Stateroom – Liveaboard Accommodations

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Australia’s luxury floating hotel ‘Reef Encounter’ on the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns premier liveaboard ‘Reef Encounter’ – surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef – is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia.

Live and sleep on the reef and see it at its best – day and night!

Consistently rated ‘number one’ scuba diving and snorkelling liveaboard by both industry professionals and independent reviewers such as Trip Advisor, Reef Encounter is large enough to provide all the comforts of a cruise ship yet small enough to access spectacular reef locations not accessible to other vessels.

Family owned and operated (and all scuba enthusiasts) it is our passion to deliver outstanding Great Barrier Reef encounters. We take extreme pride in our products, our boats, our crew and most importantly, our guests! We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable on service and value.

Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or choose to upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra bit of VIP luxury. With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter, Reef Encounter is an excellent alternative to a resort based holiday.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • A fully air conditioned 35 metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, fresh water hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)

Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with ocean views
  • All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets
  • Stateroom Check In time is 10.00 am
  • Check Out time 8.00 am on morning of departure (access to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with access to all other boat facilities)

What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. Fruit available throughout the day along with tea & coffee. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking
  • The best crew on the reef! The Reef Encounter team is the best in the business, winning personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry year after year
  • The latest snorkeling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits are a small additional charge)
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at our offices in the Cairns City

 

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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235 Reviews for “Stateroom - Liveaboard”

  1. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Charles P
    5

    The crew were fantastic! The food and facilities were excellent! These were the best days of my life (and I'm 68 years young)!!!!!

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  2. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Dale D
    5

    We wanted to stay longer! Great trip, great itinerary, great people. Thanks for a wonderful time! Dale

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  3. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Marie-Noelle
    5

    Absolutely wonderful. Fun, supportive crew made me/us feel right at ease... and helped me with every one of my snorkeling sessions. Very grateful! :) Accommodated my food allergy. Thank you for everything guys! This was absolutely magical and you guys rock... or reef!

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  4. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Megan
    5

    The crew were fantastic! So helpful and so much positive energy! Accommodations were great and the food was fantastic - much better than what I expected on a boat. I had a great experience - would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

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  5. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Megan
    5

    SO welcoming and the friendliest bunch. The best vibes from all of them. Slept like a baby and veggie food was dreamy!!! Thanks for having me! I'm sure I'll be back 110% <3 X <3

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  6. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Samantha
    5

    AWESOME! All of the crew so nice & friendly and great knowledge of marine lifes. Great guides I had. Also photographers were world-class - wonderful photos! Meals & accommodation all perfect! We were taken great care of and never felt hungry. Amazing encountering the Reef Encounter! Keep it up! You all give me the reason to come again!!

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  7. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Brandon
    5

    Booked Reef Encounter because of great ratings/fair price. Crew were friendly, knowledgeable, and always happy to help! Accommodations were clean & bed was comfortable. Meals were well-balanced & delicious! I had a wonderful time and will be sure to recommend Reef Encounter if they are travelling through Cairns!

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  8. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Veronica
    5

    Amazing, all very kind and responsible. Funny crew always with a big smile on their faces. Very helpful and accommodating staff. Great accommodation! Well organized. All the areas very clean. Delicious meals! We wouldn't ask for anything better! An unforgettable experience! Thank you so much guys! <3

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  9. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Harry (USA)
    5

    The crew were amazing! I really appreciate the time and attention of Will and Tajah as they gave me tours of the open sea as this was my first set of scuba dives ever! The meals were great - totally impressed with the reef and the quality of the food. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A final shout out to Heather for the great pictures.

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  10. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Claire
    5

    Excellent. Food was great. Comfy beds & clean room. Crew are really friendly and helpful. Had a great time, thanks! :)

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  11. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Tahir
    5

    Crew are very organised and helpful! Great job! Much better than expected. We enjoyed the tour. Big thank you to the crew!

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  12. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Olivier
    5

    Crew are great, very friendly & helpful. Food was great and rooms comfortable. Everything was awesome, pictures were beautiful.

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  13. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Stephen
    5

    Awesome crew. Room was nice and clean, meals were great. Thanks for a great trip!

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  14. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Michelle
    5

    Excellent crew! Very friendly, knowledgeable, very positive and helpful. Made the experience wonderful! Thank you for a wonderful experience! Enjoyed the 3days/nights that we spent. Loved the locations in the reef and the staff was wonderful.

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  15. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Justin
    5

    The crew was amazing, very helpful. Delicious meals, thought the whole thing and the rooms were nice too. I would definitely do it again.

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  16. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Alex
    5

    Great trip! I would come back again and recommend to everyone! The crew were AMAZING! 5 star service. Everyone was accommodating and helpful. Dive instructor Hitomi & photographer Greg were particularly helpful. Great intro to diving! Food was amazing and plentiful. accommodation was very comfortable. Thank you so much!

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  17. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Sam
    5

    It was great! Food was amazing and rooms were good. it was especially nice that the food was tailored to any diet requirement. The crew was very friendly and helpful, especially when dealing with new snorkelers/divers. The trip in general was really good, would definitely book again. Thank you!

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  18. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Emma
    5

    Accommodation was more than satisfactory, very simple but easy & really clean. The boat size is ideal to meet other divers. The food exceeded expectations - it was always great. The crew were amazing - Always super fun and helpful. They were really good diving guides also. We loved that there was always a photographer in the water. The photos were amazing and I thought it was a really nice touch. Thank you very much!

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  19. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Seth (USA)
    5

    Friendly & accommodating. We didn't have a single moment that wasn't great. We'll be back!

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  20. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Hannah
    5

    Loved it!! Couldn’t fault any of it!! Definitely recommend reef experience and reef Encounter!! All staff were amazing and helpful!! Accommodation was exactly what you expected!! Food was brilliant!

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  21. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Angela
    5

    Absolutely amazing, from the time we boarded to the time we departed, everything was perfect. Val was amazing and ensured all our dives and snorkeling saw all the best parts of the reef at each destination. Food was also incredible

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  22. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Laura
    5

    The whole experience on Reef Encounter was incredible! Everything from the amazing staff, accomodation, food and dives themselves were brilliant! Thank you so much for an adventure I’ll never forget!

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  23. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by David
    5

    Super rad. Cool, quick, nice, helpful, obviously passionate and professional crew. The room was good, loved having ow room as an option. Food was better than expected and consistently great! Oh, great rates too. Made easy to say yes. Hitomi was a great teacher, too.

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  24. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Dat
    5

    AMAZING! I felt like at home. Great atmosphere, relaxed, pro, everything was smooth and nice. Special thanks to Hitomi for her patience and instructions. Can't wait to go back diving! Yay! The meals and accommodation were all nice and perfect. Big thanks to the entire crew. Highlight of my holidays in Australia. Great job! If I would have had more time, I would have definitely applied for a hostie position!

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  25. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by David S.
    5

    This has honestly been one of the coolest experiences eve@ The crew was over the top nice + friendly. We had a wonderful time, the food was fresh + delicious. Thank you to the entire crew for a memorable time.

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  26. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Alice
    5

    Accommodation was great, comfortable, and very clean, meals were excellent! Would highly recommend, wish we'd stayed for longer!

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  27. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Amy G
    5

    Wonderful crew :) Meals were wonderful. Accommodations were perfect. It was a great time! :) Really enjoyed.

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  28. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by David
    5

    Amazing crew, unreal accommodation and food. Everything was top notch. I will recommend this to all my friends. Couldn't have been better!

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  29. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lily
    5

    Amazing! Thank you so much for making our trip so wonderful. Special thanks to Jade for being so welcoming and accommodating; Justin for taking us diving; Alex, Terry, and Maddie for the great conversations. And Heather for the awesome photos! Thank you! The meals were delicious! My compliments to the chef! And accommodations were comfortable. Thank you very much for making our trip an amazing one!

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  30. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Travis
    5

    The meals were excellent! Accommodations were clean and tidy. Extremely attentive, friendly, and accommodating crew. They made our stay fun and safe! Justin was a great instructor for our daughter and dive partner with our son. Heather was awesome and followed us out to the reef. Thanks to the entire crew for an excellent and wonderful experience! My only regret is that we didn't stay longer.

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  31. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Jabilli and Andre
    5

    I booked a liveaboard on Reef Encounter. It had excellent reviews, guided dives, amazing food, well organized, nice boat. AMAZING! Everyone was so nice and friendly. The crew is so well organised and made sure every one was happy, comfortable and safe. Mike was our Top Deck crew member and he was the best! He made sure we had everything we needed, showed us all the amazing things in the best. No other dive boat will compare after this trip! The food was absolutely delicious!!! We were so well taken care of!!! Mike spent an entire dive heling with all the gear, he was so patient and attentive. Thank you for all the time you spent with us, Mike! We hope to come back another time!

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  32. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Matt R
    5

    We found Reef Encounter and booked as it had the best options for snorkelers and beginner divers for a couple of nights on the reef. Everyone on board was attentive to our needs and made our stay as comfortable as possible. They were all very professional. They ensured we had a great stay and that we were well taken care of! The accommodation was great, and the meals were well done and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a great trip!

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  33. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Bo
    5

    Good friend of mine recommended me to book on Reef Encounter. The crew is excellent! Very kind and accommodating, friendly and fun to chat with. Accommodation exceeded expectations, nicer than most hotels I have singed in. Food was really excellent. Great outfit! Keep up the good work! Thanks everyone!

