Reef Encounter's Top Deck Club Liveaboard packages are truly the best way to see Australia's Great Barrier Reef our luxury liveaboard tours depart daily from Cairns ...one day is never enough

Top Deck Club – Liveaboard Accommodations

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Click ‘Book’ to select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling or enroll on a dive course.

From the very beginning of your trip to the moment you step off the boat…

The Top Deck Club is the ultimate way to enjoy an unbeatable time at the Outer Great Barrier Reef…

Ideal for couples looking for a luxury getaway vacation, groups who enjoy a bit of the VIP treatment or anyone who desires personalised in-water care.

The VIP Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing reef holiday, styled your way!

What is the Top Deck Club?

Fantastic service – A VIP Top Deck holiday is designed for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style! Much like ‘first class’ with an airline, it’s a trip that’s tailored to your personal needs and so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.

Providing an unbeatable level of customer care, the Top Deck package comes with many additional luxuries including (but not limited to) a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times and deluxe three course evening meals. Read on for more exclusive Top Deck services…

A crew member just for you! Whether it’s a professional in-water guide for private scuba/snorkel tours, a fountain of marine-life knowledge or all of the above, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can relax in the knowledge that all of your needs are taken care of.

Luxurious Accommodation

  • The best rooms on the boat
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries
  • Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival*
  • An evening turn down service for your cabin
  • Towels and toiletries are replenished
  • *If you’re getting in the water, complimentary champagne will be served with your evening meal instead

Gourmet Meals

  • A deluxe three course evening meal, freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay*
  • Choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon
  • Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
  • Complimentary sunset cocktails
  • Appreciate ocean views from the sundeck or outdoor hot-tub as you sip a chilled Australian cocktail while watching the sunset over the sparkling Coral Sea …the perfect setting for photography lovers!

Superior Comfort

  • Late check-out times! On your day of departure, Top Deck guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to a marine biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Top Deck guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices
  • On the journey back into the Cairns Marina enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter

*All dietary requirements will be met. Please advise our friendly team of any special requests upon booking.

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 23 Sep 2017: wonderful trip to GBR
  • 20 Sep 2017: Fantastic night on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 18 Sep 2017: Dive livesboard
  • 14 Sep 2017: Fantastic experience
  • 13 Sep 2017: Awesome experienced
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  1. Top Deck Club – Liveaboard review by Rachel
    5

    How were the crew? "Excellent: very insightful and always ready to help out with anything." How was your accommodation and the meals provided? "Rooms were amazing: clean, great view, lovely presentation upon arrival. Food was delicious for every meal!" Do you have any additional comments? "will definitely would recommended to everyone who's looking for a liveaboard cruise. "

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  2. Top Deck Club – Liveaboard review by Emi
    5

    How were the crew? "Fantastic! super friendly, relaxed but professional very attentive w/out hovering, made you feel like you're w/very capable friends". How was your accommodation and meals provided? "hit the spot! never went hungry, and catered to my dietary needs, without compromising the enjoyment. I felt taken care of. Do you have any additional comments? "Meg was amazingly patient w/ my parents anxiety & indecision over what to. She made them feel safe & open to trying new things. She also gave me peace of mind & helped me relax as well. I'd ask for her again!"

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  3. Top Deck Club – Liveaboard review by Andy
    5

    How were the crew? "Crew were very hard working, friendly and safety focused, credit to the company, 10/10" How was your accommodation and meals provided? "both room, facilities and meals were above expectations" Do you have any additional comments? "My background is in safety management, I was impressed by adherence to safety policy, code of practice responsibilities. Well done, crew were great people, I had a very enjoyable 8 days".

