Scuba Diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A liveaboard scuba diving vacation is the ultimate dream for many divers, and Australia is where many of them wish to experience it.

Life onboard Reef Encounter is just like being on a floating hotel and is the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

 The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef is to become one of the fish, and enter the world of scuba diving.

Reef Encounter is a team of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the Cairns region and the Great Barrier Reef, and want to share their enthusiasm and knowledge to allow guests to partake in a truly memorable diving experience.

Once on board Reef Encounter, guests will enter a spectacular world of colour and marine life, with coral gardens that bloom under the sea.

Aside from the coral, the Great Barrier Reef is probably best-known for its spectacular variety of fishes.

Over 1500 species, from coral trout and sweetlips to marlin can be found in Reef waters.

The range of sizes, shapes and colours combine with the overwhelming beauty of the coral itself to make the Great Barrier Reef one of the world’s natural wonders.

Click here to read more about our reef sites Breaking Patches, Hastings Reef, Michaelmas Cay, Norman Reef and Saxon Reef 

Scuba divers will also get a chance to interact with Green Sea Turtles or the friendly resident giant Maori Wrasse, “Frank”, during their scuba diving adventures.

Instead of learning to dive in a resort pool or onshore shallows, at Reef Encounter the Great Barrier Reef itself is your classroom!

Reef Encounters caters for a range of diving options allowing even the most inexperienced divers to enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular triumphs.

Some of the dive packages Reef Encounter offers include:

Introductory Dive Options

  • Try Reef Encounter’s FREE 10 minute Scuba Diving Lesson. Never tried scuba diving? Why not try an Introductory/Resort Scuba Dive with Reef Encounter’s team of experienced dive Instructors. No experience necessary! It’s fun…it’s safe…it’s easy!
  • Our professional Dive Instructors guarantee a fantastic first experience. (Children need to be a minimum of 10 years in age to participate in scuba diving.)
  • NITRO Diving. Experience NITRO, Reef Encounter’s ‘Introductory Night Dive’. No School Scuba. No testing. No license. Just fun guided diving with their team of experienced instructors!

 Scuba Diving Courses

 Personalised Open Water Course (SSI Open Water Certification): the Personalised Open Water Course is ideal for previously experienced divers or confident aquatic people.

Enjoy more guided dives than the open water and advanced courses combined! Eight pleasure dives are combined with six skills sessions over a 3 day/2 night period on Reef Encounter leaving the diver with their Open Water Certificate.

On the Wildside Boat Dives:

  • Reef Encounter’s dive tender can transport up to twenty-four scuba divers to unique and adventurous diving locations. Reef Encounter’s hydraulically lifted boat platform allows for easy departure and return to Reef Encounter’s dive deck without the hassle of re-entry into the water.

Daily Transfers

Transfers to Reef Encounter are available by a 90 minute boat ride from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef – a service that no other vessel can provide!

For our guests who want to experience a liveaboard but do not wish to scuba dive we have amazing packages for snorkeling

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

First Day

Arrive

Snorkeling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max n° 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

Snorkeling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max n° 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

Snorkeling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max n° 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

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 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 day of departure

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