Spend 2 days and 1 night Snorkelling the Outer Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s best liveaboard, Reef Encounter and 1 day discovering the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest travelling by Scenic Railway and returning by Skyrail Cable Car.

Day 1 and 2  Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard 

Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, spending 2 days snorkeling the crystal clear waters, coming face to face with magnificent marine life.

Australia’s Best liveaboard “Reef Encounter” offers 2 wonderful days of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, departing from Cairns.

Reef Encounter offers something for everyone, whether it be to enjoy the sunset, sleep on the reef, snorkelling with time to really enjoy the unique beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life that lives there.

Our Liveaboard Snorkel tour can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even with limited swimming ability.

Reef Encounter offers all the luxury facilities of a reef resort while floating on the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef  making it one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia.

Want to go scuba diving? Travel as a Resort Scuba Diver or add on one Resort Scuba Dive when booking.

Tour Highlights

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

Your 2 day Encounter Includes

  • On board Chef Preparing quality meals daily (Dietary requirements catered for)
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo during the day
  • Fresh fruits
  • Snorkel Equipment and Instruction. (Fins, Mask and Snorkel)
  • Floatation Devices if required
  • Marine Biologist Presentation on board Reef Experience on route to Reef Encounter
  • Scuba Diving Demonstration and Instruction for Snorkellers (this is not a Scuba Dive only a demonstration)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Marine Life Commentary
  • Overnight luxury Stateroom Accommodation all rooms have ensuite
  • 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) at an Extra Cost

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Modern 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 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
  • 8:00 am  Check out of Room – Luggage put into transfer room
  • 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
  • Cairns Accommodation Not included on this night

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  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 

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina are by our Day Boat Reef Experience with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter
  • Departs every day of the year
  • Staterooms on board Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin share (2 Single Beds). When booking please advise your rooming preference. (We will do our best to accommodate you rooming preference).
  • Please advise when booking your Accommodation details for pickup arrangements for the Kuranda Sector of this package.
  • Accommodation is not included on the night of Day 2 when you arrive back into Cairns.
  • Please advise any Dietary requirements

Accommodation is not included on this night when returning to Cairns.

Day 3 Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Rainforestation

Cairns Scenic Train and Skyrail  journey to Kuranda is an exciting one.  Just 25 km northwest of Cairns in far north Queensland (1180ft above sea level) and surrounded by world heritage rainforest is this world famous tourist destination known as the “Village in the Rainforest”.

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda Village.

Travelling by the scenic Train you will learn about the pioneering history of the tropical north.

During the 90 minute journey  climbing over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while winding its way from Cairns to Kuranda.

You will be in awe of the excellent views of the world listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.

Whilst Kuranda Scenic Train gives visitors an amazing view of the rainforest at ground level, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the rainforest as it soars silently only meters above the rainforest canopy.

Stretching 7.5 km through the tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Skyrail provides people with a unique opportunity and a world first, to see and experience the rainforest in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations, Barron Falls and Red Peak Station

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to Rainforest Station

Set on  100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest this unique tourist attraction. You will experience the topical rainforest from a totally unique perspective.

The Outback Restaurant is styled as a traditional Aussie Outback venue and is where you will enjoy your  delicious BBQ Buffet Lunch.

Kuranda Classic Inclusions

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Return Transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation 

Kuranda Classic Itinerary

  • 7:30am (approximately) Pickup from Cairns City Accommodation
  • 8:30 am Travel Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • 10:15 am Arrive Kuranda Railway Station.
  • 11:45 am Please be at the bus stop outside the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • BBQ Lunch. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard.
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.
  • learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing.
  • Koala & Wildlife Park.
  • Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a holding a small crocodile (Optional extra)
  • 3:45 pm Transfer to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal for 4pm boarding.
  •  5:15 pm Your coach will be at the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your accommodation.


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Kuranda Classic – CKB

Classic Kuranda - CKB

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.


Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

2 Day Liveaboard Snorkel

Stateroom - Twin Share or Double

2 Day Snorkel Adventure - Choice of Twin Share or Double Share.


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