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Gtr Manchester
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Myself and my partner did the one night liveaboard. Were both snorkelers and we're excited to try the introductory scuba dives. We booked an introductory night dive also. Firstly I want to say how amazing all the staff are, they're all friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I can't comend them enough. They made everyone feel at home and...

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I absolutely loved being on Reef Encounter for four days with the addition of the top deck service. The top deck service was really spectacular, and made our family vacation that much more special... the GBR already does a great job of that :) Troy was our amazing dive master and took care of us throughout our...

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Thank Sarah W
Oldenburg, Germany
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the two day live aboard to have some time aboard and get the chance for some more dives than on a day trip. That paid off already but we got so much more. The staff was just fantastic and very caring. The cabin was hotel like. The food was far better than what we expected. I still can't...

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Thank larseinemann
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed for 1 night. He did 3 dives including a night dive, which was a great experience, plus some snorkeling and I did 5 snorkels. We visited 3 reefs and all were the most colourful I have seen with an abundance of fish. I chose this reef stay because of the reviews and the accommodation provided....

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Thank GazPen2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed on the reef encounter a total of 4 days. I had truely epic experiences diving the reef whilst doing my advanced course. The crew were friendly, knowledgable and very easy to get along with and the food was amazing. All in all I would highly recommend to anyone looking to experience the reef. Also night-dives are awesome. The...

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Thank Crookzer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed for a 3d2n liveaboard and it was awesome! The chef onboard is a hero. He prepared a feast for every single meal and the taste was always sooo good! We only did snorkeling, but you can see definitly enough. The crew is very helpful giving tips for the best spots to go to. If you're staying definitly go...

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Thank Henning h
Laura-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this review

Hi Henning, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did! We hope to see you back on board in the future. All the best,

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I chose this company based on the trip adviser reviews and so pleased i did. It definitely did not disappoint. My friend and I stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed every second. The staff are friendly and helpful and contribute to fantastic snorkelling and diving experience. Safety was a priority and i felt safe at all times. The boat was...

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Laura-HotGetaways, Director of Sales at Reef Encounter, responded to this review

Hi Shelly, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. We are very happy we have lived up to your expectations. All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did! We hope to see you back on board in the future. All...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The scuba diving was totally awesome. Must do for any diver. So many BIG fish, and all the edible species - like sea cucumbers - stuff you don't see in SE Asia etc where the reefs are over fished. The night dive truly incredible. This is an affordable way to do a live-a-board. per dive it works out cheaper than...

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Hi Neal, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did! The night dive is definitely amazing and one of the biggest benefits of an overnight trip. We hope to see you back on...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exceeded all expectations. Very organized, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Several folks got their scuba certifications with high praise for the instructors. The snorkeling was great with almost as much to see as the scuba divers. Accommodations on the boat were very good and they also had a fantastic chef that made sure we got as many calories as we burned...

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Hi Steven, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. We are very pleased that it exceeded all your expectations! All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did. We hope to see you back on board in the future. All the...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed for 3 nights aboard Reef Encounter while I did my open water course. The boat was spacious and clean, the food was so good too! My course was run by Jai and he made the whole thing great, really made sure we got to see the reef as well as learning how to dive properly. Everyone on board...

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Thank Caleb P
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Hi Caleb, We appreciate it you took the time to leave Reef Encounter a great review. Congratulations on completing your open water course. All day everyday the crew works very hard to make sure customers experience our backyard in the same way you did! We hope to see you back on board in the future. All the best,

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Reef Encounter,Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Liveaboard is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s floating luxury boutique hotel. Spend one night or several nights on one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Transfers departing from Cairns, Queensland daily, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience. Enjoy the sunsets, relax, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear blue waters. ... more   less 

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Address: 100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: €412 - €647 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reef Encounter 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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“The cabins are small - but you should be either in the water on deck or in the bar!”
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“You stay on a boat at the Great Barrier Reef, it's incredible.”
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“Ground floor actually has windows too, and the view is still as amazing as top floor.”
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“The top deck experience is worth it. Definitely stay overnight! Rooms at the front of the boat have multiple windows.”
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