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  34. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Becky
    5

    Crew are fabulous! Accommodation and meals are spot on! Much better than expected! Would thoroughly recommend

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  35. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Matt (Canada)
    5

    Crew are very friendly and helpful. Had some wonderful conversations. Accommodation was better than expected. Meals were top notch. Obviously a very well run organization. An experience to be remembered.

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  36. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Maeve (USA)
    5

    The crew were extremely friendly and accommodating. Meals were better than expected. I appreciated the willingness to work around dietary requirements. Great trip, would recommend!

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  37. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Anusha (Indian)
    5

    We had a great experience with the crew. Everyone was very friendly. Stay and food both great. Enjoyed the veg options very much. Shout out to Alex for being super patient and calming when I was having trouble equalizing and walking me through it. Would recommend Reef Encounter to friends. Thanks again!

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  38. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Kristi
    5

    It was nice that they (the crew) all called me by my name. It felt very personalized. Dive instructors were great! Meals were generous and varied. Very impressed! Favourite part of my Aussie vacation!

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  39. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Joyce
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter, the liveaboard, because it was highly recommended by my travel agent. The crew was fabulous! Very professional and knowledgeable. Val was awesome! Taking very good care of all of us. Greg (photographer) was wonderful and his photos were spectacular. Accommodations and food: very comfortable, all the amenities - food was excellent. We will recommend this to everyone we know !!!

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  40. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Katelyn
    5

    I booked with Reef Encounter because it is affordable, great services provided. The crew was amazing! So nice, so patient, explained everything really well, welcoming, friendly, feel at home. Accommodations and the meals: meals were amazing. Never went hungry, always great options, food was provided at all the perf. times. Room was clean and comfortable. Schedule seems to work perfect. Can tell it is a "tight run ship". Keep it up! Thank you!

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  41. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Julie
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter because of the good reviews. The crew is Fantastic! Great and friendly vibe from all crew. Sympathetic to those who are seasick and passionate about their jobs. Accommodation and meals: Spacious room, clean and comfortable beds. Food was impressive and many thanks to the chef for the birthday cake! Truly memorable birthday and I am grateful to all the staff for making it so special. Thank you!

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  42. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Gabor T
    5

    Everybody on the crew was super helpful!! Especially big thank you to Michael and Hugo for helping me underwater! The meals and accommodation were absolutely flawless. Keep up the good work. Well done guys!! Thank you all!!!

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  43. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Mike (USA)
    5

    Great experience. There is nothing I would suggest to make the experience any better! The crew have such great attitudes. Really wanted us to have a good time.

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  44. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Eimear C
    5

    The crew were so awesome and friendly and helpful. they were skilled in the water too. Great with nervous certified divers. Thanks to Alex for a great Reef Experience. The food was fantastic far beyond what I would expect from a liveaboard. Room and shared facilities were pristine. Loved the books available. Best holiday of my life. We plan to return!! Thank you and see you soon.

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  45. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Michelle K
    5

    The crew were wonderful and very helpful. Nathan is very patient and all are excellent at their craft! Thank you to Macka and team. The staff was very nice and the meals were quite tasty. I would totally do this again and recommend it. This was an amazing experience. I wish I had more time on board, but my schedule didn't allow it. Thank you to everyone.

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  46. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Amy M
    5

    Amazing! The value was awesome! Food was top notch, A++! It was varied and delicious. Cheers to the chef. So thrilled with my experience. We will be back for sure!! My first ever night scuba dive experience and it was definitely the way to do it!

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  47. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lauren K
    5

    the crew were amazing! They all knew my name right away and were very attentive and big on safety which I really appreciated. It was fun to watch them to rescue and emergency drills and even daily tasks because they all work so well together. The food was delicious and the room was lovely even though I was hardly in there -- just to sleep. I came to Australia to see the Reef and this was way above expectations. Really appreciated. The chance to get back into diving was the best.

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  48. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Rene Z
    5

    The crew were so cool, fun, and professional!! The food was good, the rooms were clean and comfortable. Enjoyed a lot. All perfect -- thanks!

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  49. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Kayleigh A
    5

    The crew were very lively and friendly and knew a lot about the many areas that we dived around and were very willing to help us navigate and explore the region. The meals were phenomenal and were great at accommodating dietary needs. Loved it!

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  50. Stateroom Liveaboard review by B & K (AUS)
    0

    We would like to thank the crew for a perfectly organised trip to the 2 reefs. The care safety etc. was 100%. Good food too Thank you all xxx

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  51. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Seth H. (USA)
    5

    Exceptional. Would recommend to anyone looking to visit the reef. Thank you for a great time & exceptional hospitality.

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  52. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Abby S. (USA)
    5

    The staff were wonderful! Super helpful, nice, cool people. The type of people I'd like to be friends with in life outside the ship. :) Accommodations were great, food was super tasty, and I was excited you could accommodate my dietary restrictions. Everything was awesome. I wish I could stay longer! I'll definitely recommend you to friends and hopefully be back one day.

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  53. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Karina M
    5

    Amazing staff! Extremely friendly, attentive, funny, full of information, available and accommodating!! The rooms were comfortable and clean and the meals were so delicious! I appreciate the gluten-free flexibility. Love the option to get photos from the professional photographer as well.

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  54. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Luis M
    5

    The crew was great, I love you guys. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Everything exceeded my expectations!!

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  55. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Frankie L
    5

    I'm a repeat customer and love diving! It was amazing and I loved all of the crew. I would take them home with me if I could. The food and rooms are amazing. I had the BEST sleeps since I've had my baby on board. I loved every minute and will definitely be coming back again.

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  56. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Sweety L
    5

    Awesome crew! Hugo was spectacular. Superb 5/5 accommodation. Thanks for offering vegetarian food. We loved the crew, the meals, and the time spent. Unforgettable!!

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  57. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Sofia F
    5

    The crew was amazing. Every member of the crew who passes by us always smile and say hi. The beds were really comfortable. Special and big thanks to Hugo. If it wasn't for him and his patience, I wouldn't have concluded my open water course (or even started!!) love to all on Reef Encounter and I can't wait to come back.

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  58. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Delwen
    5

    My wife and I recently stayed two nights (January 6 and 7, 2019) on the Reef Encounter, in the Top Deck Club option. We had a room right at the front of the top sleeping deck, and it couldn't have been nicer - spacious, airy, bright, and with great views of the ocean and reefs. It had an en suite bathroom, with a shower, and though small, it was clean and more than adequate. We were assigned a designated staff member, Mike, who saw to all of our dining, accommodation, and snorkeling needs. He was simply excellent. He damn near dragged my wife, who was feeling under the weather, around the reefs at which we stopped - all she had to do was hang on to the flotation ring and place her snorkelled face down in the water, and he did the rest (free diving to point interesting things out, moving her around, and making sure she did not miss anything). When it was just me and Mike snorkeling, he shadowed me, and let me explore at my pace and direction. When it was time for meals, he looked after our drinks and food, and ensured that we had a nice table for two set up outside on the top deck for our dinners (spent watching the sun go down over the reef). He was a prime reason for our stay being so memorable. Mike is an excellent ambassador for his company. The rest of the staff were great too. The purser, Eli, was polite and efficient, and a pleasure to deal with - she made sure we had chocolates and champagne on our arrival, and sorted out all our stateroom needs. She also handled the booking of our helicopter flight back to Cairns on the third day out (- something I highly recommend). The two dive masters - Macca and Josh - we had were very conscientious, and did their job with great care, but they were also hilarious, and fun to deal with - they'll keep you amused for sure. Troy, the young chef, is fabulous. His cooking is excellent, and you will be amazed at the creations he comes up with in his small galley, especially considering he has no sous chef, and has to feed upwards of 60 or so people three times a day. My wife and I are mature travelers, and we enjoy good food and wine - we were very satisfied with this aspect of the time on board. The true beauty of the experience, at its heart, however, is the reef itself. We were absolutely spoiled with calm, hot, sunny weather on all three days of the excursion. We saw turtles, big fish, sharks, amazing corals, every type of small colourful fish, sea cucumbers, rays, anemones, etc. We even got to interact with a wrasse who liked to be petted. The fact that the Encounter moves to 4 or 5 difference reef locations, some several kilometers apart, during the 3 days, is awesome, because we saw a variety of different sea life at each location. The choice of several snorkeling/diving times each day, from very early morning through to evening, is helpful and excellent. I would heartily recommend the Top Deck Club experience on the Reef Encounter to anyone interested in great snorkeling/diving, good food, and nice accommodations right on the water. I say without hesitation that the 3 day/2 night experience with this outfit was the highlight of our journey to Australia. Thank you, Reef Encounter, and your staff for helping us to make great Great Barrier Reef memories!

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  59. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Kimbley Turner
    5

    I am 60 years old and have wanted to dive my whole life. I passed my medical and chose Reef Encounter for my SSI Open Water certification. WOW! The diving was everything I had imagined!! A whole other world. My instructor, Nathan, was exceptional - patient, knowledgeable, kind and he guided me throughout my course giving me confidence. The crew on board are the best - no doubt about it. Nothing is a problem - everyone is helpful and kind. The food sensational! The rooms spacious with very comfortable beds! I just want to go back and spend longer. It was like family. I would recommend this trip for anyone wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef - spend the night - or more is even better - it is AMAZING!!

