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

Two 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, snorkelling and scuba dive with time to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of theĀ  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 overlooking the reef.

Reef Encounter is on the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Trips depart daily from Cairns Marlin Jetty via Reef Experience’s transfer vesselĀ or 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 by a 90-minute fast catamaran on Reef from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef.

scenic helicopter flights

Helicopter upgrade available!

See the reef from every angle.

If you would like to stay longer, see our 3-day tour information

Customer comments

“Quite simply the best boat on the reef!”

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

“Amazing stay!”
5 of 5 stars

I go to Australia every year and have been doing this for the last five 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 a fantastic experience. The staff was helpful, friendly and polite. The instructors are experienced and inspire confidence. The food was excellent, and the places we visited in the Great Barrier Reef were. I will, for sure, go back, and I am already telling my friends who are travelling in Australia to pay a visit to these guys. Book it; you won’t be disappointed!


Day One

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

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

10.30 am
Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch


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


Night Dive Briefings

Night dive commences for all those scuba diving


Day Two (2)

6.00 am
A wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30 am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30 am

8:30 am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30 am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time


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