Top Deck Club – Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour

Stay aboard Cairns premier Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter. Enjoy the luxury VIP package with their ‘Top Deck Club’. If you value personalised service, this luxury Great Barrier Reef tour is for you!

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

Why choose a Top Deck Club liveaboard experience

Like ‘first-class’ on an airline, this luxury Top Deck Club tour is tailored to your needs. Everybody’s Top Deck experience will be personalised.

Amongst other things, Cairns 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, complimentary sparkling wine on arrival…

…And so much more!

See the full list of Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef inclusions below.

Click ‘Book’ below to select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling or enrol on a dive course.

What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard
  • A personal crew member for the duration of your liveaboard tour. This guarantees a personalised reef holiday, styled your way!
  • Late check-out times. Top Deck Club guests keep their private cabin until departing Reef Encounter
  • Private guided in-water tours – Tailored specifically to your ability and comfort level to ensure you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard!
  • Superior Comfort – See “Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation” below
  • VIP Meals – See “Top Deck Club Dining” below
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at their offices in the Cairns City
  • Daily transfers to the liveaboard vessel via a fast catamaran boat mean you can depart for your Top Deck Club liveaboard tour on a date that suits you – and stay as long as you desire. (Scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter transfers to or from your liveaboard tour are an optional extra).

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Superior comfort – Stay in the best Top Deck Club cabins on the boat and relax with late check-out times
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views
  • Crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries provided
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy an evening turn-down service for your cabin
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets
  • Reef Encounter is one of the few Great Barrier Reef liveaboards with ensuite facilities. All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower
  • Double bed or twin-single bed cabins available

Top Deck Club Dining

  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by the onboard Chef for each night of your stay. 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 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 facility available at their offices in the 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

Important Information for Scuba Divers

  • This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities during your Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour
  • Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef liveaboard boats 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
  • To avoid disappointment on your liveaboard tour – we strongly recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour
  • We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.
  • Alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form 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. 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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