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  60. Mark (UK)
    5

    Very good, friendly and helpful whilst being clear, concise and professional. Seeing a white tip reef shark on the personalised tour. The personalised service in the water really made the trip. The service throughout was excellent.

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  61. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Bridie (AUS)
    5

    The crew are top class. All day they took care of us. I actually only went in water because a lovely staff member encouraged me. The marine biologist gave me a little tour to calm my nerves. She showed me a turtle and I felt amazed. This tour helped me face a fear. I can't thank you all enough.

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  62. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Victoria
    5

    Awesome crew, exceeded expectations. Great recommendations for dive/snorkel sites - friendly & approachable staff. Food was amazing especially the dinner on the Top Deck - great atmosphere and sunset setting. Room was very comfortable. Nothing bad to say about our night on board - would definitely recommend to friends and would come back!

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  63. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Adrian (Ireland)
    5

    Awesome crew, friendly and great service. Great dive guiding. Everyone did a great job making us feel comfortable. Accommodation was excellent, comfortable and clean. Meals were first class. Compliments to the chef. Fantastic way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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  64. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Jenny (USA)
    5

    Fabulous! So fun, friendly, and helpful. Rooms and food were both excellent! The chef was also so kind to make special meals for our picky 10 year old. Thank you for an amazing and memorable experience! A great time was had by all, from age 10 to 70!

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  65. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Sterling (USA)
    5

    Incredible. Shout out to Millie. Fantastic guide and everyone was so friendly. Some of the best food I've had in Australia and I slept like a baby. One of my favourite experiences ever. Thank you all!

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  66. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Aliyah (USA)
    5

    Amazingly wonderful! Fun! Hardworking impressive! The entire crew was super nice friendly and helpful! Meals were very yummy! Accommodations were better than anticipated. Photographers were great! Macca is super funny! Jade works her butt off! Thank you for the chance of a lifetime! Unforgettable!

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  67. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Steve (UK)
    5

    Outstanding. All staff were great, knowledgeable, and made this perfect. Great food, freshly and well planned. Dreamt since I was a child of diving on Great Barrier Reef - the experience was made true by the staff and boat being excellent.

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  68. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Dakota (USA)
    5

    Everyone was kind and helpful. Overall they made it a very enjoyable experience. All meals very good. I felt well taken care of and comfortable. Amazing dive locations. Thanks for such a wonderful experience. It was unforgettable.

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  69. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Sarah (UK)
    5

    Very friendly and welcoming, informative and knowledgeable. Meals were delicious, high quality. thanks for a great experience. Very glad we chose Reef Encounter. Unforgettable experience of the Great Barrier Reef.

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  70. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by William (UK)
    5

    Excellent crew. Super friendly, very nice, really positive and outgoing. Really enjoyed completing my open water diver cert. Many thanks to my instructor Justin, he was excellent and patient with us. Many thanks to the crew. Good food, and amazing photos taken by Heather!!

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  71. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Laura
    5

    Lovely! All crew are friendly and will do anything to help you. Very knowledgeable about the reef. Room was great and spacious and meals were of high quality. Thank you for an amazing trip!

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  72. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Neal M
    5

    Grateful for how kind the crew was to our two children. The food was 5 stars!! Unforgettable trip.

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  73. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Rhonda Z
    5

    The crew were perfect! We were completely satisfied! Rae is outstanding, as are all the employees. The meals and accommodation were perfect. Troy is a great Chef. The room was comfortable and a great size. We enjoyed the good night's sleeps and hot showers. We met some amazing people on the boat from all over the world and got to do 10 dives in three days. We will be happy to recommend this trip!! We will miss you all!

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  74. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Krsita I
    5

    The crew were so amazing and friendly. They were accommodating, fun, happy, and made everything so easy and comfortable. The meals and food were so amazing. Please keep up the good work! I will be recommending this experience to everyone.

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  75. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Ann B
    5

    I heard about Reef Encounter through Lonely Planet. The crew were fantastic. Everyone was extremely helpful. Kari was an Amazing instructor and helped me fulfill a lifetime dream of mine. Heather and Ollie were thoroughly entertaining for my 11 year old son. Everyone took the time to ensure we had an amazing trip. So well organized and the crew genuinely seems like they are having a good time. I really appreciated that they are their dinner with us. My picky eater children loved the food and thank you for making accommodations for us! It was the best! My son loved the food so much he asked for the dinner recipe!

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  76. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Stephanie
    5

    We booked Reef Encounter, the liveaboard, because of the Trip Advisor Reviews. The crew was very nice and accommodating, they made the trip a lot of fun. Accommodation is excellent! Really, really pleasantly surprised by the high quality of food provided. Really enjoyed the whole trip. Appreciate the high quality of service provided by the crew in all aspects. Thanks!

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  77. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by edgar (Spain)
    5

    They were always smiling, very polite and friendly with everybody. For me, I will do all my scuba trips with them. 10/10! Clean, comfy rooms and everything well set up. Beautiful food provided from a very clean kitchen made for a spectacular chef. Yummy! I hope I can stay longer, the crew, the boat and the spots were amazing. Thanks for everything. I will come back! Cheers!

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  78. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Eric (Canada)
    5

    Instructors were awesome and the crew on board was really nice and helpful. great experience. The meals were really good and I was really impressed with the room. Looking forward to coming back again!

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  79. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Theo (UK)
    5

    Crew were brilliant, optimism was kept at constantly high level throughout the trip. Very friendly, and pleasant people to spend a few days with. Accommodation was very clean and relaxing. Meals? I don't get food this good at home! Overall very satisfied with the trip, plenty of diving to be had. Would definitely recommend!

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  80. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Erin (US)
    5

    Amazingly friendly and helpful. Michelle was so helpful and patient, she is the best! Thank you for an amazing family adventure!

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  81. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Megan (USA)
    5

    They were fantastic! Always so kind and happy! I got to know Michelle very well, she was always around to take care of us! Will and Josh also made great impressions! The other crew members were always ready to help with everything. Loved the abundance of fruits and vegetables! We loved our Reef Encounter experience! Boat was very comfortable and cozy. I felt right at home. Thanks Michelle for being awesome <3

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  82. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Macey
    5

    Amazing. Very welcoming to a solo traveller. Special kudos to Hugo for being very patient and Jade for being so helpful and welcoming. Loved the hot water jacuzzi. Meals were great, especially the Pita. Was a well oiled machine. Definitely hoping to come back someday.

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  83. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Isabella (USA)
    5

    The crew was great, super helpful and made my diving experience great. The accommodation and meals were great and everything was taken care of. hope to dive with this boat again in the future!

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  84. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Alexis Drzewick
    5

    The crew were amazing! Val took great care of us and made sure we had the best experience on and off the boat! Meals were good. Val and all the crew were awesome! Helicopter arrival was incredible.!

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  85. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Leanne Lewis
    5

    The crew were amazing! Very friendly, very knowledgeable about diving. Carrie was AMAZING! Thank you. The crew made the trip and again thank you Carrie! My first successful dives YIPPEE!

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  86. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Aleksandra Christow
    5

    Super friendly crew, hard workers, extremely experienced, always there when you need help. Just AMAZING THANK YOU CREW@ Awesome job. Big shout outs to Eli - you are a machine. The Rooms clean and tidy and very comfortable, meals - super delicious - thank you chef. Everything was perfect. BIG THANKS!

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  87. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Sarah-Jean Goldschagg.com
    5

    The crew were so awesome. Made you feel like family. Friendly, informative, polite and cheerful. Amazing food and accommodation. View was incredible food was fantastic. By the first day most of the crew knew who we were even if we hadn't interacted with them. They were more than happy to assist us with anything we needed. Special note to Eli, Macca and Heather - absolutely lovely.

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  88. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Janos Van Hun
    5

    The crew were very friendly and fun and very helpful. Thanks Michelle for finding the giant clam. Oliver thanks for re-inspiring me with photography! Five star accommodation, top quality food, thanks to chef Troy and the team! Thanks for the kitchen tour, I wouldn't mind working here - a bit different than the mining sites Im cooking at. I was a bit nervous for even snorkelling because a bit scared in water but in the end I was cool with it. Next time Ill dive for sure! Absolutely frothing

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  89. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Emma Dennis
    5

    The crew on Reef Encounter were easygoing, attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The vegan meals were delicious and accommodation comfortable. This was the best dive experience Ive had! thanks especially to Jai for leading my advanced cocurse, and Macca for being a lariikin.

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  90. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Dr.Milk
    5

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  91. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Rachel & Simon (Bermuda)
    5

    Shinee, our dive guide was great. Always checking everything was OK or if we needed anything. Very knowledgeable about diving and the marine environment. Accommodation was very good - much better than expected for a boat! Meals were good. Plenty of food! We had a very enjoyable time. Great diving, fantastic crew and Shinee was awesome! Great photos by Olly

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  92. Donna
    5

    I found out about Reef Encounter from Lonely Planet and reviews. The crew were very professional. The accommodation and meals were brilliant. Everything was better than I expected. Particular thanks to Hitomi who was a patient and very professional dive instructor. I felt very safe with her. Big thanks as I was nervous and its really made my trip!

