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Reef Encounter

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100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700
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Bucket List Experience

We were blown away at the service we received through our 3 day/2 night stay "Top Deck" experience... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tamapitsuch
Absolutely amazing

If you like the ocean life, there is no better way to enjoy it than this cruise. Best food, best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
eafmail326
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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 opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience as briefly or for as long as they want. Snorkel, dive or get certified on the GBR.
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“top deck” (9 reviews)
“night dive” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4037 2700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were blown away at the service we received through our 3 day/2 night stay "Top Deck" experience on the Reef Encounter. Our room was large and bright with windows on 2 sides, and plenty of storage room. The efforts of our guide, Kieran, were...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like the ocean life, there is no better way to enjoy it than this cruise. Best food, best cruise, super clean, incredibly well organised.. plus, you get to change location twice a day, and trust me, no reef corner is similar to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things about this experience. I completed my Open Water at my home in preparation for this trip, so this was my first "real dive." It was fantastic. I felt very comfortable and the guides were great. I was very nervous,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t say enough great things about this dive company. From start to finish, Reef Encounter provided an incredible experience for our family (my wife and I are in our late 40s, and our kids are in their late teens - all PADI certified). We...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience! Myself and my partner booked a 3 day 2 night stay to complete an open water diving course with an absolutely awesoem experience. Our trainer was Hitomi Takagi- very knowledgeable, excellent teacher, very professional, patient and strict. She definitely did not take...More

Thank Nabrees S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to see the Great Barrier Reef, do it properly on a live aboard and having been on Reef Experience, I couldn’t recommend going with anyone else on the reef. I find and solve problems for a living so it’s rare for me...More

Thank Kimmy Mae M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was sea sick all day one! But day two was amazing!!! Thanks to guide Will who helped me break down some fear barriers! Gorgeous place, super friendly team & awesome clean facilities. Thanks team! Gorgeous sea life, reefs & felt safe the whole time....More

Thank Ashleigh B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our stay on the Reef Encounter at the Great Barrier Reef was truly a highlight of my life! My husband and two teenagers stayed June 11-13 (3 day/ 2 night) in two rooms. From start to finish it was amazing! The ship is cozy and...More

Thank Birgitte B
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

My husband, avid scuba diver, and I, avid ocean swimmer, booked a cabin for 2 on a 3 day / 2 night adventure on the outer GBR (Great Barrier Reef). The accomodations were excellent, the staff was very understanding for groups of individuals with varying...More

Thank kris s
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

We went on a 2 night 3 day live aboard dive trip. We had been with this company 2 years ago and had an amazing trip, beautiful diving and the food and overall service was brilliant. This trip the diving although the weather was less...More

Thank Andrew B
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a23w
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
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