Stress and rescue dive courseCairns Liveaboard, Reef Encounter offers divers the ability to dive on multiple sites across five of the best Outer Great Barrier Reefs. We specialise in running personalised scuba courses from beginner to dive professional level and in offering divers outstanding dive liveaboard tours  to the outer reefs.Reef Encounter is a leading operator for unbeatable dive tours to the Great Barrier Reef. All scuba diving locations are selected for the optimal conditions depending on the weather and the time of year, and are chosen for your comfort and safety.
If you’re travelling on board Reef Encounter, don’t miss the night dives and dawn dives! They are possibly the most magical times on the reef, as they are the busiest times of day in this incredible ecosystem. Read our information about ‘Daybreak at the Reef’ and ‘Night Diving’ to find out why these are such wonderful Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, scuba dive opportunities.
Reef Encounter is equipped with a large, purpose built, scuba dive liveaboard, dive platform for easy access into and out of the water. There are two onboard compressors to provide quick air refills, and all scuba equipment, food and accommodation are included in your trip. Optional extras are wetsuits and dive torches if you require them, which are available for hire onboard. Prescription lens masks are also available for hire.
With the greatest concentration of marine life on the planet, The Great Barrier Reef has something to offer everyone from experienced advanced divers to first time explorers. Imagine floating serenely around a coral lagoon or discovering underwater swim-throughs that open into sunlit coves, bursting with tropical fish.

Diving at the Great Barrier Reef

With the greatest concentration of marine life on the planet, The Great Barrier Reef has something to offer everyone from experienced advanced divers to first time explorers. Imagine floating serenely around a coral lagoon or discovering underwater swim-throughs that open into sunlit coves, bursting with tropical fish.

Certified Scuba Diving

Scuba dive Reef Encounter certified liveaboard scuba dive tours offers divers the ability to dive on multiple sites across five of the best Outer Great Barrier Reefs. We specialise in running personalised scuba courses from beginner to dive professional level and in offering divers outstanding dive holidays to the outer reefs.

Reef Encounter is a leading operator for unbeatable dive tours to the Great Barrier Reef. All scuba diving locations are selected for the optimal conditions depending on the weather and the time of year, and are chosen for your comfort and safety.

If you’re travelling on board Reef Encounter, don’t miss the night dives and dawn dives! They are possibly the most magical times on the reef, as they are the busiest times of day in this incredible ecosystem. Read our information about Daybreak at the Reef and Night Diving to find out why these are such wonderful dive opportunities.

Cairns Liveaboard, Reef Encounter is equipped with a large, purpose built, dive platform for easy access into and out of the water. There are two onboard compressors to provide quick air refills, and all scuba equipment, food and accommodation are included in your tour. Optional extras are wetsuits and dive torches if you require them, which are available for hire onboard. Prescription lens masks are also available for hire.

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Resort Diving

resort scuba diving in CairnsReef Encounter offers fantastic ‘no experience necessary’ scuba diving holidays to guests who do not hold a current scuba diving certification. What is ‘Resort Diving’? Resort Diving is for those who do not hold a scuba diving licence but who wish to participate in scuba diving activities during your holiday to The Great Barrier Reef. All resort diving is conducted in small groups under the supervision of a Scuba Instructor. Scuba diving is a fun and safe sport that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.* Minimum age for trying a resort dive is 12 years. If you wish to attain a scuba diving license during your stay, enrol upon our a Reef Encounter Open Water Course to become certified.

Our experienced and professional Scuba Instructors will guide you on underwater tours around pristine coral lagoons and ensure you see the best of the Great Barrier Reef beneath the waves, in safety and comfort. Try scuba diving on Reef Encounter and you’ll be hooked for life!

Night Diving

Feel like an adventure? Reef Encounter is one of very few places in the world with the ability to take people without a scuba qualification on underwater guided tours at night! See the magic of the underwater world in the dark, as your Scuba Instructor introduces you to the reefs evening inhabitants.

Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is an unforgettable experience

Your in-water guide will tailor your scuba dives to your experience level, ensuring comfortable and fun dives in prime Outer Barrier Reef locations. As a Top Deck Club scuba diver, a professional crew member will exclusively lead you on private underwater tours. This guarantees you prime diving experiences throughout your trip. With thorough knowledge of each reef destination, our resident expert will show you the most pristine areas at each dive location.

scuba diveDepending on the length of your stay your trip will include a number scuba dives across different dive locations.Reef Encounter is equipped with a large, purpose built, dive platform for easy access into and out of the water. There are two onboard compressors to provide quick air refills, and all scuba equipment, food and accommodation are included in your trip. Optional extras are dive torches and prescription lens masks if you require them, which are available for hire onboard. For more great Top Deck Benefits, see Top Deck Club.

Before booking your Reef Encounter Trip, please read the Important Information page.

We look forward to seeing you onboard Reef Encounter for the start of your diving adventure!