Discover our Reef Encounter and Kuranda tour package

Reef Encounter and Kuranda combine an overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef with a full-day adventure at Kuranda, the famous “village in the rainforest.”.

Australia’s floating hotel, “Reef Encounter,” is one of Australia’s most unique holiday escapes.  Reef Encounter offers the facilities of a land-based resort while cruising the pristine waters of the marvellous Great Barrier Reef.

Participate in snorkelling and scuba diving to explore this marvellous underwater world.  Enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets on the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying our liveaboard vessel’s facilities.

Next, this tour package brings you to Kuranda.  Kuranda is a picturesque village surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest.

The journey to and from Kuranda is an experience all on its own.  Hop on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway and enjoy a 1 ½ hour train journey winding through dense rainforest and past magnificent waterfalls.

You will also return via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.  On Skyrail, you will float above the trees, enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy.

Once you arrive in Kuranda, you will have plenty to do.  Browse the markets and purchase some local fare, or visit one of the wildlife parks located in this quirky and quaint village.

Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is the perfect liveaboard trip for anyone wishing to experience the Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style.

Design your own Great Barrier Reef liveaboard package with Reef Encounter.  Depart any day of the week and stay for as many or as few days as you wish!  You can design this trip to depart on the day that suits you best.

Spending time floating between different spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations, Reef Encounter ensures that any keen snorkeler or scuba diver will experience the best that the Great Barrier Reef offers.

About Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is a 35-meter catamaran designed for stability and comfort at sea.  The vessel Reef Encounter has 21 spacious staterooms, each with either one double bed or two single beds.

Our spacious liveaboard vessel features a large lounge and dining area.  Outside is ample deck space, a vast sundeck, and sun lounges.  There is also an outdoor heated spa for relaxation during your free time.

Reef Encounter also has an onboard helipad.  Visitors who want to add a scenic transfer to their booking are in for a fantastic treat.  Please note helicopter transfers are an optional extra.  You can select this during your booking process.

Onboard Reef Encounter has purpose-built dive and snorkel platforms.  Stairs lead into the water, providing easy snorkelling and scuba diving access.
The Reef Encounter vessel has two compressors for quick air refills.

Onboard, you will find accommodation, dining and facilities catering to most people’s needs.  Please inform us if you have any special requirements, such as dietary, allergies, or disability/mobility issues.

You can inform us of these by leaving a note in the ‘booking message’.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • Heated spa
  • Water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic scuba dive and Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Our Rooms

All rooms include

  • Air conditioning
  • Ocean Views
  • Private ensuite Bathrooms
  • Australian power outlets
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo and conditioner)

Reef Encounter Snorkel and Dive Packages

Choose from the following packages:

 Reef Encounter stay

This itinerary is an approximate guide only and can change due to seasons and weather conditions.

Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Rainforestation

Kuranda is a world-famous tourist destination known as the “Village in the Rainforest.”.

Combining the scenic train journey with the world-famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the best way to experience this World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest.

During the 90-minute train journey, you will climb over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while learning about the Pioneering history of the Tropical North.

On Skyrail, you’ll glide just meters above the Rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers.  You will have the opportunity to stop at two stations, Barron Falls and Red Peak Station.  Here, you will enjoy stunning views and rainforest boardwalks.

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to Rainforestation

Rainforestation is home to the Army Duck Rainforest Tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and a wildlife park home to many native Australian animals.

This unique tourist attraction is set on 100 acres of World Heritage-listed rainforest.

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Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter Stateroom

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, ensuite Stateroom. Share with another guest

Grand Kuranda

Grand Kuranda - Ex Cairns (CKBB)

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation including lunch is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.




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