M.V. Reef Encounter is a liveaboard catamaran which provides excellent overnight trips to The Great Barrier Reef with boutique hotel style accommodation.

This 35 metre vessel boasts twenty-seven spacious en-suite cabins and large saloon and dining areas. Fully air conditioned, Reef Encounter offers a unique way to experience the world renowned Great Barrier Reef and is ideal for guests of all ages.

Reef Encounter voyages up to 200 nautical miles off the east coast of Australia across five outer Great Barrier Reef locations.

The ship accommodates up to 42 guests in stateroom accommodation while cruising between tropical sand islands and northern Barrier Reef settings.

boxfishFriendly and experienced crew offer activities including personalised scuba diving tours and instruction for all experience levels, interactive reef snorkel guides, glass bottom boat excursions and informative Marine Biologist presentations.

Scenic helicopter flights or transfers to and from the mainland are another way to enjoy Reef Encounter on the Great Barrier Reef.

Luxuries such as a fresh water spa enable a unique way to experience nature’s finest sunsets and ‘Top Deck’ personalised valet services compliment the quality of a World Heritage holiday getaway.

Freshly prepared gourmet style meals are cooked by an onboard chef and Reef Encounter has a fully stocked bar with Australian beers on tap.

Transfers to and from Reef Encounter are provided by its sister vessel, M.V. Reef Experience, a high-speed air-conditioned catamaran departing daily from Cairns Marlin Jetty Marina

Vessel Specifications

Vessel Survey IB
Configuration Catamaran Adventure Cruise Ship
Length 34.92 metres / 114.56 feet
Breath 13.28 metres / 43.56 feet
Gross Tonnage 929.77 t
Cruising Speed 12 knots
Engines 2 x Cummins 504 KW
Safety Full compliance under the International Marine Orders
Passengers 42
Crew 12
Cabin Features 21 Twin / Double Staterooms, Ensuite, large picture windows
Cabin Power 240 Volt
Day Areas Sun Deck, Saloon, Heated Jacuzzi
Tender # 1 5.99m Aluminuim Coral Viewer  11.2 kw
Tender # 2 4.4m Fibreglass 11.2 Kw
Other Facilities Onboard Helipad
Hydraulic lifted snorkel and dive platform



Reef Encounter Deck Plans

Reef Encounter Helicopter Deck

Top Deck Club Level

Reef Encounter main deck