Reef and Green Island Resort

This Reef and Green Island Resort includes sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef on a liveaboard followed by night on beautiful Green Island.

The best way to experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!     

Australia’s Best Liveaboard  ‘Reef Encounter’ Great Barrier

Staying on the outer barrier reef

Reef Encounter is the Cairns’ best liveaboard!  Wake up on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  This Reef stay is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia.

Reef Encounter has access to spectacular reef locations not accessible to other vessels.

We take extreme pride in our products, boats, crew, and, most importantly, guests!  We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable in service and value.

Customize your Reef and Island Getaway.  Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or choose to upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra bit of VIP luxury.  With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter.  Reef Encounter is an excellent choice to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Twin and double rooms are available.  Just let us know your preference.

Please note that the night accommodation in between these packages is not included.   Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with this.

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Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned staterooms, all with ocean views
  • All staterooms have their ensuite toilet and shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • All Staterooms have Australian power outlets

 Green Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Green Island Resort is a boutique luxury resort just 45 minutes off Cairns in the heart of UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Next, stay at the beautiful Green Island Resort.

First, arrive by fast catamaran.  Then the Green Island Resort team will meet you personally.  Enjoy a quick tour before checking into your suite.

Now it is time to relax and explore Green Island.  Choose from all the activities, including kayaking, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach.

Next, go to the Green Island jetty for fish feeding and enjoy sunset drinks on the beach.

Have a delicious dinner at Emeralds Restaurant.  Alternatively, you may prefer room service.

Then with the torch from your room, join the stargazing night tour.  It’s amazing what you can see in the night sky without all the city lights.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Emerald’s Restaurant.   Then enjoy a walk through the rainforest and swimming at the pristine beach.

While on Green Island, you can take a kayak and see the island from the water or relax on a deck chair.

 

 

 

 

Highlights

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Green Island.

One of the seven natural wonders of the World.


Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is based on a 3-day /2-night stay with Reef Encounter

First Day

Arrive

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night

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

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

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

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Full Day

On the Reef

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night

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

8:00am

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

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

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

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

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Last Day

Return

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives

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

8:00am

Room Checkout

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

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 on the return journey

15:00 

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

*Please note, this itinerary does not apply to ‘Great Barrier Reef Deal’ bookings.

*Stateroom Check-In time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 8.00am on the morning of departure (access to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with all other boat facilities)

*Top Deck Club Check-in time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 2.00pm on the day of departure>

*This itinerary may vary due to weather conditions or other circumstances.


Included

Reef Encounter Inclusions

  • Stateroom accommodation
  • All meals are chef-prepared onboard daily.
  • Please advise any dietary requirements when booking.
  • The best crew on the reef!
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • The free luggage storage facility is available at our offices in Cairns City.

Green Island Resort Inclusions

  • Return Catamaran Transfers
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 24-hour Reception
  • Snorkelling
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Fish Feeding
  • Star Gazing tour
  • Windsurfing, Canoes and Kayaks
  • Sun Lounges and Umbrellas

 


Optional Extras

Optional Extras Reef Encounter

  • Barista Coffee
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrox
  • Tshirts and hats
  • Snacks
  • Photos


What to bring

What to Bring to Reef Encounter

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • A light jacket and casual resort wear
  • Swimwear
  • socks
  • Camera
  • Travel Voucher
  • Certification card and logbook for certified divers
  • Cash or credit card for onboard extras

Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.

What to Bring to Green Island

  • A small to medium overnight bag with personal items
  • casual clothes,
  • personal toiletries,
  • sun hat and sunglasses
  • swimwear and sunscreen, sunglasses,
  • light jacket or jumper
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Camera

 


How to get there

Getting to Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is always on the Great Barrier Reef.

By Boat (included in tariff)

Our sister vessel Reef Experience operates daily transfers meeting up with Reef Encounter.

Boarding starts at 7:30 am on Wharf number 8, Finger A on the Marlin Jetty, Cairns.

Reef Experience will bring you back to the same destination between 4 and 4:30 pm on your final day.

Helicopter Transfers (optional extra)

Reef Encounter has a helipad on board for visitors wanting to add a spectacular scenic flight.

Getting to Green Island

Green Island transfers start with check-in at the Great Adventures desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal and board at the Cairns Marina.

Green island Transfer Times

Green Island

 


Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities.

Australia has strict scuba diving rules and the safest scuba diving record.

Therefore you must understand Queensland’s scuba diving laws.

Queensland Government Code of Practice has scuba diving laws that by law we are required to follow.

Please complete our dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

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

If you have any questions, we will be delighted to assist you.

Please contact our office at +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

Plan your travel itinerary.

The final scuba dive during your stay on Reef Encounter finishes before1 pm.

 

Do not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after scuba diving for a single no decompression scuba dive. Do not fly for 24 hours after your last scuba diving in 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.


from $1,285
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Included

Island Suite

Green Island Accommodation

Green Island Resort Island Room

Twin or Double

Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter Stateroom

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest

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