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aileen o
aileen o
4. June, 2021.
Absolutely loved it I completely loved this experience and spent 2 nights 3 days on the boat. I am only taking off a star because of how many times we went to Hastings Reef over the 3 days. The staff are amazing and I felt quiet relaxed and well catered to. I have booked another trip and can’t wait.
Wmaher
Wmaher
31. May, 2021.
Excellent Experience This was our first experience of live-aboard and would highly recommend it. The crew were amazing and the food was delicious. We stuck to snorkeling but still saw lots of marine life including Turtles and Sharks. The dive briefing were very informative and they had spotters for safety. The coral seemed to be in good condition and there was abundant marine life. Will definitely return some day.
Guvna
Guvna
17. May, 2021.
Relaxed and professional Spent 2 days / 1 night aboard Reef Encounter with my wife in May 2021. The young crew was very accommodating and nothing seems too difficult for them. Rooms were smallish but had all we needed, and were very accessible to the dive deck at the rear of the boat. Meals were tasty and huge.
Wendy
Wendy
8. May, 2021.
Morning snorkel at sunrise was very beautiful. 2 days and one night on the reef was an amazing way to see the Great Barrier Reef. We were able to go out so far and away from the day boats. The cabins were comfortable and the bar was welcome at the end of a long day. Staff were very helpful but the food was not as great as we had hoped for. The staff were very supportive to those in our group who were nervous or had not snorkeled much and they had lots of noodles to help less strong swimmers. Over all a fantastic experience.
Lifeguard62
Lifeguard62
21. April, 2021.
Terrific Great 2 day 1 night experience. This would be the 6th trip on the reef with various tour organisers and was the best yet. Great food terrific staff and with only 6 of us on the boat plenty of room.
Meat-fanatic
Meat-fanatic
24. February, 2021.
Great diving, amazing staff. I have just got back from my fifth trip on Reef Encounter in the past six months, and once again I had an amazing time. The diving is spectacular, but what makes this live aboard so great is the incredible crew. Nothing is too much trouble and the chef prepares wonderful meals designed to suit everyones needs. The dive team provides a detailed briefing of each location along with tips on the best things to look for. I have already booked my next trip for Easter and can't wait to get back out on the reef.
Clancy J
Clancy J
23. February, 2021.
Incredible Experience My Dad and I are both experienced divers and we had a fabulous time. The dive crew were professional, friendly and helpful. The food was incredible and my allergies were catered for perfectly. All the dive locations were abundant with coral, fish, sharks, turtles etc. We’ll definitely be going again.
BillyK1980
BillyK1980
12. February, 2021.
I’m rebooking! What can I say but AMAZING! I am soo booking again. Super good value to dive 4 times a day, get fed like a king and get to see some of the best marine life in the world. The night dive was the best with the sharks! What an experience! All the staff were brilliant.
Jules D
Jules D
11. January, 2021.
Awesome way to see the reef, fantastic hospitality on board Amazing experience! Our first time on a liveaboard and we couldn't have asked for more. My husband and I both got our Open Water cert and couldn't imagine a better way to do it. The team were friendly and helpful, the equipment and safety gear was impeccable, and the reef was totally unforgettable. Great food, excellent accommodation, awesome hospitality. Big shout out to Beth and Carlos for making our trip so enjoyable. Thank you!
Ruth S
Ruth S
1. January, 2021.
Annual mother daughter dive trip This trip was great value. The liveaboard was comfortable and well presented, the food was great and the crew were happy and obliging. The diving was excellent and safety standards and equipment quality high. The transfer and management of all the passengers was efficient and we felt well looked after.