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  93. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Eve
    5

    I chose Reef Encounter because it sounded nice, was the first we saw and we ended up with it! The crew was so great! Really friendly, light - hearted and fun. I was a bit nervous about not diving in a while, but I felt could talk to them and they made me feel much more confident. Meals - way, way, way better than I expected - delicious. Fruit was really good when feeling seasick. Accommodation was great also very comfy bed and good distance from everything. Thank you ! I had a such an awesome experience, the crew made it so fun and comfortable. You all seem like great people.

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  94. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Caledonia T
    5

    Everything was great! The room was great. The food was really GOOD. The crew was great. Dives were awesome. Thanks for the positive attitudes and friendliness. It was a great time.

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  95. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Michael
    5

    We found Reef Encounter online and loved the fact we did not have any pool sessions for the Open Water Certification, everything is done out on the Reef! I absolutely loved it all and the crew are the best I've ever had the pleasure to be with. They treated all of us like part of the crew (Great job guys) The meals on board far surpassed my expectations! I am not even exaggerating in saying this is my favorite holidays ever!

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  96. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Lauren S
    5

    The crew were incredible! So patient and knowledgeable and approachable. Ray the photographer was particularly awesome. The meals and accommodation were above expectations. The food was out of this world. Thank you so much. Expect all of my friends on the boat after I recommend them to come!

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  97. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Bruna V
    5

    The crew were amazing! Out of everyone I want to highlight Michelle and Jay who were so reassuring, patient, and always trying to provide us with the best diving experience. Jade was also GREAT. As were the other crew members. Ray, the photographer, was also amazing. The Accomodation was wonderful. The meals were delicious. Congrats to the chef! I want to thank you so much for the best diving experience. My family and I had a wonderful time. My brother and I are looking forward to getting certified and we are looking forward to our next dives. Definitely recommend!

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  98. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Daniel
    5

    The reviews and super helpful/knowledgeable online chat definitely give this trip justice. It was fantastic! The crew were super attentive, friendly, helpful, accomodating, knowledgeable. also made you feel safe on water/reef! The rooms were wonderful. Very clean and comfortable. The food wa really delicious (vegan). Chef was very accommodating too. Lots of food and great options. Overall and seriously, NO complaints! it was really a great Experience. Would do it again! 10/10. Thank you all very much!

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  99. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Hannah
    5

    We were surprised by the comments and good tips on this boat as the best option to go on an overnight trip to the Reef and the conditions offered by this trip. The crew were Aaaaahh MAZING!!! Sooo much fun meeting all of you and you took such good care of us on the boat and on the water. The beeeest pictures from Taylor! Our accommodation and food was awesome! Good meals for me as a vegetarian. THANK YOU, I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF THIS TRIP!!!

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  100. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Nora
    5

    We wanted to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef and came across Reef Encounter. The crew were really nice! Everyone is super friendly, fun and helpful! They made us feel very comfortable. The food was AMAZING and there was a lot of variety!! And our cabin was cozy and nice! we had our own bathroom. Overall, we had the best time & I'd recommend Reef Encounter to everyone :)

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  101. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lori
    5

    What an amazing trip! very hospitable and knowledgeable staff! very accommodating. We were first curious about Reef Encounter and it exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was sincerely amazing! Food was fantastic. I loved it all and would love to do this again for longer or work on board! i will re book and advise others to do the same :)

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  102. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Emmi
    5

    This was a truly amazing experience in every level. Liveaboard was a new experience for us and it totally worked for us. What made us book in the first place was the good reviews in Trip Advisor, and also it seemed to be the best combination with everything (Dives, food, accommodation). Many thanks to the awesome crew; they were absolutely amazing, so friendly and always willing to help. Special thanks to Pablo, our magnificent dive guide who made it so much fun to dive. The accommodation and meals provided were very good, even more than expected. We are more than willing to recommend Reef Encounter to every one looking for a nice diving experience.

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  103. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Katherine
    5

    We came across Reef Encounter online and were hooked by the good reviews, the diverse dives and the course offerings, which for sure exceeded our expectations. The crew were excellent, the food and accommodation was great! Thanks for such an awesome experience. Favorite part of my 6 week trip this far! =)

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  104. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Copper S
    5

    The crew was extremely friendly and helpful! The bed was comfortable and the meals were fantastic. I will recommend this to any of my friends who come to Australia. A quality experience.

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  105. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Jesse F
    5

    The crew were amazing and super positive, super supportive, and always trying to help out! The accommodation was excellent and the food was amazing. Best chef I have had in a long time! I will definitely be back!

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  106. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Elena E
    5

    It's amazing! They crew were so friendly and welcoming and on top of everything. They are so hardworking. It exceeded all expectations.

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  107. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Christine M.
    5

    We found Reef Encounter on google and booked on the telephone. Everything about the boat sounded just like what I needed. Once on board the crew were awesome, very friendly! loved the crew. Accommodation was perfect, and food was way above expectations. I would definitely recommend this experience. Nice with a lot of information about everything. enjoyed every second of it! You guys are awesome.

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  108. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Benjamin C.
    5

    We liked Reef Encounter because of the price and perceived experience. Everyone on board was very friendly and helpful, really contributed to the overall atmosphere. Accommodation and food were outstanding. The whole experience exceeded our expectations. Very fun trip!

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  109. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Callan C
    5

    We came across Reef Encounter online when we were looking for options to visit the reef and experience warmer diving, and it was fantastic! The crew were absolutely amazing, accommodation and meals were way beyond expectations. We had a genuinely amazing time and will definitely come back

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  110. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lynn P.
    5

    We first saw Reef Encounter online and after seeing the reviews it sounded like a good way for a group of 5 to experience the reef. The crew was great. They were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful to everyone on board. The rooms were larger than I expected, very clean. The meals were way better than I could have expected! Your cooks are awesome! It was in general a great experience for my whole family. everyone from age 20-64 had a great time. Thank you to everyone!

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  111. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Matthew H.
    5

    We chose Reef Encounter online because of the amount of great reviews we saw about it, and it exceeded our expectations. The crew were all super friendly and personable. Justin, my open water instructor was awesome. All the dives were no stress and he really cared about what he was teaching. Had an awesome experience! The food and accommodation were great. I was pleasantly surprised how smoothly things ran. In general, it was a great experience and great people on the boat. Would recommend Reef Encounter to anyone!

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  112. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Katie R.
    5

    This is our THIRD time on Reef Encounter and it was fantastic as always! Crew are always very friendly, always accommodating. We recommend this tour to everyone and plan to come back again! The accommodation amazing, the food incredible. I just love the variety!. We have visited so many times because the service and value is top notch! Crew, food, etc. are wonderful!! Thank you

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  113. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Caleb C
    5

    Amazing!! 5 Stars! We loved having Pablo as our guide. The accommodation and the meals were amazing! Everything exceeded expectations.

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  114. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Jenni Deakin
    5

    My dad booked this trip for me, and I will thank him forever. The crew were excellent, super happy, awesome attitude. Zero complaints!! You guys are awesomely amazing. Food was amazing, accommodation was great! The staff were all amazing. Thank you so much; especially for sorting out and rearranging my stay after my flight got cancelled. Incredible team. Thanks for everything! :) <3

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  115. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Nathan S
    5

    Just wanted to say a big thankyou to all the staff who went out of their way to make the trip a great one. A really big thank you to Hitomi whose clear instruction and knowledge helped me greatly in getting my open water certification.

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  116. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Samuel
    5

    I booked 2 days of diving on Reef Encounter because it was cost effective and sounded exciting. Crew is incredible in very way. Extremely pleasant and high quality accommodations and meals. Thank you so much for all the wonderful experiences and for teaching me to dive. The night dive was especially memorable. Hitomi was a wonderful dive instructor and showed me a world I will never forget. I am extremely pleased with my short stay here and hope to come back for more someday.

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  117. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Alexandre
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter because we wanted to visit Great Barrier Reef. The crew was super nice and helpful. It made it that much better when they remembered my name. Accommodations and meals were all fantastic. I am definitely recommending this to my friends and family. I discovered a new passion here and the nice crew made it so easy to learn.

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  118. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Riley (Australia)
    5

    The crew are extremely friendly and easy to deal with. Accommodation was clean and well looked after. Food definitely a highlight. Third time on Reef Encounter and is always an awesome couple of days.

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  119. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Adriane
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter online. I booked it cause of the overnight stay, great reviews and immediate responses from the live chat person. The crew was amazing. Thank you. Excellent accommodations for us and our baby. Meals - particularly lunch - were very yummy. Thanks so much for an unforgetably wonderful reef adventure. Could not have asked for a better experience. Staff were frienldy, helpful and kind, really made this trip special.

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  120. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Brock
    5

    I chose Reef Encounter, the liveaboard, because I really wanted to get license for Scuba diving. The crew was amazing. Exceeded expectations. Accommodations and food were amazing. Thank you for an unreal experience of the Great Barrier Reef. I will definitely recommend Reef Encounter to my friends. Jackson, the instructor, was great.

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  121. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Adrian
    5

    I chose Reef Encounter because of the good reviews, good food, variety of activities. The crew is the best, really friendly, genuine and very helpful. Accommodation is great, good space, fantastic food. The desserts were exceptional.

