Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Accommodations

Wonderful liveaboard tours on the Great Barrier Reef

On the very best Outer Great Barrier Reefs, Cairns premier liveaboard boat ‘Reef Encounter’ is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia…

Whether you’re a snorkeler, scuba diver or simply wish to spend time in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, everyone can travel together on a Cairns liveaboard tour.

Consistently awarded ‘number one’ snorkelling and scuba diving liveaboard by industry professionals and independents such as Trip Advisor, Reef Encounter is large enough to provide the comforts of a cruise ship yet small enough to access spectacular reef locations not accessible to other vessels.

See the reef at its best – day and night!

Simply select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as snorkelling or scuba diving.

Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms with double or twin bed options, 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 the excellent alternative to a resort based holiday.

Activities

  • Unlimited Snorkelling (Included with all liveaboard tour bookings, suitable for all ages)
  • Certified Scuba Diving for qualified divers – (select this package when booking)*
  • Resort Scuba Diving for beginner divers – (select this package when booking)*
  • Learn To Scuba Dive Course – become a qualified diver (select this package when booking)*
  • Advanced Scuba Courses for qualified divers (select course when booking)*
  • Glass-bottom Boat Tours of the Reef (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

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • 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)

Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with ocean views
  • Choose between double or twin bed cabins* (See policies)
  • All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets

What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our 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
  • 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
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits are a small additional charge)
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the 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

Amenities

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Check-In: 2:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:30 am

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