Where the Rainforest meets the Reef

The only place where two World Heritage Sites meet:

Cairns is your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest!

Three Days of Luxury

Spend the night on the Great Barrier Reef on board Cairns’ Premier Liveaboard “Reef Encounter”.

Top Deck Liveaboard

2 days and 1 night of Luxury!

This is the ultimate way to see the reef. Wake up for a sunrise snorkel, dine under the stars, and sleep on the reef!

With your own personal Top Deck Attendant just for you, you’ll be given the ultimate tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether it’s a professional in-water guide, breakfast in bed, a fountain of marine-life knowledge, or all of the above, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can completely relax, knowing that all of your needs will be taken care of.

Stay in Style

Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries – everything is designed for comfort.

All meal are freshly prepared daily by our on board Chef.

Have your dinner under the stars in the exclusive Top Deck dining area, or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.*

Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to your room or join the rest of the guests for a buffet style breakfast served in the dining saloon.*

No need to check out early! On your day of departure Top Deck guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns.

Your Top Deck Inclusions

  • Top Deck Club Stateroom with Ensuite Bathroom
  • Personal Valet service
  • Champagne on arrival (if you are entering the water after arriving Champagne will be after all water sessions)
  • 5 Day Scuba Dives and 1 night Scuba Dive with your Top Deck Attendant
  • All Scuba Diving Equipment including Wetsuit and Night Torch
  • Breakfast served to your room if you wish
  • Sunset cocktails
  • On board Chef preparing all meals Coffee, Tea, Water, fresh fruits available at all times
  • Turn down service
  • Fluffy Bathrobes
  • Romantic dinners under the stars (weather permitting)
  • Personal Great Barrier Reef Dive guide at all times
  • Reef Video and Marine Biologist presentation on board Reef Experience
  • Bath and Beach Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Government Reef Taxes and Levies

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area,
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina is by our Day Boat Reef Experience with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter
  • Reef Encounter Top Deck departs every day of the year subject to availability
  • Cabins on board Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin share (2 Single Beds). When booking please advise your rooming preference.
  • The Daintree Rainforest section of this package is not suitable for infants
  • Please advise any Dietary requirements

What to Bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day it can become quite cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefore a light lo pullover, cardigan should be taken 

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras
  • Soft drinks, Alcoholic drinks and snacks from the bar
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO 

Your Reef Encounter Itinerary

Day One

7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty “A” Finger, Cairns. Meet your Top Deck Attendant.
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty
Marine Biologist Presentation
Scuba Dive and Snorkel briefing
9:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
10:30 am Snorkel Session – Sun bake and relax
12 Noon Lunch
1:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation time
3:00 pm Cruise to our next Outer Great Barrier Reef Location
3:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation Time
5:30 pm Sunset Cocktails
6:30 pm Night Scuba dive
7:30 pm Dinner under the stars (weather permitting)
Relaxation time, Stargazing, boardgames or movie

Day Two

6:30 am Early Morning Scuba Dive or Snorkel Session
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Cruise to next Outer Great Barrier Reef Site
8:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session
10:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Snorkel Session, Glass Bottom Boat Tour – Sunbake – Relax
 3:00 pm Transfer from Reef Encounter to Reef Experience
Wine, Cheese and Tropical Fruit Platters on return Journey
 4:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina Cairns

Cairns Accommodation is not included on the 2nd Night

Day 3 –  Daintree Rainforest

Today you will be heading north from Cairns to the oldest living Rainforest in the World, the “Daintree Rainforest”.

This Magnificent coastal Rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretches from the sugar town of Mossman to the Bloomfield River and all within 3 hours away from Cairns.

Travelling in a small group of 13 you will be heading from Cairns to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia while discovering the breathtaking northern tropics of Australia.

Daintree Day Tour Inclusions

  • Breathtaking views of the Coral Sea along the Captain Cook Highway
  • Stunning Mossman Gorge guided tour
  • Tour of Port Douglas stopping at the Flagstaff Hill Lookout
  • Daintree River Cable Ferry
  • Alexandra Lookout – Coastal views over the Daintree River mouth Low Isles and Snapper island
  • Morning tea at Thornton Beach
  • Daintree Ice Cream Company (Optional stop)
  • Cape Tribulation lookout and beach – Where the Rainforest meets the Reef
  • Guided walk along a Rainforest Boardwalk
  • A delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House
  • Exotic tropical fruit tasting
  • Daintree River Cruise – Wildlife and crocodile spotting Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Chilled bottled water on board
  • This Daintree Tour is not suitable for infants

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • Pickup from Accommodation between 7.00 am and 7.30 am
  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking four mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk  (swim option if time or weather permits)
  •  A delicious lunch, tropical fruit tasting
  • Morning Tea
  • Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  •  World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks- Rainforest Boardwalks in a unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  •  Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and popular local stop (own expense)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing
  • Returning to Cairns at approximately 6pm
  • (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforseen issues)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen,
  • sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash for optional purchases
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