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cintia perozza
cintia perozza
17. May, 2021.
I had the best time diving. Definitely one of the best experiences I have had in Australia. I went for 2D and 1N trip and it exceeded all expectations. I did 6 dives in total and 1 was nightly. I had never dived at night and it was one of the best experiences of my life, I saw so many sharks and turtles. The crew are the best, they provided me with a great stay on the boat and incredible dives in the Great Barrier Reef. I will definitely be back to take my advanced diving course with them. Thank you so much guys.
Petra Ševčovicová
Petra Ševčovicová
8. May, 2021.
Definitely one of my best experiences in Australia! Beautiful day dives and absolutely amazing night dive full of reef sharks. The whole crew was great (not only on board but also in the office), very responsive, friendly and caring, preparing the gear before each dive and making sure everyone is having a great time. The food was delicious and I really appreciated that there was no problem preparing vegan meals for me. My only regret is that I booked just one night as I was a bit concerned about sleeping on the boat - No reason! The boat is really beautiful, rooms are surprisingly big with own bathroom, towels and shampoos provided. Plus the slight rocking during the night was very pleasant and I slept like a baby. Once you're there, you don't have to worry about anything, just enjoy the time :) I highly recommend Reef Encounter not only for experienced divers but anyone who is craving for unforgettable adventure on Great Barrier Reef. Thank you so much!
Ellie Williams
Ellie Williams
30. April, 2021.
Loved this boat, we never wanted to leave 😍 Awesome, friendly helpful crew, amazing delicious food (the entire trip was eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat 😋), and a comfy private bedroom and bathroom, air conditioned and perfect for sleeping. They take safety very seriously too and you literally just show up on the deck in your wetsuit and your gear is all ready for you to put on and jump in (after you do your own checks of course), no lifting tanks or anything, so luxurious. We will definitely be back, missing the boat and the crew already!
Bailey Nassau
Bailey Nassau
28. April, 2021.
The staff on this trip were fantastic. I get motion sick and we ended up in bad weather, making it a bit of a rough trip for me. The crew did absolutely everything they could to help, letting us change rooms and giving me different food for an upset stomach. Their knowledge of the dive sites is second to none and the photos were incredible. There were so many opportunities to dive and snorkel, including night diving with the sharks. We’ll be back next time we’re in cairns!
Anthony Russo
Anthony Russo
11. April, 2021.
A friend and I recently completed our Open Water cert. on a 3D2N trip and then spent a further 3 nights on board as a volunteer host (which also included the opportunity to complete further dives). The crew were great and provided lots of laughs, knowledge and assistance when required. I will definitely be up later in the year to experience all that the reef offers once again.
Matt West
Matt West
20. February, 2021.
I just came back from a huge 5N6D trip. My original booking was only for 2N3D but after experiencing the incredible staff, amazing food and guests I want to continue contact with for years to come, I decided to stay a few more nights. I always felt comfortable, safe and saw some of the most amazing things the GBR has to offer. Do yourself a favour and book twice as long as you originally planned. You will not regret the decision!!!
Stephen
Stephen
31. January, 2021.
Everything was amazing about this trip! Right from when you got on the boat and when you finish the trip with them on the terminal! Everyone during the trip was friendly and extremely welcoming. They were more than accommodating! Special shout out to Nathan who was my dive instructor! Thanks Nathan for making my trip special and for putting up with me during my open water certification 🤗
Bart Klinkenberg
Bart Klinkenberg
29. January, 2021.
Awsome experience! We went for a 2day 1night trip with 6 Dives. One of these Dives was a night dive. Your journey starts in the Cairns marina where they welcome you one one of their vessels. Right after departure they serve you a bacon and egg roll just freshly cooked on the top deck. It takes roughly an hour and a half to make the trip to the Reef Encounter boat. Your bags and shoes will be transported by the staff to the next vessel. Once you come aboard the staff will give you a greeting and the safety briefings will start (only 3). After these briefings you'll be shown to your room and they will hand out your gear. Depending on what you have chosen they will give you instructions on what to do and expect. We went for certified dives without a guide and all we needed to know was explained in a professional yet very pleasant way. On board all meals are provided and so is water and other things like: fruit, sea sickness pills, instant coffee, Milo chocolate milk and tea. All other things have to be purchased like a cola or sunkist. We had good reasonably good conditions during our time and visibility was around 15m. We saw sharks, turtles, sting rays and a lot more. The rest is up to you find out and see! I would definitely recommend this trip to any who likes diving and likes the company of nice, enthusiastic and professional people (the staff) Thanks again and perhaps we'll see you next time.
Michael Li
Michael Li
12. January, 2021.
Had an absolute ball of a trip. Staff were fantastic. Good and accommodation was top notch. Great value for the 14 dives I managed to do over 3 nights.

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


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