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  4. Top Deck Club – Liveaboard review by Karen
    5

    Dear Reef Encounter We were on your boat last week for 3 nights. We did the Top Deck Package. What a great Trip. A big WOW. We saw more than we expected, sharks, turtles, fish+++, and coral. We would really like to congratulate you on a very well run trip. The staff were very professional, friendly and just lovely. They ran all scuba/snorkelling to time. Most impressive Reef Encounter. Hope to do it again soon. Shiniee was fantastic. Leigh and Murray

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  5. Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard review by Laura
    5

    Top Deck liveaboard bliss! I really can’t say enough about our Reef Encounter experience. My husband and I booked the Top Deck 2 day/1 night trip at the end of March. We looked at TONS of other dive companies and tours and chose the Reef Encounter based on its reviews and I’m so, so glad that we did. We went back and forth for a while about doing Top Deck due to the additional cost but it was absolutely one of the best decisions we made on our trip! We had both just been scuba certified a month before so we wanted to make sure we had a personal guide instead of a group (we didn’t want to hold anyone back as novices). From the moment we checked in we were well taken care of. Kari was our guide and she was amazing. Friendly, patient, funny— and she anticipated needs we didn’t even know we had (like throwing our towels in the dryer so that they would be warm when we got out of the water!). She also knew where to look for everything in the reef which was incredibly valuable. We would have been swimming around aimlessly, although the GBR is stunning, obviously. I wasn’t feeling well the first day, but I was able to go out with another guide (Nick Paul was incredible, too!) so the staff’s flexibility was really appreciated. It’s been said many times, but in addition to the service, the food was also outstanding. We wanted for nothing— except more time on the reef. It was an experience that we’ll cherish forever— book this trip, you won’t regret it.

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  6. Top Deck Club – Liveaboard review by Paul and Joanne
    5

    Top Deck liveaboard bliss! I really can’t say enough about our Reef Encounter experience. My husband and I booked the Top Deck 2 day/1 night trip at the end of March. We looked at TONS of other dive companies and tours and chose the Reef Encounter based on its reviews and I’m so, so glad that we did. We went back and forth for a while about doing Top Deck due to the additional cost but it was absolutely one of the best decisions we made on our trip! We had both just been scuba certified a month before so we wanted to make sure we had a personal guide instead of a group (we didn’t want to hold anyone back as novices). From the moment we checked in we were well taken care of. Kari was our guide and she was amazing. Friendly, patient, funny— and she anticipated needs we didn’t even know we had (like throwing our towels in the dryer so that they would be warm when we got out of the water!). She also knew where to look for everything in the reef which was incredibly valuable. We would have been swimming around aimlessly, although the GBR is stunning, obviously. I wasn’t feeling well the first day, but I was able to go out with another guide (Nick Paul was incredible, too!) so the staff’s flexibility was really appreciated. It’s been said many times, but in addition to the service, the food was also outstanding. We wanted for nothing— except more time on the reef. It was an experience that we’ll cherish forever— book this trip, you won’t regret it.

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  7. Top Deck Club Liveaboard review by JenJF5678
    5

    ***I researched many Great Barrier Reef Liveaboards before deciding on Reef Encounter. If you want a liveaboard that is roomy, serves delicious food, and moves the ship each day so you can see more of the reef, THIS is the one for you. I urge you not to wait to book your trip as the reef is dying due to coral bleaching. If this is a dream, make it happen now!*** We spent the first part of our honeymoon diving with Reef Encounters. We went all out and paid extra for the Top Deck VIP Package. It was so well-worth it! The package included several perks such as incredibly roomy accommodations and a guide on all dives. Kiri was a great guide, who took us to the best parts of the reef while pointing out multiple camouflaged creatures. The ship moved twice a day so we were able to dive different parts of the reef. There was a professional photographer on board who took some wonderful shots of us diving with sea turtles! The food was incredible! I cannot say enough about it! It was like dining in a 5-star restaurant with beautifully presented deliciousness! This is not just for those who pay for the VIP package...everyone, including the crew, eats steak and lamb chops for dinner! This was our first liveaboard experience and, from what I've heard from friends and researched online, nothing will ever top it! For those thinking about going solo, DO IT! There were several solo divers on board who decided to dive together. You also have the option of hiring a guide. Happy diving! Room Tip: Top Deck VIP rooms are the best!

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