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Blue Dive Luxury Adventure Charters from Port Douglas or Cairns – social distancing at its best!

Diving, snorkelling, Sand Cays, Day trips, Extended Overnight Liveaboard Expeditions, Osprey Reef, Lizard Island. We can even get you to dive the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea!


Let Blue Dive organise a very special diving and snorkelling experience for just you and your friends or family aboard your very own private charter boat.


Your own boat going out to the Great Barrier Reef – it doesn’t get much better than that!  And of course all the gorgeous vessels we use have full COVID safety plans.


Whether you want to dive, snorkel, sail or explore islands, Blue Dive can arrange day, evening, overnight and multi-day liveaboard dive and snorkel itineraries.


Scuba Diving PADI Port Douglas

This could be you – It doesn’t get much better.




All charters from Port Douglas and Cairns  include morning tea, gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, bottled water, soft drinks, tea & coffee, private Blue Dive expert dive guide for your group and all diving/snorkelling gear.


Breakfast, dinner and dessert are included on overnight and multi-day charters. Dietary requirements and preferences are catered for, just let us know at the time of booking.


Complimentary underwater (certified dive groups only) and above water photos are included, giving you a very special memento of your day.


Please Contact us for availability and prices.


Please scroll down for the private charter cancellation policy.


Port Douglas Private Charter Boats and Catamarans

We have access to a range of vessels, giving Blue Dive the ability to cater to different size groups and requirements. Contact Us to discuss your private charter requirements and we can recommend just the right vessel and itinerary for the perfect Great Barrier Reef private charter experience.


See below for further details on several of the private charter vessels we commonly use.


Day charters start at $3850.

Black Magic

12.5 metres (40 foot) custom built luxury vessel with a fast cruising speed of well over 20 knots.


Superb and passionate on board team dedicated to ensuring you have a superb day whether diving snorkelling or just relaxing on a luxury vessel on the outer Great Barrier Reef.


The skipper Jim, has an unrivalled knowledge of the local reefs. And at 12.5 metres the boat is very manoeuvrable meaning we can get to dive sites no other boats in Port Douglas can get to.


Day trips: Up to 7 passengers (maximum 5 divers for comfort)


Available for day trips or afternoon/evening trips including night dives!


Sleeps up to 4 across 2 air-conditioned cabins if overnight trips are required.

Luxury private charters Port Douglas

Black Magic on right – with sister ship Blue Martini on left.


16.5 metres (54ft)- With a cruising speed of approximately 15 knots.


MV Monsoon is modern and comfortable, with a choice of spacious lounge and deck areas to enjoy on your reef day. The dive deck sits just inches above the waterline, making entries and exits a breeze, and the onboard tender makes drift dives and accessing hard-to-reach dive sites a possibility.


Guided snorkelling included for those who aren’t diving.


Gourmet lunch, canapés, cheese platter and seasonal tropical fruit selection, non-alcoholic beverages. You’re welcome to bring your own beer and wine onboard.


Monsoon’s skipper has a wealth of local knowledge that guarantees the best possible sites on the day of your private charter. The experienced crew pamper you with friendly personal service as you cruise superb reefs, dive and snorkel in the warm tropical waters.


Up 10 passengers (maximum 8 divers for comfort).


Monsoon on the Great Barrier ReefMonsoon interior


Zulu – State of the art.

16.4 metres (54 ft) luxury vessel with a very fast cruising speed of 24 knots.


Zulu is a custom-built luxury vessel with a Seakeeper gyroscope to keep the boat very steady, even in windy weather, making it a great vessel for June, July and August when it can be a little windier and other boats can become uncomfortable. Its faster cruising speed makes it possible to reach more distant outer Great Barrier Reef dive sites.


Zulu features the Twindisc Express Joystick system which can hold the vessel in any fixed position, crab the boat diagonally or straight sideways and rotate it 360° on its axis. This feature makes it perfect for getting to dive sites larger boats can’t get into.


The air-conditioned saloon has plenty of comfortable seating, a well-equipped galley for preparing a fresh lunch and great coffee. Fusion surround sound system and slide down window allows you to experience the action on the back deck from the air-conditioned comfort of the saloon.


For liveaboard diver charters, there is a luxurious air-conditioned ensuite cabin plus a smaller air-conditioned double cabin (maximum 4 passengers on overnight trips).


Day trips: Up to 8 passengers (maximum 4 divers)


Zulu on the Great Barrier Reef

Blue Dive luxury private charters




Shaka – state of the art luxury, superb luxury for multi day/night dive and snorkel adventures.


Based in Port Douglas & Cairns FNQ, Shaka marks the absolute pinnacle of Australian custom-boat building.


And a newly installed gyroscope system means calm stable cruising even when wind is up. A huge advantage on these trips.


Long list of luxury gadgets on board, ice maker, extensive refrigeration,  sleeps 6 in air conditioned comfort.


