Sleep on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – live and sleep on the Reef and see it at its best, day and night making it one of the most unique holidays escapes in Australia.

Step aboard “Reef Encounter” a 35 metre catamaran which cruises the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with spacious ensuite cabins, very comfortable dining, lounge/saloon area, large sundeck and heated outdoor spa.

Reef Encounter is for anyone who wishes to experience the Great Barrier Reef – whether it be to enjoy the sunset, sleep on the reef or snorkel, enjoying the amazing variety of coral and the profusion of marine life.

Transfer are available daily to Reef Encounter, via a 90-minute fast catamaran boat ride from Cairns.

Your Reef Sleep Highlights

  • 2 days and 1 night on the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns Premier Liveaboard “Reef Encounter”
  • Time to enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Chef Prepared Meals whilst on-board
  • Spectacular Reef Sites
  • On board Heated Spa
  • Ocean View Rooms

Your 2 day Reef Sleep Includes

  • On board Chef Preparing quality meals daily (Dietary requirements catered for)
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo whilst boat is stationary
  • Fresh fruits available during the day
  • Snorkel Equipment and Instruction. (Fins, Mask and Snorkel)
  • Marine Biologist Presentation on board Reef Experience en route to Reef Encounter
  • Scuba Diving Demonstration and Instruction for Snorkellers (this is not a Scuba Dive only a Scuba demonstration)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Marine Life Commentary
  • Overnight Stateroom Accommodation all rooms have private bathroom
  • Fully Air conditioned
  • Bath and Beach Towels
  • Snorkel at spectacular reef locations
  • Government Reef Levies and Taxes
  • Friendly professional Dive Instructors if you wish to try a Resort Scuba Dive (subject to Medical Conditions and Medication) Extra Cost 

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ocean-view rooms
  • Private bathrooms
  • Large dining area, bar & lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination plant
  • Hydraulic dive/ snorkel platform
  • Helipad 

2 Day Reef Sleep Itinerary

Itineraries can change slightly due to different seasons and weather conditions

Day One

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast onboard Reef Experience –  Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 8:00 am – Depart Marlin Jetty Marine Biologist Presentation Snorkel briefing
  • 10:30 am – Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef Transfer to Reef Encounter Snorkel Sun bake and relaxation time
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch Snorkel Sun bake and relaxation time
  • 3:00 pm – Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location Snorkel, Sun bake, and relaxation time Glass bottom boat tour
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner & Dessert
  • 7:30 pm – Relaxation time, stargazing, boardgames or a movie
Day Two

  • 6:30 am – Snorkel then Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – Room Check Out- Luggage to Transfer room (depart Reef Encounter 3.00pm)
  • 8:30 am  – Snorkel or relax
  • 10:30 am – Cruise to our next spectacular reef location Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxation time
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1.00pm – Snorkel, relax
  • 3:00 pm – Transfer To Reef Experience – Direct Journey back to Cairns with Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
  • 4:30 pm – Arrive Cairns 

What to Bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day it can become quite cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefore a light pullover, cardigan should be taken 

Optional Extras

  • Introductory/Resort Scuba Dive
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Underwater Camera Hire
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO 

Tour Features

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61 7 4037 2700 Abbott StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870
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