Liveaboard Cairns Great Barrier Reef Top Deck Club Style

  • Departs: Daily from Cairns transfers operated by Reef Experience
  • Boarding: 7:30 am Berth 8, Finger A, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Returning: Transfer vessel arrives in Cairns at 4:30 pm.
  • Duration of Stay:  Clients choice.
  • Packages offered: Snorkelling, introductory diving, certified diving, dive lessons, nitrox.
  • Accommodation: Top Deck Club Stateroom with reef view windows and ensuite bathroom.
  • Top Deck Club includes a valet.

Reef Encounter is Australia’s only floating luxury boutique hotel that offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience!  Reef Encounter operates within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Top Deck Club is unlike any other Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard.

Whether you’re planning a romantic escape, honeymoon, or anniversary Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club is the best way to see the reef.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted and invited to share delicious local fruit platters and breakfast.


The modern staterooms have an ensuite bathroom and large reef view windows.

All rooms are spacious and air-conditioned with ample space for clothes and luggage.

The staterooms offer luxurious touches such as crisp bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets and feather down pillows.

The magic begins each day when the reef awakens.

Start your day with an early morning dive, a revitalising swim or a relaxing spa and take in the ambience of the Great Barrier Reef.

At sunset, take in the views with a sunset cocktail, and after the sun goes down, keep an eye out for our nocturnal reef friends.

Top Deck Club guests always enjoy a late checkout.


Reef Encounter’s galley is always a hive of activity and creativity.  While our chefs choose from delicious North Queensland produce to make tasty meals for our guests.

If ever there is a perfect time to relax, it is in the Top Deck Club on Reef Encounter!

Top Deck Club provides an unbeatable level of customer care.

Our Top Deck Club package includes additional luxuries, including a dedicated personal valet, late checkout times, deluxe three-course evening meals.

This vessel is a 35-metre luxury catamaran designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.

Air-conditioned throughout, Reef Encounter features spacious decks as well as roomy dining and recreation areas to dine and relax in.

Activities onboard

On our Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, you can decide which activities best suit you to have the very best experience.

Our company has excellent outer barrier reef locations.  We will be excited to show our reef sites off during your stay.

This package includes a Top Deck Club guide who has extensive knowledge of our reef sites.

Your valet will also be your Great Barrier Reef guide and will be delighted to take you on a fantastic tour that includes an abundance of marine life and coral.

Our crew are the best on the Great Barrier Reef and are there to make sure that you have the very best Great Barrier Reef Experience.

The water is the best place to view this stunning coral reef, and our crew will assist you even if you cannot swim.

We pride ourselves on the best crew on the reef.  Our fantastic team has been taking people snorkelling and scuba diving that cannot swim for over 30 years, and we will always offer this service onboard our liveaboard.

Our Marine Biologist will give an interactive and informative marine presentation during your stay.


Snorkelling is available for all guests; our snorkelling packages come with masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits.

Our outer barrier reef locations are close to our moorings and offer excellent snorkelling conditions.

Introductory Scuba Diving

When you meet the medical conditions for scuba diving, we can take you on one or several introductory scuba dives, even a night introductory dive!

Introductory dive packages include a mask, snorkel, fins, scuba diving BCD, regulator and wetsuit.

Never scuba dived before?

Unsure if you would like to try our introductory scuba diving?  We offer a free scuba diving demonstration.  First, we suit you up in the diving equipment, and next, we see if you are comfortable breathing underwater.

Then if you decide you would like to continue, you can proceed with your first introductory scuba dive.  This dive generally lasts about 20-30 minutes.  Along the way,  see an abundance of marine life and coral.

Scuba diving

Our certified scuba diving packages start with our 2-day, 1-night packages.  Dive packages include 5-day dives and 1-night dives.  For each additional night during your stay, add 3-day dives and 1-night dive.

Top Deck Club liveaboard Cairns dive packages are mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, night torch, and wetsuit.

Nitrox is also available onboard.

Combine this tour in a package to see more of North Queensland’s best attractions.


  • Discover the World’s largest living thing.
  • Great Barrier Reef Stay
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • Scuba dive at night


Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel and scuba diving equipment
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A valet reef guide
  • Late checkout times.
  • Private guided in-water tours
  • Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation
  • Dinner under the stars
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  •  Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in  Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter

Optional Extras

  • Introductory dive
  • Professional  photographs
  • Scuba lessons
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers

What to bring

  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot product.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
  • Socks
  • Casual resort wear
  • Scuba divers need to bring their certification card and logbook

How to get there

How to get to Reef Encounter?

Two Choices to get to Reef Encounter

The first option is via our transfer vessel Reef Experience that departs Cairns daily at 8 am.

The second option is via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier and landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive helipad.

Important Information

Important information for scuba divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia.

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.

We recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire. Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1 

Flying after Scuba Diving

You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Liveaboard Cairns Top Deck Club Accommodations

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.


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