Cairns Overnight Coral Reef Cruise

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Our Reef Encounter 2 Day Snorkel tour Includes unlimited snorkelling at beautiful Outer Great Barrier Reef locations from M.V Reef Encounter � Our premier choice boat tour!

Cairns Overnight Coral Reef Cruise
From$430 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Liveaboard Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Stateroom accommodation
  • Unlimited snorkeling
  • MV Reef

Tour Info

Code RE-01
  • Snorkelling
  • Cruise
Duration 2 Days
Price From $430


Vehicle Cruise Ship
Suitability Open Age
Start Cairns @ 7.45 am
Finish Cairns @ 05.45 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Cairns Liveaboard, Get your feet wet with a 2 day liveaboard overnight tour onboard a floating Great Barrier Reef hotel 'M.V Reef Encounter'! Stay aboard this newly refurbished, liveaboard vessel and enjoy all the comforts of your holiday while voyaging between exclusive Outer Great Barrier Reef locations.

Reef Encounter visits between two to three different dive and snorkel locations per day based on the optimal weather conditions. With exclusive dive and snorkel mooring sites across Cairns beautiful Outer Great Barrier Reefs, the best locations are selected based on the weather and time of year to make every reef encounter unforgettable! All times and locations are subject to change and are at the discretion of the Captain, for the comfort and welfare of passengers and ship.

Reef Encounter prides itself on the outstanding quality and value of our tours to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Our friendly and experienced team of staff are by far our greatest asset and we guarantee you'll leave Reef Encounter having met some new friends and made memories that will last forever.

Food and accommodation: Restaurant quality meals are included with your trip and are prepared with fresh, local produce daily by our onboard chef. You won't go hungry! Reef Encounter has a dining saloon, TV and games area, large outside decks with sun loungers, fully licensed bar and even an outdoor hot-tub. All cabins are spacious, fully air-conditioned and en-suite with a hot shower, wardrobe and dresser. Towels are provided.

In-Water: There's plenty of time for water activities! Reef Encounter has five water session times throughout the day for divers and snorkelers to choose between, plus one night-dive for those scuba diving. The Great Barrier Reef is home to more species of fish and other marine life than anywhere else on the planet and divers and snorkelers are likely to swim alongside turtles, find Nemo and even encounter sharks! Reef Encounter caters to all levels of scuba divers and snorkelers. Custom built access platforms make entering and exiting the ocean easy, with stairs and handrails that extend into the water. Top-quality snorkel and dive equipment is provided onboard or passengers may choose to bring their own. All scuba diving equipment comes included with a modern dive computer. Glass bottom boat tours are available upon request, free of charge for all guests.

Spending Time Onboard: Unwind on the spacious sundeck, take a scenic helicopter flight over the reef, enjoy the ocean view from the outdoor hot-tub, relax in the TV and games area or grab a drink at the fully licensed bar*. Not night diving? Often those guests not participating in the night time scuba dive can still get lucky enough to spot a shark or two over the side of the boat!

* No alcohol may be consumed prior to in water activities.

Day One

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

15:30 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

18:00 Dinner is served in the dining saloon

19:00 Night Dive Briefings

19:30 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

20:00 Desert is served in the dining saloon

Dive is Optional

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

8:30am 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 all 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 before the return journey.

16:30 Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina


  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by our onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. Fruit available throughout the day along with tea & coffee. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking
  • The best crew on the reef! The Reef Encounter 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 and scuba diving equipment (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


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


  • 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, fresh water 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)

What to Bring:

  • Hat, Towel, Sunglasses, Sun Lotion, Overnight Bag

Coach Transfer

  • City Transfers (Return) $10
  • Northern Beaches Transfers (Return) $18
  • Port Douglas Transfers (One Way) $35
  • Port Douglas Transfers (Return) $70


  • Air Conditioned, Daily Cabin Service, Fresh water shower, Glass Bottom Boat, L:iveaboard Reef Tour, Large sundeck with loungers, Licensed Bar, Lunch, Snorkel Equipment, Snorkelling, Tea & Coffee Service


  • Liveaboard Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Stateroom accommodation, delicious chef prepared meals, Unlimited snorkeling at beautiful Outer Great Barrier Reef locations from M.V Reef Encounter - Our premier choice boat tour! price is per person twin share (2 people in 1 room)

Medical Warning

  • Some Medical conditions and or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving these include Asthma or wheezing. Brain spinal cord or nervous disorder, chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint, chronic sinus, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitis, chest surgery, Epilepsy, Fainting, Seizure or blackouts, Heart Disease of any kind, recurrent ear problems when flying, tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease and High blood pressure
  • * No alcohol may be consumed prior to in water activities

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