Reef Encounter Accommodations

Reef Encounter: Unveiling the Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Experience

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure with Reef Encounter’s multi-day liveaboard dive trips, setting sail from Cairns. Whether you’re a snorkelling enthusiast or an avid diver, our range of options caters to every budget and itinerary. So, what makes a liveaboard trip so exceptional? It’s all about the extended moments you get to revel in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. From awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views to thrilling night and early morning dives, your journey promises to be unforgettable.

Reef Encounter

Daily Departures with Ease

Convenience reigns supreme with our daily departures for all liveaboard options, made possible by our trusty day boat, Reef Experience. This vessel ensures swift and comfortable transfers between Cairns and Reef Encounter, essentially a permanent fixture on the reef. This flexibility guarantees a hassle-free itinerary, allowing you to focus on the adventure ahead.

Reef Encounter’s Splendid Deck

Reef Encounter stands tall as a spacious vessel boasting 21 cabins. These include double, twin-share, and stateroom options, accommodating up to 42 guests. Rest assured, all cabins are air-conditioned and feature private ensuite facilities, with linen provided. After your Great Barrier Reef exploration, indulge in refreshing hot showers courtesy of our onboard freshwater supply.

Amenities Beyond Compare

Our onboard amenities are designed to elevate your experience. They include:

  • An air-conditioned dining saloon
  • A fully licenced bar for your favourite beverages
  • A lounge complete with TV, DVD, and games area
  • A spacious sundeck furnished with loungers and an open-air hot tub
  • A helipad for those seeking scenic reef flights
  • A glass bottom boat offering on-demand tours

Boutique Floating Hotel

Your Reef Encounter adventure encompasses twin and double stateroom accommodation with ensuites, chef-prepared meals, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit throughout your stay. We provide snorkelling equipment, instruction, and a complimentary scuba lesson for snorkelers. Dive into the world of marine wonders with our glass bottom boat tours and enrich your understanding of the ecosystem through a marine biologist presentation. Reef Encounter is a locally owned and operated company that allows you to explore multiple reef sites during your live-aboard stay.

Please note that Reef Encounter charges an additional $100 peak season surcharge per booking per person for bookings made from December 23rd to January 2nd and from March 28th to April 2nd each year.

Accommodation Information

  • Check-in Time: 10:00 am
  • Check-Out Time: 8:00 am
  • Boarding onboard Reef Experience Finger A, Marlin Jetty, Cairns Marlin Marina

Experience comfort like never before in our staterooms, where large windows frame breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef. Ensuite facilities are at your disposal, including toilets, showers, and all necessary towels and toiletries. Australian power outlets are available in all staterooms for effortless device charging.

Reef Encounter Delicious Meals

Feast on an exceptional culinary journey aboard Reef Encounter—our talented onboard chef crafts all your meals, from hearty breakfasts to delectable desserts. Fresh fruit, tea, and coffee are available throughout the day. We are dedicated to accommodating all dietary requirements, so please inform us of any specific needs when booking.

Scuba Dive and Snorkel Equipment

Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef

To fully immerse yourself in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, we provide top-of-the-line snorkelling and scuba diving equipment. Our glass bottom boat tours offer a unique perspective on the marine life beneath the surface, while an informative Marine Biology presentation enriches your understanding of the ecosystem.

Reef Encounter: A World of Amenities Awaits

Reef Encounter sundeck

Onboard, you’ll discover a comfortable dining saloon, a TV and lounge area, and an inviting outdoor space. Coffee connoisseurs can savour barista-made brews. Indulge in our freshwater hot tub or bask on the spacious sundeck with sun loungers. Our fully licenced bar ensures you can enjoy your favourite beverages while enjoying the reef’s beauty. With easy access to scuba diving and snorkelling platforms, your underwater adventures are moments away. And for those seeking an elevated view, our helicopter pad offers scenic flights.

Reef Encounter promises an incredible reef experience and the comfort and amenities to make your stay exceptional. Dive into the adventure and explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef like never before.

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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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2 Reviews for “Reef Encounter”

  1. Yutoa Wang

    Wonderful experience, the crew are so nice and friendly. Perfect accommodation with ocean views and very hearty meals so much better than hotels in Cairns

  2. Lucy

    This was the trip of a lifetime! Staying aboard a boat on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia was a dream of mine - and this exceeded all expectations. The entire trip - from the fish, reef and marine life, to the boat to the crew were all fantastic. I want to come back again!! Thank you for a terrific experience.


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