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We loved our guide Will W on Reef Encounter! He was really fun, patient, and taught us well. We... read more

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I got my open water scuba certification aboard this ship. Crew and instructors are awesome! The... read more

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Fantastic experience, the crew was top notch and food was incredible. We stayed for three days and two nights for a total of 10 dives which was perfect for us. Thanks to Oscar for our guided dives.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank summedl1
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Laura-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hello summedl1,

Thank you for taking the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review.

We believe that on board Reef Encounter, you will experience the best luxurious live aboard accommodation and fantastic service on the Great Barrier Reef, and we're happy to hear you felt the same!

We'll be sure to pass on your positive feedback to the crew & chef, they love sharing the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with our guests and creating special memories that will last forever!

We hope to see you on board again in the future.

All the best

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

We did the 3 day/2 night option and had a fantastic time. The staff was incredible. We felt so welcome, so taken care of, and felt very secure in their expertise. The snorkeling and diving was beautiful and exciting. We are so grateful that we booked with this company and would recommend them to anyone considering a trip out to the Reef with great enthusiasm.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank megadney
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Laura-HotGetaways, Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you Megadney,


We appreciate that you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review.

We are excited to read that you had an amazing time on board Reef Encounter.
All day every day our crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard the same way you did!

We hope to see you on board again in the future.

All the best.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

The Reef encounter team are second to none, really making you feel at home. I stayed on the ship for one night. It's a fantastic get away from the hustle and bustle of the city being 50 miles offshore on the beautiful great barrier reef. Wished it couldve been a longer trip.
The crew are very knowledgeable of the Reef and are very conscious of protecting the ecosystem.
I highly recommend the guided dives as the instructors know every inch of the dive spots to show you the best bits. Dawn dives are the highlight.
The accommodation was very comfortable and food was very good... a lot better than I was expecting on a boat.
All in all a great experience.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank david c
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Laura-HotGetaways, Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi David C,


We appreciate that you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review.

We are excited to read that you had an amazing time on board Reef Encounter.
All day every day our crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard the same way you did!

We hope to see you on board again in the future.

All the best,

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The reef visit with Compass Cruises / Reef Encounter was something I will never forget till the day I die! The staff were energetic and friendly, Captain Morgan was funny and in-control and the experience in total was wholesome. Even though this was billed as the 'slow boat' to the reef in terms of an experience it was unique. The group was large but still cosy enough to be enjoyable. We saw coral, a myriad fish in the ocean, learnt about them from Angus ... in all, value for money indeed!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank rakupar
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Laura-HotGetaways, Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi Rakupar

We appreciate that you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review.

We are excited to read that you had an amazing time on board Reef Encounter.
All day every day our crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard the same way you did!

We hope to see you on board again in the future.

All the best.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Overall, an awesome experience with a great value for money!

- The cruise itself slightly lengthy (So make sure to take sea sickness medication), however still enjoyable as the staff were very friendly and the view was nice.
- With snorkelling, the staff were very supportive and accomodating to weaker swimmers (we were provided life jackets and noodles). There are also lots of staff on the lookout during snorkelling sessions for any stragglers/ struggling individuals, which was a relief.
- The reef itself was better than expected (Hastings Reef)- Lots of fish and coral to see, and even a sea turtle!
- Finally booking was not only simple and quick, but the staff were very responsive via the online chat system with any queries we had.

A big thank you to ALL staff on the day. The cruise was well organised, and we had a great time!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jaylin K
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Laura-HotGetaways, Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Dear Jaylin K

We appreciate that you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. On board Reef Encounter you will experience the best with luxurious live aboard accommodation and fantastic service on the Great Barrier Reef. We are excited to read that you had the best time out with us on the reef! And that you got to experience the Great Barrier Reef the best way possible. We hope to see you on board again in the future.

All the best

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