Great Barrier Reef DEAL

Great Barrier Reef deal saves money by checking in later in the day.  Start with spending your day on our sister vessel, Reef Experience, before transferring to Cairns’ best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, Reef Encounter, in the afternoon, and SAVE!  Go snorkelling with vivid tropical fish amongst beautiful coral gardens during the day and spend the night in a boutique floating hotel on the Reef.

This deal, subject to availability, is only available to snorkelers or introductory scuba divers who want to spend one night on the luxury liveaboard vessel Reef Encounter.

(Please note, this deal is NOT possible for certified scuba divers.  Click here for certified diving liveaboard tours.)

Reef Encounter Itinerary

We begin day one of our Great Barrier Reef DEAL’ by boarding Reef Encounter’s sister vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at 7:30.

Then enjoy all Reef Experience snorkelling and introductory scuba diving at two different Reef sites, a marine biology presentation, and a  glass-bottom boat tour.  At approximately 15:00, we transfer to the Reef Encounter liveaboard boat.

Both on Reef Experience and Reef Encounter our Marine Biologists will give presentations that include information on Great Barrier Reef fish.

Once onboard the liveaboard hotel, there is a vessel welcome and safety briefing, and guests are shown to their cabins at approximately 16:00.  There’s time for yet another water session before dinner so we can see even more of the mesmerising Reef before the sun goes down.

You will enjoy a beautiful plated dinner and dessert in the evening.  We spend the night in excellently presented staterooms with en-suites, air conditioning, and ocean views.

Day 2 of the trip begins bright and early for those who would like to participate in a sunrise snorkel and dive session before breakfast at 7:30.  Check out is at 8:00, but we enjoy three more water sessions and a delicious lunch before our time on Reef Encounter comes to an end.  At 14:45, we board Reef Experience for the journey back to Cairns.  Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits are served on the way before we arrive back at the Cairns Marlin Marina at approximately 16:30.

Reef Encounter Facilities

Our Cairns liveaboard is a boutique floating hotel surrounded by crystal clear waters.

A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea

Accommodating only 42 guests at any time, Reef Encounter is large enough to provide the comforts of the largest cruise ships yet small enough to access spectacular Reef locations inaccessible to other vessels.

Onboard there is a large dining saloon, TV and lounge area, Outdoor freshwater hot tub, Spacious sundeck with sun loungers, Fully licenced bar, Large easy access dive and snorkel platforms, Helicopter pad on the roof for transfers over the coral Reef to and from Reef Encounter (optional extra)

Reef Encounter visits the most captivatingly beautiful areas of this natural wonder – The Great Barrier Reef.

During the day, there is plenty of time to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

With all meals, accommodation, and snorkel/dive gear included, Reef Encounter provides everything needed for the perfect Great Barrier Reef holiday.

Two boats for the price of one

With this discount deal, you will enjoy a full day on Reef Experience and a night/morning on Reef Encounter.

To read more about Reef Experience’s inclusions, please see the Reef Experience day trip page.

Next, explore other ways to stay on the Great Barrier Reef.

Then explore our Reef locations.


Waking up on the Great Barrier Reef


Included in our Great Barrier Reef deal

  • A day on Reef Experience
  • Reef View Stateroom
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Fresh fruit, tea and coffee
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • The best crew on the reef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • Free luggage storage in Cairns City

Optional Extras

  • Barista Coffee
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits
  • Snacks

What to bring

  • Sunglasses and hat
  • light jacket
  • socks
  • Camera
  • Travel Voucher
  • Cash or credit card for onboard extras

Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.


How to get there

How to Get to Reef Encounter

Your transfer vessel, Reef Experience, departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in on Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record.

Therefore you must understand Queensland’s scuba diving laws.

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.

Please complete our dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.

If you have any questions, we will be delighted to assist you.

Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our friendly team today.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive after multiple scuba dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.

We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible after scuba diving.

Check-In: 4:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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