Great Barrier Reef Referral Dive Course

A VIP Top Deck holiday is designed for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style. Much like First Class with an airline, it’s a trip that’s tailored to your personal needs and so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialized. Providing an unbeatable level of customer care, the Top Deck package comes with a dedicated personal valet. The Top Deck service includes:

A crew member just for you! Whether it’s a professional in-water guide, breakfast in bed, a fountain of marine-life knowledge or all of the above, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can relax in the knowledge that all of your needs are taken care of. The crew member will be your personal referral dive instructor for the duration of your stay.

Accommodation onboard

The best rooms on the boat. Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries. Champagne and a fruit platter will await you upon arrival. *If you’re getting in the water, complimentary champagne will be served with your evening meal instead.

A deluxe three course evening meal, freshly prepared by our on board Chef each night of your stay. Choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.

An evening turn down service for your cabin. Towels and toiletries are replenished.

Breakfast served to your suite. Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet style breakfast served in the dining saloon.

Complimentary sunset cocktails. Appreciate ocean views from the sundeck or outdoor hot tub as you sip a chilled Australian cocktail while watching the sun set over the sparkling Coral Sea …the perfect setting for photography lovers!

No need to check out early! On your day of departure Top Deck guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns.

A Top Deck area reserved in the Captain’s wheelhouse for your journey to and from Reef Encounter, on our transfer vessel Reef Experience. No need to worry about space for you and your luggage, it’s taken care of with our exclusive seating arrangements.

On the voyage to our premier Cairns Liveaboard Reef Encounter,you will be served breakfast to your table, with the options of a hot bacon and eggs cooked breakfast or continental fruit and croissant breakfast. Top Deck guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices. On the journey back into the Cairns Marina you will be served a complimentary glass of wine/champagne and a cheese and fruit platter.

Reef Encounter is an SSI Accredited training facility and has been offering outstanding scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for over 30 years.

The dive crew at Reef Encounter are dive professionals with outstanding customer service to assist you with any aspect of your diving. At Reef Encounter, the emphasis is on increased training in actual dive conditions.

A referral dive course is a course in which you conduct your pool and theory training with one dive school and your 4 open water training dives with another.

The referral dive course is held on board Reef Encounter 2 day 1 night liveaboard trip. As Reef Encounter is an SSI training facility, you will need to make sure that you have done your initial open water training with an SSI training facility.

Reef Encounter is the pride of the Cairns liveaboard fleet, it is always moored on the outer reef, cruising to a different dive location twice a day, and we use our fast catamaran Reef Experience to transfer you to and from the Reef Encounter. The staterooms onboard are double bed and twin beds with private ensuite and large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef

This package departs daily from Cairns.

Our Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Referral Package Includes:

  • Top Deck Stateroom accommodation (Private Bathroom)
  • Personal Valet
  • All meals prepared by our on board Chef whilst on board
  • Complimentary sunset cocktails
  • Coffee, tea and fresh fruit
  • 4 Training Day Scuba dives
  • International Open water certification
  • Professional friendly instructors
  • Bed linen, towels and toiletries
  • All Dive Equipment
  • Turn Down Service
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • All Government Reef Levies

 Your Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Referral Dive Course Itinerary

Day 1

  • 7:30am            Breakfast on board Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 8:00am           Depart Marlin Jetty (1 Spence Street Cairns)
  •                           Marine Biologist Presentation Scuba Dive Snorkel briefing
  • 10:30am         Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
  •                          Snorkel, Sun bake and relaxation time
  • 12:00pm         Lunch
  •                           Referral training scuba dive
  • 3:00pm           Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location,
  •                           Referral training scuba dive
  • 6:00pm           Dinner & Dessert
  • 7:30pm            Relaxation time, stargazing, movie or board games

Day 2

  • 6:30am            Referral training scuba dive, Breakfast
  • 8:30am            Referral training scuba dive
  • 10:30am          Cruise to our next spectacular Reef location
  •                           Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Snorkeling, Sun baking, Relaxing time
  • 12:00pm         Lunch
  • 3.00pm           Transfer To Reef Experience Cruise tour returning to Cairns enjoying a
  •                           Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
  • 4:30pm           Arrive back in Cairns


Open water referral paperwork

Minimum age is 12 years (subject to a medical assessment). Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

A Dive medical to the Australian Standard AS4005-1 is required. Australian medical standards are different to those overseas. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving.

Your health and safety is of paramount importance to our company

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the world – with the safest dive record in the world.

Some Medical conditions and or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving even if you are a certified diver.  These include Asthma or wheezing,  Brain spinal cord or nervous disorder, chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint, chronic sinus, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitus, most chest surgery, Epilepsy, Fainting, Seizure or blackouts, Heart Disease of any kind, recurrent ear problems when flying, tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease and High blood pressure.  Some prescription and non-prescription medications including some Malaria prevention tablets may prevent you from diving.

If you are unsure of any medications or medical conditions please consult your Doctor – The Australian standard is Dive Medical A4005.1

It is not our companies decision regarding these laws – we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.





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