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Santa Rosa, California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Of our month long trip in Australia, our 4 days on the Reef Encounter was the highlight!! We did the Top Deck Experience and it was well worth every penny. Seriously- book it right now. You won't regret it!! From starting the day with a wake up knock and a pot of French pressed coffee in bed to finishing it...

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Gr8 diving and all round GBR experience, super friendly crew. Diving was excellent, very safe and well supervised. Really enjoyed the liveaboard. Food on board was excellent. Even managed a 6.30am dive, fitted 6 in in 24hrs, amazing.

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great! I did the 2 day/1 night liveaboard. The staff were friendly/helpful and the diving was awesome. I always dove with a guide, and they were helpful in pointing out anything cool that we might have missed in the water, and went along at a comfortable pace. On the boat, the sleeping and lounge areas were nice and clean. The...

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Grayslake, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful time with Reef Encounter! We loved staying on the ocean for 3 nights/4 days to maximize the number of dives we could complete on the Great Barrier Reef. The top deck package was our "splurge" of the trip and worth every penny! (When we broke down what we got for the price, it...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an experience, the location, the people, the boat made a trip on the Great Barrier Reef feel like the best experience in the world. This trip is surrounded in beauty above and below the water and the team on Reef Encounter take your experience above and beyond anything you would expect to receive. From the moment we stepped onboard...

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

We would add our five stars to so many others concerning this company. The crew of the live-aboard boat were friendly, funny, expert and always ready to help. They erred on the side of safety, and had their systems very organized and tight. The food was plentiful and very well done. We've never done a cruise to be able to...

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Monmouth, Maine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our bucket list came true thanks to Reef Encounter! We booked 1N/2D stay Top Deck and it was the ultimate experience! Ryan our Top Deck guide was awesome! We were treated beautifully! We really, really enjoyed Ryan with us on our snorkel trips as he pointed out the species of marine and coral life. We did all 7 trips and...

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Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting the Great Barrier Reef some years ago on a day trip we wanted more time so decided on reef encounter for 1 night. The whole experience was so well run and being able to snorkle 3-4 times a day was especially wonderful. Our group of two families 2adults and 2teens in each family all really enjoyed our time...

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Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On recommendation of our friend we (family with 2 kids) booked 2days (just before end of 2017) with Reef Encounter, resp. Reef Experience. Just excellent and memorable 2 days - almost like a 5* hotel (we did not expect such a great food, big cabins, great crew). I tried scuba diving for the first time in my life with a...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment you step aboard, you are made to feel welcome with smiling faces from the staff who try to get to know each and every passenger. Friendly and obliging, they made sure that you were well catered for and nothing was ever too much trouble. The food was outstanding. Good advice provided at dive sites so that both...

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Reef Encounter,Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Liveaboard is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s floating luxury boutique hotel. Spend one night or several nights on one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Transfers departing from Cairns, Queensland daily, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience. Enjoy the sunsets, relax, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear blue waters. ... more   less 

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Address: 100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $546 - $856 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reef Encounter 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef
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“All rooms were good.”
 of 5 bubbles dochendo, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms have ocean views!”
 of 5 bubbles Pippi908, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“3 floors on the boat, very quite during the night, no waves as on reef”
  • Spacious cabin for 2
 of 5 bubbles Andrejka74, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Top Deck is the only way to go!”
 of 5 bubbles A4717DFwendyp, 17 Dec 2016 | Read review
“for those prone to motion sickness, low & in the center. non-motion sickness & romantic go for the upper deck”
 of 5 bubbles LookingForFamilyFun, 16 Dec 2016 | Read review
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