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2 Day Reef Sleep Tours | From $ 450

Expires 31 Mar 2018

Sleep On The Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – live and sleep on the Reef and see it at its best, day and night making it one of the most unique holidays escapes in Australia.

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Sleep On The Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – live and sleep on the Reef and see it at its best, day and night making it one of the most unique holidays escapes in Australia.

Step aboard “Reef Encounter” a luxury 35 metre catamaran which cruises the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with spacious ensuite cabins, very comfortable dining, lounge/saloon area, large sundeck and heated outdoor spa.

Reef Encounter is for anyone who wishes to experience the Great Barrier Reef – whether it be to enjoy the sunset, sleep on the reef or snorkel, enjoying the amazing variety of coral and the profusion of marine life.

Transfer are available daily to Reef Encounter, via a 90-minute fast catamaran boat ride from Cairns.

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2 Day Liveaboard Snorkel | From $ 450

Expires 31 Mar 2018

Snorkel Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, spending 2 days snorkeling the crystal clear waters, coming face to face with magnificent marine life.

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Snorkel Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, spending 2 days snorkeling the crystal clear waters, coming face to face with magnificent marine life.

Reef Encounter offers something for everyone, whether it be to enjoy the sunset, sleep on the reef, snorkeling with time to really enjoy the unique beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life that lives there.

Our Liveaboard Snorkel tour can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even with limited swimming ability.

Time to snorkel! Reef Encounter has six water sessions a day so you can choose when you want to snorkel and when you want to relax or enjoy the other activities onboard.

Sunrise at the Reef One of the greatest attractions for choosing to sleep at the reef is the option to do a dawn snorkel. As in any eco system dusk and dawn are the busiest times of the day and many of the crew will tell you that it’s the best time to be in the water! Can you imagine a better way to begin your day than watching the sun come up over the ocean and going for a morning splash?

Experienced swimmer or snorkeler? Our crew will show you to the best patches of coral and can tell you where to find the marine marvels that call the reef their home.

Never snorkelled before? Need some assistance in the water? Our friendly and professional team are always ready to jump in and assist everybody to have fun and enjoy the magic that the reef has to offer, ensuring that you are comfortable with your equipment and introduce you to some of our friendly fish!

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2 Day Liveaboard Scuba Dive Tours | From $ 545

Expires 31 Mar 2018

Australia’s only floating luxury hotel, “Reef Encounter” offers luxury facilities of a Reef Resort while cruising the Pristine waters of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef making it one of the most unique holidays escapes in Australia.

The b... More
Australia’s only floating luxury hotel, “Reef Encounter” offers luxury facilities of a Reef Resort while cruising the Pristine waters of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef making it one of the most unique holidays escapes in Australia.

The beauty of the outer Great Barrier Reef is yours to explore on our 2 day liveaboard Certified Scuba Dive Adventure which includes 5 certified day dives and 1 certified night dive, and all scuba divers know, you can’t miss that night dive!

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Green Island Reef Cruise Full day | From $ 90

Expires 31 Mar 2018

Enjoy the beauty of a Green Island Reef Cruise. Surrounded by white sand beaches, tropical coral reefs and lush rainforest, Green Island is an idyllic cay located offshore from Cairns. Green Island offers activities to suit all abilities and is... More
Enjoy the beauty of a Green Island Reef Cruise. Surrounded by white sand beaches, tropical coral reefs and lush rainforest, Green Island is an idyllic cay located offshore from Cairns. Green Island offers activities to suit all abilities and is ideal for non-swimmers.

Your Full Day Island Reef Cruise Includes
Return cruise to Green Island
Up to 5 hours at Green Island (9 am departure) or 4 hours (11 am departure)
Choice of EITHER snorkelling equipment OR a glass bottom boat tour (option to do both at additional cost)
Reef presentation and Snorkel Tuition on outward journey
Island Rainforest Board walks -self guided
Use of vessel as an air-conditioned base throughout the day
Check-in is 45 minutes prior to departure at the Reef Fleet Terminal building, No 1 Spence Street Cairns

Optional Extras
Buffet Lunch
Semi-Submersible Tour
Scuba Diving – (book on island)
Helmet Diving – (book on island)
Flotation Vests & Lycra Suits
Scenic Helicopter Tour – subject to availability (book on island)
Scenic Seaplane Tour – subject to availability (book on island)
Coach Transfers from Cairns Business Area or Northern Beaches

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About Reef Encounter

Great Barrier Reef Floating Hotel

Great Barrier Reef Floating Hotel

Great Barrier Reef “Floating Hotel” Reef Encounter offers the best value live aboard dive and snorkel tours on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns.

Spoil yourself with the holiday of a lifetime, play, stay and relax on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world in luxurious comfort.  Our Modern staterooms are all located on levels 1 and 2 and all have ocean views along with the convenience of private bathrooms. Our spacious air conditioned rooms have ample storage for clothes; luggage and facilities on board are second to none.

Delicious gourmet meals are prepared on board by our chefs and served to your table

Large Lounge, Dining and fully licensed bar area enables you to relax and socialise with other guests after a perfect day aboard Reef Encounter

A fabulous sundeck and heated spa enable you to totally relax

An excellent alternative to a resort based holiday with daily departures from Cairns by either boat or Helicopter.