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  122. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Marta M
    5

    We chose this because it departures every day and offer the product we were looking for: 2 days and 1 night at the reef. The crew are amazing. they are kindly and all the time taking care about us. The room was perfect!!! Everything was really good: our room, the bathrooms, breakfast, dinner lunch...CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks for these two days. It was amazing to be there!

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  123. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Milva E
    5

    We came for our honeymoon! I hope to come back! It is my dream! The crew was professional, very friendly and very happy! Everything was good

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  124. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Monika R
    5

    I booked this because it was a great deal - 2 days of diving! The crew were very friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic English breakfast made my day. We had a great time, hope to come back next time we are in Australia!

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  125. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lauren
    5

    Fantastic crew! We felt well looked after throughout our stay. Service is escellent and the crew are knowledgable about sealife. Room was great. It was more spcious than I expected on a boat so that was great. Melas were very tasty and catered to my dietary requirements really well. 10/10! I will recommend this tour and would love to come back and stay forever! thank you

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  126. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Conny Hott
    5

    Amazing! Very friendly crew, helpful, cool, accommodating, not judgmental at all. Accommodation and meals were very good. Our stay on Reef Encounter was awesome! Everything was perfectly accommodated. Crew was fantastic, enthusiastic, helpful and nice. I felt comfortable and safe staying onboard.

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  127. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Cortney
    5

    Our stay on Reef Encounter was awesome. Everything was perfectly accomodated. Crew was fantastic, enthusiastic, helpful, and nice. I felt very comfortable and safe staying on board.

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  128. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Ryan (USA)
    5

    Crew are great! Well organized, efficient. Rooms clean and excellent tasting meals! Loved the scones and cream! Shinee was amazing. This young lady knows customer service!! Anytime we had concerns, Shinee was there. My wife's mask sort of leaked - she immediately swapped masks with her. We have never had this level of service - we were both beyond pampered. Thank you Reef Encounter - and especially Shinee!

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  129. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Bethany
    5

    Crew were super friendly, helpful, keen for a chat, remembered names. Fab crew you have here! Super comfy room, delish food! Thanks for my first diving experience! Would love to come back and do the full diving! You were all amazing :)

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  130. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Emma (Belgium)
    5

    Everybody was so friendly, motivated, professional. You guys are doing a great job! Don't change. Great room with ocean view. Amazing bed, slept like a baby (rocked by the sea). Great food, may have gained a few pounds! We had a great time, will recommend this to all of our friends! Keep doing what you do.

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  131. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Deb (New Zealand)
    5

    Crew were great, worked really well together. Very professional, very friendly. Meals were amaizng, delicious. Accomodation excellent. Nice hot showers. Spectactular dive sites, dive instructors were great. Loved Josh's photos. Very safe signing system. Coming again!

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  132. Chris R
    5

    The crew are great! Very friendly and relaxed. They were happy to go above and beyond for the guests. Very professional when it came to diving. The accommodation was great and the food was excellent. Both were better than expected. Would highly recommend Reef Encounter. Incredible diving experience with a great crew. They were also extremely helpful sorting out the cake for my girlfriend's birthday.

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  133. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Jo L
    5

    The crew were so friendly, polite, helpful! I had full confidence in the dive instructors. The meals were delicious. Perfect food for being at sea. So healthy -- great fruits and salads.

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  134. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Marie M.
    5

    The crew were exceptionally courteous and cheerful. Always available to help and answer questions, very knowledgeable. The cabin was very comfortable, we slept so well! meals provided were very good. Furthermore, this was a very memorable trip which I would highly recommend to others, even if they are weak swimmers like me. The snorkeling was so enjoyable!

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  135. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Majella C
    5

    The crew were Fantastic! Special thanks to Nicky and Hitomi who took us on our dives and also to Cait, for looking after us inside. The accommodation was surprisingly comfortable and meals were delicious. Obviously a lot of thought and care goes into meal planning. We were so impressed by the quality of staff and dinning. Even as beginners, we felt we were given so much opportunity to experience de beautiful reef. 5 stars!

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  136. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by James H.
    5

    The crew were Amazing. They greeted us with warm smiles and made a point to make every experience personal. Accommodation was great, bed was extremely comfortable and the food was memorable. Dive instructors were extraordinary. Due to their help and encouragement I was able to get over my fear and dived for the first time along with five additional dives! Amazing people and instructors

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  137. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Kim W
    5

    When booking the company were exceptionally helpful. From the minute we boarded the boat the staff could not have been more accommodating. Together with the reef itself and the staff, this was a truly memorable holiday. We are really glad that we took the three day package as we had time to relax and chill out in addition to the wonder of the water sessions.

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  138. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Joanne
    5

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Have just returned home after a 3day/2night stay on the Reef Encounter. First visit to the GBR and I am still in awe at all that I saw while underwater! The staff were so professional, friendly and accommodating throughout the whole trip and went to great lengths to ensure safety of all passengers. The boat has a great atmosphere and everyone aboard was friendly and making the most of all reef locations. Thankyou Reef Encounter for a trip I will never forget!

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  139. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Elizabeth J
    5

    Our stay was amazing every single staff member was always smiling or laughing, our girls could not get enough of the reef, we saw every single animal we wanted to see. The food was of superior quality, the rooms are very spacious and extremely clean. The whole organisation of the boat from dusk till late night was just fantastic and I could not thank all the staff enough they certainly love their jobs and it shows. Got to put a huge hi to Sam, Josh, Josh, Rae, Macca and Iris for all their laughs super cool photos and Iris for taking that extra help by finding the swimmers we left behind :)

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  140. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Antoinette N
    5

    The crew were excellent, nothing was too much of a bother. Super friendly and super helpful and cheery. The rooms were super comfy and the food was delicious! Was totally not expecting the standards to be that high! Will be highly recommending to my friends and family <3

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  141. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Lisa W
    5

    The crew was excellent/. Very helpful and friendly and fun! The bed was very comfy and the meals were unreal. Felt like I was eating at a restaurant. I like having 2 towels each - one for swimming and one for showering/ I would highly recommend this to my friends and family. Will be a highlight of my time in Australia for sure! Thank you all :)

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  142. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Amssa H
    5

    I booked because of the great reviews and word of mouth from friends who have been before. It was so much fun! One of the best things I've done in Australia in my 3 month stay! The crew are GREAT - super friendly and knowledgable. The rooms and meals are also great. Food was much better than expected.

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  143. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Katharina S
    5

    The crew are awesome. Fantastic. Pros at work! They made our stay a really special one. Meals were haute cuisine; wonderful dishes and fruits. Loved it! Thank you very much for this beautiful stay and meeting all these nice enthusiastic people and staff.

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  144. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Lewis A
    5

    The crew made the trip as amazing as it was. They were all so lovely, friendly and helpful. Both the accommodation and meals were incredible - both better than my experience on a P&O cruise ship. Cannot fault any part of this experience! PS The crew has good taste in music! :) I will tell my friends!

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  145. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Dayne and Mia
    5

    The crew are excellent! Friendly,, fun, interesting, worldly and great scuba knowledge. Meals were great! Housekeeping was great! We'd definitely came again! Thanks for such an awesome experience.

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  146. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Varya K
    5

    The crew are very friendly and helpful, always happy to chat. Made sure we were happy and comfortable 10/10! Delicious food, I really enjoyed it - big thanks to the chef. Our room was very nice, tidy and clean/ The beds were very comfortable. Luxurious! This was the dream holiday, thank you for making our time here so good! The reef was amazing and Reef Encounter was a great experience!

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  147. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Teresa W
    5

    1000/1000! The accommodation and meals were fabulous! We want to steal your chef 🙂 The rooms were great and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3N / 4D stay. Just everything was perfect, from booking to leaving. Our host, Sam, was brilliant in every aspect. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, polite… the list is endless. We will be recommending to all!

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  148. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Akshaya S
    5

    The meals were so great! 5 stars! The cabin was tidy and comfortable. Thank you all! Big hugs. Your smiles and extra care made this one of the best experiences I’ve ever had so far. Kudos to all the crew members.

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  149. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Angela
    5

    Amazing! Everyone was incredibly warm, friendly, helpful, and professional. Great fun! The accomodation was clean, comfortable, spacious, and well appointed. All food was aboloutely delicious and far exceeded our expectations. Can't think of anything that would have improved our stay....except not having to go home. Thanks for an amazing experience!

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  150. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Angie (USA)
    5

    Fabulous! Can't say enough positive things about every staff we encountered. Special shout out to Sam who made our experience amazing from start to finish and to Eli- the hostess with the mostess. Comfortable rooms, fabulous food. I would love to return again someday and will recommend to all our friends coming to the GBR! Thanks for a memorable vacation!

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  151. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Jackie
    0

    If you want to dive the Great Barrier Reef - Reef Encounter's is simply the best of the best in every respect.

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  152. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Rachel & Antony
    5

    Excellent! So so friendly and helpful - you can clearly see they love what they do! The snorkelling and scuba diving - awesome!!! 110% would recommend this fantastic trip!

