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Reef Encounter 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard Tour

FROM: $460

Departure Times

Departs: 7:30am - Daily
Returns: 4:30pm - Daily

Pricing Options

$460 AUD / Person - Snorkel Stateroom (Double or Twin Ensuite) (Between: 01 Apr 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)
$805 AUD / Person - Snorkel Top Deck Club (Double Requires 2 Guests) (Between: 01 Mar 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)
$95 AUD / Person - Certified Diver Package Add On (5 Day Dives + 1 Night Dive) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 31 Mar 2022)
$230 AUD / Person - Resort Intro Diver Package Add On (5 Day Dives) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 31 Mar 2022)

Stay and play with the Overnight Reef Encounter for as little or as long as you like!

  • Experience 2 Days of snorkelling and diving the outer barrier reef.
  • Snorkellers, intro divers and certified divers welcome
  • Stylish accommodation and onboard features
  • Join the Top Deck Club for the next step in comfort and luxury

Looking for a longer trip? Why not try our Overnight Reef Encounter 3 Day 2 Night Live-aboard tour

Want a true Outer Great Barrier Reef experience? Stay there for the night with Overnight Reef Encounter. This 35 metre catamaran is the ideal vessel to experience snorkelling and diving at the outer Great Barrier Reef! And, when not in the water, relax and enjoy the atmosphere onboard with air-conditioned comfort, spa, spacious decks, and dining and recreation areas. With the flexibility stay on the boat for up to 4 days, there is plenty of time to explore the reefs, and even the choice to experience the glass bottom boat with marine life commentary.

coral reef, great barrier reef

 Overnight Reef Encounter Features:

  • 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
  • AU$15 fees per day (comprised of $4.50 EMC, $5.50 Cairns Port Authority + $5 fuel levy)

snorkelling, great barrier reef


Top Deck Club
Reef Encounter offers a special service called the Top Deck Club, which is designed to take care of all your needs! Much like ‘first class’ this top of the line option is great for those who want a little extra luxury and attention during their trip. Perks include a dedicated personal valet, three-course evening meals, a private scuba or snorkel guide and late check-out times. 

Live and sleep on the reef and see it at its best - day and night! You will Relax onboard Reef Encounter in your spacious, air conditioned cabins - with ocean views.  All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower with towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo).  Rooms are Twin Share - 2 x Single Beds or Private Double - 1 x Double bed.

Multi-Share Dorm

Located in the lower decks multi-share accommodation is the perfect choice for travellers looking for budget friendly accommodation.  Once you have found your bunk its time to head upstairs and enjoy some of the in water activities.  Towels and toiletries are not included.

Sample Itinerary

Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and enjoy one of the natural wonders of the world. With more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet, you will have an incredible time during your time among the reefs! We carefully select our reefs to ensure the best visibility and conditions during your snorkels so you can have the best experience possible. This fun activity is ideal for guests of all ages and experience! All your equipment and tuition is included and our purpose built snorkel platform makes it easy to get in and out of the water! 

Glass bottom boat
We offer glass bottom boat tours around the reef where you can witness the reef up close all while learning something new from your knowledgeable crew. They are available by request, so be sure to ask your crew if you want to try out this fun alternative to snorkelling. You will get to cruise along, checking out the views from above, feeling like you are part of the reef, watching as the fish swim by!

Resort / Introductory Diving Package
You can dive onboard Reef Encounter, no experience required! All tours are guided by a qualified instructor who will teach you everything you need to know before diving below the waves! You can look forward to seeing the reef as you never have before. Swim alongside the fish and other marine animals as you check out the coral gardens and stunning seascape. When you book a resort diver package you will have the opportunity to experience 5 day dives.

Certified Diving Package
Certified divers can look forward to plenty of time under the water during their time on Reef Encounter. We offer plenty of day dives as well as night dives, giving you plenty of times to explore the reefs and all they have to offer. During your 1 night tour you can enjoy 6 dives up to 5 day dives and 1 Night dive.  Certified divers will be paired together as dive buddies following a site briefing of each dive site.  Travelling alone? Just let our dive supervisor know and we will team you up with a suitable dive buddy.  

Night diving

Certified divers can enjoy the thrill of diving at night! Every night offers an opportunity to dive, so you can see what the reefs are like after the sun sets. The reef is extremely active at night where plenty of fish come out to feed, including sharks and giant trevallies, giving you the chance to see the reef in a whole new way.

Dive courses

Reef Encounter offers dive courses including open water, advanced courses, refresher courses, and qualified stress and rescue diver course. This added perk is great if you want to take your diving skills to the next level while on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Reef Sites

We visit reef locations found on Norman Reef, Flynn Reef, Saxon Reef, Hastings Reef, Breaking Patches and Jorgensen Patch. Each reef has something different to offer to ensure a special and spectacular experience each and every time. We have over 15 individual sites to choose from to ensure you get to enjoy the best conditions for the day.

great barrier reef, snorkelling, cairns

Important Information

  • 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.
  • Please Note: Travel over Public Holiday periods may incur additional charges on check in.


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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! 

What's Included

  • Bath and Beach Towels, 
  • Snorkel Equipment and instruction (ex: wetsuit)

What's Extra

AU $30 fees per day

  • Wetsuit Hire $5.00 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 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.

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. 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 actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We 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. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1.5% surcharge for VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX card purchases.

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 client cancellations forfeit 45% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 30 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the tour or package. If the tour operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to the departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance. 

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