The Great Barrier Reef Cruise is the ultimate way to experience the Great Barrier Reef!

Imagine a weekend relaxing, snorkelling, diving and generally having a fabulous time on the Great Barrier Reef!

Escape the everyday and come with us on Cairns #1 liveaboard vessel, Reef Encounter, a floating hotel.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Itinerary

DAY ONE

5.00pm Check in.  Meet our crew member at Cairns Yacht Club and we will take you to Reef Encounter on Sailfish Quay

5.30pm Depart Cairns for your sunset cruise to Great Barrier Reef

6.30pm Taste of the Tropics dinner

8.30pm onboard activities, stargazing, music

Personal time

DAY TWO

6:00 am Breakfast 1st sitting cereal and fruit

6:30 am Early Morning Scuba Dive or Snorkel Session

7:30 am Breakfast Hot Breakfast

8:00 am Cruise to next Outer Great Barrier Reef Site

8:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

10:30 am Snorkel Session – Sun bake and relax

12 Noon Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation time

3:00 pm Cruise to our next Outer Great Barrier Reef Location

3:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation Time

5:30 pm Night scuba dive, Relaxation time, Stargazing, board games or movie

Themed dinner under the stars (weather permitting)

DAY THREE

6:00 am Breakfast 1st sitting cereal and fruit

6:30 am Early Morning Scuba Dive or Snorkel Session

7:30 am Hot Breakfast

8:00 am Cruise to next Outer Great Barrier Reef Site

8:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

10:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

Noon Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm Snorkel Session, Glass Bottom Boat Tour – Sunbake – Relax

2:30 pm Depart Great Barrier Reef for Cairns

5:30 pm  Arrive at Sailfish Quay, Cairns

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, freshwater hot-tub
  • Library and board games available
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • A hot, outdoor freshwater shower
  • Trial Scuba
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Barista Coffee
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Kids “Skipper for the Day”
  • Water fountain
  • Wet suits, stinger suits and floatation devices
  • Nitrox available (conditions apply)
  • Kayak Hire

STATEROOM Inclusions

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

  • Check-in Friday: 5.00 pm Check-Out Sunday at approximately: 5.30 pm
  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with ocean views
  • All cabins have their en-suite toilet & shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fruit available throughout the day along with tea & coffee. We cater for all dietary requirements – please advise us of these when booking
  • Saturday night will be a themed dinner
  • 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
  • An informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at our offices in the Cairns City

LUXURY TOP DECK CLUB Inclusions

What is the Top Deck Club Liveaboard experience?

Fantastic service!  A VIP Top Deck Liveaboard holiday is for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style!

Much like ‘first-class’ with an airline, it’s a tour tailored to your needs, so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.

Top Deck Club provides an unbeatable level of customer care. The package includes additional luxuries including a dedicated personal valet, deluxe three-course evening meals. Read on for more exclusive Top Deck Club service.

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

  • Check-in Friday: 5.00 pm Check-Out Sunday at approximately: 5.30 pm
  • A crew member just for you!
  • Professional in-water guide for private scuba/snorkel tours,
  • Breakfast in bed
  • The best rooms on the boat
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries
  • Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival
  • An evening turndown service for your cabin
  • Towels and toiletries
  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay.
  • Chefs can cater to all dietary requirements for; Please advise our friendly team of any special requests upon booking.
  • Choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon Breakfast served to your suite
  • Enjoy an Australian continental, or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Appreciate ocean views from the sundeck or outdoor hot-tub as you sip a chilled Australian cocktail while watching the sunset over the sparkling Coral Sea …the perfect setting for photography lovers!

How to Get There

Reef Encounter is berthed at Sailfish Quay and boarding commences on Friday at 5.00pm 

Please meet our friendly crew at Cairns Yacht Club at 5.00pm for check in and we will take you and your luggage to Reef Encounter.

 

You will arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5.30 pm on Sunday

Where Can I Park?

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

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.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend guests complete our dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Encounter 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]

Alternatively, 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: 5:00 pm

Check-Out: 5:00 pm

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Great Barrier Reef Cruise Accommodations

Luxury Top Deck Double

Luxury Top Deck Double

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.

Luxury Top Deck Twin

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.

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