Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Experience the amazing Great Barrier Reef and its marine life. With the highest concentration of marine life on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef has something to offer everyone, from experienced divers to first-time explorers. Imagine floating serenely around a coral lagoon or discovering an underwater swim-through that opens into sunlit coves, bursting with brightly coloured fish.

Everybody* can go diving from beginner to expert. We offer scuba enthusiasts outstanding liveaboard tours to pristine outer Great Barrier Reefs and scuba diving courses from beginner to dive professional levels. Reef Encounter is an SSI Diamond Dive Facility – the highest rating of SSI Dive Facilities.

Reef locations are selected by the captain each day for the optimal conditions based on the weather and the time of year. Depending on the duration of your diving liveaboard, you will visit several diverse dive sites.

night diving Shark Diving

Top Tip: If you are diving onboard Reef Encounter, don’t miss the sunrise and night dives! These are possibly the most magical times on the reef – as they are the busiest times of the day in this incredible ecosystem.


I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef
Sir David Attenborough

 Certified Diving

Reef Encounter liveaboard tours offer diving on multiple reef sites across five of the best Outer Great Barrier Reefs.

As a family-owned and operated company of avid and passionate scuba divers, we take great pride in offering outstanding reef holidays.

We offer unforgettable reef holidays to qualified divers.  Catering to all levels of ability. We also have a full range of advanced courses and nitrox available onboard.

What is Certified Diving? Certified diving is for qualified divers who hold a minimum licence of ‘Open Water Diver level or higher.

Resort Diving

No experience necessary! Resort Diving is a fun, safe and easy activity on the Great Barrier Reef that requires no prior scuba dive experience.

Resort diving or introductory diving is for people who do not have a licence and would like to do fun dives on the Great Barrier Reef!*

All resort dives with an experienced Dive Instructor and a maximum number of four guests to one Scuba Instructor.

If you desire private scuba tours, please see our  Top Deck Club packages.


Diving Courses

Why not take the plunge and enrol in one of our scuba dive courses on the Great Barrier Reef?

View Our Range of Scuba Diving Courses

*Anyone booking a liveaboard with scuba diving please check: Can I go Diving?


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