2 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: Rum Runner.
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    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.

    Customer Review By Jess G, from: Australia scored the Rum Runner 9.2 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: Rum Runner.

    Liveaboard Itinerary

    Liveaboard Departure-Arrival Location The Rum Runner Liveaboard departs and returns from the port none selected. Please click here: Rum Runner to find out how to get from to join the Rum Runner Liveaboard's departure port none selected.
    Itinerary and videos The itineraries below for the Rum Runner liveaboard don't necessarily tie in with the videos directly below the itinerary heading. The itineraries are examples of dive trips offered by this liveaboard, and the videos are examples of videos taken when diving from the Rum Runner dive boat.
    Itinerary Option 1 2D/1N Great Barrier Reef Diving Trip (Cairns - Cairns)
    Itinerary Option 1 Detail
    Itinerary 1 Title Diving in Australia: Holmes reef. Rum Runner liveaboard
    Itinerary Option 2 2D/1N Great Barrier Reef Diving Trip (Cairns - Cairns)
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    Dives and Scuba Diver Experience

    Number of Dives On Trip You will be able to dive up to 6 times in total on the Rum Runner liveaboard diving trips. The number of times you dive will depend on the itinerary you select.
    Your Diver Certification Level If you choose the Rum Runner liveaboard for your scuba diving trip to Australia (, null_select), make sure you select the right itinerary for your diver certification level. Different itineraries include the following alternative PADI certification levels (or equivalent): No Scuba Diving Certification Needed: NO; Open Water Diver: YES; Advanced Open Water Diver: NO.
    Your Logged Dives When choosing the Rum Runner liveaboard for your dive trip to Australia, make sure you select the right itinerary for how many logged dives you've done. Itineraries on the Rum Runner liveaboard include the following alternatives: No minimum logged dives: NO; 10 logged dives: NO; 20 logged dives: NO; 30 logged dives: NO; 40 logged dives: NO; 50 logged dives or more: NO.
    Your Diver experience If you choose the Rum Runner liveaboard for your dive trip to Australia, make sure you select the right itinerary for your level of diver experience. Itineraries on the Rum Runner liveaboard include the following alternatives: Beginner/Novice (up to 9 logged dives): NO; Advanced Beginner (10-19 dives): NO; Intermediate Diver (20 to 29 logged dives): NO; Advanced Intermediate (30 to 39 logged dives): NO; Proficient Diver (40 to 49 logged dives): NO; Advanced Diver (more than 50 logged dives): NO.
    Type of Diving The type of diving experienced from the Rum Runner Liveaboard includes: Coral Gardens, Marine Life, Night Dives, Swim-Through's and Caverns, Wall Diving, Warm Water Diving.
    Underwater Scooters Onboard Underwater scooters onboard: NO.

    Marine Life Reviewed

    Marine Life Species The sea life you might see on your Australia liveaboard dive trip depends on the time of year you choose to dive, and on which Australia liveaboard and liveaboard itinerary you book. But ultimately the sea creatures you see when scuba diving is always down to nature itself. With these parameters in mind, the marine life you may spot when scuba diving on the Rum Runner Liveaboard in Australia might include:
    Sharks You may see the following sharks species: Blacktip Reef Sharks, Epaulette Shark, Grey Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Silky Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Wobbegong Shark.
    Ray Species You may see the following rays species: Blue Spotted Stingrays, Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays.
    Fish Species You may also see the following fish species: Batfish, Barracudas, Clownfish (Anemonefish), Glassfish, Groupers, Maori Wrasse, Moray Eels, Napoleon Wrasse, Pipefish, Potato Cod, Red Snappers, Reef Fish, Sea Horses, Trigger Fish.
    Other Marine Life & Bird Species You may see the following marine and bird life: Barrel Sponges, Blanket Octopus, Crabs, Crocodiles, Cuttlefish, Giant Clam, Hard Corals, Jellyfish, Lobsters, Mantis Shrimp, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Sea Snakes, Soft Corals, Squid, Starfish, Turtles.
    Marine Mammal Species You might encounter the following mammals: Dolphins, Dugongs, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales.
    Video Title Australia's Great Barrier Reef | beautiful underwater nature | Scuba Diving the Ribbon Reefs HD
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    Liveaboard Cost and Booking

