Reef Encounter and Green Island Resort Getaway

Imagine sleeping on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef! The Reef and Green Island Getaway gives you the best of both worlds: the calm ocean waves rocking you to sleep on Reef Encounter, then the white sands of Green Island watching the sun set. This is the very best way to experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!     

Australia’s Best Liveaboard  ‘Reef Encounter’ Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Reef Encounter is Cairns’s best liveaboard!

We take extreme pride in our products, boats, crew, and, most importantly, guests!  We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable in service and value.

Customise your Reef Encounter and Green Island Resort Getaway. Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra bit of VIP luxury. With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter, Reef Encounter is an excellent choice for seeing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Twin and double rooms are available. Please let us know your preference.

You will need to spend a night in Cairns between your Green Island and Reef Encounter trips, which is not included in this package.   Please let us know if you want us to assist you.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel.  Designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.
  • Large dining saloon.
  • TV and lounge area.
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot tub.
  • Spacious sundeck with sun lounges.
  • Fully licenced bar.
  • Large, easy-access dive and snorkel platforms.
  • A helicopter pad on the roof is used for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra).

Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned staterooms with ocean views
  • All cabins have toilets and showers.
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets.

What’s Included

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

  • All meals are chef-prepared onboard daily.  Breakfast is a full buffet with a plated lunch, dinner and dessert.  Fresh Fruit is available throughout the day, along with tea and coffee.  Please advise on any dietary requirements.
  • The best crew on the reef! The Reef Encounter team is the best in the business. Year after year, they win personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry.
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits are a small additional charge).
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • An informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals.
  • The free luggage storage facility is available at our offices in Cairns City.

Green Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Green Island Resort is a boutique luxury resort just 45 minutes off Cairns, in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Arrive at your Tropical Island

You will arrive by fast catamaran. One of the Green Island Resort team members will personally meet you. Enjoy a quick tour before checking into your suite.

Now it is time to relax and explore Green Island. You can enjoy a bite to eat, a swim in the Coral Sea, snorkelling, or just catching the sun while relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, wander to the jetty to watch the fish feed. Then, enjoy complimentary sunset drinks on the beach.

Have a delicious dinner at Emeralds Restaurant.  Alternatively, you may prefer room service.

Grab your torch from your room and join the stargazing night tour.  It’s amazing what you can see in the night sky!

Time to Head Home

Your Great Barrier Reef and Green Island getaway are drawing to a close. After checking out in the morning, you can still enjoy all the resort and island facilities until your departure. There are showers, changing facilities, and a Coral Cay Guest Lounge.


  • Return Catamaran Transfers
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 24-hour Reception
  • Snorkelling
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Fish Feeding
  • Stargazing Tour
  • Windsurfing, Canoes, Kayaks, Sun Lounges and Umbrellas

What to Bring

  • A small to medium overnight bag with personal items – casual clothes, personal toiletries, sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, medication if needed, something warm to wear for the evenings (jumper/pullover,cardigan), etc.
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Camera

Transfer Times

Green Island

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Island Suite

Green Island Accommodation

Green Island Resort Island Room

Twin or King available Transfers included Spacious guest room of 56 square metres, with two double beds OR 1 king bed. All rooms with separate bath and shower, and private balcony.

Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter Stateroom

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, ensuite Stateroom. Share with another guest



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