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Markus K
Markus K
30. October, 2020.
Best trip ever Wow! We stayed 5 nights (2 nights as guests/3 as Hosties) on board and did 22 dives. It was an amazing experience. The staff was great, the food awesome and the dives fantastic. We loved every second of board. Would come back anytime!
Thomas N
Thomas N
28. October, 2020.
Fantastic experience ! Such a great liveaboard in FNQ, the staff was very professional from start to finish. Great atmosphere on the boat and on the dive deck. Plenty of options for certified divers, including Nitrox. I felt properly looked after for once in the area, and can not wait to come back. Plenty of COVID rules in place around the boat which make us feel safe without interfering with the awesomeness of the trip. Please do your self a favour and spend a few nights on this boat you won't regret it. Thank you everyone for making this trip special for us.
Anne B
Anne B
25. October, 2020.
2 nights Live a board We loved our 2 night, 3 day stay on the Reef Encounter. The accommodation and food were great, but the best part of the experience for us was the friendly, helpful service from all the staff on board. They were all brilliant. We dived on Norman and Saxon reefs and were very pleased with the state of the coral and the abundance of marine life. We are already planning our next trip!
Meat-fanatic
Meat-fanatic
12. October, 2020.
Second trip and it was brilliant! This was our second trip on Reef Encounter and will not be our last as we are already planning to return. The whole experience is amazing from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you are treated like friends and family by the wonderful crew. William, Beth, Kohler, Angus, Raz and Dan (the amazing chef) made the trip unforgettable. The diving is outstanding and the crew does a great job of making it both safe and fun. The dive briefings provide all the information you need to get the most from each location. I can not praise the food highly enough, how Dan produces such great food and caters for every special diet and request from that small kitchen is nothing short of miraculous. Can't wait to see you all again soon. Paul & Dani.
Merrib26
Merrib26
29. September, 2020.
Dream come true In September my husband, Ron, and I went on a Reef Encounter Cruise for 4 days /3 nights. I’m writing to you to express our appreciation of everyone involved. We had an amazing trip and were so thankful for the care and attention that we received. In particular, Martine, who was our personal valet took great care of us and helped us with everything that we needed. SCUBA diving had always been a great dream of mine and when I turned 60 years old, I had decided I had to give it a go. I could not have asked for anyone better to be my first instructor than Martine. He was knowledgeable, patient and extremely supportive. At times, I was extremely nervous and started to panic. Martine was always calm and supportive and held my hand throughout the whole dive to ensure that I had an amazing time looking at our brilliant marine life on the Reef. He made the whole experience wonderful and I’m very grateful for his cheerfulness, kindness and direction. Ron had decided that he was not going to SCUBA but he was happy to snorkel (which we have done many times before – although not for a while). Ron also appreciated Martine’s care and support. So, at times, Ron and I were doing different activities, but this didn’t worry Martine as he watched over us and was always organised to care for both of us. Of course, here he was supported by the rest of the staff, who were also fantastic. Heather, Owen, Kohler, Levi and Adrian did an amazing job on lookout and helping us and the other passengers on board and we realise that without their professional abilities we would not have had such a successful time. Will and Beth, our Bursars, were always there with a smile to take care of all our needs, as well as the other passengers and made our trip an absolute joy. Dan, the chef, organised fabulous meals, always delicious and plentiful! Thank you to everyone involved in Reef Encounter for making my dream come true. Now I can say I’ve SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef! And – I can’t wait to do it again! Of course, when we return, we will be choosing to snorkel and dive with Reef Encounter – hopefully Martine will let me hold his hand again! Merri Bothwell
Robert K
Robert K
28. September, 2020.
Awesome This is a must do out on the reef. The reef encounter team are friendly and professional, nothing is to much trouble. My divers Carlos/Martin/Angus were awesome and made my diving experience amazing. The reefs that we visited looked great with a great biodiversity of corals and fish. I also highly recommend the night dive.
FaXi73
FaXi73
26. September, 2020.
You really don't want to leave The worst part of our 4 days/3 nights top deck experience was, that we really did not want to leave. We did all of the 14 dives on offer for this time and loved each and every one of them. Big thanks to the wonderful crew with special thanks to Levy our valet and dive guide. He was super attentive yet unobtrusive from the moment we boarded and we absolutely loved diving with him. Big thanks also to chef Dan, who always provided us with delicious meals, while taking into account our dietary requests - he made our dining experience under the stars extra special. And also a special thanks to Beth, who was a wonderful host - we can't wait to be back!
Ella K
Ella K
15. September, 2020.
Incredible experience, can't wait to return! Everything the boat had to offer was exceptional. The crew were super friendly and helpful. The food was amazing, as was the diving! Would highly recommend and very keen to return one day.
Paul B
Paul B
17. August, 2020.
The trip of a lifetime! The trip of a lifetime! Dani and I did a 4 day 3 night trip and loved every minute of it. The crew were exceptional and took great care of us. The diving: All the sites were excellent and the site briefings provided great information about each site. I would recommend taking one their guides, our guide (Levi) managed to find things we would not have seen and always lead us right back to the boat. There is a good balance and focus on safety as well as enjoyment. I had my own gear which was no issue for them, and all the rental drive gear Dani used was new and well maintained. The dive-deck is spacious and well set up to make gearing up easy. Getting in and out of the water was also easy thanks to the hight adjustable dive platform. The Food: High quality food and lots of it. Special needs were taken care of with no issues and any reasonable request was meet by the chef. The accomodation: Comfortable, spacious, air conditioned and unlimited hot showers!! The Crew: Wonderful group of people, special thanks to Beth, Levi, Dan (the chef) and Silvan. Can not wait to do another trip. Dani and Paul

