Life Onboard Reef Encounter

the Great Barrier Reefs best crew
Reef Encounter crew

Reef Encounter is a family owned and operated floating hotel on Australia‘s Great Barrier Reef

We take great pride in providing outstanding Great Barrier Reef encounters for our guests

Onboard you will find a young energetic team that are passionate about the Great Barrier Reef and showing our guests the best way to enjoy the reef – all crew onboard have their favourite reef friends so if you want to find Nemo or get up close and personal with a turtle, have a personal encounter with a Giant Maori Wrasse or a find some aloof reef sharks be sure to ask our crew

A taste of the Tropics Reef Encounter’s onboard Chefs make delicious meals and is able to cater to all dietary requirements – Food is something we take very seriously !

Scuba diving and snorkeling are both great activities to work up an appetite – all our guests comment on how great our food is – North Queensland has outstanding fresh produce we love to showcase it on Reef Encounter.

Our 21 Staterooms are either twin or double for families we can put you in rooms side by side or directly across the hall from each other

Reef Encounter is a 35 metre catamaran built for stability at sea our reef moorings are in the protected waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which provides the best possible sheltered positions for our passengers.

The Great Barrier Reef is certainly on most people’s bucket list

Reef Encounter has several different packages so that we can accommodate everyone in your family all in the one place so if one person wants to scuba dive and another wants to snorkel, one person may want to try a resort / introductory dive and one person may even want to learn to scuba dive – you can choose from our stateroom accommodation or spoil yourself with our VIP package Top Deck Club

Getting to  Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is serviced daily by our fast catamaran Reef Experience departing from the Cairns Marlin Jetty at 8 am or via a spectacular helicopter flight if you would like to book the helicopter you will find that as an optional extra when booking your Reef Encounter package

Bus Transfers – this is return service that picks you up and drops you off from all city accommodation houses price is $10 from All outer Cairns and Northern Beaches locations price is $20 per person and from Port Douglas accommodation houses cost is $70 per person  booking transfers to the Jetty is also an optional extra when booking Reef Encounter packages

 

Stateroom Twin
Stateroom Twin
Stateroom double Great Barrier Reef accommoation
Stateroom Double
VIP Liveaboard tour
Top Deck Club Stateroom double
Great Barrier Reef spa
Great Barrier Reef spa
Reef Encounter deck plan
Reef Encounter deck plan

 

 

Reef Encounter Top Deck
Reef Encounter Top Deck
Reef Encounter heli pad and sun deck
Reef Encounter heli pad and sun deck

 

 

 

 

 

Vessel Specifications

Vessel Survey IB
Configuration Catamaran Adventure Cruise Ship
Length 34.92 metres / 114.56 feet
Breath 13.28 metres / 43.56 feet
Gross Tonnage 929.77 t
Cruising Speed 12 knots
Engines 2 x Cummins 504 KW
Safety Full compliance under the International Marine Orders
Passengers 42
Crew 12
Cabin Features 21 Twin / Double Staterooms, Ensuite, large picture windows
Cabin Power 240 Volt
Day Areas Sun Deck, Saloon, Heated Jacuzzi
Tender # 1 5.99m Aluminuim Coral Viewer  11.2 kw
Tender # 2 4.4m Fibreglass 11.2 Kw
Other Facilities Onboard Helipad
Hydraulic lifted snorkel and dive platform

From our family to yours we warmly look forward to welcoming you onboard Reef Encounter