Reef and Island Getaway

Imagine sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef!  This getaway offers you the very best of both worlds. The gentle movement of the ocean whilst you are being rocked to sleep on Reef Encounter and then the white sands of Green Island watching the sun slide behind the horizon.  This is the very best way to experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!     

Australia’s Best Liveaboard  ‘Reef Encounter’ Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Cairns best liveaboard ‘Reef Encounter’ – surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef – is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia. See it at its best – day and night!

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.

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 choice to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Twin and double rooms available just let us know your preference.

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 are chef prepared onboard daily. Breakfast and lunch are buffet with a plated dinner, and desert. Fresh 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

Green Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Green Island Resort is a boutique luxury resort just 45 minutes off Cairns in the heart of UNESCO listed Great Barrier Reef.

Once you arrive by the Great Adventures Catamaran you will be personally met by one of the Green Island Resort team who will escort you on a quick tour before checking into your suite.

Now it is time to relax and explore Green Island.  Maybe enjoy a bite to eat, a swim in the Coral Sea, snorkelling or just catching the sun whilst relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, wander down to the jetty and see the fish feed before enjoying complimentary sunset drinks on the beach.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Emeralds Restaurant or maybe you prefer room service.

Then grab your torch from your room and join the star gazing night tour.  Its amazing what you can see in the night sky!

After check out n the morning you can still enjoy all the facilities of the resort and Island until your departure.  There are shower and change facilities and the Coral Cay Guest Lounge


  • Return Catamaran Transfers
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 24 hour Reception
  • Snorkelling
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Fish Feeding
  • Star Gazing tour
  • Windsurfing, Canoes & Kayaks and Sun Lounges & Umbrellas

What to Bring

  • A small to medium overnight bag with personal items – casual clothes, personal toiletries, sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, medication if needed, something warm to wear for the evenings (jumper/pullover/cardigan) etc.
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Camera

Transfer Times

Green Island

from $1,420
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Island Suite

Green Island Accommodation

Green Island Resort Island Room

Twin or King available Transfers included Spacious guest room of 56 square metres, with two double beds OR 1 king bed. All rooms with separate bath and shower, and private balcony.

Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter Stateroom

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, ensuite Stateroom. Share with another guest


2 Reviews for “Reef and Island Getaway”

  1. Kelli Kukura

    Hi. When will you be booking again?

    • Lauren


      Hi Kelli, At this stage, we will be operating from July 1st, 2020. Let us know if we can help you with your booking. Kind regards, Reservations


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