Top Deck Club on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Top Deck Club is the best VIP reef tour, departing daily from Cairns at 8 am.  This tour comes with a valet to make sure you have a fantastic day on the reef.  Top Deck Club members have an exclusive area,  in the Wheelhouse. The all-inclusive tour includes scuba diving and snorkelling.

Enjoy a more personalised, private, and relaxed day and journey in style in the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse Top Deck Club Lounge.

This VIP Day tour includes a Valet to take care of you in and out of the water.

Your valet will serve you a delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the day.

On the way to the Great Barrier Reef, your valet will organise all your equipment while you sit back and relax.

On the way to the reef our marine biologist will do a fun, informative talk about the reef.

During our day we will be visiting two spectacular outer barrier reef locations. At each location there will be time to scuba dive and snorkel.

At our first location, we also offer a glass-bottom boat tour with commentary.

While on the reef discover the natural wonders with a personalised snorkel tour and guided introductory or certified scuba 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 onboard Reef Experience.

Other things to do in Cairns

  • Exclusive area of the boat
  • scuba diving
  • snorkelling
  • glass bottom boat
  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 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
  • A personal valet/guide both onboard and in the water.  Your crew member ensures your trip flows the way you want it to and assigned to you for the entire day.
  • Private guided snorkel tours and scuba dive tours for that extra in-water care and attention
  • 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!   Enjoy your fresh, chef-prepared meals delivered to your table.  A special lunch menu, plunger tea and coffee and a cheese & fruit platter & complimentary sparkling wine on the 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
  • scuba dive or introductory scuba dive  
  •  Glass Bottom Boat Tour – combined with other passengers (weather permitting)
  • Pick up and Return to Cairns City Accommodation
  • Marine Biology Presentation – combined with other passengers
  • Large Sun Deck with padded loungers
  • 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
  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses,
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

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 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

There are a number of parking stations throughout Cairns close to the Marina.  Click here to see where

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

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

We recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking.   Some medical conditions, age and 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 delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us 

Alternatively, you may like to consult your 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 scuba 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 scuba dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

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  1. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Brandon murphy
    5

    Leroy and jade were fantastic! As our top deck people they made sure we had plenty of food and drink and then guided us through the water ensuring we had the best possible experience

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  2. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kaitlin Diaz
    5

    The Reef Experience was hands-down a bucket list experience for me! I visited Australia for the first time with my parents and knew I wanted to swim in the Great Barrier Reef. We opted for the Top Deck upgrade which was definitely worth it! We sat in the wheelhouse of the boat with the Captain and had our own personal guide. It was definitely a VIP experience worth the price! Our guide was there for any questions we had and brought us a fantastic Aussie breakfast and amazing chicken/steak lunch! We had our own private comfortable table which made us feel safe with our belongings. Our guide got our equipment ready for us and made sure we were the first ones in the water at both stops. I opted to do the "resort" scuba dive, as I am not certified, and snorkeling. Having our own personal guide for just the 3 of us was perfect for this experience! As I have never scuba dived before it was amazing having him there with me and helping me through the experience. If we had not done the Top Deck upgrade, I would have been place with 10-15 other un-certified divers and would have been very overwhelmed. Since we did have a personal guide, I was able to scuba dive for 30 minutes at 24 feet! The Reef Experience was just amazing! The boat was beautiful and the staff were so friendly. Both of our reef spots were stunning with a gorgeous reef and sooo many fish! Highly recommend the Reef Experience and the Top Deck upgrade!!

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  3. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Ron & Sue
    5

    The Top Deck was really worthwhile to make our day amazing. We had unbelievable weather and visibility, but the flexibility of this company to anchor in different locations enabled the best advantage to be taken of the conditions. On Top Deck, we had our own guide so could maximise the time for snorkelling and diving. We have had nearly 50 years snorkelling and diving experience, much of this on the GBR, and still rated this as a fabulous day. Lots of good coral and reef fish. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the food and service on board. Thanks to Boris for looking after us so very well.

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  4. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Madelyn O'Mally
    5

    The crew were very friendly, nice and happy to help. They were absolutely amazing! Aisah looked after me so well and helped me snorkel. She pointed out stuff and if she wasn't there I would probably miss stuff, she was so welcoming. Thank you Aisah and Thank you for the great day!!!

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  5. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Nadine O'Mally
    5

    Aishah was so welcoming and her service was above expectations. She was wonderful with my daughter snorkelling. The crew were absolutely Awesome! So friendly and happy to help. Great sense of humour too. The best part of the day was All of it!!!! I will definitely recommend this to others.

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  6. VIP Reef Cruise review by Karen
    0

    No you dont Nick. As long as you are medically fit according to the Queensland Regulations you can participate in an introductory dive.

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  7. VIP Reef Cruise review by Nick Heron
    0

    Brilliant to hear but to scuba dive with this company did you need a diving certificate?

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  8. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Tracy Westerfield
    5

    This was the best part of our trip to Australia from the United States. The staff were exceptional and we were so cared for the entire day. TOP DECK is the way to go, I would do it again for sure! Val was our guide for the day and she was a real gem, and made me feel safe in the water.

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  9. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Deb and Rebecca
    5

    Worth the extra fee for Top Deck! This was such a fun day! Shinee was our attendant and her positive attitude, good sense of humor and desire for us to have an amazing adventure made our first visit to the Great Barrier Reef and our first snorkeling and scuba experiences better than we could ever have imagined. Also Martin was there with the other two up top with us, and he was great as well. We would go with this company again. Thanks so much to Shinee!

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  10. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Gareth and Helen
    4

    Fab day out with good food and great crew would highly recommend diving great experience, thank you all for making a great day

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  11. Brad & Carrie (USA)
    5

    Snokeling w/ Mackensea and the food/drink were amazing. Fantastic experience, thanks so much!

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  12. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Grace K
    5

    The crew were AMAZING! So attentive and experienced, we couldn't have asked for more. Shiniee was a wonderful guide, and made the day so much fun/ We will never forget our amazing experience at the GBR! The best part: meeting "Frank" the humphead Maori wrasse.

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  13. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Carole Richings
    5

    We all had one of the best days of our lives , the reef experience was amazing, thanks especially goes to shinini who was with us throughout the day . She helped me , complete a dream to dive on the Great Barrier Reef , thank you x

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  14. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Annabel
    5

    We had an amazing experience in top deck when we went out on the reef. Shinee was so lovely and made sure our family had a great time.

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  15. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Ming
    5

    We had an amazing experience in top deck when we went out on the reef. Shine looked after our entire family and made sure we all had a great time.

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  16. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Colin K
    5

    The crew is AMAZING! Everyone is friendly and has a passion for their job. Shout out to Shinee for looking after us. There was such friendly service -- seeing the GBR in person and trying scuba diving for the first time were amazing! We would definitely recommend this 10/10 5 stars!!!

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  17. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kurt & Sarah
    5

    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!!

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  18. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Jill N Lord
    5

    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.

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  19. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Stephanie Davison
    5

    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.

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  20. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Josh Foster
    5

    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

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  21. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Anna Zarb
    5

    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

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  22. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Lalani and Dan
    5

    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!

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  23. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Shane
    5

    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!

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  24. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Karen L.
    5

    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 :)

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  25. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Jodie & family
    5

    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!

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  26. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Julia
    5

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

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  27. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Julia
    5

    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.

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  28. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sean Satterwhite
    5

    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.

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  29. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Sean (USA)
    5

    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!

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  30. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Ramon
    5

    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.

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  31. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Tamao
    5

    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.

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  32. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Ashley
    5

    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. :)

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  33. VIP Reef Cruise review by Drew
    5

    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.

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  34. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kathy Gray
    5

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

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  35. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kim Dandy
    5

    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.

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  36. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Karen
    0

    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.

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  37. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sylvia Z
    5

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

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  38. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Sylvia Z
    5

    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.

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  39. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Lorna Conaghan
    5

    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.

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  40. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Kenneth Bihn
    5

    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!!!

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  41. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Kamrul
    5

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

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  42. Top Deck Club Day Tour review by Laura Alexander
    5

    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.

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  43. Top Deck Club Reef Day Cruise review by Joanne and David Andrews
    5

    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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