Get the VIP treatment on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club Liveaboard VIP Experience

The absolute best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is as a Top Deck VIP on Reef Encounter, a boutique floating hotel that stays at the Reef year-round.

You will want for nothing on your incredible Great Barrier Reef holiday in style! With a personal valet to look after you both in and out of the water, the best rooms on the best deck, and the finer details of your holiday catered to from the moment you step onto the boat,



With a range of packages for snorkelers, certified divers, and introductory divers alike, we don’t disappoint when it comes to underwater activities. During multiple water sessions every day, your Top Deck attendant will help you find everything from sea turtles and anemonefish to brilliant coral formations.

Certified divers enjoy both day and night dives, while introductory divers can dive as far as 12 meters underwater while safely assisted by your instructor at every moment. Prefer to stay at the ocean’s surface? Top Deck snorkellers also love exploring everything the Great Barrier Reef has to offer on an individual guided snorkel tour.

For those who’d rather not get their hair wet, our glass bottom boat tour is an excellent way to see the Reef before relaxing on the spacious sundeck. Take a dip in the onboard hot tub, or relaxing in Reef Encounter’s air-conditioned TV and lounge area.

In between activities, delicious a la carte meals prepared fresh by our onboard chef are served, all included in the cost. Breakfast can be served to your suite, cooked just the way you like it. In the evening, you can choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.

A complimentary sunset cocktail is served each night while you enjoy the gorgeous ocean views.

Top Deck guests also a late check out time of 14:00 instead of 8:00, allowing you to enjoy your room for longer.

🌟 Best rooms on the boat

🌟 Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries replenished

🌟 Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival, or with your evening meal if you’re getting in the water

🌟 An evening turndown service for your cabin



You’ll enjoy the best rooms on Reef Encounter, a boutique floating hotel surrounded by crystal clear waters. Each of our spacious, air-conditioned Top Deck rooms has uninterrupted ocean views, an en-suite, and towels and plush Australian bed linen and bathrobes.

Accommodating only 42 guests, Reef Encounter provides the comforts of the largest cruise ships yet is small enough to have access to spectacular intricate reef locations.

Designed for utmost stability and comfort at sea, we visit 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.



A trip to Reef Encounter begins with either a helicopter transfer (additional cost) or boarding our transfer vessel Reef Experience at 7:30. You will have breakfast on the 90-minute trip out to the Great Barrier Reef along with fresh coffee, tea, and juices. Upon arrival, Reef Experience transfers passengers onto Reef Encounter for their 10:00 check-in time.

Onboard, you will experience water activities on an array of different Reef sites. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, relaxing in the hot tub and lazing on the sun deck or the saloon for as many days and nights as they’ve booked.

The final day comes to an end with several more hours of enjoying the Reef before a late check out time of 14:00 and transferring back to Reef Experience at 15:00. Enjoy wine, cheese and crackers on board before arriving back to Cairns around 16:30.


Spoil yourself and book your Top Deck adventure today and make your holiday the best it can be!


Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Some medical conditions, age and/or medications prevent you from scuba diving. To avoid disappointment, we recommend all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1.’

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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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.


3 Reviews for “Top Deck Club Liveaboard”

  1. Diane

    We booked Reef Encounter because of the number of dives/snorkels in a day including the day of arrival departure. Meg was amazing!!! She took such great care of us and gave us tips and info on what to do and what we had coming up. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our dinners were the best (Top Deck). What a treat for us. The buffets plated meals were tasty and a good variety. Our room had plenty of space and fresh towels helped. We will recommend this to our friends! Thank you for a wonderful holiday! - Diane

  2. Michael

    Unbelievable 10/10. Our Top Deck guide Val was unreal. Really deserves recognition/praise from management for her hard work. A credit to the company. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Once again, management please formally recognise Val for all her efforts. Everyone on the crew was amazing. Especially Pablo.

  3. Michelle   Ian

    Everyone was amazing. We had Mackensea as our personal assistant & can't thank her enough - ensured we had everything we needed & wanted. :) Loved the Top Deck experience & dinner under the stars. Mackensea makes great cocktails; Louis took great photos. Was the best place to get engaged - can't wait to come back soon!


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