Top Deck Club – Great Barrier Reef accommodation

Great Barrier Reef accommodation.  Stay aboard Cairns premier Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter. Enjoy the luxury VIP package with our ‘Top Deck Club’.

Starting your trip in Cairns, You meet your Top Deck Club valet, who is there to make sure that everything you need is at your fingertips. Once onboard Reef Encounter, your valet will show you to your room and make sure that we know about any dietary requirements you may have.

Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef’s crystal clear waters, this is one of Australia’s most celebrated holidays escape. See the reef at its very best – day and night!

We know that everyone has different Reef Encounter requirements; several packages suit all our aquatic guests.  Next, choose your activities, Starting with snorkelling and scuba diving from beginner to advanced.

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Stay in the best Top Deck Club cabins on the bo
  • With late check-out
  • spacious ensuite staterooms with ocean views.
  • All rooms have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter, our boutique floating hotel, Staterooms also have their ensuite toilet & shower.
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy an evening turn-down service for their stateroom.
  • Double bed or twin single bed staterooms are available.

Why choose a Top Deck Club liveaboard experience

Top Deck Club is the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef.   We will personalise your  Top Deck experience just the way you like it.

Amongst other things, Top Deck Club includes a crew member just for you!  A private in-water Guide for personal scuba dive tours or snorkelling tours. Late check-out times, deluxe 3-course evening meals under the stars and breakfast in bed.

 

Top Deck Club Dining

 

A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by the onboard Chef for each night of your stay. You may choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Enjoy an Australian continental, or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon.
  • Sparkling wine after water activities.
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Top Deck Club guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices.
  • All meals are prepared fresh daily by an onboard Chef—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fruit is available throughout the day.   Our chefs can cater for all dietary requirements. Please advise any dietary requirements when booking.
  • A barbeque buffet breakfast on the outbound voyage.
  • A glass of wine, cheese and fruit platter on the return journey.
  • Free luggage storage is available at the Reef Encounter office in Cairns City.

Facilities Onboard

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel,
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Spacious, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad
  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with spectacular ocean views
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter stateroom with ensuite toilet and shower.
  • Double bed or twin-single bed staterooms available

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is based on a 3-day /2-night stay with Reef Encounter

First Day

Arrive

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night

7:30am
Board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter

9:30am
Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your 'Welcome & Safety Talk' before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

10:30am
 Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13.00
Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

13.30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Full Day

On the Reef

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Last Day

Return

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Room Checkout

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

14:45
Departing passengers board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served on the return journey

15:00 

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

*Please note, this itinerary does not apply to 'Great Barrier Reef Deal' bookings.

*Stateroom Check-In time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 8.00am on the morning of departure (access to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with all other boat facilities)

*Top Deck Club Check-in time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 2.00pm on the day of departure>

*This itinerary may vary due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

  • Discover the World’s largest living thing.
  • Great Barrier Reef Stay
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • Scuba dive at night

Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel and scuba diving equipment
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A valet reef guide
  • Late checkout times.
  • Private guided in-water tours
  • Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation
  • Dinner under the stars
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  •  Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in  Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter
  • Introductory dive
  • Professional  photographs
  • Scuba lessons
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers
  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot product.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
  • Socks
  • Casual resort wear
  • Scuba divers need to bring their certification card and logbook

How to get to Reef Encounter?

Two Choices to get to Reef Encounter

The first option is via our transfer vessel Reef Experience that departs Cairns daily at 8 am.

The second option is via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier and landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive helipad.

Important information for scuba divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia.

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.

We recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire. Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1 

Flying after Scuba Diving

You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Top Deck Club Liveaboard Accommodations

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

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