Step aboard for a 3 day liveaboard on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Our floating boutique resort, for your Great Barrier Reef experience.

Live and sleep on the reef and see it at its best – day and night! Reef Encounter is an excellent alternative to a resort based holiday and a fantastic upgrade from a day trip.

With daily departures from Cairns by boat or helicopter, stay for one or as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms all with ensuite, or indulge and upgrade to the luxurious Top Deck Club.

On board Reef Encounter

Accommodating only 42 guests at any time, Reef Encounter is large enough to provide all the comforts of the largest Cruise ships yet small enough to enable access to spectacular reef locations inaccessible to other vessels.

With Reef Encounter, guests have the opportunity to experience two full days and to sleep on the reef, giving them more time to relax and enjoy the experience, in and out of the water.

This is especially important for beginners as they have plenty of time and encouragement from friendly staff to help them get used to the water.

All Staterooms are located on the outside with large ocean views, fresh gourmet prepared meals, air-conditioned throughout with large dining room, bar and lounge, easy access snorkel/dive platform, heli-pad.

Snorkel and dive equipment, glass bottom boat tours, Guided Snorkel tours, Resort, Learn to Dive and Certified diving.

Or simply enjoy your Resort at the Great Barrier Reef on the sundeck or in the spa watching the sunset over the Reef!

Top Deck Package

For an extra touch of luxury, upgrade to an exclusive Top Deck package.

Top Deck guests are treated to champagne on arrival, breakfast in bed, dinner under the stars and a personal valet/dive or snorkel guide at all times to ensure an experience nothing short of breathtaking!

 

 

What is included in your 3 day liveaboard Reef Encounter tour

  • Stateroom accommodation (ensuite)
  • Onboard Delicious Chef prepared meals
  • Coffee, tea and fresh fruit
  • please see individual packages for inclusions
  • Snorkeling equipment and instruction
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Bed linen
  • Towels
  • Free Scuba lesson for snorkelers
  • Marine Biologist presentation

 

liveaboard

Itinerary Day One (1)

7.30am
Board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter

9.30am
Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your ‘Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

10.30am
Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

12.00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13.00
Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

13.30
Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

15:30
Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

19:00
Night Dive Briefings

19:30
Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

20:00
Desert is served in the dining saloon

Day Two (2)

(Scuba diving guests can choose a maximum of 4 dives per day)

6.00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

15:30
Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

19:00
Night Dive Briefings

19:30
Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

20:00
Desert is served in the dining saloon

Day Three (3)

6.00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

14:45
Departing passengers board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served before the return journey

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina