The Reef Encounter is a 35 metre catamaran located right along side the Great Barrier Reef. For a liveaboard adventure, the Reef Experience Cruise will take you at 7:30am from Marlin Jetty, Cairns to the Reef Encounter to enjoy your choice of a Snorkel or Dive Adventure or an Open Water Scuba Dive Course. You can choose to stay 2 days/1 night, 3 days/2 nights, 4 days/3 nights, or longer.

Instead of being transferred to the Reef Encounter with the Reef Experience, you can also choose to be transferred from Cairns or Port Douglas to the Reef Encounter via helicopter or seaplane.

  • Helicopter flights from Cairns or Port Douglas landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive Helipad.
  • Cairns Seaplanes operate daily with a half-day option as well as a daily transfer option for guests who wish to stay onboard.


  • 21 twin/double staterooms (all have private bathrooms).
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Fully Licensed Bar.
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Milo all day.
  • Dining Room – Chef prepared meals made fresh daily on board.
  • Heated Spa
  • Easy access to snorkelling / scuba dive platform.
  • Snorkel & Dive Equipment
  • Dive Tender vessels.
  • Spacious Sun Deck with sun lounges.
  • Glass Bottom Boat.
  • TV / Video Room.
  • Heli Pad.
  • Reef fishing is available – advanced bookings are essential.


These are modern staterooms with double or twin beds and plenty of storage, they all have an ensuite bathroom. All meals included.

Top Deck Club:
The Top Deck accommodations are deluxe staterooms on level 1 and these include; champagne on arrival, tropical breakfast served to your room daily, use of the exclusive private sun deck, complimentary sunset cocktail with the captain.


Introductory Divers:
You can try the 10 minute introductory dive, no experience needed, professional dive instructors.

Certified Divers:
Experienced divers will enter a wonderful world of colour and marine life. Divers will get the change to interact with Sea Turtles, the giant Maori Wrasse and many other creatures.

Learn to Dive – Scuba School:
Personalised Open Water Dive Course is great for beginners and experienced divers. The program offers over a period of 3 days / 2 nights 6 skilled sessions with 8 pleasure dives. There is no pool or classroom, learn by experience with a professional dive instructor and be certified in just 3 days.

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