Reef Encounter Cairns Liveaboard Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

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  • 2Day1Night
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1Night Double/Twin Room (Snorkeling) Per Person
1Night Double/Twin Room (Cert Diver) Per Person
1Night Double/Twin Room (Intro Diver) Per Person
1Night Single Room (Snorkeling) Per Person
1Night Single Room (Cert Diver) Per Person
1Night Single Room (Intro Diver) Per Person
2Night Double/Twin Room (Snorkeling) Per Person
2Night Double/Twin Room (Cert Diver) Per Person
2Night Double/Twin Room (Intro Diver) Per Person
2Night Single Room (Snorkeling)
2Night Single Room (Cert Diver)
2Night Single Room (Intro Diver)
Additional Night include 3 day-dives & 1 night-dive *Certified Diver
Upgrade to Top Deck Club - Deluxe Suite (Double Room) for 2D1N (Additional per guest)
Upgrade to Top Deck Club - Deluxe Suite (Double Room) for 3D2N (Additional per guest)
One way Helicopter Transfer (25-minute scenic flight) Minimum 2 persons required

Tour Information

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Cairns Liveaboard Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef

Come and explore the outer Reef with Us! Go snorkelling, scuba diving, learn to dive or relax on your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard Stateroom Liveaboard, Cairns, Queensland

Cairns' #1 rated liveaboard. Unbeatable on service and value! Come snorkeling, scuba diving or do some diving lessons on the Reef.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the World.
Live and sleep on the Reef to experience it at its best – both day and night!

The overnight luxury experience on the Great Barrier Reef cruise offers the following package options:

  1. Snorkeling Package: Unlimited snorkeling + daily three meals included.
  2. Introductory Diving Package: Unlimited snorkeling + daily three meals included + 4 dives (3-day, 2-night package includes 7 dives).
  3. Certified Diving Package: Unlimited snorkeling + daily three meals included + 4 dives + 1 night dive (3-day, 2-night package includes 7 dives + 2 night dives).

Please note that all packages include daily meals and provide different numbers of snorkeling and diving experiences. The specific itinerary and pricing may vary depending on the chosen cruise and package. It is recommended to contact the Great Barrier Reef cruise provider directly for detailed package information, pricing, and booking details.

Stay as many nights as you like. Staterooms are large and have either one double bed or two single beds. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and have stunning ocean views, as well as en-suite toilet and shower facilities and Australian power outlets. Towels and toiletries (soap and shampoo and conditioner) are included.

Enjoy resort level accommodation and amenities on a liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef.

Activities onboard include: snorkeling scuba diving diving lessons Delicious Food Enjoy your live-aboard stay with delicious Chef’s meals. Discover our VIP Top Deck Club package(Upgraded option) and have dinner under the stars and a personal valet.


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.


Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Seeing the magnificent underwater world with its marine life up close is an unforgettable experience. Corals are within arm’s reach at some reef sites at low tide. You will have several opportunities to explore the Outer Reef during your liveaboard. Floating over the corals will give you a spectacular view of the reefs, which are teeming with brightly coloured fish and coral. Our snorkel liveaboard tours offer up to five water sessions for every full day you stay. With plenty of time to snorkel, relax, try a glass-bottom boat tour and maybe even try a beginner’s Resort Scuba Dive – it’s up to you!

Certified Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter offers fantastic liveaboard scuba diving holidays to qualified divers, from newly certified divers to the most experienced scuba enthusiasts. Visit spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef locations over a range of the best Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. Reef Encounter is owned and operated by a local family of avid and passionate scuba divers. We take great pride in offering outstanding liveaboard scuba dive tours – let us show you the Great Barrier Reef! Anyone booking a trip which includes scuba diving must read our ‘SCUBA Divers Important Information’ Page
What is Certified Scuba Diving? Certified diving is for already qualified scuba divers who hold a minimum licence of ‘Open Water Diver level or higher. The Dive Supervisor will check your dive license at the start of your Reef Encounter tour. If you’re not already Open Water Certified or higher, check out our Resort Dive packages (no experience necessary) or become Certified with a Learn To Dive Course!
What are my tour options as a Certified Diver? Choose your accommodation type and how long you’d like to stay on the Great Barrier Reef, then add your dive package: – A Certified Diving Package Certified divers will be paired to dive together as buddies, following a site briefing of each dive site. If your travelling alone – you’re not alone! Many qualified divers travel solo onboard Reef Encounter. The Dive Supervisor on your trip will team you together with a suitable dive buddy – Certified Diving with a Guided Dive Package Where a crew member and you guide every dive, a crew member guides every dive, and you will be diving with other certified divers who also choose to go with the Guide.

