Because transfers to and from Reef Encounter are provided daily by its high speed sister vessel – Reef Experience – or by Skysafari Helicopters, you can stay as long as you like and work your reef trip around your other holiday plans!

Boat Transfer

Daily boat transfers to and from Reef Encounter are included in your trip cost and are provided by our high speed catamaran, Reef Experience. Transfers depart form the Cairns Marlin Marina, ‘A finger’. Bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the Cairns Marlin Marina are also available at an additional cost, see below.

  • 7:30am – Boarding time on Reef Experience. Check in and breakfast
  • 8:00am – Departure
  • 4:30pm – Approximate daily arrival time returning into Cairns


Bus Transfers to Cairns Marlin Marina

City Return (Bus) $10 per person
Outer City / Northern Beaches (Bus) $18 per person
Port Douglas One Way (Bus) $35 per person
Port Douglas Return (Bus) $70 per person


Helicopter Transfers

Helicopter One Way* $420 per person
Helicopter Return* $840 per person

*Helicopter transfers can depart and arrive in Cairns or Port Douglas at no additional cost.
Helicopter transfers offer a great birds eye perspective of the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Encounter work in conjunction with with Skysafari – industry experts in Queensland air touring.