Reef Encounter

  • 42 - Pax
  • 6, 10, 14 - Dives
  • 1, 2, 3 - Nights

Contact us to check for discounts or specials that may be running prior to booking.

Reef Encounter is a fully air conditioned 35 meter catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.

She is a large, spacious boat with 21 cabins, a combination of double, twin-share and stateroom, accommodating up to 42 guests.

Trips depart daily from Marlin Marina, and transfers are via the day trip vessel Reef Experience. Reef Encounter stays on the Reef and moves from site to site like a floating hotel. 2,3 or 4 day trips are available across a variety of Outer Reef sites suitable for all levels of diver.

Reef Encounter stateroom cabins are either a double (one double bed) or twin (two single beds), which can be selected at the same cost. When making your online reservation please tell us your room preference.
(Note: There are 2 multi share cabins which have 3 bunks that may be available – contact us for more details. Prices shown.)

All cabins are air-conditioned and have their own ensuite facilities: linen is provided. The boat makes its own supply of freshwater, which means you can enjoy long hot showers at the end of your day of play on the Great Barrier Reef. There’s an air-conditioned dining saloon, bar and lounge (including a fully licensed bar and a TV, DVD and games area) with spacious exterior sundeck, complete with loungers and an open-air hot tub! There’s even a helipad on the roof for those wanting to book a scenic reef flight and a glass bottom boat, providing tours on demand.

All dietary requirements will be met – please advise upon booking

Reef Sites visited: Norman Reef, Breaking Patches, Hastings Reef, Saxon Reef, Michaelmas Cay.

Top Deck Club

The Top Deck Club (similar to First Class on an airline) is designed to meet the expectations of the most discerning of guests, offering an unhurried, relaxed ambience. Luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets and feather down pillows adorn our oversized double beds. Soft fluffy robes, plush bath sheets and Australian beauty products are replenished daily.

  • Valet service
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Tropical breakfast served in your room daily
  • Complimentary sunset cocktails
  • Gourmet chef prepared meals with the option of dining under the stars or on the top deck (weather permitting)
  • Turndown service
  • Personal guide on all snorkel and dives

Children and babies

Cot hire and children’s beds are available add-ons that may be selected during your online booking. Cot hire is available for babies age 0-2 years. Small rollaway beds are available for children 2-11 years, and will go in the room with the parents. Children age 12 years and above must have a standard bed

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Reef Encounter also has it’s very own glass bottom boat, and tours run free of charge upon request. Talk to our friendly crew onboard to organise your glass bottom boat excursion. (Glass bottom boat tours are weather permitting).

Helicopter

For the more adventurous of you, or those wanting the ultimate scenic experience, Reef Encounter can offer helicopter transfers to the boat, or scenic flights once on board. Contact us for more information.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary for a 3 day 2 night trip.

2 day 1 night trips use days 1 and 3 as a guide

Day 1
(Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night)

07.30 Board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in & your journey to Reef Encounter
09.30 Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your ‘Welcome & Safety Talk’ before being shown to your room to settle in and relax
10.30 Water Session, time to snorkel for all guests before lunch
12.00 Lunch is served in the dining saloon
13.00 Water Briefings: Certified Diver / Try Scuba Diving / Snorkel Adventure Briefings
13.30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
15:30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time – Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
18.00 Dinner is served in the dining saloon
18:45 Night Dive Briefings
19:00 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving
20:00 Desert is served in the dining saloon

Day 2
(Up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night)

 6.00 Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session
6:30 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
7:30 Breakfast is served in the dining saloon
8:30 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time
10:30 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time
12:00 Lunch is served in the dining saloon
13.30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time
15:30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time – Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
18.00 Dinner is served in the dining saloon
18:45 Night Dive Briefings
19:00 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving
20:00 Desert is served in the dining saloon

Day 3
(Up to 3 Day Dives)

06.00 Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session
06:30 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request
07:30 Breakfast is served in the dining saloon
08:30 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time
10:30 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time
12:00 Lunch is served in the dining saloon
13:30 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure
14:45 Departing passengers board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese & biscuits served before the return journey
16:30 Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

Reef Encounter - Rates + Bookings

Snorkeler 2 Day 1 Night $440.00
Snorkeler 3 Day 2 Night $660.00
Diver 2 Day 1 Night $535.00
Diver 3 Day 2 Night $805.00
wet suit hire (per day) $5.00
SSI Advanced course $150.00
Top Deck Club 2D 1N Snorkeler $785.00
Top Deck Club 2D 1N Diver $875.00
Top Deck Club 3D 2N Snorkeler $1,190.00
Top Deck Club 3D 2N Diver $1,350.00
Multi share cabin 2D 1N Snorkel $360.00
Multi share cabin 3D 2N Snorkel $550.00
Multi share cabin 2D 1N Diver $455.00
Multi share cabin 3D 2N Diver $865.00
Date of Travel

Reef taxes not included – $15 per person per day

Prices valid until 31st March 2019

Inclusions

  • All meals and light refreshments,
  • Freshwater showers,
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction,
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours,
  • Reef Video Presentation,
  • Marine Biologist Presentation.
  • Diving equipment is included (excludes wet suit) when booking a Diving Package
  • Bed linen, towels, and toiletries (soap & shampoo)

Extras

  • Wetsuits hire for $5.00 per day
  • Prescription masks on board the boat for $10.00 per day.
  • Guided dives
  • Reef Taxes $15 per person per day
  • Transfers from accommodation (City $12 / Northern Beaches $22)

Note: All Certified dives are unguided, which allows you to dive in your own buddy pairs, and explore the Great Barrier Reef. If you would like a dive guide cost is $15.00 per person per dive, and can be organized onboard.