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Reef Boat Overnight - Rum Runner

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Rum Runner Overnight Cairns Reef Boat

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I appreciated the flexibility of the Everything Australia staff as they helped update our booking a couple times until we booked and had paid for what we wanted. Unfortunately, when we got on the Reef Experience boat to head out to the dive boat, we were THEN told that we owed $90 more. They could not tell us what it was for, but we were already on the water, at that point. (Suspicious!?!). Then, when it came time for the 'Night Dive' which I thought I'd read was included in the original price, we were told that it would cost $80 more per person. If we wanted ANYTHING to drink besides coffee, tea or water, that was and extra charge. If we wanted a guide for our dive after we'd finished the certification part of the course, well ... that would be $15 extra per person. One souvenir photo: $50. Ouch!! And so on, and so on. It was a little off-putting to be nickelled and dimed so much after paying over $1,000 EACH for the trip that we'd booked. We DID enjoy ourselves and had lots of good experiences - food, accommodation, staff - but the money stuff left a bit of a sour taste in our mouth, if you know what I mean. I'm not sure if it's "Everything Australia" or "Reef Encounter" that are responsible for all the mis-communication, but I wanted to make you aware of how it affects the customer's experience, in the end.

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See my original review, as I might have submitted it in the wrong box?

Reviewed 21-Mar-2023

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Website and chat feature was easy to use, configurations for the boat sleeping arrangements were definitely misleading.

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The boat is old and kind of crummy. It is also very cramped with 15 people and 6 crew. Some of the crew were wonderful (Jenni, Jason, Angela, Matt) and some of the crew really seemed downright bothered by our presence (Claire, Drew). Like it was a chore or they'd rather be texting. Once you get to the reef it's amazing, it's the getting there and the boat that are the struggle.

Reviewed 06-Aug-2016

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Captan could be a bit more welcoming. Food could be better. Dive instructors could be more professional.
Everything else was good

Reviewed 18-Oct-2015

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Such a great tour and group of people leading. Would suggest to any friends traveling to Cairns.

Reviewed 09-Feb-2015

Latest Questions about Reef Boat Overnight - Rum Runner

Where is pick up drop off location/address?


The Rum Runner overnight reef experience can be picked up at E Finger Marlin Marina, Cairns, Australia!

Comment by: Everything Travel Group on 19th Mar 23 at 12:15

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Hi Rum Runner
I am looking at booking 4 people for the overnight sail with 6 snorkel spots.
Are any of them outer reef spots. Can you send a map to show the planned diving spots please. We are planning our trip for any time in the last 2 weeks of January

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We are thinking of visiting in July next summer. I know that is considered Winter for Australia. Will that affect the possibility of diving or taking this trip at that time?


Heya. That will be no problem the trips run all year round in Cairns as the weather is still pretty warm in winter.

Comment by: Alicia - Everything Cairns on 25th Jan 18 at 15:04

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We just arrived to,cairns and want to book for your trip we are 4 Only one with padi and the others are non divers but we want to dive is that Posible with an introductory class
Where are you located at the port.


Hi Marta. If you book the Rum Runner overnight boat from Cairns then the certified Padi diver can scuba dive and the rest of you who are not certified divers can book in as Snorkellers. You will get one free intro dive and if you enjoy it then you can purchase up to 3 more intro dives on board the boat ($35 each or 3 for $90). The boat departs from the main marina in Cairns.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 10th Jan 14 at 11:07

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How much would cost the trip with 3 dives, including all extra costs please? Thanks a lot :-)


Hi Michele. There is currently a special promo on at the moment on the Rum Runner overnight dive boat in Cairns where you get up to 6 dives included in the price of $330 per person. This special is active all summer until the end of March 2013.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 21st Nov 12 at 17:25

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which reefs are you going to dive on on this trip? how much do i have to book in advance if i want to go either on the trip next saturday or the following tuesday?


Hi Saskia, generall on the overnight Rum Runner trip the boat goes out to the Thetford Reef however this can depend on the weather. Booking as many days in advance as you can is recommended to secure your spot as the boat does book out.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group on 6th Jul 12 at 19:05

I am planning a visit early October. How often do you cancel due to weather ?

Comment by: Helen on 6th Sep 12 at 14:39

Hi Helen, it is very rare that the reef boats have to be cancelled due to weather. If you are coming start of October you shouldn't have any trouble going out on Rum Runner. It is highly unlikely that it will be cancelled. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 6th Sep 12 at 15:16

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