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Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard, ‘Reef Encounter’

Stay on Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard ‘Reef Encounter’ – surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef – is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia. See it at its best – day and night!

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

Family owned and operated (and all reef enthusiasts) it is a passion to deliver outstanding Great Barrier Reef encounters, for snorkelers and divers alike.

As a locally operated Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour, this liveaboard takes extreme pride in our boats, our crew and most importantly, our guests! Consistently rated five stars on TripAdvisor and via the feedback we receive at We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable on locations visited, service and overall guest experience.

Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or choose to upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra bit of VIP luxury. With daily transfers by boat or helicopter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard is an excellent alternative to a land-based holiday.

Cairns Liveaboard Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • 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)

Cairns Liveaboard Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with spectacular ocean views
  • All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower. Few Cairns liveaboards offer private, ensuite washroom facilities
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets

What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard.
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. 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 is the best in the business, winning 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 our offices in the Cairns City
100 Abbott StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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