Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard DEAL

Spend 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, which is 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 discounted ‘Great Barrier Reef DEAL’ adventure, by boarding Reef Encounter’s sister vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at 7:30.  We enjoy all Reef Experience has to offer throughout the day, including snorkelling or intro diving at two different Reef sites, a marine biology presentation, a glass-bottom boat tour, BBQ bacon & egg breakfast roll and sumptuous buffet lunch.  At approximately 15:00, we transfer to the Reef Encounter liveaboard boat.

Once onboard the liveaboard hotel, there is a vessel welcome and safety briefing, and then 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 complete 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 again for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits are served on the way before we arrive back to 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 have access to 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.

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.

More information on Reef Encounter, along with liveaboard options for certified divers and liveaboard trips with earlier check-in times, please click here to view our Reef Encounter Stateroom page.


How do I get there?

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, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

There are a number of parking stations throughout Cairns that are in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.


Check-In: 4:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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