Cairns liveaboard because One day on the Great Barrier Reef is never enough

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef

2 day Liveaboard tours are a great way to explore the Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter is Australia’s only floating boutique hotel, situated on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience

Our 2 day liveaboard lets you enjoy the sunset, snorkeling and scuba dive with time to really to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the  Great Barrier Reef’s coral and marine life.

Our Great Barrier Reef liveaboard includes delicious chef prepared meals, twin or double stateroom accommodation all with private ensuite bathrooms and large windows over looking the reef.

Reef Encounter is permanently positioned on the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Trips depart daily from Cairns Marlin Jetty, via our transfer vessel Reef Experience or via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight.

At last a liveaboard that caters for everyone, from snorkelers to advanced scuba divers, your Great Barrier Reef Encounter can be as laid back or full on as you desire.








High Speed transfers

Transfers to Reef Encounter are available by a 90 minute fast catamaran reef Cruise on Reef Experience  from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef – a service that no other vessel can provide!

Helicopter upgrade available!

See the reef from every angle


Customer comments

“Quite simply the best boat on the reef!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago NEW

Initially booked for 1 night only but extended as soon as we got on the boat. It had recently been refurbished and was in great condition. All the diving equipment was new and the fit out of the boat was great. The food was excellent and the crew worked tirelessly to make the stay amazing and also safe. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a trip on the GBR.

“Amazing stay!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago NEW

I go to Australia every year and have been doing this for the last 5 years. This year I decided to get my open water scuba diving license and went to Reef Encounter from December 30 to January 1. What an amazing experience. The staff was nice, friendly and polite. The instructors are really experienced and inspire confidence. The food was great and the places we visited in the Great Barrier Reef were absolutely amazing. I will for sure go back and I am already telling my friends who are traveling I Australia to pay a visit to these guys. Book it, you won’t be disappointed!


Day One

Board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter

Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your ‘Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

Lunch is served in the dining saloon

Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Dinner is served in the dining saloon

Night Dive Briefings

Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Desert is served in the dining saloon

Day Two (2)

Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

Lunch is served in the dining saloon

Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

Departing passengers board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served before the return journey

Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina