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Start your Open Water Dive Course anywhere in the World and complete in on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Our 4 day referral dive course will give you great confidence as a certified scuba diver

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – “Live and sleep on the Reef” Spending  4 days and 3 nights – in a twin or double stateroomaboard Our Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard  “Reef Encounter” and enjoy your Great Barrier Reef  Experience.

 See Australia’s  Great Barrier Reef at its best – morning, day and night.

Reef Encounter offers a superb referral scuba dive course experience for people from the age of 12 years of age and medical fit.  All Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive locations are selected for the optimal conditions depending on the weather and the time of year.

Stay in style on this luxurious Cairns scuba dive liveaboard “Reef Encounter”. Fully air conditioned for maximum comfort.

Reef Encounter boasts large lounge, dining, dive and sun deck areas.

Our Staterooms are either twin or double have large picture windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef,  are air-conditioned and spacious with en-suites.

We have an onboard chef preparing restaurant quality meals who can cater for all dietary requirements.

Scuba dive at a number of different reef locations

The Best Dive Equipment

On Reef Encounter’s  referral dive course, you will be diving with high quality, up to date scuba diving equipment and every scuba diver is issued with their own dive computer for the duration of the stay.

With our purpose built dive deck, everything is set up for you ready to go so getting into and out of the water couldn’t be easier! Got your own gear? Our friendly dive masters will assist you to set up your equipment.

How deep are the dive sites?

As the coral on the Great Barrier Reef needs sunlight to survive and grow, the majority of good dive locations are found in relatively shallow areas. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10 – 25 meters (30-80 feet).

Who will I be diving with?

Buddy up with another passenger or take the guided dive option, it’s your choice. If you’re travelling alone our friendly dive team will ensure you have a buddy to go diving with.

How many Dives?

Our 4 day Referral dive course includes 4 referral dives, 6 certified dives and 2 night dives – this is a great way to build real confidence in your scuba diving.

Included

  • Stateroom Accommodation
  • 4 Referral dives, 6 Day Dives and 2 Night Dive
  • Onboard Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, water  and fresh fruit
  • Snorkeling and Diving equipment
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area, Bar and Lounge
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Please advise of dietary requirements upon booking

Prior Requirements

  • Minimum age 12 years. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult
  • Students must be able to swim at a basic level
  • After booking your Learn To Scuba Dive Course you will receive an email with information asking you to complete an online training lesson. Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended.
  • Compulsory dive medical in accordance with Australian Standard AS4005-1. It is law in Queensland that all scuba diving students get a medical check-up. Upon booking your course, you will be provided with information on how to get your medical check. Fee is payable directly to doctor.

Please read the terms and conditions of each Great Barrier Reef tour. Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities. We recommend that you do not fly in an aeroplane for at least 24 hours after participating in scuba activities.  

Itinerary

Day One

7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty, Cairns
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty
9:00 am Marine Biologist Presentation
9:15 am Scuba Dive Snorkel briefing
10:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
11:00 am Scuba Dive Snorkel Sunbake and relaxation time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Dive 1 with skills
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
3:30 pm Dive 2 with skills
4:00 pm Glass bottom boat tour
6:00 pm Dinner & Dessert
7:30 pm Introductory resort night dive at own expense
8:00 pm Relaxation time, star watching, board games, movies

Day Two

6:30 am  Scuba Dive 3 with skills
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
11:00 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Dive 5 with skills
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30 pm Scuba Dive 6 with skills
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Introductory resort night dive at own expense
8:00 pm Relaxation time, star watching, board games, movies

Day Three

7:00 am Dive 7
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Dive 8
11:00 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
11:30 am Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Diving, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxing time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
2:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30 pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Night Dive as a certified diver
8:00 pm Relaxation time, star watching, board games, movies
Day Four
6:30 am Scuba Dive or snorkel
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Scuba dive or snorkel
10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
11:00 am Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Diving, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxing time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Cruise tour to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
1:45 pm Snorkel, Sun bake, Relax
2:30 pm Transfer to Reef Experience
3:30 pm Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
4:30 pm Arrive Cairns

Optional Extras

  • Bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the Marina
  • Bar purchases – soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Scenic helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Prescription masks

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming clothes, sun cream & hat
  • Personal clothes, toiletries

How to get there

Your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard cruise begins on board our transfer boat, ‘Reef Experience’, from Cairns Marlin Marina ‘A Finger’. Boarding commences at 7:25am.

On the last day of your stay you will arrive back into Cairns at approximately 4:30pm.

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