Top Deck Club is Cairns’ Best VIP Reef Day Experience

Discover why our Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise – it is the ultimate way to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Get that “Celebrity Feel” with our Great Barrier Reef “Top Deck Club” VIP Day

Enjoy a more personalised, private, and relaxed day as you begin your 90 minute journey in style in the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse Top deck Lounge to our first pristine reef location.

This Cairns Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise is a VIP Day with your Personal Valet caring for you in and out of the water.

You will discover the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with your own personalised snorkel tour and guided introductory or certified dive* (Medical conditions apply for scuba activities – see ‘Important Information for scuba divers’ below).

A minimum of 2 passengers is required to book this Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef VIP Tour on board Reef Experience.

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • A personal valet/guide both onboard and in the water.  Your personal crew member ensures your trip flows the way you want it to and is assigned to you for the entire day.
  • Private guided snorkel tours and/or scuba dive tours for that extra in-water care and attention Medical Conditions do apply – click here for more information
  • Reserved VIP Seating. You will have your very own table and seats in the Captain’s wheelhouse for the entirety of your trip
  • Skip the queues.  You won’t wait in line for check-in, meals or collecting equipment
  • Dine in style. You will be served to your table with fresh, Chef prepared meals. Enjoy a special lunch menu, plunger tea and coffee and a cheese & fruit platter & complimentary sparkling wine on return journey. All dietary requirements catered for – please advise upon booking
  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling at morning and afternoon reef locations
  • FREE Scuba Dive* (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit to scuba) 
  • FREE Glass Bottom Boat Tour – combined with other passengers (weather permitting)
  • FREE Pick up and Return to Cairns City Accommodation
  • FREE Marine Biology Presentation – combined with other passengers
  • Large Sun Deck with padded loungers – combined with other passengers

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in

View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

  • 08:00 – Approximate departure & Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation, followed by detailed scuba dive briefing for those participating
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel & dive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, giant clams plus more
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20 minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location to explore forests of coral, large sea fans & black coral trees in it’s shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location

What to Bring

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 2732 traveller reviews
TripAdvisor Ranking #2 of 69 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cairns
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 11 October 2017: Awesome day
  • 10 October 2017: Reef experience
  • 10 October 2017: It was a Blast! Loved it!
  • 6 October 2017: Great day out on the reef
  • 4 October 2017: Ripoff with rude staff who failed to provide all inclusions
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27 Reviews for “Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise”

  1. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kurt & Sarah

    Can’t recommend this package & crew enough. Not having to wait for anything meant we had more time enjoying the reef. Val was awesome, as was the rest of the team. It was fantastic having VIP access to our own area & to be so well looked after on & off the boat. We even got to meet Frank the fish! The reef was spectacular & can’t wait to do it again in the future!!

  2. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Jill N Lord

    We had a fantastic day from start to finish with Reef Experience. The Top Deck experience was amazing, felt like VIP's all day. Shinee took care of everything and made it a great day. The barrier reef was spectacular.

  3. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Stephanie Davison

    The crew were very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef was the very best part of our day. Everyone was great. VIP package well worth it for us. It really helped to have a private instructor for someone who was never dived before.

  4. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Josh Foster

    The crew were amazing and very attentive to any needs. Diving the Great Barrier Reef was of course the best part of the day. Sea turtles, plethora of fish and even a school of small jellies made today and experience Ill never forget. Shinee is an incredible asset to your team! She was accommodating to any situation even when my wife's nose started bleeding. I would definitely recommend Reef Experience to anyone looking to dive the Great Barrier Reef

  5. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Anna Zarb

    AMAZING! Everyone was incredible. We had Nikki as our person today but all the guys downstairs - incredible - thank you. The best parts of the day were seeing a turtle, being looked after so well by Nikki, the vibe of the whole tour, intro dive with Nikki and the marine biology tour. We loved it and would recommend Top Deck Tour to everyone

  6. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Lalani and Dan

    We couldn't recommend the Top Deck experience more highly! As a nervous beginner wanting to try an intro to scuba diving my partner was so well looked after and attended to! We also enjoyed extensive guided snorkelling, a very informative talk by a Marine Expert and delicious food and beverages all day. The cheese and fruit platters and wine on the return trip were just perfect. The top deck experience was the highlight of our holiday in Cairns. Thank you so much guys and girls and especially Niki our instructor who made Dan feel much more confident!

  7. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Shane

    We booked Reef Experience for the one on one attention! the crew were amazing, super friendly and courteous! Went above and beyond to make of our trip a truly VIP experience. They all seem to love their jobs, and it shows in the care with the customers! The entire VIP experience was exactly what we were looking for, the staff, food, and service exceeded our expectations. The second dive for the day was the best! Thanks to the entire staff, specially Michelle, for taking care of every step of the day, and making sure we had everything we needed and more! Thank you so much! the food was terrific!

  8. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Karen L.

    We came on Reef Experience to see the reef and cross at bucket list. The crew were fantastic! The best part of our day was learning to Scuba dive to experience the reef. Awesome trip! I will recommend it and I will do it again :)

  9. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Jodie & family

    We loved our Top Deck experience. Michelle took great care of us with everything we needed. It was so reassuring to have a snorkel guide and Michelle pointed out lots of things of interest to us. We felt special being in the Captain's wheelhouse, with so much room to relax and be comfortable. What a wonderful day!

  10. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Julia

    I forgot to add the stars with my review, Sorry bout that :)

  11. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Julia

    My husband, son and I decided to book the Top Deck option with Reef Experiences. The beautiful Shinnie met us as we arrived and the start of our amazing day began. We were taken to the top deck of the boat where we were seated in a reserved area. We were sized up for our wetsuits etc and then presented with a large plate of fresh fruit and a delicious breakfast. As I was not diving, Shinnie organised for me to do some snorkling with another group, before she head off with my husband and son for their dive. We had a beautifully prepared and delicious lunch as well as another large plate of fruit in the afternoon. The Marine Biologist Michelle was fantastic and we were able to go snorkeling with her during the afternoon, which was amazing, As far as the staff went, they were energetic, helpful and fun, Informative and patient. Everything we hoped for. Thanks to Shinnie, McKenzie, Michelle, Skipper Jason and all the staff for an amazing day and helping us make some beautiful family memories. We will definitely be back.

  12. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sean Satterwhite

    The entire crew was very welcoming and made sure we were comfortable throughout the whole experience. Mackensea was super friendly and a great guide in the water! The food was exquisite, the reef was beautiful, and finally got the chance to swim with a shark. Would highly recommend this for anyone.

  13. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Sean (USA)

    12/10, [The crew] were absolutely incredible. Mackensea was super helpful and an awesome guide in the water. Just keep doing what you guys are doing. Thanks for an awesome trip!

  14. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Ramon

    The crew are friendly, funny, anfd helpful. The second dive with Benat (awesome guy, thank you) was the best part. Finally finding nemo was definitely a bucket list thing as well. Thank you for the amazing memory and experience.

  15. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Tamao

    The best part was trying out diving for the first time and seeing turtles from the glass bottom boat and seeing the amazing reefs. Thank you for the trip! I had a lot of fun and would love to do it again if I'm back in Cairns.

  16. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Ashley

    We are very happy that we chose to do the Top Deck experience. Mike was awesome! I can't say enough great things about our time with him. All of the crew were very friendly and helpful. The food was beyond my expectations! Honestly, it was terrific for every meal. The room was just like the photos. :)

  17. VIP Reef Cruise review by Drew

    Michelle looked after us on the Top Deck. She was so helpful and friendly. Our experience was made so much more enjoyable because of Michelle's service and expert diving guidance. Excellent and very helpful.

  18. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kathy Gray

    Amazing day out. Meg as our host. Highly recommend.

  19. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kim Dandy

    We highly recommend the TOP DECK cruise, worth every extra cent! We were welcomed with friendly smiles and fantastic meals and snacks throughout the day. The breakfast and lunch were better then ever expected. Throughout the day our personal valet Michael helped us to feel comfortable in and out of the water. As a non confident swimmer with a huge fear of sharks and deep water, I never expected to scuba dive in my life but he made me feel at ease to give it a go and I ended up purchasing the second dive at the next site, I loved it!!. Because of the Top Deck package Michael stayed with my husband and myself only under water giving us a comfortable and fantastic experience seeing fish, turtles and more. For anyone feeling nervous about experiencing the great barrier reef or wanting the best experience, The Topdeck is the only way to go.

  20. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Karen

    Thank you so much Sylvia - we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your Top Deck experience so much - we think it is pretty special too. We will pass on your thanks to Michael too. Hope we have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future.

  21. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sylvia Z

    Sorry. It was a typo in my last review . I was trying to give 5 stars. Now here we go!

  22. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sylvia Z

    This a wonderful experience with Top Deck package. It is a very customised and VIP service. I have to say a great thank to our personal valet - Michael who is very friendly, supportive and patient and gave us an unforgettable and amazing reef experience . I will come again with Reef Experience next time with my hubby. Hope we can meet Michael again ! I will recommend reef experience to my friends.

  23. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Lorna Conaghan

    Wonderful day out. Picked up from our hotel, breakfast on the boat. Great motoring out for one and and a half hours then the water fun began. You can get help with snorkelling, scuba or diving for a couple of hours then lunch. Repeat for the afternoon. Almost nine hours of excellence from a warm, friendly,knowledgeable crew. Well worth the trip.

  24. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kenneth Bihn

    We did the Reef experience with VIP Top Deck on the Sea Quest boat on May 21, 2018 and we highly recommend the package. We where seated in the second deck wheel house, got a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, croissants and more!! Steak and chicken for lunch with salad and rolls, Tons of fruit plates and even crackers and cheese and chocolate - all topped off with champagne for the ride back. We had our own personal instructor (Michael) who was very hands on for the beginner scuba experience - made is so fun and easy. We also got to snorkel at the second location with Michael as our private guide explaining what we where seeing and answering all our questions. He even towed us around when it got choppy. I would HIGHLY recommend the VIP Top Deck package and the Reef Experience charter service - from the biologist to the photographers to the many helpful staff members in and out of the water. We went in to the adventure a little intimidated by the ocean - we came out big fans!!! Absolutely beautiful way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Five star service!!!

  25. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Kamrul

    I had a wonderful time at top deck with the family ..excellent service..the crews are awesome ..will come again !!

  26. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Laura Alexander

    Our highlight of visiting Cairns, amazing to get that bit of extra touch to your day trip. Lovely staff, great food and we have been lucky enough to tick turtles, a nemo and mantra ray from our list amongst all the other beautiful fish.

  27. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Joanne and David Andrews

    We highly recommend the TOP DECK cruise, we felt so special and spoiled all day. It was our anniversary and there would not have been a better way to spend it.


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