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  153. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Steve
    5

    Crew are brilliant, all of them. Piers, excellent guid/instructor, very patient with me. Thanks to all, much appreciated! Great food, bed comfy. Keep up the good work. All the

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  154. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Jess
    5

    Thank you so much for having me! The whole teams work has been amazing. I have never felt so safe and looked after. The crew were absolutely phenominal!!! incredibly fun, helpful, caring, words can't describe! My room was beautiful and clean, super comfy bed. The meals were massive and delicious. I will be back and I'll be telling everyone to come out as well. Lots of love :) ☀

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  155. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Fred P
    5

    This was the best liveaboard experience I have ever had. Fellow passengers were friendly and fun. Everyone was so accommodating--the crew were phenomenal! Kieran was top-notch, and just the best guide I've ever had. All staff, from hosties to divemaster to Captain were super friendly and professional. The room was superb! Best room on the ship with big windows. Meals were delicious! Such a good variety of options..Fresh and original. I will be back!

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  156. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by David
    5

    Thank you everyone for such a memorable experience. The crew were amazing! Everyone was incredibly positive and supportive. The Dive Masters were so patient, and made me feel very comfortable for a first-timer. Eli and the on-board team were just so special too! The rooms and meals definitely exceeded expectation. We didn't go hungry!!! It was so amazing to be looked after by such a caring crew, and to learn scuba with such a professional organisation. Looking forward to coming back once certified!!!

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  157. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Jesse and Paola
    5

    Awesome trip!! My wife is already planning our return next year! Mike D was the best guide ever. THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME!!!

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  158. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Erica (USA)
    5

    The crew were amazing! Super friendly and dun. Always had a smile and were willing to go above and beyond to make our experience the best it could be! The accommodation was clean and well kept. Meals were beautiful and very tasty. Mike was the perfect guide and host! 10/10 amazing. Would definitely come back to experience this again with him. Thank you Mike for everything. There are not enough words to describe how awesome Mike was!

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  159. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Kim (Australia)
    5

    Very accommodating! Both accommodation and meals were very suitable for the sport and heaps of room for a boat cabin. We were comfortable. This was our third time with Reef Encounter- come on number four!

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  160. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Diane
    5

    The crew are great! Polite, accommodating, friendly, helpful. Top Deck attendant, Cait, was a great instructor & attentive to all our needs. Meals and accommodation are superb. Top Deck treatment was amazing. Night sky was phenomenal as well as the fish and sharks off the sides after dinner!

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  161. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Celina
    5

    Everyone was very polite and helpful. You always feel free to ask for anything. it was an awesome time on the boat. Thank you for everything! I would definitely stay longer if I could!

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  162. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Bernhard
    5

    One of the best trips I've ever made. I can definitely recommend it

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  163. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by ses
    5

    Highly recommended on all levels and aspects! Fun and kind crew! very good food. Organized and clean boat. Very spacious. All good experience for the liveaboard dives! I will go back definitely. Some improvements I think is that i prefer the full wet suit and it should be part of the package. Also, booties for rent will be good too. This will really help to enjoy diving in cold waters.

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  164. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Joseph
    5

    This reef trip is AWESOME! Made me feel welcome as a guest, accommodation is outstanding. Food & service outstanding. Bar OUTSTANDING! I thoroughly enjoyed my reef experience and will recommend your company to many! Thank you!!

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  165. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Jeanie
    5

    I first heard about Reef Encounter through a friend and found it easiest to book online. The crew were very friendly and efficient. The room was comfortable and the meals were excellent! This was the adventure of a lifetime! Loved every minute of it. Thank you for a wonderful time!

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  166. Victoria
    5

    They were great, really nice and friendly and helpful. I liked how they mingled with us at meal time and we got to know them as everyone was awesome. The food was amazing! The room was really clean and had everything we needed. Social rooms are big and welcoming. only good things to say - Thanks!

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  167. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Peter
    5

    Excellent, great quality. I thought this was one of the best trips. The crew was very professional, yet personal and made you feel a part of their family.

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  168. Stacy
    5

    The crew was friendly, accommodating, so thoughtful. They wanted to make you feel welcome. There was no request too small or too big that they did not fulfill. The accommodation surprised me - the room was so spacious and comfortable. The food was delicious - another surprise. Special thanks to Michelle and Taja - they took care of us on snorkel and dive outings. They made the outings fun by showing us different wildlife and helping me to stay afloat. The trip was amazing in part because of them. I will highly recommend this experience. Bravo Reef Encounter!

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  169. Tess
    5

    The most amazing, hospitable, genuine, helpful, considerate crew I've ever met! always two steps ahead and smiling. Food by Rodrigo and Jess both delicious and had great vegetarian options! Eli was the most excellent super-human in the entire world. You should keep her forever. An incredible and unforgettable experience. Steph, Tash, Maria, Jackson, Tito also fantastic crew members. Thanks for everything!

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  170. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Tess
    5

    Absolutely fantastic! The crew were friendly, helpful, fun, personable, professional - basically all of the good things. The food was amazing - Rodrigo's chocolate caramel tarts were the best thing ever! The beds were super comfy. Eli was amazing! I have never met a more friendly and hard working person, except maybe Maria! Every single Dive master and Dive Instructor was fantastic. Basically the best trip & boat ever!

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  171. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Mei & Lee
    5

    The crew were very professional and helpful--the room and meals were wonderful! We'll definitely come back and would highly recommend Reef Encounter to friends! Thank you!

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  172. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Courtney H
    5

    I'd recommend this tour to anyone. The crew were fabulous! Always helpful and friendly. I'm a nervous swimmer and they made me very comfortable. Tyler, our photographer was my favourite person I've met on our vacation too! Food was five stars! And the chef made amazing vegetarian meals for me! Some of the best meals I've had in Australia after 2 weeks.

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  173. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Teresa
    5

    What a team, everyone friendly, efficient, caring, professional, and fun! We had everything we needed, lovely to have hot water shower! superb food and plenty of it. Lived up to our expectations and exceeded it!

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  174. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Gabrielle
    5

    The crew are so friendly! So much energy, really love what they do. Extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. The accommodation was great. Food was absolutely amazing! Vegetarian dishes were delicious, huge bravo to the kitchen. This was an awesome part of my trip, will always remember this! It was great to see so much of the reef and the marine life.

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  175. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Linda
    5

    Reef Encounter is a winner! Live abroad, multiple choice of days, good choice for family and kids. We had our private rooms and washrooms in them. Crew is Fantastic - professional, friendly, helpful. Food is excellent, we are vegetarians and it was not a problem. We appreciate the wide choice and big bowl of fruit! Accommodation is excellent - beds were comfortable, showers had hot water. Good sites, crew helpful to get in and out of the water quickly. Met some great people! Great start on my holiday!

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  176. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Prue
    5

    My friends had a previous experience with Reef Encounter and they recommended it to me. The crew is amazing! Very accommodating. Efficient and fun. Food and accommodations are fantastic. Thank for the awesome stay!

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  177. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Jorien S
    5

    Reef Encounter allows gests to do what they want vs a camp experience :) My favourite spot was 2nd level up front: sunny, quiet, protected from wind. The crew were amazing, everyone seemed to remember our name and were very polite. The rooms were clean, roomy, and beds were very comfortable. Meals were amazing and accommodated guests special needs. Definitely will recommend!

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  178. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Amy B
    5

    A once in a lifetime experience - swimming with turtles! The meals were fab. Loved the salad for lunch we had on the second day. The crew were great! So friendly and we loved the photographs we bought. Thank you so much for helping to make our honeymoon so special.

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  179. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Julie
    5

    Ensuite bathroom in room, food and changing reef sites these what made me to book Reef Encounter. Crew is AMAZING!!! Super friendly and made me feel special on the reef sites. Great accommodations and good food. Always plenty of food. Thanks to all crew for an amazing reef experience.

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  180. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Cindy
    5

    Well, it was amazing. Everything was perfect. The crew on both vessels were very friendly and genuinely friendly. Reef Encounter was an amazing experience, the accommodation very comfortable and spacious, lots of room on the vessel to move around. The food was very impressive, amazing combinations for salads, lots of variety to choose from. I watched the staff handling the dietary requirements (which there were numerous) but they looked after them all. Snorkelling was brilliant the marine life and coral were amazing. Very relaxing, plenty of time on the reef but also time to have some down time. I also watched the divers being very well looked staff were very encouraging to everyone. I was very impressed, and I will highly recommend this product to future clientele. Thank you very much and please say thank you to everyone. A truly amazing experience, I asked the family to mark it out of 10 they all said 10 and the twin nieces said 20!!!!!

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  181. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Natalie
    5

    We had a sensational time. Both being experienced divers we LOVED not having to be tied to a guide and babysat – it really does make sooooo much difference to the day! The accommodation was beyond expectation, as was the food (homemade chocolate brownie …. I thanked the Chef personally on the transfer back to Cairns it was so good!) the staff just lovely and the hot tub the icing on the cake after the night dive to look at the stars. Nothing felt rushed, we didn’t feel herded like cats and although only on for one night, met some lovely people, one of which we have exchanged emails with to get together diving again! Such incredible value for money. Love that there is still another small, family business delivering such an incredible product in this region. We are saving up to come again – next time for two nights!!!! Nat xxx

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  182. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Liza
    5

    Reef Encounter was the best choice when I needed a holiday and this looked awesome. Crew is amazing! Food and accommodations are amazing and above expectations! Thank you guys so much for making this trip awesome! Keep doing what you are doing! and Tayler was awesome. Keep doing what you doing, girl! Great person to be around!

