Top Deck Club Liveaboard – Great Barrier Reef floating hotel

This Top Deck Club liveaboard provides an unforgettable overnight experience on the Great Barrier Reef.

This tour is the ultimate way to celebrate a special occasion.

Top Deck Club

Your VIP journey starts as soon as you board the transfer vessel. You will meet your assigned valet/personal guide for your stay.

When boarding the transfer vessel, guests are greeted by the friendly crew and invited to share delicious local fruit platters and breakfast.

Then sit back and relax on our 90-minute boat transfer to the Outer Barrier Reef.

Then our crew will welcome you onboard Reef Encounter for your stay on the Great Barrier Reef.

Top Deck Club Accommodation

The staterooms with ensuite are spacious and air-conditioned, with ample space for clothes and luggage.

The staterooms also offer special touches such as crisp bed linen and down pillows: soft fluffy robes, bath sheets, and Australian beauty products.

The magic begins each day when the Great Barrier Reef awakens. Start your day with an early morning dive or a revitalizing swim.

Then relax on a deck chair or in the air-conditioned saloon.

Enjoy majestic sunsets that fill the sky with a stunning golden glaze.

Next, a romantic evening under the stars in paradise awaits, and the thrill of night diving for scuba divers.

Delicious meals

Onboard our chef prepares delicious meals.   Allowing our chef to provide culinary delights with local Australian ingredients. Breakfast and lunch are served in a buffet format (or ask for breakfast in bed, a Top Deck Club exclusive!). Dinner is plated.

A licensed bar onboard includes a fine selection of Australian wines and beers.

This vessel is a 35-metre catamaran designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.  Reef Encounter features spacious decks and roomy dining and recreation areas.

Transfers to Reef Encounter are available by a 90-minute boat ride on Reef Experience from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef.

All Top Deck Club liveaboard guests enjoy a late checkout before returning to Cairns.

Free luggage storage is available at our office in Cairns City.

Under the Water

Under the water, where the real magic is, the Great Barrier Reef will take your breath away with more colours than you knew existed.   Brightly coloured fish dart amongst the coral gardens and green sea turtles cruise along the Great Barrier Reef.   Your Top Deck Club guide knows our Reef locations well and will be able to point out amazing things.

Further down the coral Reef walls, keep your eye out for Reef sharks and rays.

Every water session is different and spectacular. There is so much to see and explore.

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Facilities Onboard our Top Deck Club liveaboard

  • 35-metre catamaran hotel designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Hot tub at the bow of the vessel.
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licensed bar and barista coffee
  • Large, easy-access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral Reef.
  • Spacious staterooms
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • Staterooms have Australian power outlets.
  • Double and twin-single staterooms.

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is based on a 3-day /2-night stay with Reef Encounter

First Day

Arrive

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night

7:30am
Board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter

9:30am
Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your 'Welcome & Safety Talk' before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

10:30am
 Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13.00
Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

13.30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Full Day

On the Reef

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Last Day

Return

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Room Checkout

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

14:45
Departing passengers board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served on the return journey

15:00 

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

*Please note, this itinerary does not apply to 'Great Barrier Reef Deal' bookings.

*Stateroom Check-In time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 8.00am on the morning of departure (access to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with all other boat facilities)

*Top Deck Club Check-in time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 2.00pm on the day of departure>

*This itinerary may vary due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Top Deck Club Liveaboard Accommodations

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5 Reviews for “Top Deck Club Liveaboard”

  1. JenJF5678
    5

    ***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!

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  2. Joe F
    5

    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!

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  3. Erin
    5

    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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  4. Jennifer
    5

    Our top deck valet, Stephanie was exceptional! Endlessly enthusiastic and passionate about the reef and its critters, she was constantly attentive on the boat. We plan to adopt her because we have been so spoilt. The meals were excellent and clearly superior to a different liveaboard we had been on previously. Crew were brilliant. It was an amazing experience.

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  5. Alannah Fleming
    5

    I booked because I loved the option to scuba-dive and had great reviews online! Crew are amazing! Fun and so good at what they do, made it the best experience! They're really supportive, helpful and fun. They made me feel so comfortable and cared for. Thank you for such an epic experience I had a blast. P.S. Compliments to the chef, food was amazing!!!

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