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Bowral, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were lucky to experience Reef Encounter as top deck passengers, and we were taken very good care of. Rooms v comfortable, food plentiful and nutritious, coffee machine making excellent coffee. We had our own guide for the duration of our stay, and that added a lot to our overall experience. Simone was a great dive master who could strike...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We recently returned from a four day live aboard with Reef Encounter and I am already planning my next trip back. I've done day trips to the reef in the past but a live-aboard with Reef Encounters is truely the only way to experience the GBR. The experience was completely above and beyond everything I had expected - amazing food,...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from an amazing 3 days spent with Reef Encounter. I thought the package was great value considering that we had a nice room, meals and lots of diving. The staff were fantastic and made a great effort. There was a strong emphasis on safety with staff always checking by name every passenger who went out to snorkel...

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Thank Liam S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came to Reef Encounter for the Easter long weekend. It exceeded my expectations in every way possible! The accommodation was so comfortable, the food amazing and the dive sites were spectacular. I had my own dive guide for the first couple of dives to allow me to get my confidence back. I was also a solo traveller and met...

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Texas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This rates up there as one of the most amazing experiences of my life -truly a bucket-list item. As a solo diver, I chose the Top Deck experience and it was worth every penny. I had my own personal dive master (Callei) that was outstanding. Every dive was a unique experience, the food was excellent and the people I met...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently completed a three night four day with reef encounter and what an amazing experience it was. Our entire group of seven enjoyed the entire trip. The boat is nicely setup and stable even in the rougher conditions. It cannot be underestimated how good the crew is on this boat and would like to specially mention Caitlin - an...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only had one night stay but enough time to do six snorkel/dive sessions. Staff incredibly helpful and friendly and food onboard was outstanding. Safety is prioritised but done in a way that is both informative and not too 'heavy'. Good sense of crew being very sensitive to rules about maintaining the Reef and being highly environmentally aware. Some fantastic...

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently got back from our trip to Australia and the Reef Encounter was the best part of our two weeks there. We booked the 3 day/2 night trip and were incredibly happy with the experience. Although our stay was during Cyclone Debbie, the Captain and Crew did everything they could to ensure everyone on board had...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef was on my bucket list and I'm so glad that I chose the Reef Encounter to do it with. I chose the Top Deck option really because I'm not a confident diver, although I am a certified diver. And Emily was an excellent guide for my dives, who went into the water with...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed for a 3 day, 2 night liveaboard. You arrive at Reef Experience at Cairns Marina, take a 90 boat ride to Reef Encounter. The day prior to arrival, there was a possible cancellation due to Cyclone Debbie, but it hit south, still affected the reefs, we stayed only at Hastings because of Debbie. On Reef Experience, they served...

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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: $595 - $926 (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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“Top deck rooms were excellent!”
catherineseaton, 19 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Opt for the Top Deck Experience - Great rooms and outstanding service.”
danielbarraclough, 19 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We were on the middle floor and it was nice and stable, higher floors will have a better view but more movement”
436liams, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Choose the Top Deck option. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny!”
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962rosal, 8 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Jai Holland and Nick-Paul”
westperth, 25 Mar 2017 | Read review
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