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Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
14. February, 2022.
The best time ever! These guys offer a truly fantastic experience! From my first email contact until the bus driver dropped me off after my stay, everything was fantastic! I had minimal snorkelling experience, had never dived or stayed on a boat. The crew are all outstanding, their knowledge of the reef added so much to my experience, the boat really comfortable the locations spectacular and the food was delicious and abundant! Everything you need is there for you, and caters for all levels of skill. I loved hearing all about the world of diving, chatting to the crew and other guests. Plenty of time in the water, as well as plenty of time to chill and relax. So glad Reef Encounter was recommended to me, it really was the experience of dreams! A family owned and run business that made me feel welcome and comfortable throughout my trip. I can’t wait for my next visit!
Reinaldo C
Reinaldo C
7. February, 2022.
Awesome experience!! We booked the 2 night liveaboard learn to dive scuba package (top deck) for our honeymoon. It was absolutely fantastic. Our instructor James was awesome - he was really supportive and went to every length to make sure both our stay aboard and scuba course were a great experience. We heard good things about this and it lived up to the hype every bit. The Great Barrier Reef is an awesome place to learn to dive. The crew are all really friendly and enthusiastic - they take the time to introduce themselves and get to know you. The food is great and it's obvious the chef takes pride in their food. Highly recommend this - we even extended another night because we were having such a good time.
Javier G
Javier G
21. January, 2022.
Diving under the stars All the endless diving experiences the lovely instructors and staff and sleeping on a boat and checking the sunrise in the morning.
Michelle B
Michelle B
30. November, 2021.
Amazing Experience I recently travelled with a private tour group to dive & snorkel outer reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Selected vessel of choice for our group, was the Reef Encounter. Onboard the Reef Encounter our group was impressed! As all staffonboard were extremely helpful, organised & professional. They handle group bookings with ease & nothing was ever too much trouble for them! Amazing feedback received from the group overall too! Everyone loved how well presented the private cabins are & said they would certainly stay onboard Reef Encounter again, as the cabins are spacious, well appointed, smelt fresh, were all very neat, tidy & hygienic. Beds were luscious too, and sleeping in super comfy beds is paramount, when diving all weekend! There is so much to see and do onboard Reef Encounter and our group were able to enjoy: Epic diving with great visibility,  glass bottom boat tours, marine biology presentations, guided snorkelling sessions, upgrade their diving certification from open water to advanced, play with friendly Reef sharks on the fun night dives, relax on the sundeck, chill out in the lounge area, (some chose to sneak in a nap in between dives), loved the flexibility that they could do this, star gaze at night, and of course were also able to indulge in the amazing catering provided! As there are 6 meals onboard Reef Encounter per day, our group loved this & never went hungry. Here are some lovely pics from our group, which shows how much fun they all had & just how CLEAR THE WATER VISIBILITY WAS. Thanks so much Reef Encounter, we will be back.
Cheryl S
Cheryl S
28. November, 2021.
FOR SNORKELLERS AMAZING EXPERIENCE 4 DAY 3 NIGHT LIVEABOARD as SNORKELLERS Amazing Experience, we had great weather, the sites visited we amazing and we are very thankful that the sites were stunning not only for divers but for snorkellers. Our room was 5 Star, the food was amazing. Take your seasick tablets because you never know when the conditions may change. If you are into night dives you will not be disappointed
Jordan P
Jordan P
14. November, 2021.
Relaxing and friendly environment :) Friendly staff, awesome experience, best company to explore the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling or diving. Highly recommend the hostie program if you want to save some money and stay on for longer.
Patricia C
Patricia C
16. October, 2021.
Amazing live-aboard diving experience We booked with Reef Encounter for 2 nights. The experience is totally worth it. Amazing crew (super helpful and accomodating). We did the Advance adventurer course while on the boat. Our instructor James was great. He adapted all the course to our preferences and made it super easy for us to go through the different dives. Totally recommend this company. They are great!!
Narelle J
Narelle J
7. October, 2021.
Just brilliant! Do it Just perfect. We didn’t know what to expect but we’re blown away by the experience. The friendly, amazing, professional crew gave us and our son a magical time. Just stunning (helped by perfect weather) .
Paul B
Paul B
8. August, 2021.
The best live-aboard dive operator from Cairns I have now completed nine trips on Reef Encounter, and every time the experience has been amazing. I come mainly for the diving but the reason I always dive from the same company is due to the excellent crew and dive boat. The whole setup is professional from start to finish; from the moment I book my trips with the office, to the moment I step off the transfer boat back in Cairns at the end of the trip. The food on the boat is outstanding and nothing is too much trouble for the chef to prepare, including birthday cakes if your birthday happens to be while you are on board. The diving is first class, at each site a briefing is conducted and the best routes for both diving and snorkeling are explained so that everyone can get the best experience at each site. The dive staff are knowledgeable, helpful and very safety conscious, but also ensure everyone that goes in the water is also having a good time. About me, I am a highly experienced Divemaster with over 1000 dives completed, I have used many dive operators around the world, but this is my favourite.
Laurent Laurent
Laurent Laurent
23. March, 2022.
J'ai passé 5J/4N sur le Reef Encounter bien entendu réservé auprès de l'agence du même nom. Excellent...Fantastique ...sont les mots qui me viennent en premier. Du confort du bateau à l'équipage en passant par le service de restauration et l'ambiance, c'était tout simplement exceptionnel. J'ai effectué 18 merveilleuses plongées toutes dans un contexte sécuritaire irréprochable. Le rapport qualité/prix de ce liveaboard est tout simplement imbattable. Je recommande sans hésitation.
Jakub Jarząbek
Jakub Jarząbek
18. March, 2022.
The crew provides amazing experience! 10/10
Reinaldo C
Reinaldo C
7. February, 2022.
We booked the 2 night liveaboard learn to dive scuba package (top deck) for our honeymoon. It was absolutely fantastic. Our instructor James was awesome - he was really supportive and went to every length to make sure both our stay aboard and scuba course were a great experience. We heard good things about this and it lived up to the hype every bit. The Great Barrier Reef is an awesome place to learn to dive. The crew are all really friendly and enthusiastic - they take the time to introduce themselves and get to know you. The food is great and it's obvious the chef takes pride in their food. Highly recommend this - we even extended another night because we were having such a good time.
Rob and Sue Hilton
Rob and Sue Hilton
5. February, 2022.
In the last 6 months have done 2 trips solo as a Diver and one with my wife who is a water shy snorkeller The whole crew captain, dive supervisor, guides and crew are the best. Dive equipment is top quality and safety is top priority On board chef creates miracles with every meal Going back next week for tripnumber 4. Can't wait!
Robert Markham
Robert Markham
21. January, 2022.
I was referred to Reef Encounter by friends that had previously had an amazing experience. They were right. The entire Reef Encounter experience was incredible from start to finish. Easy booking, great value, beautiful dive sites, perfect accommodations, gourmet food and the entire crew was over the top incredible. Every day on their boat was a dream come true. If you want to experience the Great Barier Reef and Australian hospitality this is the way to go. I can't recommend this company, boat and team enough. I hope to be back soon. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.