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Reef Encounter is a 35 metre longsteel hull catamaran designed with stability and safety in mind, closely followed by your diving pleasure and leisure fun. Permanently stationed on the Cairns Outer Barrier Reef, the Reef Encounter is reachable in a flash by the speeding Reef Experience shuttle boat, or if you just can't wait, you can opt for a helicopter transfer, at an extra fee, of course.
On-board luxuries and creature comforts abound. The roomy cabins in twin and double configuration all have en-suite bathrooms. The cabins, dining area and enclosed recreational areas are all air-conditioned. A hydraulic diving platform makes getting in and out of the water on to this Cairns liveaboard effortless, and a heated spa is at the ready for all guests at any time you feel like a soak.
The Top Deck Club is something a little extra for the discerning diver and is subject to availability. Joining this club you will be assigned a dive or snorkel guide, who will act as your personal valet in and out of the water. You will enjoy benefits such as bath sheets and daily toiletries, breakfast in bed, exclusive use of the top deck, cocktails with the captain, romantic dinners for 2, and a turn-down service of your 800 thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linen. All guests who join the Top Deck Club are assured of top deck cabins with splendid sea views.
Notes: Top Deck Club: This is effectively a luxury upgrade which guarantees you (among other things): own personal guide and assistant, top deck cabin, fine linen daily turn-down service, breakfast in bed a romantic dinner for two and cocktails with the captain.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights, weightbelts, dive equipment (except wetsuits and dive torch).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Transfers to the boat, helicopter transfer, insurance, torch and wetsuit, fees and charges. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Reef Encounter departs from Marlin Jetty in Cairns every day and sea transfers in an air conditioned catamaran are included. A helicopter transfer is also available at additional cost if requested. Land transfers from outer suburbs, northern beaches and Port Douglas to Marlin Jetty are all available at additional cost. For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get there section).
Non-diver rate: Between 14% and 20% off the published price, depending on cabin and duration of stay.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Various supplements apply. Please check with us.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 15 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please contact us to enquire for a full charter.
Reef Encounter have 14 cabins on the upper deck including 6 Double cabins and 8 Twin cabins. On the main deck there are a total of 7 cabins including 3 Doubles and 4 Twins. All cabins are the same price unless you elect to join the Top Deck Club.
35m² Dive deck with toilets and fresh water showers - 30m² Dive platform - 2 Motorised dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - 100m² Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and sound system - 50m² Dedicated air-con restaurant area - 40m² Shaded, outside area - 150m² Sun deck with sun chairs - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Water dispenser - Well-stocked bar