Great Barrier Reef Deal for snorkellers and introductory divers.

Join Cairns’ premier liveaboard with our fabulous one-night discount special Great Barrier Reef Deal for snorkelers and introductory divers.  The discount means that you pay less to arrive on Reef Encounter a little later.

This discount deal is for a two day /1-night stay in superbly appointed stateroom accommodation and is only available for SNORKELERS or BEGINNER ‘INTRODUCTORY’ DIVERS. (Please note, this deal is not possible for qualified scuba divers. Click here for liveaboard tours for qualified divers)

Begin your adventure by spending day one of your ‘Great Barrier Reef snorkelling deal’ onboard our sister vessel ‘Reef Experience’, until you transfer to the Reef Encounter liveaboard boat at approximately 3 pm.

During your day on ‘Reef Experience,’ you will have access to all the ‘Reef Experience‘ day tour facilities. You may go snorkelling on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch.

Your adventure continues when you transfer to the Great Barrier Reef floating hotel, Reef Encounter at 3 pm.

Once onboard the liveaboard hotel, you will be given a vessel welcome and safety talk before being shown to your cabin at approximately 4 pm.

Please see the itinerary below for more information about our Great Barrier Reef Deal*

  • Itinerary: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Deal

Please note itinerary times are approximate and may vary.

First Day

7.30 am
Board the boat ‘Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for check-in, breakfast and your journey to the Great Barrier Reef

8.00 am
Welcome, safety talk and snorkel briefing. A Marine Biology Presentation during your journey

9.30 am
Water Session: Arrive at our first spectacular reef site and go snorkelling with vivid tropical fish amongst beautiful coral gardens. (If you have booked a beginner’ introductory’ dive package, you will also do your first scuba dive during this water session).

10.30 am
Glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting)

Buffet hot and cold lunch served

 Water Session: Cruise to a second reef location to explore and snorkel

Transfer to Reef Encounter for your’ welcome & safety talk’ before being shown to your cabin at approximately 3.30 – 4 pm

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


Dinner served in the dining saloon


Dinner served in the dining saloon. (Earlier afternoon snacks served during the winter schedule)

Dessert served in the dining saloon

Last Day

6.00 am
A wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

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

7:30 am
Breakfast served in the dining saloon

8:00 am
Check out of stateroom cabin and into a transfer cabin, where you may store your luggage and use the en-suite shower/toilet/towel facilities etc

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

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

Lunch served in the dining saloon

 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

Departing passengers board the transfer vessel ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served on the return journey

Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with ocean views
  • All cabins have their en-suite toilet & shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra – please contact our friendly reservations team to see if helicopter transfers are currently available with your Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Deal)


*The Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Deal is based on the first part of your tour being spent onboard our sister day vessel ‘Reef Experience’, with check-in time into your accommodation cabin being at approximately 4 pm.

It may be booked either as a snorkelling package or beginner ‘introductory’ dive package. 

If you prefer an earlier cabin check-in time of approximately 10.30 am – OR if you are a qualified diver – please click here to view alternative liveaboard options.

Have you heard about the Reef Encounter hostie program? Its where you can stay longer in exchange for meals and accommodation click the link to find out more.



  • Stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkelling
  • Introductory diving
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • At night head to the sundeck to see the amazing starlit sky.
  • Heated Jacuzzi
  • The best crew on the reef


What’s Included in the Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Deal

  • A day on Reef Experience

  • Sleep on the reef with Reef Encounter’s, Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Deal
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our onboard Chef—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
  • Fruit, tea & coffee available throughout the day
  • All dietary requirements catered for – please advise us of these when booking.
  • The best crew on the reef!  Reef Encounter’s team is the best in the business, winning personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry year after year.
  • The latest snorkelling (wetsuits are a small additional charge)
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request

  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals.
  • Free luggage storage facility available at our offices in the Cairns City

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light Jacket
  • Socks


How to get there

How to Get There

Your transfer vessel, Reef Experience, departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Diving


We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

      • Reef Encounter Medical Questionnaire
      • We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]
      • Alternatively, you may consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
      • Flying after Scuba Diving
      • For a single no-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.
      • For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
      • If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible

100 Abbott StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870


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Check-In: 4:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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2 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef DEAL - Liveaboard”

  1. Patricia

    Crew were friendly, nice, funny, professional and helpful. Room was very good, meals were very, very good....delicious! Thanks to all the crew. Had a wonderful snorkeling experience.

  2. Tyla

    Exceptional crew, who were there for any need and went above and beyond the entire trip, would highly recommend. Mike went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Meals were excellent! Chef and crew were open to all dietary needs. Highly recommend all meals. An amazing experience.


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