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  183. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Anne
    5

    I booked liveaboard Reef Encounter because the number of dives and snorkels being on the vessel during 2 nights, I felt safe like in a hotel. Crew is GREAT!!! Many thanks to all of them, the best crew on the reef!!! Cheerful, passionate, all about the reef. Rooms are excellent. Food is gourmet. Good equipment for diving, excellent night dives, we saw plenty of fantastic corals, fishes, turtles, sharks. A real marvel. Great spots on the reef. we will recommend Reef Encounters !!! Thanks for all !!! Thank you to the photographer. Thank you to the captain :)

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  184. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Karen
    5

    I booked it cause of the positive reviews and ability to live abroad. The crew were fantastic, friendly and funny. Willing to go the extra mile (kilometre)! Photographer was amazing! The rooms are stupendous - great vies and comfort. Meals imaginative and satisfying. We especially appreciated Kieran and eating on the deck. Our trip with Reef Encounter exceeded our expectations. The way logistics were handled were impressive, as well as the attention to both safety and comfort. Great job, guys !!!

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  185. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Yoganya
    5

    Very friendly & helpful. Hitomi was an absolutely awesome dive instructor- thank you! Accommodation was very comfortable and more spacious than expected - very comfy couches and beds. Meals were good, all dietary requirements met with enthusiasm. We had a wonderful time, thank you to all the crew who looked after us. It might be a few years before I'm back, but will definitely come with you guys again!

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  186. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Katie
    5

    The crew were friendly, approachable and able to provide helpful information re. locations, equipment, and the daily schedule. The meals were excellent and the room was very comfortable and clean. Lovely warm shower! I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 day stay on Reef Encounter and would definitely recommend it!

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  187. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Trieu
    0

    I booked with Reef Encounter, the liveaboard, through excellent recommendations. The crew were excellent. Such a professional crew and friendly and approachable. Very efficient and passionate and respectful. Very friendly. The food and accommodations were excellent. So impressed with the experience. We will recommend to our friends and family.

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  188. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Alexandra
    5

    I chose Reef Encounter Top Deck cause of its small size, top deck experience and excellent reviews. The crew were amazing! Jacob was so great. He took excellent care of us and we had a lot of fun. The food was delicious. The rooms were lovely. I had a wonderful experience! Perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. I will forever treasure the experience and the memories.

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  189. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Deborah Burger
    5

    Everything was as advertised and more. I booked online and was able to speak to a representative, who answered my questions. The boat and the whole team were beyond expectations. They even did things for people before they asked and were spot on. I was there for 7 days 6 nights and saw the turnover of the staff, all were so much fun and also took their jobs seriously to ensure our safety. I loved it and would book with them again and again. The main reason for choosing them was the very flexible schedule for taking people to stay on the reef. My schedule didn't fit some of the other dive companies trip schedules. Their boat schedule allowed maximum time out on the reefs... I thank everyone on Reef Experience, you made my vacation so relaxing and memorable.

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  190. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Tom
    5

    I booked the liveaboard on Reef Encounter cause of the friendly salesman at office. The crew were fabulous. The food was yam, the rooms were clean and comfortable. Keep on doing that good work guys. It was a pleasure to stay with you! We will remember this trip for a long time. Thanks for all from Switzerland :)

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  191. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Brendon
    5

    It is a very good value, good reviews. The crew were absolutely brilliant, everyone including hostes made the trip awesome, cant thank them enough!!! The meals were excellent. The rooms were above the expectaions. Keep doing what you are doing, it is a fantastic experience, we are already talking about booking another trip with you guys. Cheers!!!

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  192. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Colin
    5

    Great recommendations from multiple people. had nothing but wonderful things to say. Crew is Amazing! Every single crew member was so kind, helpful and entertaining. Whenever I had a question I could ask anyone and they would know the answer and who/where to direct me to. The meals were perfect. Seriously, both of the chefs did such a great job with every meal. By the third day I almost had to go up a wetsuit size. 10 out of 10 would recommend Reef Encounter to all family/friends. Had the best birthday, I'm certain, I'll ever have thanks for making it special. Latly, thaks especially Hitomi, Sam and Elle for such a wonderful 4 days - I will never forget it.

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  193. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Jon
    5

    It was my last minute decision to do a liveaboard, and you depart everyday. The crew is fabulous, so friendly and helpful, they were a joy to spend time with. Very considerate of everyone's needs, just lovely people. Food was superb, meals were delicious, varied, and frequent. Was never left unsatisfied. Beds were great, slept like a baby. You all were the best! Would definitely like to come back for a longer stay. Quality people, quality boat, quality gear. Top marks all around.

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  194. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Julie Sheather
    5

    I did a 3 night dive package and I wish it had been longer, the diving was magnificent, the facilities were well above what I expected and the crew exceptional, I will definitely be back!

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  195. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Roxanne
    5

    The crew are absolutely the best! You are hard workers and always smiling! Thank you for everything. Food was nothing but perfect. The cook could be compared to superman! We had so much fun here on the boat and under water. I saw an octopus!! Each dive was completely amazing and we are more than happy. Thanks!!

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  196. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Ian
    5

    Nothing was ever a trouble for the crew, really great fun bunch. Slept like a baby, food was great, tasty & healthy. Well worth it. I wish time allowed and I would have stayed longer. I will definitely come back.

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  197. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Kate
    5

    The crew were so helpful with my special diving needs. Mike was a wonderful, calm, accommodating dive guide. Accommodation was very comfortable and the food was perfect. Surpassed expectations. One of the most comfortable dive boats I've been on, all around. Thanks so much!

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  198. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Stuart
    5

    The accommodation was a lot better and bigger than expected! The meals were amazing with good portion sizes. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys diving or snorkelling.

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  199. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Julie & William
    5

    The crew was just amazing! They are always here for you! They are friendly and helpful in each situations! The food was really good and with a good diversity, and the accommodation was so comfortable. Thanks for all, we hope to come back soon!

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  200. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Marie
    5

    Great food, healthy, carefully prepared, beautifully presented. I enjoyed everything about the cruise and most importantly, I felt our safety was of upmost importance. I would definitely recommend this trip to "just snorkelers", those who want to learn to dive & experienced divers

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  201. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Nab & Naz
    5

    The crew were great. Hitomi is an amazing instructor, Ellie was great at keeping us comfortable. Slept well, plenty of hot water and the food was excellent. Appreciate the effort taken to accommodate our dietary requirements. Reef Encounter provided one of the most unique and treasured experiences for us so far. Gaining the skills to dive with a great instructor and then exploring the reef in absolute comfort - highly recommend.

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  202. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Tiffany
    5

    The crew exceeded my expectations! They were all so helpful and friendly. I really enjoyed getting to know them! The food was delicious and of great quality. Thank you so much for a fantastic scuba trip! We will never forget it. And we will be recommending this experience to everyone we know!

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  203. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Cathy Sanderson
    5

    Our family of 5 visited the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) last week. It was an amazing experience which I cannot recommend highly enough. The whole experience was excellent, from safety, crew, food and friendliness. My husband and 3 boys were looked after by Cait, who guided them on every dive. She was kind, helpful and always had a smile on her face. She never seemed to stop working and helping out. I snorkelled, with Luke occasionally coming along with me to show me things I wouldn't normally appreciate. The entire crew was fantastic, from the chef, Rodrigues, who baked a birthday cake for my son on his final day on board, to Tito, the photographer, who took some wonderful photos and gave my family tips on underwater photography. Safety was paramount, but did not detract from the fun vibe on board. Seriously, this is one of the best things we have ever done - if you have not been to the GBR, then visit it with these guys, who know great spots and look after you. And the Reef is beautiful; another world !! Cheers, Cathy (from Sydney, NSW)

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  204. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Cathy Sanderson
    5

    Our family of 5 had a truly wonderful time aboard Reef Encounter. My husband and teenage sons scuba-dived and I snorkelled. Cait, who went with my husband and sons was wonderful; she guided them on every dive which has really boosted their confidence. She always had a smile and sought us out to ask what we wanted to do next. We saw lots of sea life and had calm seas and warm breezes!! My son turned 19 whilst we were on board and the chef, Rodriguez, baked him a cake which made his day!! The entire crew made and signed a card for him as well which was really thoughtful. Tito, the photographer, took some awesome shots which will be a lovely reminder of a great few days out on the Reef. All the crew were friendly and helpful (felt like family); and the whole trip/ water sessions were conducted with safety as a priority, without being onerous ie it still felt like being on holiday. Couldn't recommend this experience highly enough. Cheers, Cathy

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  205. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Flemming
    5

    We (mom, dad, 2 grown up children) booked the stay because they had good reviews. We stayed for 2 nights. I dont know where to start. They claim, they have the best crew on the Reef. That is an understatement :). They were fantastic. None of us had any diving expreience, but Niki (our dive instructor) did a great job guiding us through the OpenWaterDiver course and got us certified in the end. The rooms were excellent, the food was super and the atmosphere was friendly and professional. The entire stay was very well organized. It is a must for anyone wanting a great diving experience and see the Reef as well.

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  206. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Crystal
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter because of Top Deck VIP package. The crew is great! Very accommodating and helpful. Accommodations is good. Top Deck room was very comfortable with amazing views of the reef! Shinee and Kate were amazing! They made sue we had everything that we needed and made us feel very safe and comfortable in the water.

