Reef Encounter – Your Ultimate Dive Adventure on the Great Barrier Reef Accommodations

Reef Encounter Liveaboard Diving Great Barrier Reef Trips

Embark on the ultimate diving adventure with Reef Encounter on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef system. Dive into the stunning coral formations and vibrant marine life that make this natural wonder a bucket-list destination for divers worldwide.

Enjoy Stunning Views of the Great Barrier Reef from Reef Encounter's Large Sundeck

Our diving packages offer the following:

  • Multiple dives at the Great Barrier Reef’s most breathtaking sites,
  • Comfortable accommodations in air-conditioned cabins with ensuite bathrooms and stunning ocean views.
  • Delicious meals are served throughout the day, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, to keep you fueled for your underwater adventures.
  • Full access to top-of-the-line diving and snorkelling equipment ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for all divers.

Reef Encounter, a family-owned and operated liveaboard, is dedicated to sharing the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with visitors from around the globe. Our passionate crew is committed to providing exceptional service and creating unforgettable memories for every guest.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, there’s a package to suit your needs. Explore shallow coral gardens, deep drop-offs, and diverse marine habitats under the expert guidance of our team.

How to get to Reef Encounter

In addition to diving, Reef Encounter offers a range of activities, including snorkelling, guided reef tours, and scenic helicopter flights. With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter, getting to the reef has never been easier.

Book your Reef Encounter adventure today and discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef like never before!

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Boarding at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure to our liveaboard vessel.

Onboard Check-in time: 10:00 am Check-Out time: 8:00 am

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7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty “A” Finger, Cairns

8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty Marine Biologist Presentation Scuba Dive and Snorkel briefing

9:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter

10:30 am Snorkel Session: Relax on a deck chair

Noon Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation time

3:00 pm Cruise to our following Outer Great Barrier Reef Location

3:30 pm Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Session – Relaxation Time

7:30 pm Night scuba diving, Relaxation time, Stargazing, board games or movies


6:30 am Early Morning Scuba Diving or Snorkelling Session

7:30 am Breakfast

8:00 am Cruise to the following Outer Great Barrier Reef location:

8:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

10:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

Noon Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm Snorkel Session, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Sunbake, Relax

3:00 pm Transfer from Reef Encounter to Reef Experience: Wine, Cheese and Tropical Fruit on the Return Journey

4:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina in Cairns. Itineraries can change slightly due to different seasons.

Reef Encounter packages



Nothing compares with how amazing it is to stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

While you are on board, there will be plenty of opportunities to Snorkel and scuba dive with brightly coloured fish and coral.

At night, take in the stars from the top deck or our onboard heated hot tub.


Included in Reef Encounter Stateroom packages

  • Great Barrier Reef accommodation with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Snorkelling or scuba diving, depending on which you select upon booking.
  • Delicious  fresh meals
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Breakfast and lunch is served in a buffet format. Dinner is plated. Fruit is available throughout the day, along with tea and coffee.
  • All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking.

Optional Extras

  • Barista Coffee
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrox
  • Tshirts and hats
  • Snacks
  • Photos
  • Wetsuit hire (Please note stinger suits are provided during wet season/summer from November to May)

What to bring

What to bring

  • Hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • light jacket
  • socks
  • Camera
  • Travel Voucher
  • Certification card and logbook for certified divers
  • Cash or credit card for onboard extras

Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.

How to get there

Getting to Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is always on the Great Barrier Reef.

By Boat (included in tariff)

Our sister vessel Reef Experience operates daily transfers meeting up with Reef Encounter.

Boarding starts at 7:30 am on Finger A on the Marlin Jetty, Cairns.

Reef Experience will bring you back to the same destination around 4:30 pm on your final day.

Helicopter Transfers (optional extra)

Reef Encounter has a helipad on board for guests looking at adding some magic to their stay. You may choose to take a spectacular scenic flight.

Important Information

Cabin Share Advisory: Please note that the allocation of same-gender cabin shares in twin-share cabins cannot be guaranteed.

Important Information for Scuba Divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record. Therefore you must understand Queensland’s scuba diving laws. Great Barrier Reef liveaboard boats are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.

Please complete our dive medical questionnaire, as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving. A certificate from your doctor stating that you are “Fit to Scuba Dive” may be required.

Flying after Scuba Diving

Plan your travel itinerary. On the final day of your Reef Encounter stay, your last dive will be completed by 1 pm.

Do not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after scuba diving for a single no decompression scuba dive. You should not fly for 24 hours after your last scuba diving in multiple dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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