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

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 snorkelling 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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13 Reviews for “Stateroom - Liveaboard”

  1. Chelsea Coupar

    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!

  2. Graham Spiers

    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.

  3. Lucinda Boffa

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

  4. Gladys Patricia Vargas

    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.

  5. Lynette

    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.

  6. Bart

    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.

  7. Tom

    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.

  8. Walker Pabis

    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.

  9. Laura

    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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  11. Ha Phan

    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.

  12. Molly

    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.

  13. Barret

    "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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