Resort Intro Scuba Diving

Fantastic ‘no experience necessary’ scuba diving holidays for guests who do not hold a current scuba diving licence!
Resort scuba diving – also known as ‘introductory’ or ‘beginner’ scuba diving – is for guests who don’t hold a diving licence but wish to participate in fun scuba diving.
It’s a fun and safe activity, and no prior scuba diving experience is necessary. Whether it’s your very first time visiting the underwater world, or you’ve been scuba diving before – our professional Dive Instructors will guide you on fun and interactive tours around the pristine waters of the coral reef. Resort scuba diving may also be the right option for those with a scuba licence, but the scuba licence is not a full Open Water Dive Licence or higher and therefore cannot dive as a fully Certified Diver.
Can Anyone Try Scuba Diving? Most people can try scuba diving while on Reef Encounter. Age, medical and health restrictions apply for resort scuba diving in Australia – and are stricter than in many other countries. If you are thinking about trying a scuba dive, please check out our Can I go Diving? Questionnaire to ensure that you are fit to dive according to Australia’s regulations for diving. The minimum age for participating in a resort dive is 12 years old. The is currently no maximum age limit. However, scuba diving is a potentially strenuous activity and should be undertaken by fit and active people of all ages.

How many are scuba dives included with a resort dive package?

Duration of Stay Number of Scuba Dives Included
2 days, 1 night 5:   Up to 5 daytime scuba dives
3 days, 2 nights 8:   Up to 8 daytime scuba dives
4 days, 3 nights 11: Up to 11 daytime scuba dives
Each additional night 3:   Up to 3 additional daytime scuba dives

(Resort night-time scuba diving can be booked on board the boat, at an additional cost)

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Departure to the Great Barrier Reef / Enjoy the Diving Adventure

07:30 am - Check-in at Marlin Marina "A" Finger, Berth 8 for the Reef Experience vessel. Breakfast will be provided on board the transfer boat.
08:00 am - Depart from Cairns Marina. On the way to the reef, a marine biologist will provide an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, as well as a briefing on scuba diving and snorkeling.
09:30 am - Arrive at the outer reef dive site and transfer to the Reef Experience vessel.
10:30 am - Open snorkeling session or relax on the deck for sunbathing.
12:00 pm - Lunch time.
1:30 pm - Snorkeling session or relax on the deck for sunbathing.
3:00 pm - Move to the next outer reef location.
3:30 pm - Open scuba diving and snorkeling session or relax on the deck for sunbathing.
5:30 pm - Enjoy the sunset with a complimentary special cocktail. 6:30 pm - Dinner time under the starry sky (weather permitting).
7:30 pm - Open night scuba diving session. Relax and enjoy stargazing, board games, or a movie.

Day 2: Enjoy a Full Day of Great Barrier Reef Ecological Fun

06:30 am - Open morning scuba diving or snorkeling session.
07:30 am - Breakfast will be served in your suite.
08:00 am - Move to the next outer reef site.
08:30 am - Scuba diving or snorkeling session.
10:30 am - Scuba diving or snorkeling session.
12:00 pm - Lunchtime.
1:30 pm - Final snorkeling session or enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride or soak up the sun on the Great Barrier Reef.

*Afternoon Snorkeling or Diving (3D2N Guest)  /  Transfer back to Cairns (2D1N Cruise guest)
For the 2D1N Guest : 3:00 pm - Transfer from Reef Encounter vessel to Reef Experience vessel. Wine, cheese, and tropical fruit platter will be provided during the return journey. 4:30 pm - Estimated arrival at Cairns Marina (arrival time may vary depending on the season).