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Thomas Niel
Thomas Niel
29. October, 2020.
Fantastic experience ! Such a great liveaboard in FNQ, the staff was very professional from start to finish. Great atmosphere on the boat and on the dive deck. Plenty of options for certified divers, including Nitrox. I felt properly looked after for once in the area, and can not wait to come back. Plenty of COVID rules in place around the boat which make us feel safe without interfering with the awesomeness of the trip. Please do your self a favour and spend a few nights on this boat you won't regret it. Thank you everyone for making this trip special for us.
Cherie H
Cherie H
11. October, 2020.
I had the best dive trip! Went for 4 days/3 nights and had an absolute ball, I could stay forever! Food was amazing and the diving was even better. We went to so many incredible dive sites on the GBR. The crew were all so friendly and welcoming and the facilities on the boat were wonderful. I could not recommend reef encounter more highly, will definitely be back for more diving.
Ngoc Nguyen
Ngoc Nguyen
24. July, 2020.
Great dives
Johan Stilund Hansen
Johan Stilund Hansen
9. July, 2020.
Never been diving before. I took an introduction dive and got totally hooked. Then I took an open water certificate during the 3 days I was staying. Very friendly staff and guests. Delicious food. Great diving instructors with incredible knowledge about diving. Can totally recommend to take some days on the boat. Ps. The reef is still very much alive. With lots of sharks, turtles and more.
Nicolás Berisso
Nicolás Berisso
2. March, 2020.
Awesome 2 day diving trip, the ship's service is incredible and the crew is the best. The reefs are a little bit deteriorated and with a greenish (dead) colour.
Oleksandra P
Oleksandra P
12. February, 2020.
Awesome - nice dive sites, dive site briefings, new scuba equipment and helpful crew. Everything went smoothly without issues. One of the best experiences of my life!
Tyrone Alomia
Tyrone Alomia
7. February, 2020.
The friendliest and most professional staff. Boats great food was amazing just a 5 experience in every way.
Jeroen Remmerswaal
Jeroen Remmerswaal
3. February, 2020.
We had an amazing trip with reef encounter. All scubagear was practically new, visited great locations on the reef. Skipper takes into account weather conditions when he picks the spots so that divers have the best experience in the water without strong currents etc. The crew was super kind, always willing to help or make a joke. Awesome food, great variety and they take into account any dietary requirements/preferences you might have. All in all a very very relaxing environment, only thing you have to think about is which dives you want to join, everything else is done for you. I would recommend this trip to everyone that is interested in scubadiving on the outer reef. We did the 3d2n trip.
Bec G
Bec G
18. January, 2020.
What an amazing experience. We went out an a 1 night overnight experience as snorkelers and I must say besides the night shark dive I would have always preferred snorkeling over diving. So much of the reef is close to the surface, I have been to Hawaii, all over the Virgin Islands plus Colombia reef and this was the best variety of fish I've seen - stingray, jellies, sharks, all varieties of reef you could hope for, only thing we didnt see that I could dream of were turtles and octupi. My only disappointment was that the room didnt look quite as lovely as the pics and food was a bit of a bummer. The oven broke which of course isnt their fault but I would have preferred faster mediocre meals opposed to slower sub par meals, I.e. 2 hour+ wait for spaghetti vs. A sandwich