Hand built by Barry Martin using cold-moulded methods — western red cedar, strip-planked core, all encased in fiberglass and epoxy resin


The unique 21 degree deep-V hull with prop tunnels offers an amazing ride in a big 60 footer with 3000hp.


At 60 foot, and powered by twin 1500hp MTU engines, Shaka has a top speed of 42 knots, a cruising speed of 32 knots and a range of 865 nautical miles at 20 knots.


With a dedicated pump room and engine room built to stringent Australian offshore survey regulations, she is said to be engineered like no other boat for extended liveaboard fishing.


Range: Port Douglas Reefs – Lizard Island /Cod Hole/Cooktown(Endeavour Reef), Osprey and even the Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands!


Fishing is possible too outside green zones of course..

Luxury private charters Port Douglas


Luxury private charters Port Douglas

Shaka bedroom 1






Minke is part of the same fleet as Zulu and boasts many of the same features such as a fast cruising speed, SeeKeeper gyroscope for a smooth ride and Twindisc control system.


Minke is smaller than Zulu and doesn’t feature a large internal saloon or overnight accommodation but does have a custom-designed dive station for easy gear setup. The open saloon aboard Minke allows guests to easily interact, whether they are kitting up for a dive or simply lazing onboard.


The speed and control features of Minke allow us to access some stunning parts of the Great Barrier Reef.


Minke is a great option for smaller groups or those wanting to keep costs down.


Up to 7 passengers (maximum 4 divers).


Relaxing aboard Minke
MInke departing Port Douglas





Liquid Desire – north Queensland at a leisurely pace!

Treat yourself to the ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure aboard your own 55ft luxury sailing catamaran!


Liquid Desire was purpose-built for sailing the Great Barrier Reef and features all conveniences you will need on a liveaboard dive trip from Port Douglas. She can comfortably sleep 6 in a range of cabins and the huge saloon can seat 20 people.


Excellent meals will be served on board with the chef specialising in fine seafarers cuisine. Imagine appetizers of fresh seafood or a chilled papaya salad, followed by a tuna curry, chilli mud crab or a grilled crayfish.


Being a sailing catamaran, Liquid Desire is much slower than the above boats and we wouldn’t usually use it for day charters. We would recommend Liquid Desire for multi-day island hopping and snorkel liveaboard trips to the local  Ribbon Reefs or on multi-day trips to Cod Hole and Lizard Island – some of the most spectacular parts of the Great Barrier Reef!


Great Barrier Reef sailing



Argo Expeditions – Superb for 3 day trips upwards

Sleeps 14. Great boat for 3 day trips upwards. Trips of 7/8 days can take in the Cod Hole, Lizard Island and Osprey Reef. Super for Minke whale trips every June.

Argo is a very well appointed, comfortable vessel suitable for extended live aboard charters. She has a full commercial galley, plush saloon and dining area,  laundry facilities, 2 dive compressors and plenty of deck space.


Argo Expeditions - Private Charter Port Douglas

Argo Expeditions

Argo on the Great Barrier reef - private charters Port Douglas.

Blue Dive expedition on Argo at the Great Barrier Reef



Saltaire – superfast for getting around the reefs.

The beauty of this boat is that it is super fast opening up a huge range of possibilities for diving even on days trips.

Within easy reach of course are the Low Isles, Opal Reef and the Agincourt Reefs. But so are various stunning Sand Cays.

We can  stop for lunch for example on your own – usually private –  Sand Cay! And incredible experience (Mark Fraenkel, owner Blue Dive).

We’d recommend a maximum of 4 divers or 8 snorkelers  – Gourmet home cooked lunch included prawns, meats and French cheeses.

Cruising speed 22 knots, speed when going to Captain Cook territory 30 knots.


Great Barrier Reef private charters Port Douglas Cairns

Saltaire at Hope Island

Interested? Contact Us today and we can provide further information on our private charter options and prices


Standard Terms and conditions and cancellation policy for day private charters and multi-night private charters:


For peace of mind we highly recommend travel insurance just in case you need to cancel.


We ask for a deposit of 50% of the charter rate to confirm booking. 20% of the charter rate becomes non-refundable 6 months prior to the departure date.


If we have to cancel (bad weather or breakdown) we will advise at earliest opportunity and will provide full refund or reschedule the charter at your choice.


If you cancel more than 14 days but less than 30 days ahead of the departure date, 50% of the charter rate is forfeited.


Cancellations within 14 days of departure date forfeit the full cost of the charter. Full payment must be made 30 days prior to departure date.


SPECIAL COVID-19 CONDITIONS: Should you be unable to travel to Port Douglas due to

government enforced border restrictions, we will offer a refund or reschedule your booking

to be used within 12 months of the booking date – if you cancel within 14 days of the

charter despite restrictions, your deposit total is forfeited to assist in recovering the outgoing

costs of provisioning and crew.




“Best and most pristine examples of coral on the Great Barrier Reef” (Port Douglas reefs) – Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recent report.