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Reef Encounter

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“boat moves”(4 reviews)
“night dive”(8 reviews)
One day on the Great Barrier Reef is never enough.Sleep on it with Reef Encounter! Reef Encounter, Australia’s only floating luxury boutique hotel, is situated on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns and offers guests a unique...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700
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Reviewed today

Nothing to complain about. Staff was friendly funny and really helpful, great meals, lots of things to see underwater. Higly recommended

Thank Gerrit H
Reviewed yesterday

We booked the 2 day 1 night top board experience on Reef Encounter and loved diving on the GBR. We are new divers and it was completely worth booking the top deck option to have a dedicated scuba guide. Our guide, Mackensea, was amazing! She...More

Thank Haley P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed on the live aboard for two nights three days which for us was perfect timing. Staff very efficient, friendly and helpful...and clearly deeply care about what they are doing. If you can book Top Deck it is well worth it. We were fortunate...More

Thank LouLouBerkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Reef Encounter is fantastic!!! I could have stayed forever. The food and staff were amazing. The accommodations were nothing fancy but better than I expected and very clean. The diving is what you are really here for and that was top notch!!! I love...More

Thank LyneM80
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We first experienced Reef encounter back in 2016 and at that stage we were not PADI qualified – However we had an excellent time and experience on this live aboard boat. We recently Became PADI qualified and on a return trip to Cairns decided to...More

Thank DebsLovesTravelling
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just spent 2 nights aboard Reef Encounter. The trip was everything they promised and top notch all the way. Water sessions were plentiful throughout the day and attention to passenger safety and well being was obviously a top priority. Great crew, amazing meals and a...More

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was an amazing and beautiful experience. The transfer boat was efficient and the crew got us on board the main boat quickly and easily. The main boat clean and the cabin was surprisingly spacious. Our crew for both days were friendly, energetic and...More

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot say enough great things about the Reef Encounter team. Hugo, Jackson, Josh x2, Tyler, Michael, Iris, Will, Alex, Martin, Matt, MacGregor…what a fantastic group of people. Smart, patient, glad, safety-focused, hard-working, dedicated, and professional - they are incredibly skilled at what they do....More

Thank 321brink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Our whole experience here was fantastic! Staff were really friendly, food was good, especially the dinner, and the locations for diving / snorkelling were awesome! We had the state room which was fine and we were lucky in that we had good weather and...More

Thank orvds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! Wow! Wow! Have just returned home after a 3day/2night stay on the Reef Encounter. First visit to the GBR and I am still in awe at all that I saw while underwater! The staff were so professional, friendly and accommodating throughout the whole trip...More

Thank Joanne L
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Tamra J
4 November 2018|
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Response from Laura-HotGetaways | Property representative |
Hi Tamra, The water temp has been a lovely 26 degrees for the last few weeks! Perfect conditions
9 April 2018|
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Response from PugHugger | Reviewed this property |
1. Yes all five equipment is included. Although I’d suggest bring your own mask for best fit. 2. I bring my own wetsuit. I think they actually include them in the overall cost though. 3. Incorrect, she moves generally... More