Getting to Reef Encounter –  transfers to and from Reef Encounter are provided daily by its high speed sister vessel – Reef Experience – or by Nautilus Helicopters, you can stay as long as you like and work your reef trip around your other holiday plans!

Boat Transfer

Daily boat transfers to and from Reef Encounter are included in your trip cost and are provided by our high speed catamaran, Reef Experience. Transfers depart form the Cairns Marlin Marina, ‘A finger’. Bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the Cairns Marlin Marina are also available at an additional cost, see below.

Cairns Map

  • 7:30am – Boarding time on Reef Experience. Check in and breakfast
  • 8:00am – Departure
  • 4:30pm – Approximate daily arrival time returning into Cairns





Bus Transfers to Cairns Marlin Marina

City Return (Bus) $12 per person
Outer City / Northern Beaches (Bus) $22 per person
Port Douglas One Way (Bus) $35 per person
Port Douglas Return (Bus) $70 per person


Helicopter Transfers

Helicopter One Way* $560 per person
Helicopter Return* $1120 per person

*Helicopter transfers depart and arrive to Nautilus Aviation, Cairns General Aviation transfers are available
Helicopter transfers offer a great birds eye perspective of the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Encounter work in conjunction with with Nautilus  Aviation– industry experts in Queensland air touring.

Nautilus Aviation are leaders in luxury helicopter experiences in North Queensland, Australia


helicopter-iconHelicopter transfers require a minimum of 2 people to operate




luggage-iconPlease note that luggage restrictions  and weights do apply

we do offer free luggage storage at Reef Encounter’s office on the corner of Florence & Abbott Streets, Cairns City office hours at 7am to 9pm 7 days a week it is also possible if time permits for your luggage to be transported on our fast catamaran, Reef Experience