Snorkeling Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Liveaboard snorkel tours are a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef with unlimited snorkeling available throughout the day.

If you love snorkeling and being up close and personal with fish and coral in more colour than you can believe then this could be your perfect reef experience.

Our Liveaboard snorkel tour is a great way for friends, couples or family members to share the Great Barrier Reef liveaboard experience.

Snorkeling is available all day except for lunch time and when we move the vessel to another spectacular location.

All of our reefs offer great snorkeling,

  • Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tipsHelpful Snorkeling Tips

  • Cover up with good sunscreen and ideally a wetsuit what starts out to be a quick snorkeling session can turn easily into an hour while you watch some of our brightly coloured marine life play in the coral reefs.
  • Snorkel Noodles are available onboard making it very easy to snorkel

 See the Great Barrier Reef on our Liveaboard Snorkel Tours

One day on the Great Barrier Reef is never enough Stay on it with Reef Encounter!

Reef Encounter, Australia’s only floating luxury boutique hotel, is situated on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns and offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience.

Reef Encounter is for anyone who wishes to experience the Great Barrier Reef -whether it be to enjoy the sunset, sleep on the reef, snorkeling with time to really to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the quality reef and marine life or for those mad keen snorkelers who want to explore everything under the water!

Reef Encounter, a 35 metre luxury catamaran, 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.

Reef Encounter has a large easy access water platform that allows hassle free snorkeling, directly off the side of the boat in perhaps one of the most spectacular aquatic environments in the world.

The vessel also features comfortable staterooms and deluxe Top Deck Club rooms, all with double or twin beds and private bathrooms.

Staying overnight on the reef is truly an experience that just has to be made.

The spectacular sunrises and sunsets that rise and fall over the calm, azure waters simply have to be seen to be believed.

The abundance of brightly shining stars just adds to the perfect natural setting.

Flexible transfers to Reef Encounter are available daily via a 90 minute fast catamaran boat ride from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Encounter has great scuba diving packages if part of your group or family want to go scuba diving please click the link to find out more information

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.