Day 3: Enjoy the Reef Adventure / Return to Cairns

06:30 am - Open morning scuba diving or snorkeling session.
07:30 am - Breakfast will be served in your suite.
08:00 am - Move to the next outer reef site.
08:30 am - Open scuba diving or snorkeling session.
10:30 am - Open scuba diving or snorkeling session.
12:00 pm - Lunchtime.
1:30 pm - Final snorkeling session or enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride or soak up the sun on the Great Barrier Reef.
3:00 pm - Transfer from Reef Encounter vessel to Reef Experience vessel. Wine, cheese, and tropical fruit platter will be provided during the return journey.
4:30 pm - Estimated arrival at Cairns Marina (arrival time may vary depending on the season).

Effective April 1st, 2024.Certified divers have expressed a desire for longer dive times, while introductory divers have indicated a preference for more time or the option of snorkeling after a dive. Removing one water session from our day will enable us to enhance the guest experience in several ways. Certified divers will now enjoy 50-minute dives instead of the previous 40-minute duration for the 6:30am and 10:30am water sessions. Additionally, guests booking the introductory dive package will have the opportunity to go snorkeling upon returning from the morning dives. This adjustment will also provide snorkelers with more time in the water during the 6:30am and 10:30am sessions. Furthermore, starting April 1st, we will be discontinuing Night Introductory Diving. This decision prioritizes the safety of our guests, considering the evolving regulations and guidelines. However, I want to assure you that we will absolutely be continuing Night Diving for Certified Divers as normal.🌙✨

Tour Inclusions

  • 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.
  • Ocean-view suite for overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef (Basic price with the option of 1 king bed or 2 twin beds), featuring a private ensuite bathroom.
  • All suites come with individual ensuite bathrooms, Towels and toiletries (soap and shampoo) are provided, All suites are equipped with Australian standard 220V~240V three-phase power outlets
  • Provision of the latest snorkeling and scuba diving equipment (additional fee may apply for scuba diving wetsuit Hire).
  • Dive Package Available
  • Night Dive opportunity available for Certified Diver
  • Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages upgraded Option*

Tour Exclusions

  • Barista Coffee, Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Snacks (Extra Cost payable on board )
  • Nitrox (Upgrade Cost payable on board )
  • Souvenir Photos, Tshirts and hats ( Payable on board )
  • Marine Levy: A daily fee of $15 per person must be paid on board. For a 2-day trip, the levy is $30 per person, for a 3-day trip, the levy is $45 per person, for a 4-day trip, the levy is $60 per person, and so on.
  • Guided diving fee for cert divers : The guided diving fee is $15 per dive and can be prepaid as an add-on or pay on board.
  • Thermal suit: The thermal suit is not included in the itinerary cost. It is available at a cost of $5 per day. Please note that this is optional as Cairns has a warm tropical climate.
  • Round-trip transfers (Hotel to Marina): Advanced reservations can be made for round-trip transfers Return $20/ Northern Beach Transfer $35 . Please pay the driver on-site.
  • $100 A surcharge of $100 per person per trip if any date falls within travel from the:
    23/12/2024 to 01/01/2025 - Christmas

    18/04/2024 to 22/04/2024 - EasterPeak season and public holiday surcharge: An additional surcharge of $100 per person per trip applies if any date falls within the following travel periods: (Pay on Board)


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.
Hotel Transfer from Cairns City is available would be $20 as Return coach transfer fee.
Reef Experience will bring you back to the same destination between 4 and 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.