    Included In The Price The price of booking the Rum Runner liveaboard includes: Drinking Water, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), National Park Fees, Port Fees, Snacks, Tea & Coffee, Visas and Fees.
    Paid For Optional Extras The following are optional extras when you book the Rum Runner liveaboard: Beach Towels, Cabin Towels;, Deck Towels, Diving Package, Gratuities, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Soft Drinks.
    Paid For Required Extras The following are required extras when you book the Rum Runner liveaboard: Environment Tax.

    Boat Capacity

    Boat Length 20 metres (66 feet).
    Maximum Guests 16
    Cabins and Bathrooms The Rum Runner dive boat has 5 cabins and 2 bathrooms.
    Cabin Types The Rum Runner has the following cabin types: single cabins, twin cabins, quad cabins.
    Family cabins onboard Family cabins onboard: YES.

    Advanced Divers

    Advanced Diver Benefits (Max 3) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 0 out of 3 (i.e. 0%) 'Advanced Diver Benefits', which include: Rebreather Support: NO; Sidemount Diving NO; Tech Diving: NO.

    Underwater Photographers

    Underwater Photographer Benefits (Max 3) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 2 out of 3 (i.e. 67%) 'Underwater Photographer Benefits', which include: Camera Room: NO; Camera Station: YES; Separate Rinse For U/W Cameras: YES.

    Non-Diver Activities

    Non-Diving Activities (Max 17) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 2 out of 17 (i.e. 12%) 'Non-Diving Activities', which include: Fishing: NO; Glass Bottom Boat: NO; Jacuzzi/Hot Tub: NO; Jet Skiing: NO; Kayaks: NO; Land Excursions: NO; Massage: NO; Naturalist Itineraries: [naturalist_Itineraries]; Naturalist Guide: NO; Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly: YES, Sauna: NO; Snorkel Equipment: YES; Spa: NO; Stand Up Paddle Boards: NO; Wakeboarding: NO; Water Skiing: NO; Yoga: NO.
    Onboard Entertainment (Max 2) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 0 out of 2 (i.e. 0%) 'Entertainment Features': Audio And Entertainment: NO; Library: NO.

    Traveller Benefits

    Travel Benefits (Max 6) The Rum Runner liveaboard has 2 out of 6 (i.e. 33%) 'Traveller Benefits', which include: Airport Transfer: NO; Available For Charter: YES, Budget Friendly: NO, Dedicated Local & International Crew: YES; Hotel Transfer: NO; Welcome Cocktails; NO.
    Languages Spoken Onboard The crew onboard the Rum Runner liveaboard are able to speak the following languages: English.

    Liveaboard Summary

    Conclusion The Rum Runner Great Barrier Reef liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.0, is rated 'Superb'. This Australia liveaboard is a 20 metre (66 feet) dive boat for up to 16 guests across 5 cabins (inc. single cabins, twin cabins, quad cabins), and has 2 bathrooms. The Rum Runner Liveaboard has aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, flexible booking, diving courses, scuba gear rental. To book: Rum Runner Liveaboard prices start at £132 per day ($161/€150)*.
    More Information To discover more about the Rum Runner diving liveaboard or to check availability for your dive trip to Australia you can do this here: Rum Runner. But if you want to compare this Australia liveaboard with one of the other liveaboards from Australia, please take a look at the table below. If you are only interested in Australia liveaboards, select "Country" from the list of searchable options from first dropdown menu and type "Australia" in the search box:
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    * Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.22 and for GBP to Euro is 1.14. For an up-to-date cost for the Rum Runner Liveaboard, please visit this link: Rum Runner.

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    Have Fun & Be Safe There will also be many more pages and articles about scuba diving and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport. Please don't forget to rate the Rum Runner liveaboard above if you've already dived in Australia from this dive boat, but also make sure you have fun and be safe.
    Rum Runner Australia Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Diving 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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