Top Deck Club – Great Barrier Reef floating hotel

Stay aboard Cairns premier Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter. Enjoy the luxury VIP package with their ‘Top Deck Club’.

Starting your trip in Cairns,  First, meet your Top Deck Club valet, who is there to make sure that everything you need is at your fingertips.

Getting to Reef Encounter

Whether you decide to travel on our transfer vessel Reef Experience or via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight, you will soon be on the Great Barrier Reef.

Onboard Reef Encounter

Once onboard Reef Encounter, your valet will show you to your room and make sure that we know about any dietary requirements you may have.

Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef’s crystal clear waters, this is one of Australia’s most celebrated holidays escape. See the reef at its very best – day and night!

Next, underwater is where all the colour is on the Great Barrier Reef, so let’s start the adventures with a snorkel, mask and fins.

We know that everyone has different Reef Encounter requirements; several packages suit all our aquatic guests.  Starting with snorkelling and scuba diving from beginner to advanced.

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Stay in the best Top Deck Club cabins on the boat and relax with the added extras such as late check-out times and spacious en-suite cabins with ocean views.
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter our boutique floating hotel Staterooms also have their own en-suite toilet & shower.
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy an evening turn-down service for their stateroom.
  • Double bed or twin-single bed staterooms available.

Why choose a Top Deck Club liveaboard experience

Top Deck Club tour is tailored to your needs. Everybody’s Top Deck experience will be personalised.

Amongst other things, Top Deck Club includes a crew member just for you!  A private in-water Guide for personal scuba dive tours or snorkelling tours. Late check-out times, deluxe 3-course evening meals under the stars and breakfast in bed.

…And so much more!

  • Top Deck Club Dining
  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by the onboard Chef for each night of your stay. You may choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.
  • Breakfast served to your stateroom.

  • 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 sparkling wine and fruit platter upon arrival* (If you’re getting in the water, your complimentary sparkling wine will be served with your evening meal instead)
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Top Deck Club guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices.
  • All meals prepared fresh daily by an onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fruit available throughout the day. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking.
  • A barbeque buffet breakfast is served on the outbound voyage.
  • On your return voyage back to Cairns, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter.
  • Free luggage storage available at their offices in Cairns City.

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard 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
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)
  • Reef Encounter is one of few Great Barrier Reef liveaboards with ensuite facilities. All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower.



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Important Information

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. JenJF5678

    ***I researched many Great Barrier Reef Liveaboards before deciding on Reef Encounter. If you want a liveaboard that is roomy, serves delicious food, and moves the ship each day so you can see more of the reef, THIS is the one for you. I urge you not to wait to book your trip as the reef is dying due to coral bleaching. If this is a dream, make it happen now!*** We spent the first part of our honeymoon diving with Reef Encounters. We went all out and paid extra for the Top Deck VIP Package. It was so well-worth it! The package included several perks such as incredibly roomy accommodations and a guide on all dives. Kiri was a great guide, who took us to the best parts of the reef while pointing out multiple camouflaged creatures. The ship moved twice a day so we were able to dive different parts of the reef. There was a professional photographer on board who took some wonderful shots of us diving with sea turtles! The food was incredible! I cannot say enough about it! It was like dining in a 5-star restaurant with beautifully presented deliciousness! This is not just for those who pay for the VIP package...everyone, including the crew, eats steak and lamb chops for dinner! This was our first liveaboard experience and, from what I've heard from friends and researched online, nothing will ever top it! For those thinking about going solo, DO IT! There were several solo divers on board who decided to dive together. You also have the option of hiring a guide. Happy diving! Room Tip: Top Deck VIP rooms are the best!

  2. Joe F

    As good as it gets!! Everyone was so friendly and helpful as you ever hope. Our personal divemaster mike was off the charts 10 . He made the trip and especially the dives fantastic. The room was way nicer than expected. It was lovely. Food was a big surprise -- fabulous. Like 5 star dining. One of the best adventures we have ever experienced. Will always be remembered. Fantastic!

  3. Erin

    We heard about Reef Encounter through Lonely Planet and booked because they have a Top Deck offering, and one night option vs a minimum of more than 1 night. Amazing! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Shiniee, our valet guide, was incredible and took such great care of us. She even got us to do a night dive despite our nerves - and it was so great! Wonderful room - loved the comfy bed and bathrobes. Good meals - thanks for the vegetarian options! I was so impressed by how well organized everything was. This was my first liveaboard trip and I really loved it. Thank you :) The hot tub was also a good touch!


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