 

Staterooms Double or Twin

Staterooms Double or Twin

Onboard Heated Spa

Onboard Heated Spa

Inclusions

Reef Encounter packages include:-

  • Twin or Double stateroom with private bathroom,
  • Chef prepared meals, A
  • All Dive Equipment with the exception of Wetsuits and Dive Torches.
  • Coffee Tea and Milo are available all day for guests free of charge.
  • Fresh Fruit is available at all times onboard Reef Encounter.


Additional Charges:-

There is a $15.00 per person per day levy which is payable This charge is a combination of Reef Tax which is the Australian Government charge to visit the National Marine Park The Great Barrier Reef - A Port Charge, a fuel levy and a management fee.

Wetsuit hire $5.00 per person per day, Dive Torch Hire $5.00 per person per day. Alcohol and soft drinks, cameras, T-Shirts, souvenirs etc

 

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

The Reef Encounter caters for divers of all levels of experience with a variety of diving options to choose from, all catered to your specific needs. Certified Divers are well looked after with more reefs, more variety and less divers. All Certified diving includes mask, snorkel & fins, weights, tanks, refills, BC, and regulator. Introductory diving is also offered and no experience is necessary. Snorkellers will experience the fun and exhiliration of snorkelling above and amidst the beautiful array of coral and marine life on this trip. To assist you with your every need, the professional crew can assist you with snorkelling briefs and instruction as well as fully guided tours.

The large easy access hydraulic platform allows people who are disabled or with limited mobility to easily enter the water and take part in the days activities.

 

Resort Scuba Diving

Resort Scuba Diving

Certified Scuba Diving

Certified Scuba Diving

Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations

Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations

Reef Encounter stays out on the Great Barrier Reef Cruising to different Reef Sites:

 Hastings Reef

10 square kilometres of Spectacular Coral Gardens and exotic Marine Life.  Hastings Reef is South of Norman and Saxon. Large pinnacles range from 0-18 metres and are covered in various types of coral including fire, plate, pillar and brain corals. Coral gardens extend across much of this large reef, even throughout the various caves.  Hastings Reefs outstanding swim throughs will lead diver’s right up into the reefs where they will come across families of Sweet lip, cod and trout. Hastings is the famous location for tame reef sharks and Wally the friendly giant Maori wrasse.

 Saxon Reef

 Situated between Hasting and Norman Reef and is a haven of marine life and thriving coral colonies. Relatively smaller in size that our Other Great Barrier Reef destinations at just 1.9 square kilometres, however Saxon Reef is a spectacular reef location not often frequented by other tour operators and therefore is a pristine, untouched snorkelling and diving paradise. Saxon Reef offers an abundance of diverse areas to explore for both snorkelers and scuba divers. There are many sites that we visit along Saxon Reef and each has a variety of attractions on offer.  These include; Twin Peaks Mooring, Clipper Mooring and Turtle Bommie Mooring.

 Norman Reef

 Snorkelling and Diving around Norman Reef is known for its crystal clear waters with incredible visibility often up to 30 metres. Norman Reef is easily one of the most prized snorkelling and diving destination out of Cairns. Quite simply Norman Reef has it all. Turtles, moray eels, blue –spotted rays and giant clams are amongst a few of the marine life to be seen. Norman Reef is located on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef along the continental shelf. 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers

Transfers

The Reef Encounter is permanently moored on the Great Barrier Reef. Transfers and returns to Reef Encounter are conducted daily via Reef Experience. For something really special, why not arrive in style with a Heli-Transfer! Helicopter transfers are available from Cairns or Port Douglas, landing directly onboard Reef Encounter's exclusive helipad.

 

Top Deck Club

Top Deck Club

Whether you are planning a romantic escape, honeymoon or anniversary or just feel like spoiling yourself our V.I.P “Top Deck” upgrade offers a relaxed ambience and provides theultimate indulgence package on the Great Barrier Reef.  With you own personal valet service, sunset cocktails and Gourmet Chef Prepared meals with the option of dining under the stars on the Top Deck along with your own personal guide for snorkelling and scuba diving.  It is the ultimate way to be spoilt!

Top Deck Inclusions:

  • Valet service

  • Breakfast served to your room

  • Sunset cocktails

  • Turn down service

  • Romantic Dinners under the stars (weather Permitting)

  • Fluffy bathrobes

  • Personal Snorkel/Dive guide available at all times.

 


Reef Encounter Reviews

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0 Sara Lindsey

A huge thank you to the crew of Reef Encounter! They were friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic and the accommodation very comfortable. I got to explore three different reefs several times over the course of two short days, and it was an absolutely stunning, unforgettable experience. The only thing I would change would be to add another night or two to my stay...next time!

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0 Paul Moyes

One of the best trips I have taken and the most amazing way to dive or visit the Great Barrier Reef � Food and accommodating was of high standard top quality throughout ! Crew was friendly, fun, professional, very attentive, 100% attention paid to safety and satisfaction of the customers made you feel safe and part of the family !

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Hours: 7:00am to 9:00 pm 7 days a week

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100 Abbott St
Cairns
QLD 4870
Australia


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