Top Deck Club Accommodations

Top Deck Club Liveaboard Cairns Great Barrier Reef

About Top Deck Club

  • Departures: Daily from Cairns transfers operated by Reef Experience
  • Boarding: 7:30 am Berth 8, Finger A, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Returning: To Cairns at 4:30 pm.
  • Duration of Stay: Clients’ choice.  (A minimum of 3 days is recommended.)
  • Packages: Snorkelling, introductory diving, certified diving, dive lessons, nitrox.
  • Accommodation: Stateroom with Reef view windows and ensuite bathroom.
  • Top Deck Club includes a valet.

Top Deck Club prices start at $940.00 per person, twin share. Accommodation includes a valet on the Top Deck during your stay. With your guide, explore the best of the Great Barrier Reef.

Delicious  Chef-prepared meals are included in your stay.

Guests can enjoy various activities onboard, including snorkelling, scuba diving, introductory diving and dive lessons.

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.

The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is through Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club.

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

Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

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, 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.

Take in the views with a sunset cocktail, and after the sun goes down, look for our nocturnal reef friends.

Top Deck Club guests always enjoy a late checkout.


Chefs choose from delicious North Queensland produce to make tasty and nutritious meals.

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

Top Deck Club provides an unbeatable level of customer care.

Our liveaboard Cairns packages include additional luxuries, such as a dedicated personal valet, late checkout times, and three-course evening meals.

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

Reef Encounter features spacious decks and roomy dining and recreation areas to dine and relax.

Activities onboard

You can decide which activities suit you for the best experience on our liveaboard.

Our company has excellent outer barrier reef locations, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

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

Your valet will also be your Great Barrier Reef guide.  This guide will be delighted to show you amazing marine life and coral during your stay.

Our crew is the best on the Great Barrier Reef and is there to ensure your best 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 Great Barrier Reef.  Our fantastic team has been taking people snorkelling and scuba diving who cannot swim for over 30 years.

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

Liveaboard Cairns Snorkelling

Snorkelling is available for all guests; our snorkelling packages come with snorkel equipment.

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!


Never scuba-dived before?

Unsure if you would like to try our introductory scuba diving?  We offer a free scuba diving demonstration.

First, we fit you in the diving equipment and then see if you are comfortable breathing underwater.

If you feel comfortable in the water, there is a cost, and you would like to proceed.

This dive generally lasts 20-30 minutes. During it, we will see amazing marine life and coral.

Liveaboard Cairns Scuba diving

Our certified scuba diving packages start with our 2-day, 1-night packages.

Scuba diving packages include 5-day dives and 1-night dives.

For each additional night during your stay, add 3-day dives and 1-night dives.

Nitrox is also available onboard.

Next, See our Top Deck Club packages.


  • Discover the World’s largest living structure
  • Wake Up on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • VIP service


Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite (guaranteed cabin located on Top Deck – please note we only have 2 x cabins with a double bed with front windows, and these will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed basis)
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Private guided in-water tours (please note diving is an upgrade, but your guide will already be included)
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment (if scuba diving)
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour (weather-permitting)
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter

Optional Extras

  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba lessons
  • Professional photographs
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers
  • City/Beaches bus return 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 our transfer vessel Reef Experience, which departs Cairns daily at 8 am.

Reef Experience departs from the Cairns Marina, Marlin Jetty, Finger A.

Guests check in directly onboard the vessel.

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.

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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