Cairns liveaboard on Reef Encounter



Reef Encounter learn to dive personalised open water dive course Great Barrier Reef Australia

Reef Encounter offers Scuba diving and snorkeling liveaboard tours on the Great Barrier Reef – Step aboard Reef Encounter, our floating boutique resort, for your Great Barrier Reef experience. Live and sleep on the reef and see it at its best – day and night! Reef Encounter is an excellent alternative to a resort based holiday and a fantastic upgrade from a day trip. With daily departures from Cairns by boat or helicopter, stay for one or as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms all with ensuite, or indulge and upgrade to the luxurious Top Deck Club.

Luxury Accommodation

Reef Encounter Top Deck room Our Cairns liveaboard is a boutique floating hotel, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of  Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.   Accommodating only 42 guests at any time, Reef Encounter, Australia’s premier scuba dive and snorkel liveaboard is large enough to provide all the comforts of the largest Cruise ships yet small enough to enable access to spectacular reef locations inaccessible to other vessels. With Reef Encounter, guests have the opportunity to experience two full days and to sleep on the reef, giving them more time to relax and enjoy the experience, in and out of the water.

Daily Departures

Reef Experience Cruising Reef Encounter trips depart every day – we offer daily transfers via our vessel, Reef Experience  boarding in Cairns at 7:30 am for breakfast transferring clients directly to Reef Encounter which allows you greater flexibility with your travel plans you can start your Reef Encounter holiday on the day that suits you best and stay for as long as you like. Reef Encounter has great flexibility and something for everyone if one member of your group wants to snorkel and the other wants to scuba dive or learn to scuba dive you can book the same  trip and stay onboard together and enjoy the package that suits you best.


Marine Biologist


On our transfer vessel Reef Experience, we have an onboard Marine Biologist who will give you an informative Reef Presentation on your way to the Great Barrier Reef.  It’s a great presentation on the Great Barrier Reef and the wonderful marine life that lives on the reef

Friendly Crew

Reef Encounter crew

Our crew are by far our greatest asset and it’s their passion and pride for the Great Barrier Reef that really does make the difference – if you are not a confident swimmer or you cannot swim one of our fabulous crew members will get in the water with you and assist you to see the Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef Scuba Dive
Great Barrier Reef Scuba Dive

Fresh gourmet prepared meals, glass bottom boat tours, Guided Snorkel tours, Resort scuba dive, Learn to Scuba Dive and Certified diving.

Or simply enjoy your Resort at the Great Barrier Reef on the sun deck or in the spa watching the sunset over the Reef!

VIP Upgrade

Top Deck Club

For an extra touch of luxury, upgrade to an exclusive Top Deck package. Top Deck guests are treated to champagne on arrival, breakfast in bed, dinner under the stars and a personal valet/dive or snorkel guide at all times to ensure an experience nothing short of breathtaking!  Check our live availability

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