Reef Encounter stateroom Australia’s Best Liveaboard  Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter, a floating hotel surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.  This is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia.

Our floating hotel is always situated on the Great Barrier Reef  Daily transfers are operated by our sister boat Reef Experience, allowing guests the freedom to start their trip on the day that suits them and stay for as long as they like.

Also, helicopter transfers are an option landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s onboard helipad.

Consistently rated ‘number one scuba diving and snorkelling liveaboard by both industry professionals and independent reviewers such as Google Reviews,

Reef Encounter is large enough to provide all the cruise ship comforts yet small enough to access spectacular reef locations not accessible to other vessels.

Family owned and operated (and all scuba enthusiasts), it is our passion to deliver Australia’s best liveaboard.

We take extreme pride in our products, our boats, our crew and most importantly, our guests! We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable in service and value.

Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or choose to upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra bit of VIP luxury.

With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter, Reef Encounter is an excellent alternative to a resort based holiday.

Click ‘Book’ to select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling or enrol on a dive course.

  • The best crew on Australia’s best liveaboard.
  • The Reef Encounter team is the best in the business, winning personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry year after year.
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits are a small additional charge)
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals. A barbeque buffet breakfast is served on the outbound voyage.
  • On your return voyage back to Cairns, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter.
  • Free luggage storage facility available at their offices in the Cairns City
  • Daily transfers to the Reef Encounter are operated by our sister vessel Reef Experience allowing daily departures.
  • Helicopter Transfers

  • Scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter transfers to or from your liveaboard tour are an optional extra.

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)
  • Reef Encounter is one of few Great Barrier Reef liveaboards with ensuite facilities. All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower.

  • Check-in time: 10 am (approximately) Check-out time: 8 am (approximately)*
  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with spectacular ocean views
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter stateroom is one of the few Great Barrier Reef accommodation with ensuite facilities. All staterooms have their own en-suite toilet & shower.
  • Double bed or twin-single bed cabins available
  • *For late check-out times and to keep your own cabin until departure, please upgrade to our Top Deck Club


Sample Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is based on a 3 day, 2-night liveaboard stay. Any additional days will be additional ‘full days’.

*This itinerary may vary due to weather conditions, seasons and other circumstances

First Day – Arrive

Would you like to view our VIP Service for many added incisions and Great Barrier Reef luxuries? Click here to see our Top Deck Club.


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.



What’s Included in Reef Encounter Stateroom packages

Optional Extras

What to bring

What to bring

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.

Guests board Reef Experience on Finger A, Marlin Jetty, Cairns.  Boarding starts at 7:30 am.

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 her own helipad for guests looking at adding some magic to their stay you may choose to take a spectacular scenic flight.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Divers


100 Abbott StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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Reef Encounter Stateroom Accommodations

Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest

Reef Encounter double stateroom

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy


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