North Queensland is only 1 place in the World where 2 World Heritage sites sit side by side

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest on this 3 day tour you can experience them both.

Spending 2 days and 1 night Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef onboard the best live aboard on the Great Barrier Reef  “Reef Encounter” and 1 day discovering the beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

Day 1 and 2  Snorkel Adventure

The Ultimate way to see one of Australia’s Remarkable gifts, the “Great Barrier Reef”.

Live and sleep on the Reef and see it at its best, day and night.

Step aboard  Cairns Liveaboard Reef Encounter.

Reef Encounter is a “Floating Boutique Hotel” and  is for everyone – whether you want to snorkel, Scuba Dive or just relax and enjoy the cruise.

During your 2 day and 1 night stay you will be experience the breathtaking beauty of the worlds largest coral system and get  up close and personal with the abundance of Marine life.

Your 2 day Great Barrier Reef tour provides you with unlimited snorkelling at different Reef Sites.

Your Snorkel Adventure Includes

  • Air-conditioned Stateroom with Private Bathroom
  • On-board Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo, water and fresh fruit available when boat is stationary
  • Snorkelling Equipment (excluding wetsuit)
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • Bath Towels and Beach towels
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Ocean-View rooms Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area, Bar and Lounge
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sun deck

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras
  • Wetsuit
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO

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 a little cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefore a light lo pullover, cardigan should be taken  

2 Day Snorkel Itinerary

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 Breakfast

8:30 am Snorkel

10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxation time

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm 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 – (Accommodation not included on this night).  

How to Get There

Daily transfers aboard Reef Experience. Boarding at 7.30 am at the Marlin Wharf (A Finger) for Breakfast, after which we depart at 8.00 am for an enjoyable 90 minute cruise to Reef Encounter.

Day 3   Daintree Rainforest Day Tour

Today you will be heading to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretching from the sugar town of Mossman to the Bloomfield River and all within 3 hours from Cairns.

Travelling in a small group of 13 from Cairns to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia.

During your day you will pass through one of Cairns most beautiful beach suburbs of Palm Cove.

Continuing your journey north stopping at Rex lookout for views back over towards the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

Onto the seaside village of Port Douglas, enjoying a tour around town plus flagstaff hill overlooking four mile beach and the historical St Mary’s by the Sea.

On the road again to the southern edge of the Daintree National Park – the magical “Mossman Gorge”. Surrounded by lush rainforest, where the clear mountain river cuts through thick rainforest and tumbles over boulders on its journey to the sea.

Enjoy a morning tea of bush scones then a guided walk in dense tropical rainforest.

Heading further north  towards the Daintree Tea House for a delicious lunch in a setting unlike any other.

After Lunch you will join a small and personalised tour on the Daintree River.

Your Daintree river cruise will take you through the domain of the large estuarine crocodiles.

Egrets wade near mangroves in the murky water of the river where the crocodile’s wait patiently for a meal. Look for pythons, tree snakes, butterflies and lots of other wildlife on this cruise.

Crossing the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry, you are now entering the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree national park.

This is where it all begins to change. You will feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.

Stopping at Alexandra lookout where you will have to opportunity for some stunning photographs.

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • 7.00 – 7.30 am Pickup from your Cairns Accommodation
  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking four mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits)
  •  A delicious lunch, tropical fruit tasting
  • Morning Tea
  • Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  •  World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks- Rainforest Boardwalks in a unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  •  Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and popular local stop (own expense)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing
  • Returns to Cairns approximately 6.30 pm
  • (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforseen issues)

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

  • Small group, offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Air Conditioned comfortable late models vehicles
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Ferry
  • Morning Tea & Lunch
  • National Park Fees & Permits
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Interpretation: friendly, knowledgeable Naturalist/Eco/World Heritage accredited guides

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • sunscreen
  •  Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellant
  • Cash for optional purchases
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