  • All rates are in AUD, include GST & are valid until 31st march 2024.
  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.
  • Pricing is per person for double occupancy (additional surcharge applies for single occupancy).
  • 3rd Child under 11 yrs old can arrange extra Rollaway Bed staying in the same room , extra Child price same as Adult.
  • Accommodation on board : Check-In: 10:00 am / Check-Out: 8:00 am
  • If two people book together, they will automatically be arranged to share the same room. Please specify the bed type preference (1 double bed or 2 twin beds) at the time of booking; otherwise, it will be default to 2 twin beds. For solo travelers, room-sharing with a stranger on the board will be arranged (not guaranteed, please wait for the reservation confirmation)
  • When placing the order, please provide the following information for each traveler: Full English name, gender, bed type preference, and any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, no beef/pork, allergies, etc.)
  • Not sure if Scuba Diving is for You? If you’re unsure whether you would like to go scuba diving during your stay with Reef Encounter, please book one of our snorkel packages and then try our free scuba dive demonstration onboard and see if you are comfortable underwater.*
    If you are, you can upgrade to one of our resort dive packages.
    On Reef Encounter, it’s all about you – finding the best way for you to experience the Great Barrier Reef is what we’re all about!
  • Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather conditions and other factors. Enjoy your day exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Upgrade : Top Deck Club Liveaboard :Experience the best luxurious liveaboard accommodation and fantastic service on the Great Barrier Reef. Make Your liveaboard trip the best it can be.
    Great Barrier Reef liveaboard with an extra touch of luxury ! The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is on our Top Deck Club liveaboard. From the start of your liveaboard adventure to the moment you step off the boat.The Top Deck Club ensures a relaxing Reef liveaboard vacation with excellent service styled your way!
    - Excellent service : Our Top Deck liveaboard is designed for people who want to enjoy the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style! It’s a trip tailored to your personal needs, much like ‘first-class’ on an airline, so everyone’s Top Deck experience will be exceptional.
    The Top Deck package includes many additional luxuries, such as a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times, and deluxe three-course evening meals, in addition to an unmatched level of customer service.
    - A personal valet:Whether it’s a private scuba/snorkel tour with a professional in-water guide. In addition to a wealth of knowledge about marine life. Your personal crew member ensures that your vacation runs as smoothly as possible.From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can rest assured that all of your needs will be met.
    - Gourmet Meals:Each night of your stay, a deluxe three-course evening meal will be freshly prepared by our onboard Chef*.You can dine privately under the stars or with the other guests in the spacious dining saloon.
    - Sunset cocktails: Enjoy a continental or cooked breakfast prepared to your specifications, or join the other guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
    *Our chef will accommodate all dietary needs of our guests. Please let our helpful staff know if you have any special requests when making your reservation.

Luggage Requirements & What to Bring

  • Please bring with you only a small to medium overnight bag with personal items: Casual clothes, personal toiletries, sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, medication if needed, jumper/pullover/cardigan as evenings can be cool etc.
  • For large luggage pieces that are not required at the reef, we offer a free luggage storage facility at Reef Encounter’s office in the city – 100 Abbott Street, Cairns, Qld 4870. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Cairns Marina from our offices. Office opening times are from 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week. If you have selected a bus pick-up option on the morning of your tour, you may leave any large items with the bus driver who will deliver them to our office storage facility
  • For safety reasons, Reef Encounter has a ‘no shoe’ policy. There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes – socks are great
  • Personal dive/snorkel equipment if you would prefer to use your own. While equipment hire is included in your booking, you are welcome to bring any personal dive/snorkel items if you wish to. (Optional extras for hire are wetsuits and prescription lens masks)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Proof of certification if you are a Certified Scuba Diver (must be equivalent of Open Water Level or above) – this will be checked by the Dive Supervisor at the start of your trip. All persons intending to scuba dive should read the Scuba Divers Important information page.Read More
  • Dive medical if you are intending to Scuba Dive and require one to comply with Australian Dive Regulations – See our SCUBA Divers Important Information page to avoid disappointment on your trip.

IMPORTANT – dive medicals will only be accepted if they are conducted using the Australian Medical Examination Form AS4005.1and clearly state this on the medical Certificate that you provide the Dive Supervisor onboard Reef Encounter

Cancellation Policy

25% surcharge if change or cancel after order is placed. No refund if cancel within 30days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.
If your order only pays the deposit of a product: a, if the product has available seats on the departure date and price and contents are the same as the order you placed, the booking would be confirmed by us without additional notification to you, and the deposit is not refundable. b, if the product has no available seats or price or contents are not the same, we might provide alternative options. If you do not agree with the options, the deposit is refundable.


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