Great Barrier Reef Hotel Top Deck Club

The Top Deck Club onboard Reef Encounter is a premium package offered on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The package includes exclusive access to a private deck area, luxurious accommodations, and personalized services to ensure a comfortable and memorable experience.

Guests of the Top Deck Club have access to a spacious and private sundeck, complete with sun loungers, a Jacuzzi, and breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef. The accommodations are also top-notch, with spacious and elegantly designed rooms offering modern amenities and conveniences.

In addition to the luxurious accommodations, guests of the Top Deck Club enjoy personalized services, including a personal valet, gourmet meals prepared by an onboard chef, and a range of activities and excursions tailored to their interests and preferences.

Overall, the Top Deck Club onboard Reef Encounter is an exceptional experience that offers the ultimate comfort, luxury, and adventure on one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.



One of the highlights of the Top Deck Club experience is the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef with a small group of like-minded travellers. Guests can participate in guided snorkelling and diving excursions led by experienced and knowledgeable instructors who help guests discover the amazing marine life that thrives in the Reef’s crystal-clear waters.

For those who prefer to stay onboard, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including stargazing, watching movies under the stars, or simply relaxing on the private sundeck with a good book and a cool drink.

In the evenings, guests of the Top Deck Club can savour gourmet meals prepared using the freshest local ingredients by the onboard chef. The stunning views of the Reef and the relaxed, convivial atmosphere of the private dining room enhance the dining experience.

The Top Deck Club onboard Reef Encounter is an unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply the chance to connect with nature, this exclusive package will surely exceed your expectations and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Why choose a luxury Great Barrier Reef Hotel experience

The Top Deck experience is personalised for you.

Amongst other things, this Great Barrier Reef Hotel includes a crew member just for you!  A private in-water Guide for personal scuba dive tours or snorkelling tours.   3-course evening meals under the stars, sunset cocktail and late checkout!

See the complete list of Luxury Great Barrier Reef Hotel inclusions below.


What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef at our Great Barrier Reef hotel
  • A personal crew member for the duration stay.
  • Late checkout times.  Guests keep their private Stateroom until departing.
  • Private guided in-water tours – Explicitly tailored to ensure you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef stay.
  • VIP Meals – See “Luxury Great Barrier Reef Hotel Dining” below
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you can listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral Reef and marine life.
  • Free luggage storage facility at our  Cairns Tourist Information centre.
  • Daily transfers to the liveaboard vessel via a fast catamaran boat mean you can depart for your luxury liveaboard tour on a date that suits you – and stay as long as you desire.  (
  • Scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter transfers to or from your liveaboard tour are an optional extra).

Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Superior comfort – Stay in the best luxury staterooms on the boat with late checkout times.
  • Twin and double staterooms with ensuite bathroom and large reef-view windows.
  • Crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries.
  • Fully air-conditioned.
  • Great Barrier Reef Hotel guests enjoy an evening turn-down service.
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets.

Luxury Great Barrier Reef Dining

  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed or the saloon with other guests.
  • Sunset cocktail
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy local coffee, tea and juices.
  • All meals are prepared fresh daily by an onboard Chef.
  • A barbeque buffet breakfast on the outbound voyage.
  • When returning to Cairns, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, cheese, and fruit platter.
  • The free luggage storage facility is available at our office in Cairns City.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Stateroom accommodation with ensuite
  • Large dining saloon
  • Glass bottom boat
  • TV and lounge area
  • Hot tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun lounges
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Barista Coffee
  • Large, easy-access scuba dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the GBR  transferring to and from Reef Encounter (optional extra).

Reef Encounter has consistently rated ‘the number one scuba diving and snorkelling Great Barrier Reef Hotel.

To read reviews, please see our google reviews.

Next, see our Great Barrier Reef locations.

  • Discover the World’s largest living structure
  • Wake Up on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • VIP service

Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite (guaranteed cabin located on Top Deck – please note we only have 2 x cabins with a double bed with front windows, and these will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed basis)
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Private guided in-water tours (please note diving is an upgrade, but your guide will already be included)
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment (if scuba diving)
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour (weather-permitting)
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba lessons
  • Professional photographs
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers
  • City/Beaches bus return transfers
  • 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 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 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.


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Great Barrier Reef Hotel Top Deck Club 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.


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