Your Holiday, Your Way!

Fun For Everyone

We offer scuba diving and snorkelling liveaboard tours on the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Encounter cruising on the coral sea

Scuba divers, snorkelers and those who wish to stay on a floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef can travel together with a Cairns liveaboard tour! Live and sleep on the reef and see it at its best – day and night!

An excellent alternative to a resort based holiday and a fantastic upgrade from a day trip, it’s one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia!

Luxury Accommodation

Our Cairns liveaboard is a boutique floating hotel surrounded by crystal clear waters.

Accommodating only 42 guests at any time, Reef Encounter is large enough to provide the comforts of the largest cruise ships yet small enough to have access to spectacular reef locations inaccessible to other vessels.

Designed for utmost stability and comfort at sea, Reef Encounter visits the most captivatingly beautiful areas of this natural wonder – The Great Barrier Reef.

Daily Departures

Reef Encounter trips depart every day, via our transfer vessel Reef Experience.

Enjoy greater flexibility with your travel plans and start your holiday on the day that suits you – and stay on the Reef as long as you like! Boarding daily in Cairns at 7:30 am from Cairns Marlin Marina.

Alternatively, helicopter transfers are low flying scenic excursions over the coral reef that are an excellent way to start or end your Great Barrier Reef adventure!


Highlights

Best Locations

Great Barrier Reef locations

We visit a variety of snorkel/dive sites per day. Our experienced Captain selects the optimal sites for the weather conditions, so you can see the very best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Marine Biologist

Great Barrier Reef liveaboard

During the transfer to the Great Barrier Reef, we have a Marine Biologist who gives an informative Reef presentation, introducing you to this unique underwater habitat.

Friendly Crew

Your Reef Encounter team

Our crew are by far our greatest asset, and it’s their passion and pride for the Reef that does make all the difference! If you’re not a confident swimmer, one of our guides will get in the water and assist you.

VIP Upgrade

For an extra touch of luxury, select our Top Deck Club package. Champagne on arrival, breakfast in bed, dinner under the stars and a personal valet/guide to ensure an experience nothing short of breathtaking!


What to do on the reef?

Snorkelling

Great Barrier Reef snorkelling

Everybody can see the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling, no minimum age and no experience necessary – just fun! Read more

Scuba Diving

Great Barrier Reef scuba diving

See the Reef up close and personal, with scuba diving packages tailored for all skill levels. All equipment is included. Read more

Scuba diving lessons

Friendly Staff

Learn to dive or complete an advanced or rescue diver course. We are a dive training vessel and offer a wide range of scuba diving courses. Read more

Scuba divers, snorkelers and those who wish to stay on a floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef can travel together with Reef Encounter


Or you can do nothing and relax on the Great Barrier Reef

 

 

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