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Merrib26
Merrib26
2020-09-29
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
2020-09-28
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
2020-09-26
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
2020-09-15
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
2020-08-17
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
@roamfree82
@roamfree82
2020-08-15
Amazing, can't wait to get back out there! My husband & I had the best time! We did one night, 2 days. The crew were awesome, professional & serious when required, but fun & relaxed too, which made the trip. I snorkled, but did one with a crew guide which gave me confidence & allowed me to go further & see things I wouldn't have on my own. My husband dove and had fantastic experiences. The boat even hosts a professional underwater photographer with the option to purchase photos. He'll also photograph snorklers so they don't miss out & we had couples shots on the deck overlooking the reef too. Our room was upgraded without us asking, which was a lovely thing to do, the bed was massive & comfy & the room big & well kitted out. We had an en suite & the shower was hot :) The food was also exceptional, you will NOT leave hungry! Dietary requirements (I was pesco no diary) were kindly & well catered for with options (e.g., snack - fruit salad or vego curry puffs with sweet potato fries?) Amazing. There's a decent bar with beer, wine & options for cocktails AND a proper coffee machine, various milk options including soy (yey) and loads of soft drinks. I don't have a bad word to say about the boat, the crew or the experience, highly recommend. Thanks so much! Katie & John @roamfree82
BooDownUnder
BooDownUnder
2020-08-13
Amazing experience We chose the 2 night/3 day option & that was the perfect amount of time. The crew on board were really friendly and was such a relaxed vibe. Meals were generous and delicious! Our room was comfortable & clean. Perfect if you just want to snorkel the whole trip or give diving a go. Would recommend this to anyone looking to experience the Great Barrier Reef.
Tania
Tania
2020-07-30
Amazing Did a 1 night stay on reef encounter and it was amazing. Definitely recommend doing the liveaboard overnight over the day boat, wish we had stayed more than one night, and definitely do the dives! Amazing staff and great food. Take travel sickness tablets.
David W
David W
2020-03-19
Amazing experience and loved every minute Did a 1 night 2 day scuba package and loved it, all staff were great and couldn’t do enough to help you and make you feel at home, all dives were amazing and saw a lot .
MinnaUurainen
MinnaUurainen
2020-03-08
Once in a lifetime Wanted to see the reefs, or GBR, as they call it. Had done some thorough reseaching beforehand and came to the conclusion, that the Reef Encounter would maybe suite our family best since being safe for a 9-year old and offering both snorkling and scuba diving. The other adult of us took all the dives that were available and the other snorkeled with the child. Was the first time for the kid to snorkel on the sea, so he was a bit nervous at first. After having a suitable safety vest, he felt safer and started to enjoy more of the reef experience. The room was spacious enough for us three - just like any other hotel room in a ship. Very high standard. The food was delicious and it was plenty. The staff was friendly and professional. It felt safe to operate under their instructions. We stayed two nights and were happy to have extended our stay from one night as two. One would've been nice, but two nights was definitely a lot better and made the experience even more memorable.

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Ngoc Hoang
Ngoc Hoang
2020-07-24
Great dives
Johan Stilund Hansen
Johan Stilund Hansen
2020-07-09
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
2020-03-02
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.
Poonlit Verapakul
Poonlit Verapakul
2020-02-27
Oleksandra P
Oleksandra P
2020-02-12
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
2020-02-07
The friendliest and most professional staff. Boats great food was amazing just a 5 experience in every way.
Jeroen Remmerswaal
Jeroen Remmerswaal
2020-02-03
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
2020-01-18
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
Michael Grubert
Michael Grubert
2020-01-17
We did a 2 night/3 day trip and it was the highlight of our trip to Australia. All of the staff were so friendly and accommodating. My wife has a food allergy and they so nice about it and all of the food was amazing. We saw so much scuba diving (sharks, turtles, eels, grouper, lionfish....) and we will never forget it. We highly recommend Reef Encounter!
Felix Sproll
Felix Sproll
2020-01-14
Had a fantastic trip. The diving was super and the rooms and food was way better than expected. Would rightly recommend

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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