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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was by far the best experience of our honeymoon. We stayed for two nights, three days, and we upgraded to the Top Deck experience. It was well worth it. Ryan was an excellent snorkeling and diving guide, and helped us with everything that we needed. I couldn't recommend Reef Encounter more! The food was excellent and plentiful, the crew...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This must be the best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. The transfers to and from the Reef Encounter were smooth and easy. We had a great welcome on board from the crew. The cabin was surprisingly spacious and very comfortable with on suite facilities. The food was good and there was plenty of choice to suit all tastes....

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef was on our bucket list. We went on a three day-two night package on the Reef Encounter, and were very impressed by the operation. The transfer out from Cairns to the liveaboard on the Inner Reef was hassle free and comfortable; our cabin was immaculately prepared for us, with its own washroom; and the...

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Sammamish, Washington
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed on the encounter at the end of our 3 week tour of Australia. It was a perfect end to a great trip. Our top deck attendant and guide, Simon, was awesome! He took great care of us and made my wife feel very comfortable on the boat and in the water. It was my introduction...

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Bradenton, Florida
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Super experience on the Great Barrier Reef. So glad we took the boat that stayed out overnight. Might even want to do more. We did not dive (I have asthma and that is verboten) but lovvvveeedddd the snorkeling. Unbelieveable colors of coral and also lots and lots of fish. And a turtle, and a shark.

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Auburn, AL
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow! Large spacious room, superb generous meals, friendly and attentive staff. Leave all your personal gear at home, because this company provides everything, even the sunscreen lotion. You don't even need sandals, because everyone including crew is in bare feet from the first moment on the transfer boat to the final departure instant. Highly recommend taking the guided dive option,...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just positive things to say about our 3 day experience on Reef Encounter. Let's start with crew - thank you so much for making this trip so positive and exciting. Crew always smiling, happy and helpful. We were given all the information on rooms, meals, daily routine, etc. upon arrival, so everything was 100% clear. We were introduced...

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Hi Lauma, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did! We hope you enjoyed the amazing underwater world and look forward to see you back in the future. The professional photos are done...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was recommended to us by Monni Travel. An amazing up and coming Travel agent is n Australia. She was spot on! We booked a 2d/1n trip with 6 dives (including 1 night dive). The facilities were great and clean. The crew were very welcoming, informative and courteous. The dives were very well planned and the crew was extremely...

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Hi Visitor, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. We love showing of our backyard and it is our aim that customers have the best experience. Monni and her team visited us not long ago, we are pleased that she recommended us! The amount of dives we offer are based on safety and...

Bogota, Colombia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the highlight of my month in Australia. I am an advanced certified diver, traveling alone and booked the 3 day, 2 night liveaboard. The accommodations passed my expectations as well as the food and the entire crew was amazing. Traveling alone was great as I met so many people from all around the world and hired a guide...

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Hi Tiffany, We appreciate you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. Travelling alone is one big adventure and the best way to meet other people indeed. A dive guide is a great add on to your package to get that bit of extra while exploring the amazing underwater world. Enjoy the rest of your travels and...

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lets start with the transfer out to Reefy, starts with a warm welcome from the crew whom doesn't hesitate to help, answer questions, etc. During your transfer from Rex to Reefy (about an hour and half) you have some laughs a nice warm breakfast and chats with crew/ passengers. After a smooth boardwalk transfer to Reefy, you are again greeted...

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Hi Joe, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. And are happy to read you had such a great time! Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia Joe. We hope to see you on board again in the future. All the best,

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Reef Encounter,Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Liveaboard is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s floating luxury boutique hotel. Spend one night or several nights on one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Transfers departing from Cairns, Queensland daily, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience. Enjoy the sunsets, relax, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear blue waters. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Reef Encounter

Address: 100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $585 - $911 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reef Encounter 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef
Reef Encounter Cairns, Queensland
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“The top deck experience is worth it. Definitely stay overnight! Rooms at the front of the boat have multiple windows.”
 of 5 bubbles thofheins, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If prone to seasickness, rooms on lower floors are less rocky and much cooler at night.”
 of 5 bubbles joewG2011IV, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms are all quiet and ocean-viewed, Each rom has private bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles Amelie110, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“you don't really have any choice - only twin or double bed request”
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 of 5 bubbles SydneyNaturelover, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If disabled ask for deck 2. No stairs to the dining area/lounge.”
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 of 5 bubbles 144heathera, 27 Jan 2017 | Read review
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