Reef Encounter dive deck for scuba diving The Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter Overnight Great Barrier Reef

Introductory diving on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

Important Information

Departs Cairns Daily from The Reef Fleet Terminal
Check-in Time: 8:00 am
Check-out Time: 4:30 pm

Hotel Transfers

Transfers to and from Cairns accommodation and from the Northern Beaches, are available at an additional charge.

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Reef Encounter Overnight Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – live and sleep on the Reef, and see it at its best, day and night! Step aboard Reef Encounter a luxury 35 metre catamaran with spacious ensuite cabins, very comfortable dining, loungesaloon area, heated spa tub on deck and helipad for your Great Barrier Reef Experience. An excellent alternative to a resort based holiday, with daily departures from Cairns by fast catamaran or helicopter. Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms all with private bathrooms.

Accommodating only 42 guests, this truly is a boutique personalised Reef experience for everyone.

For those who have doubts regarding being able to snorkel or dive (swimming ability concerns, fear of water, wheelchair users or any reason that you may have for not being confident in the water) our friendly crew are very successful in assisting our passengers to enjoy these activities and in a lot of cases this is one of the greatest highlights in our client’s reef holiday experience.

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  • Snorkelling
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Free scuba diving lesson
  • Scuba diving
  • Night diving for beginners
  • Heated spa
  • Suindeck
  • Star gazing
  • Cruising
  • Scenic Flight

Boutique hotel accommodation

Spoil yourself with the holiday of a lifetime, play, stay and relax on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in luxurious comfort. Our modern staterooms all have ocean views and offer the convenience of private bathrooms. Our spacious and air-conditioned rooms have ample storage for clothes, luggage and facilities onboard are second to none.

Top Deck Club Escape

Whether you’re planning a romantic escape, honeymoon or anniversary our Top Deck Club V.I.P upgrade offers a relaxed ambience and provides the ultimate indulgence package on the Great Barrier Reef. Our ,odern staterooms offer luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillows adorn our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets. Australian beauty products are replentished daily, along with all the special inclusions of Top Deck Club.

Top Deck Club Inclusions:

  • Valet service
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Turn down service
  • Romantic dinners under the stars (weather permitting)
  • Personal snorkel/dive guide available

Your encounter includes:

  • Luxury accommodations (ensuite)
  • On-board Chef preparing quality meals fresh daily
  • Coffee,tea and fresh fruit
  • Scuba diving equipment inc. night dive torch (ex wet-suit) and demonstration
  • Snorkelling equipment (ex wet-suit) and instruction
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Reef video presentation
  • Free scuba lessons for snorkellers
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience.
The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef is to become one with the fish and enter the world of scuba diving. A spectacular world of colour and marine life, with gardens that bloom under the sea….experience it all at one of our exclusive sites.
  • Norman Reef
The very Outer Edge, 70 kilometers off Cairns, on the continental shelf. Incredible visibility, underwater canyons and night diving. Meet Frank the giant Wrasse.
  • Saxon Reef
Renowned for manta rays, schools of barracuda, turtles and a diversity of tropical fish. An underwater paradise.
  • Hasting Reef
 10 square kilometers of spectacular corals and exotic fish. Famous for tame reef sharks, giant wrasse, huge cod, inquisitive moray eels and giant clam gardens.
  • Breaking patches
Amongst forests of staghorn coral, black coral trees and sea fans, is a huge breeding ground for turtles where you will meet our little Rock Star ‘Tina Turtle’ and her friends.
  • Michaelmas Cay

An island (Sandy Cay) famous for its sea bird sanctuary. Clear calm and sheltered snorkelling and diving in a garden of corals.


  • Air-conditioning
  • Modern ocean-view rooms
  • Private bathrooms
  • Large dining area, bar and lounge
  • Onboard heated spa
  • Onboard water desalination plant
  • Hydraulic dive/snorkel platform
  • Helipad
  • Sundeck


Rates & Tariffs

2017/2018 Season – 1st Apr 2017 to 31st Mar 2018

2 Day / 1 Night Snorkel Multi Share $340.00 per person Book Now
3 Day / 2 Night Snorkel Multi Share $520.00 per person Book Now
2 Day / 1 Night Snorkel State Room $420.00 per person Book Now
3 Day / 2 Night Snorkel State Room $630.00 per person Book Now
2 Day / 1 Night Certified Diver Multi Share $435.00 per person Book Now
3 Day / 2 Night Certified Diver Multi Share $640.00 per person Book Now
2 Day / 1 Night Certified Diver State Room $515.00 per person Book Now
3 Day / 2 Night Certified Diver State Room $775.00 per person Book Now

* Child: aged 4-14years. *an additional $6.50 environmental per person is payable