We visit spectacular Outer Barrier Reef sites – Reef Encounter’s Captain will decide on the day which reef locations Reef Encounter visits based on weather and which reef site offers our guests the best reef experience and comfort

Hastings Reef


Alive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, this Marine Park Reserve is famous for it’s Giant Clam Gardens, inquisitive Moray Eels and huge cod species. Want to find Nemo? Hastings Reef is the perfect place to look!

Marine life : Nudibranchs, Giant clams, Clownfish, staghorn coral, big plate coral, Moorish Idol, Octopus

Breaking Patches


Located off Michaelmas Cay, this great location is renowned for its forest of corals, large Sea Fans and Black Coral Trees, yielding some 400 species of tropical coral in its shallow lagoons. The Department of Environment and Heritage has granted Compass Cruises a special permit to visit this pristine area of the coral reef.

Marine Life : Cuttlefish, Goronean coral, turtles, clams, morish idols, damselfish, starfish

Norman Reef


Marine life : Bronze whalers, goronean coral, schools of mackerel, Napolean Maori Wrasse, Big Queensland grouper
Nudibranchs, octopus

Saxon Reef


Marine life : cuttlefish, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks, octopus, lion fish, coral trout, blue tank, nudibranchs

Jorgensen Patch


Marine life: plate coral, sharks, staghorn coral, octopus, clown fish,

Our spectacular reef locations will ensure you have a wonderful day out.

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