Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Accommodations

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.

Click ‘Book’ to select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling or enroll on a dive course.

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


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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1 Review for “Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard”

  1. 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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