Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Liveaboards

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

A liveaboard cruise you’ll treasure forever…

The VIP Top Deck Club aboard ‘Reef Encounter’ is the ultimate way to see the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef…

Whether you’re a snorkeler, scuba diver or simply wish to spend time in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing reef holiday, styled your way!

Ideal for those looking for a luxury getaway, groups who enjoy VIP treatment or anyone desiring personalised in-water care.

What Is Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club?

Much like ‘first class’ with an airline, it’s a trip that’s tailored to your personal needs and so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.

Top Deck liveaboard tours come with many additional luxuries including (but not limited to) a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times and deluxe three-course evening meals. Read on for more exclusive Top Deck services…

A crew member just for you! Whether it’s a professional in-water guide for private snorkel/scuba tours, a fountain of marine-life knowledge or all of the above, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to.

What's Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with ‘Reef Encounter’ Liveaboard Cruise
  • A private crew member assigned to your booking party for the duration of your stay, for private in-water tours. This personalised VIP serivce is included for all Luxury ‘Top Deck Club’ bookings, so whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or a very first time snorkeler, your personal valet tailors your in-water experience so that you get the most out of your reef holiday!
  • Access to some of the very best locations across a range of outer Great Barrier Reefs. Locations are selected daily by the Captain, for optimal Reef conditions based on weather and other variables. The number of locations visited will depend on your chosen length of stay
  • Outstanding Cuisine: ‘Reef Encounter, Top Deck Club’ guests enjoy first class food and beverages – see ‘Gourmet Meals’ below. All meals are prepared fresh daily, by an onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. Fruit available throughout the day along with tea & coffee. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking
  • Superior Comfort: Late check-out times! On your day of departure, Luxury ‘Top Deck’ guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns
  • The best crew on the reef – The Reef Encounter team win personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry year after year
  • All snorkelling and scuba diving equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tours upon request
  • Use of all on-board facilities: hot tub, lounge, sundeck etc. (See ‘Facilities’ below)
  • On your transfer voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at the ‘Reef Encounter’ office in Cairns City

Activities: Scuba Divers / Snorkelers / More...

  • Unlimited Snorkelling (Included with all liveaboard tour bookings, suitable for all ages) [More Info]
  • Certified Scuba Diving for experienced divers – (select this package during booking)[More Info]
  • Resort Scuba Diving for beginner divers – (select this package during booking, or choose to give it a try once on-board)[More Info]
  • Learn To Scuba Dive Course – become a qualified diver during a four day scuba course (select this package during booking)*
  • Advanced Scuba Courses for qualified divers (select course during booking)*
  • Glass-bottom Boat Tours of the Reef – a fun and informative way to view the reef for all ages (available free of change, upon request during your stay)
  • Helicopter Tours over the Great Barrier Reef (select helicopter transfer when booking)
    *Scuba Diving in Australia is Subject to Conditions – this applies to Certified (qualified) and Beginner divers – please read the ‘Scuba Diving Important Information‘ page before booking any tours including scuba activities

First Class Accommodation

  • ‘Reef Encounter, Top Deck Club’ guests enjoy the best rooms on the boat
  • Spacious cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower
  • Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival*
  • An evening Turn Down Service for your cabin
  • Towels and toiletries are replenished
  • *If you’re getting in the water, complimentary champagne will be served with your evening meal instead

Liveaboard Facilities

  • ‘Reef Encounter’ is a fully air conditioned hotel style liveaboard, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • Fully licenced bar
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, fresh water hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from ‘Reef Encounter’ (optional extra)

Gourmet Meals

  • A deluxe three course evening meal, freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay*
  • Choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon
  • Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
  • Complimentary sunset cocktails
  • Appreciate ocean views from the deck or outdoor spa as you sip an Australian cocktail with sunset over the Coral Sea …a perfect setting for photography lovers!

