Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard and Rainforest

It all Starts in Cairns! Home to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the oldest living Rainforest in the World the “Daintree Rainforest”. Here, you can experience two World Heritage Sites with this Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard & Daintree Rainforest package.

Decide how long you would like to stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on board “Reef Encounter” and spend 1 day discovering the splendour of the Daintree Rainforest and it’s headlands “Cape Tribulation”.

Great Barrier Reef Stay

Reef Encounter offers guests an outstanding opportunity to stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is for anyone who wishes to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Whether it be to snorkel with plenty of time to enjoy the beauty, uniqueness and the quality of the reef and marine life, or for the keen diver who want to explore everything under the water! Even for those who simply want to relax and enjoy the sunsets over one of the 10 natural wonders of the world.

Reef Encounter offers all the luxury facilities of a reef resort while floating on the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef – making it one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia.

Tour Inclusions

  • Double or Twin Stateroom with Private Bathroom
  • Choose one of our reef packages snorkeling, scuba diving or learn to scuba dive course
  • Reef  Briefings
  • On-board Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo, Water and fresh fruit
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving equipment (except wetsuits)
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area,
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras  $49.00
  • Wetsuit $5.00 Per day
  • Soft drinks,
  • snacks from the bar etc
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO – Reef Encounter is a licenced Vessel

Reef Encounter Itinerary


Day One

7:30 am Breakfast on board Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty, Cairns
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty
Marine Biologist Presentation
Scuba Dive Snorkel briefing
10:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
12:00 pm Lunch
Scuba Dive Snorkel Sun bake and relaxation time
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
Scuba Dive, Snorkel, Sun bake, and relaxation time
Glass bottom boat tour
6:00 pm Dinner & Dessert
7:30 pm Night scuba dive, relaxation time, stargazing, board games or a movie

full days for people staying 3+ days

 if you are staying longer than 2 days this itinerary repeats
6:30 am Dive
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
2:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30 pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Night Scuba Dive
Relaxation time, star watching, board games, movies

Final Day

6:30 am  Scuba Dive or snorkel
7.30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Check out of Cabin- Store luggage in your transfer room
8:30 am Scuba dive or snorkel
10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Diving,
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Transfer To Reef Experience
Cruise tour to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
1:45 pm Snorkel, Sun bake, Relax
3:30 pm Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
4:30 pm Arrive Cairns

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina is by our Day Boat Reef Experience with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter
  • Departs every day of the year
  • Cabins on board Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin share (2 Single Beds). When booking please advise your rooming preference. (We will do our best to accommodate you rooming preference).
  • Please advise when booking your Accommodation details for pick-up arrangements for the Daintree Sector of this package.
  • Accommodation is not included on the night of when you arrive back into Cairns from Reef Encounter
  • Please advise any Dietary requirements

What to Bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day, it can become quite cool in the evenings, therefor a light pullover, cardigan will be useful. 

Please Note: Accommodation is not included between tours

Daintree Rainforest Tour Description

On this day, you will be heading to the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. Discover magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretching from the sugar town of Mossman to the Bloomfield River and all within 3 hours from Cairns.

Your journey to the rainforest begins…

You will travel from Cairns to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. You will pass through beautiful Palm Cove and continue your journey north to the seaside village of Port Douglas, where you will enjoy a stop at flagstaff hill lookout, overlooking four-mile beach and the historical St Mary’s by the Sea.

Mossman Gorge

On the road again to the southern edge of the Daintree National Park – the magical “Mossman Gorge” is surrounded by lush rainforest, where the clear mountain river cuts through thick Rainforest and tumbles over boulders on its journey to the sea. Enjoy a morning tea of bush scones then a guided walk in dense tropical Rainforest.

As you head further north towards the Daintree, you will stop at a Tea House for a delicious lunch in a setting unlike any other. After Lunch you will join a small and personalised tour on the Daintree River, taking you through the domain of the native Estuarine crocodile. Look for pythons, tree snakes, butterflies, kingfishers and other  birds & wildlife on this cruise.

Spot Crocodiles in their natural habitat!

After your wildlife spotting cruise, you will cross the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry. You are now entering the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree national park! This is where it all begins to change. You will feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads. Here, you will enjoy a stop at Alexandra lookout where you will have to opportunity for some stunning photographs on the way to Cape Tribulation.

Arrive at Cape Tribulation

Next, you will continue your journey towards Cape Tribulation. Your experienced local naturalist will take you on guided walks through the Daintree rainforest and help you discover the spectacular Bio diversity of the oldest living rainforest in the world. Furthermore, you will also stop at Kulki lookout and Cape Tribulation Beach – where the rainforest meets the reef.

Daintree Rainforest Tour Highlights

  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking four mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits)
  •  A delicious lunch, tropical fruit tasting
  • Morning Tea
  • Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  •  World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks- Rainforest Boardwalks in a unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  •  Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and popular local stop (own expense)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

  • Small group, offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Air Conditioned comfortable late models vehicles
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Ferry
  • Morning Tea & Lunch
  • National Park Fees & Permits
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Interpretation: friendly, knowledgeable Naturalist/Eco/World Heritage accredited guides

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat,
  • sunscreen,
  • sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash for optional purchases
  • Water & Water Bottle
  •  Insect Repellent
  • Rain coat/Umbrella if looks like rain
*Please note, itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforeseen issues
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