“A must do experience on the reef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW
Reef Encounter was the best dive trip I have been on. Apart from the reef being incredible and vibrant, the marine life abundant and the diving just excellent, the RE crew and staff were incredible.
During our few days, nothing was too much trouble, the meals were exceptional. The breakfast buffet had plenty to choose from to get your day started and you never went hungry at any meal.
The rooms, common areas and vessel in general was in good condition that just made the down time easy and relaxing. I was worried about what to do when not diving when I booked it, but really, that time zipped by in no time in comfort on the lounge chairs - which are so comfy you don't want to get up out of them.
Whilst the return trip was also in comfort, it was really the only part we regretted as we could have stayed so much longer.
Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple
Don’t just visit the Great Barrier Reef for a few hours – sleep on it!
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, 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 scuba diving and 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.
Transfers to Reef Encounter are available daily via a minute fast catamaran boat ride from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef – a service that no other vessel can provide!