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  207. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Oliver, Peter and Claudia
    5

    I booked Reef Encounter because of good reviews on Trip Advisor. The Crew was amazing and very friendly and professional. Meals were awesome. This was the best holiday in our life!!!

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  208. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Sarah
    5

    I booked my overnight reef trip with Reef Encounter. I made my choice cause they had good reviews. The crew was incredibly friendly and helpful with everything, especially our dive instructor Nikki was amazingly kind and patient and made this a once in a lifetime experience. The meal providing exceeded all my expectations and were absolutely delicious. It was also great how they were able to work with all dietary restrictions. I am grateful to have had this opportunity to be on this boat with the amazing crew, food, and experiences. Another big thank you to Nikki for being the best and extremely patient with our group. Thank you !!!

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  209. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Caroline
    5

    I chose Reef Encounter because of good ratings, ability to stay onboard and take dive training. All the crew were friendly, attentive, helpful. Michelle, my dive instructor, was excellent. She was patient through, and extremely careful. The photographers were both excellent too. Accommodation was actually better than I expected. The bed was too comfortable with the rocking boat, it was way too easy to fall asleep. The food was very nice. I cannot say enough positive things about Michelle. Their was a high anxiety undertaking for me, I am not sure anyone else could have encouraged me through it. She is a calmly influence :)

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  210. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Ann McInroy
    5

    Wonderful experience for the whole family! Crew was incredible, rooms were clean and comfy, and food was great. Overall, can't recommend highly enough!

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  211. Stateroom Liveaboard review by John
    5

    "Amazing. Jackson was great, not only as a dive instructor and guide but as a friend. Travelling alone 1/2 way across the world away from family, the value of a friend and a great experience with every other member of the crew simply cannot be put into words. I will definitely recommend y'all to my friends and colleagues. The room was great, far better than expected and larger. The meals were great, I was very happy that my dietary needs were met easily. Adding additional dive training into an already great diving experience gave me a feeling of accomplishment and added immeasurably to my dive vacation. I would recommend this to any level diver traveling."

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  212. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Shelly
    5

    "The crew are exceptional...so helpful & friendly. The meals and accommodation provided are outstanding. Thank you all for the great time."

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  213. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Eoin
    5

    Brilliant!!! Easy recommendation and availability for my time in Cairns. Boat crew work very well with each other and are willing to do what is needed. Accommodation is very good. Food was great. It is a very professional team.

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  214. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Annabelle
    5

    Brilliant! I chose Reef Encounter because I could book the full Certified dive package. The crew were like a family to us. Everybody was genuine and kind. The dive instructor made us really calm and comfortable with all the info we had to take on. Meals were amazing. They accommodated our dietary needs with such care and pride. Rooms were great and comfy. Totally raving about this crew, company and experience !!!

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  215. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Wayne
    5

    Certification to dive was easy. The crew were amazing and they made our time fun and enjoyable. Food was great. The kitchen staff made the food choice available to accommodate for gluten and dairy free diet.

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  216. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Niwle
    5

    The crew were amazing! went above and beyond for myself and my family. They made this trip even better. The accommodation was excellent, everything was better than I expected. They even made meals that were dairy free to fit my dietary needs

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  217. Bonnie
    5

    The crew were Awesome! Very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. The accommodation were very good, the meals were outstanding, I have to leave 5 star eating restaurant food.

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  218. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Barret
    5

    "Very friendly! Great crew, organised and very obvious that they wanted to keep us safe and want us to have fun." "Very good food, rooms were nicer than expected." "Thanks!!"

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  219. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Molly
    5

    The crew wer wonderful, everyone was always super helpful. Our guide Mike was outstanding! Wonderful food! So Yummy. Mike was great and was wonderful to have as a guide. Very friendly.

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  220. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Bill
    5

    "Fantastic crew. Michael is a great dive master guide, Marley was also excellent. Rest of crew was very accommodating, friendly and makes us feel like family. Room was very comfortable overall ship is great. Meals were excellent! You'll get 5 stars from us on Trip Advisor!"

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  221. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Dolores
    5

    "The crew was great, very helpful with all activities. Amazing meals, the accommodation was very clean and comfy. Thank you for everything, it was my first time diving and I had a great time!"

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  222. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Nathan
    5

    "Find overall experience great. No hassles and everything ran smoothly. Exceptional rooms -- Food was unreal. Bedding and showers above expectations."

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  223. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Ha Phan
    5

    I signed up for Reef experience one day tour scuba dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. I was recommended to book this tour by the hostel I stayed at in Airlie Beach. I didn’t have much time so I need to book everything in advanced. Everything was so professional. We were given each a safety number, this is how they assigned the snorkeling gears to us and also to keep track of us. We boarded the boat and one of the engine died so we had to move to another boat of another tour. Even with the chaos of 2 tours on the same boat, but the crews of 2 tours worked so cooperatively and professionally. I love the safety video playing at the beginning of our trip. So out of the box, not boring at all and got everybody attention. We had to fill out forms for these kind of activities. They do take it seriously. When I remember in south east Asia, you have to rent a life jacket for snorkeling tour in Indonesia. I am a certified diver so I had my private briefing session and I got to dive for 40’ with a dive master, Damien. It was so cool to see so many beautiful fishes and the coral. I couldn’t do a second dive because I’m flying out early the next morning so at the second spot, I joined a marine biology tour which costs $25. It was lead by Campbell and it was so educational. I definitely recommend to do this for an additional of $25 but you learn a lot more and he is so knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Breakfast, lunch and wine and cheese and crackers were provided. Overall, this is a wonderful experience and I recommend to do this tour with Reef experience.

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  224. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Laurens
    5

    Superb

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  225. Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Laura
    5

    Amazing diving experience Highly recommend this company. We had amazing 5 day stay on the reef encounter. All services were delivered in a professional and timely matter. The staff were very friendly and professional. The overall accommodation was very comfortable, clean and created a nice atmosphere. The food was beyond what I expected for a live aboard. The diving was some of the best I've ever done thanks to the great dive masters and guides.

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  226. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Ineke
    5

    Amazing diving experience Highly recommend this company. We had amazing 5 day stay on the reef encounter. All services were delivered in a professional and timely matter. The staff were very friendly and professional. The overall accommodation was very comfortable, clean and created a nice atmosphere. The food was beyond what I expected for a live aboard. The diving was some of the best I've ever done thanks to the great dive masters and guides.

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  227. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Walker Pabis
    5

    Amazing experience. Everything very exciting, living in a boat even for 1night is pretty good. You should try. Excellent crew, awesome diving spots. We saw turtles, sharks, octopus, stingrays and thousands of different fishes. I enjoy every moment.

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  228. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Tom
    5

    For us the Reef Encounter was a trip of a life time and highly recommend it for Scuba divers and mariners. Food was always great with good variety, have any food allergies, no problem they will custom make your meal. The staff were the best, made me feel like being 25 again. We spent 4 days and 3 nights and should have stayer longer. I had a dive guide and would recommend one as each reef has different underwater sites and layout. All dive equipment was all in good shape and there is no need to bring your own.

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  229. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Bart
    5

    Highly recommend this comapany!! All services delivered in a timely and professional matter. We had an amazing 5 day stay thanks to the very friendly and professional staff. Very organized experience, the food was great and the overall accommodation was comfortable and clean. The diving was some of the best I've done thanks to the excellent dive guides on board.

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  230. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lynette
    5

    Excellent staff, excellent accommodations, excellent food. The rooms were beautifully and promptly maintained. There were ample water events which were professionally supervised. Staff were at all times efficient, courteous, and friendly. The atmosphere was terrific.

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  231. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Gladys Patricia Vargas
    5

    I went with my friends and my husband to this reef experience. We chose and booked through Reef-Encounter our experience. From the beginning we received the guidance and support we needed. I found the experience not only exciting, but we also felt confident and safe doing it. The staff was very professional and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely delicious and the rooms clean and comfortable.

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  232. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Lucinda Boffa
    5

    Absolutely Fabulous!! Had an incredible three days with this amazing crew!

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  233. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Graham Spiers
    5

    I had a great time spending 3 days and 2 nights on the Reef Encounter. The crew are very friendly and helpful, the meals were great and the accommodation is very comfortable. Had an excellent time scuba diving, saw plenty of turtles, fish and reef sharks.

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  234. Stateroom – Liveaboard review by Chelsea Coupar
    5

    Best part of my trip to north QLD!! I could not fault the tour, the company, the employees or the boat. All the workers were so friendly and genuinely love their jobs and helping everyone onboard enjoy their time, this made the trip on the boat so fun and informative. I would recommended this tour to absolutely anyone venturing to cairns, it is a 100% hands down must do experience. I would recommended spending at the very least 1 night on board the boat. If I could do it again I would spend a few days aboard. This tour with this company is a must do for anyone visiting cairns!

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  235. Stateroom Liveaboard review by Kristi B
    5

    Our stay (my sister and I) aboard Reef Encounter was an incredible experience. The dive master, Macca, was incredibly friendly, kind when I had some issues, and made me feel confident in what was going on. Our dive guide, Dan, was also exceptional and I can't say enough about how great he was when I had some issues diving. The food was amazing, in fact for most meals there was way more food that a single person could eat. Although we did try. The rooms were more than comfortable and we found that the rocking of the boat made for a great night's sleep. The diving was beautiful even though during our time the weather was cloudy and the water was fairly choppy. I wish we had much more time.

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