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Our Great Barrier Reef Liveaboards


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!


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?


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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