Great Barrier Reef Hotel Top Deck Club

Stay aboard our Great Barrier Reef Hotel – Reef Encounter.  Enjoy the  VIP package with ‘Top Deck Club.  If you value personalised service, this Great Barrier Reef Hotel is for you!

Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this is one of the most celebrated holiday escapes in Australia.  See the Reef at its best during the day and night!

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.
  • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, cheese, and fruit platter on your return to Cairns.
  • 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 is 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 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
  • Introductory dive
  • Professional  photographs
  • Scuba lessons
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter 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.


, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

Read policies


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.


There are no reviews yet

Add a review