Make a splash and explore the best of the Great Barrier Reef aboard Reef Encounter!
- Enjoy ample snorkelling and diving over 2 adventure-filled days
- Stylish accommodation, air-conditioning, and onboard entertainment features
- Avid snorkellers, intro divers, and certified divers of all ages welcome
- Join the Top Deck Club for tailored, exclusive service
- Flexibility to stay and play for as little or as long as you like
Searching for a longer trip? Ask us about extended Reef Encounter stays!
Combining world-renowned Outer Reef destinations with ample snorkelling and diving opportunities, the Reef Encounter 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Tour is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Explore coral reefs, spot local marine species, relax aboard spacious decks, and enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour with knowledgeable marine life commentary. The 35-metre purpose-built catamaran boasts air-conditioned comfort, a spacious spa, and vast deck, dining and recreation areas. Perfect for all ages, Reef Encounter additionally offers the flexibility to stay and play for up to 4 days!
Overnight Reef Encounter Features
- 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for optimal comfort and stability
- Overnight twin/double share cabins with private en suites
- Option to join the Top Deck Club for tailored luxury and service
- Ample daily snorkelling and diving options, including night diving for certified divers
- Scuba diving demonstration and instruction
- Onboard Chef preparing fresh, delicious meals
- Licensed onboard bar
- Hydraulic lowered dive/snorkel platform for seamless reef access
- Helipad for scenic helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)
- Sun deck with the perfect vantage point
- Glass bottom boat tours and marine commentary
- Onboard air-conditioning and spacious entertainment areas
- AU$15 fees per day (comprised of $4.50 EMC, $5.50 Cairns Port Authority + $5 fuel levy)
Top Deck Club
Offering exclusive, tailored service the Top Deck Club is here to take care of all your needs whilst on board Reef Encounter! Much like 'first class' this indulgent option is perfect for those holidaymakers that want optimal luxury and personalised service during their trip. Perks include a dedicated personal valet, three-course evening meals, a private scuba or snorkel guide and late check-out times.
Sleep on the reef in the stylish Reef Encounter Staterooms. Enjoy serene ocean views from your very own comfortable air-conditioned cabin, equipped with an en suite toilet and shower, and included towels and toiletries (soap, shampoo). Rooms are Twin Share - 2 x Single Beds or Private Double - 1 x Double bed.
Age Range On Board
Reef Encounter caters to guests of all ages and generally has a wide variety of age groups on any given trip. From glass-bottom boat tours, sightseeing from the outer decks, and snorkelling and advanced scuba activities – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Cot hire is available for babies aged 0-2 years. Small rollaway beds are available for children 2-11 years and will go in the room with the parents/guardians. Children aged 12 years and above must have a standard bed. Prams and pushchairs are welcome onboard, however, they can be stored at the Reef Encounter Office in town if needed.
- Please note divers may be subject to a medical questionnaire before they are able to dive. Please click here for more diving information and to read the medical questionnaire
- Resort intro divers must be at least 12 years old
- Please Note: Travel over Public Holiday periods may incur additional charges on check-in
- Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub - Currently not operational
LIVE CHAT WITH US TO BOOK TODAY!
With over 15 individual sites to choose from, Reef Encounter's experienced crew will ensure you enjoy the best conditions for the day. From sprawling coral gardens to countless species of reef fish, a unique and spectacular experience is guaranteed each and every time! Check out some of the most renowned sites on Reef Encounter's itinerary:
Enjoy ample time snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, one of the natural wonders of the world! All equipment and tuition is included and our purpose-built snorkel platform makes getting in and out of the water smooth and easy. A perfect activity for guests of all ages and experiences to explore the reef below - it's time to make a splash!
Glass bottom boat
Reef Encounter offers glass-bottom boat tours around the Outer Reef, creating the perfect vantage point to lay your eyes on the reef and learn something new from your knowledgeable crew. Available by request, be sure to ask your crew for a glass-bottom boat tour. A fun alternative to snorkelling, enjoy cruising along glassy waters and keeping your eyes peeled for Humphead Wrasse and Sea Turtles!
Resort / Introductory Diving Package
Reef Encounter grants the ideal opportunity to try your hand at diving, with no prior experience required! All diving tours are guided by a qualified instructor who will teach you everything that you need to know before diving below. When booking a Resort Diver Package you will have the opportunity to experience 5 day dives. Immerse yourself in a world of quirky reef fish and unique coral formations - the perfect way to see the Great Barrier Reef as you never have before!
Certified Diving Package
Certified divers can look forward to abundant time under the water during their unforgettable time on Reef Encounter. Offering day dives in addition to night dives, the opportunities to explore the Outer Reef are seemingly endless! During your 1 night tour, certified divers can enjoy up to 6 dives (5 day dives and 1 night dive), and choose to dive in a buddy system or partner up with a guided dive instructor to experience the reef alongside an expert. For those solo travellers, our dive supervisor will team you up with a suitable buddy.
There is nothing more thrilling than diving at night! During your one-night stay, Reef Encounter offers the opportunity for certified divers to experience the Outer Reef after the sun sets. The Great Barrier Reef is extremely active at night as plenty of fish come out to feed, including sharks and giant trevallies - an unforgettable chance to explore the reef in a whole new 'light'!
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 long-sleeved pullover, cardigan should be taken.
- Dive medical if required
- Proof of certification if you are a certified scuba diver.
* Sleeping Bags are NOT permitted
* Reef Encounter has a fully licensed bar - NO BYO!
- Bath and Beach Towels,
- Snorkel Equipment and instruction (ex: wetsuit)
$30pp fees per day payable on board
- Wetsuit Hire $10.00 per day
- Guided Certified Dives $15.00 per Dive
- Soft Drinks, snacks etc from the bar
- Prescription lens masks are available on board for hire
- Please Note: Travel over Public Holiday periods may incur additional charges on check in.
Please note divers may be subject to a medical questionnaire before they are able to dive. Please click here for more diving information and to read the medical questionnaire.
Cot hire and children’s beds are available add-ons that may be selected during your online booking. Cot hire is available for babies aged 0-2 years. Small rollaway beds are available for children aged 2-11 years and will go in the room with the parents/guardians. Children aged 12 years and above must have a standard bed.
Public Holiday Surcharge:
There is a $100 holiday surcharge for travel between December 23rd-31st - payable on board
Terms and Conditions
Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip.
You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Fraser Tours / Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.
It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.
It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.
You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time.
All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply.
The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.
We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.
It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances.
Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.
Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages.
All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.
Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:
Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value.
E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.
You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.
All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 30 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price.
Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee.
It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to email@example.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.
The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.
In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.
All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.
Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.
You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.
All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators.
Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.
Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.
Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel / Fraser-Tours.com . If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.