Getting There

  • ‘Reef Encounter’ Liveaboard trips depart from Cairns Marina every day, via a fast transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’. Check-In and Boarding is at 7.30am (for an 8am departure)
  • Alternatively, you may choose to transfer to and/or from ‘Reef Encounter’ by helicopter. The helicopter transfer is an optional extra that you may select during your booking process online
  • Bus transfers to and from your Cairns accommodation are available to the Marina at an additional cost and may be booked during your online reservation, or added at a later date by contacting our friendly reservations team
  • Approximate arrival time back into the Cairns Marina on the final day of your tour is 4.30pm



  • Discover the World’s largest living thing.
  • Great Barrier Reef Stay
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • Scuba dive at night


Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel and scuba diving equipment
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A valet reef guide
  • Late checkout times.
  • Private guided in-water tours
  • Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation
  • Dinner under the stars
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  •  Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in  Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter

Optional Extras

  • Introductory dive
  • Professional  photographs
  • Scuba lessons
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers

What to bring

  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot product.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
  • Socks
  • Casual resort wear
  • Scuba divers need to bring their certification card and logbook

How to get there

How to get to Reef Encounter?

Two Choices to get to Reef Encounter

The first option is our transfer vessel Reef Experience, which departs Cairns daily at 8 am.

Reef Experience departs from the Cairns Marina, Marlin Jetty, Finger A.

Guests check in directly onboard the vessel.

The second option is via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier and landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive helipad.

Important Information

Important information for scuba divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia.

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.

We recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire. Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1 

Flying after Scuba Diving

You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Liveaboards

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.


5 Reviews for “Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard”

  1. The McDougal's

    I would give more than 5 stars if possible- this is a must do if you are going to the reef! My husband and I were beyond impressed with the level of service that we received. The whole team is AMAZING! Every single person on that staff was friendly, helpful and fun. They work as a great team and made our time there so much fun we didn't want to leave. Special thanks to Sam who was phenomenal and took me out for my first dive ever! The food was so good the entire trip (we stayed 3 days) and the accommodations were very comfortable. Keep up the great work everyone! Thank you for everything Reef Encounter Team!

  2. Michelle

    The crew were fabulous--Jade and Oli were Kick Ass! Really everyone was a friendly team and all very happy to help and answer all of our questions. Meals really yum--well done! Rooms were bigger than expected - and the hot tub in between water sessions was a lifesaver on cooler days! The crew were awesome - from hosties to kitchen crew, skipper and bar team, and of course the crew training and keeping an eye on us in the water. Knew their stuff. Was a really fabulous trip - THANKS TEAM!!! :)

  3. Cath P

    The crew are very helpful, friendly and accommodating! I really appreciated the extra assistance with my scuba gear! The meals were amazing! Nicole gave us wonderful service throughout our entire stay from coffee and tea in the morning to our wonderful dinner on the deck. Well done! We had a great time and will recommend to our friends and family!!!

  4. John & Ali

    The crew were great! Super friendly and generous with their time. Funny and helpful. They were also having the adventure of a lifetime -- it shows!!! The food and rooms are excellent. Mackensea, our concierge, was just great. Ensured our time on the reef was super special without being too intrusive. She was a great guide and nothing was too much trouble--she is a great asset to your organisation!!

  5. Laura

    Top Deck liveaboard bliss! I really can’t say enough about our Reef Encounter experience. My husband and I booked the Top Deck 2 day/1 night trip at the end of March. We looked at TONS of other dive companies and tours and chose the Reef Encounter based on its reviews and I’m so, so glad that we did. We went back and forth for a while about doing Top Deck due to the additional cost but it was absolutely one of the best decisions we made on our trip! We had both just been scuba certified a month before so we wanted to make sure we had a personal guide instead of a group (we didn’t want to hold anyone back as novices). From the moment we checked in we were well taken care of. Kari was our guide and she was amazing. Friendly, patient, funny— and she anticipated needs we didn’t even know we had (like throwing our towels in the dryer so that they would be warm when we got out of the water!). She also knew where to look for everything in the reef which was incredibly valuable. We would have been swimming around aimlessly, although the GBR is stunning, obviously. I wasn’t feeling well the first day, but I was able to go out with another guide (Nick Paul was incredible, too!) so the staff’s flexibility was really appreciated. It’s been said many times, but in addition to the service, the food was also outstanding. We wanted for nothing— except more time on the reef. It was an experience that we’ll cherish forever— book this trip, you won’t regret it.


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