Reef Encounter Top Deck - 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

Starting from: $AU1,235.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Top Deck (VIP) – 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites a day
  • Day of departure: Daily
  • Tour duration: 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Vessel type and size: Motor catamaram / 35 meters with 3 levels
  • Free glass bottom boat tour

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3 Day / 2 Night Top Deck with Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is a floating resort that offers overnight accommodation on the reef and also scuba diving and snorkeling. This is a great tour for families, couples and backpackers.

Reef Encounter departs daily from Cairns boarding at 7:30am on their day trip vessel called Reef Experience. Reef Experience transfers all guests directly to Reef Encounter, this way allowing greater flexibility to all visitors with their travel plans being able to start their reef cruise and holiday at any day of the week.

On Reef Encounter visitors are surrounded by crystal clear waters in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Their liveaboard accommodates 42 passengers into double, twin or multi-share ensuite staterooms. Once on the vessel guests can organise several scuba dives available daily and also snorkel for as long as they like.

p]Helicopter Transfer: Reef Encounter is the only vessel on the Great Barrier Reef with an onboard helipad. To avoid the 1 hour and 30 minutes cruise to the outer reef guests can get to the liveaboard by helicopter. One way or both ways are available. This is the ultimate experience and also the best way to see the reef, from the top. From the helicopter travellers get too see many different reef locations, islands, sand cays and also hopefully marine life such as see turtles, stingrays and whales.

Top Deck:

The Top Deck is perfect for people who wishes to experience the Great Barrier Reef in style. Guests have a dedicated personal valet during their whole stay including a personal snorkel and dive guide. This is a personalised and specialised services which provide great level of customer care.

Top Deck guests have the best rooms on the boat with spacious en-suite cabins with ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries. Champagne and a fruit platter will await them upon arrival. If guests plan to get in the water they can have their complimentary champagne in the evening instead.

At the Top Deck guests are served a deluxe three course evening meal freshly prepared by the onboard Chef each night. The breakfast can be served in the suite and the menu options are an Australian continental breakfast or a cooked breakfast chosen by the guest. If clients choose to join other guests in the dining salon the breakfast will be a delicious buffet style. At dinner time the dining experience can be under the stars, or also in the spacious dining saloon with the other guests. Complimentary sunset cocktails are also included.

What's included in the main price

  • 2 day 1 night VIP treatment on a luxuary 35 meteres catamaran
  • Luxury Stateroom accommodation with private bathroom
  • Onboard chef preparing quality meals fresh daily
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Romantic dinners under the stars (weather permitting)
  • Personal Great Barrier Reef Snorkel available at all times
  • All diving equipment (BCD, regulator, dive computer, mask, fins & instruction)
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Reef video presentation
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • Modern ocean-view rooms
  • Large air-conditioned dining area, bar and lounge
  • Onboard heated spa
  • Sun deck and sun lounges
  • Introductory dive (up to 8 day dives)
  • Certified dive (up to 8 day dives + 2 night dive)
  • Professional underwater photographs
  • Underwater digital camera hire ($49)
  • Prescription masks if required ($10.00)
  • Hotel coach transfers
  • Helicopter transfers from / to the Reef

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:15 - 07:50 Check-in at the Reef Experience vessel located at A finger, Cairns Marina
08:00 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes direct from Cairns to the Reef Encounter vessel
09:30 Boat arrives at Reef Encounter
Enjoy the day snorkelling and diving the reef
19:30 Night dive for certified divers
DAY 2
Enjoy all day snorkelling and diving the reef
06:00 Wake up for a morning snorkel or dive
Enjoy the day snorkelling and diving the reef
19:30 Night dive for certified divers
DAY 3
06:00 Wake up for a morning snorkel or dive
Enjoy the day snorkelling and diving the reef
15:00 Boat departs the reef on Reef Experience
16:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Small bag only to bring onboard
  • Beach clothes & accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to boat departure
  • Dive card & log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2018 - 2019 Rates Dates: 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 Action
Double Cabin (Snorkellers) $1,235.00 per adult
$1,235.00 per child
Twin Cabin (Snorkellers) $1,235.00 per adult
$1,235.00 per child
Sole Occupancy (Snorkellers) $1,895.00 per adult
$1,895.00 per child
Double Cabin (Certified Divers - 8 Day Dives + 2 Night Dives) $1,395.00 per adult
$1,395.00 per child
Twin Cabin (Certified Divers- 8 Day Dives + 2 Night Dives) $1,395.00 per adult
$1,395.00 per child
Sole Occupancy (Certified Divers - 8 Day Dives + 2 Night Dives) $2,055.00 per adult
$2,055.00 per child
Double Cabin (Introductory Divers - 8 Day Dives) $1,630.00 per adult
$1,630.00 per child
Twin Cabin (Introductory Divers - 8 Day Dives) $1,630.00 per adult
$1,630.00 per child
Sole Occupancy (Introductory Divers - 8 Day Dives) $2,290.00 per adult
$2,290.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $10.00 per day is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

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2 Day / 1 Outer Reef Liveaboard

Reef Encounter is a floating resort vessel that stays 24 / 7 on the outer reef. They are an excellent alternative for travellers who look to spend a lot of time on the reef with VIP care and treatment.

  • Great for families & couples
  • Visit 2 outer reef sites daily
  • Guests can do up to 6 dives including a night dive

Reef Encounter – 3 Day / 2 Night Liveaboard

Reef Encounter is a floating resort and they offer scuba diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. With daily departures from Cairns by boat or helicopter guests can stay as many nights as they like in conformable staterooms all with ensuite, or upgrade to the luxurious Top Deck Club.

  • Up to 8 intro day dives
  • Up to 8 day cert dives + 2 night dive
  • Optional extra nights

3 Day / 2 Night Top Deck with Reef Encounter

This is a personalised and specialised services which provide great level of customer care. Top Deck guests have the best rooms on the boat with spacious en-suite cabins with ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries. Also guests have a dedicated personal valet during their whole stay.

  • Up to 8 intro day dives
  • Up to 8 day cert dives + 2 night dive
  • Dedicated personal valet

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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