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1 room, 2 adults

Reef Encounter

4-star4 stars
Cairns Marlin Marina - Marlin Jetty A, Boat: Reef Experience, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia

Cairns cruise with restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Free buffet breakfast
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Restrictions related to your trip

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  • Awesome trip to the famous Barrier Reef.All was well organised, comfy, bed, lovely people…Jan 24, 2020
  • Great luxury live aboard adventure. Stayed one-night as it was our first time on a boat…May 6, 2019

Reef Encounter

from P34,531
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Twin Room

What’s around Reef Encounter


  • Cruise from Cairns
  • Cairns Esplanade - 9 min walk
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 3 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 6 min walk
  • Cairns Convention Centre - 12 min walk
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 15 min walk
  • ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre - 1 min walk
  • Esplanade Lagoon - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) - 9 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 17 min walk
  • Freshwater Station - 12 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 14 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 21 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 7:30 AM-7:30 AM
  • Check-out time is 8 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Queensland may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property for check-in instructions. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. The property is a ship at sea. Guests must take the Reef Experience catamaran from Cairns Marlin Marina, A Finger, to reach it. The catamaran begins boarding at 7:30 AM, with check-in and breakfast on board. It departs for the ship at 8 AM. You will check-out of your room at 9 AM, and arrive in Cairns is at 4:30 PM upon departure.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Spa tub
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Special features


Onsite venue - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reef Encounter’s small print

Also known as

  • Reef Encounter Boat
  • Reef Encounter Cruise Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Boat Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef Encounter Cruise
  • Reef Encounter Cairns


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Optional extras

Cribs/Infant beds are available for AUD 50.00 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Reef Encounter

  • Does Reef Encounter offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Reef Encounter does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Reef Encounter?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and requires staff to wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Are pets allowed at Reef Encounter?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Reef Encounter?
    You can check in from 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM. Check-out time is 8 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Reef Encounter?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers ocean views. Nearby restaurants include Prawn Star (4-min walk), Salt House (4-min walk), and Tha Fish (4-min walk).
  • Is there an onsite casino at Reef Encounter?
    No, this cruise ship doesn't have a casino, but Reef Hotel Casino (5-min walk) and Cazalys Cairns (6-min drive) are both nearby.
  • What is there to do at Reef Encounter and nearby?
    Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as snorkeling. Reef Encounter also has a spa tub.

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 15 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Awesome stay and a great staff :) Memorable for years to come!
Amy, ca1 night romance trip
Good 6.0
Very overpriced trip. The yacht is very old. No cabin has lockers on the door - according to the stuff, that’s the policy on the boat. This mean that theoretically anyone can enter your room at any time. You can’t controll the conditioner in your room and in the dining area, it is freezing there. It’s a problem to get the fresh towel - you will be sent to use the only public dryer where everyone washed their stuff. The yacht has no shoe policy but the floor is pretty dirty. The wetsuits are literally tearing apart! I would say this is like a good friendly motel but they advertise and charge as 5 star hotel.
Diver, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Super stay
Fabulous trip out to the reef. The crew were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was great and the cabin was very comfortable. We saw loads of fish, dolphins, turtles and baby reef sharks. Excellent way to get closer to the reef.
Jacqueline, au2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
The hot tub is great and was very often in use. Great stay!
Stefanie, us4 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
This was an amazing experience! I recommend staying two nights. The staff was so accommodating and it almost felt like you were traveling with good friends! Food was delicious and beds were comfortable. Good sleep is very important to me,
Debra, us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
We were aboard Reef Encounter for 3 nights & everything was lovely! Food was excellent, staff were young and delightful. no complaints - would definitely return!
Karen, us3 night trip
Very good 8.0
Très bien
Équipe jeune et très dynamique. Bonne organisation
Patrick, fr2 night family trip
Poor 2.0
Nous avions réservé 2 jours / 1 nuit. Nous avons été très décu d'avoir payé 950 $ et avoir eu la chambre moins de 24 heures. Ils nous ont demandé de libérer pour 7:30am le lendemain matin même si on quittait le bateau à 15h. Ils nous ont relocalisés dans une chambre "Transfer room" qui était en fait accessible à tous comme chambre de bain publique. Je n'ai pas pu croire qu'à ce prix là nous n'avions pas la chambre pour notre séjour. Très décevant
ca1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Une expérience inoubliable !
Prestations impeccables : tout était parfait :-) Chambres confortables, qualité et variété des repas, équipage extraordinaire, ultra motivé et aux petits soins pour chacun des passagers, équipement, arrêts sur chacun des récifs choisis avec soin par le capitaine en fonction de la météo, plongées toutes mémorables, de jour comme de nuit sur des spots magnifiques ... des souvenirs pour la vie pour nos trois grands enfants, dont deux ont découvert la plongée avec bouteille, et pour nous mêmes !!! En bonus : un sèche linge à disposition pour récupérer une serviette chaude et sèche après la plongée :-) La photographe était excellente, ne pas hésiter à repartir avec les photos sous marines (forfait illimité topissime !). Équipage et passagers : tous top, excellente ambiance, chacun peut vivre à son rythme ! Nous serions bien restés plus longtemps que les deux nuits passées sur le bateau, nous ne nous sommes pas ennuyés et nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir :-)))
Anne, fr2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Uforglemmelig liveabord på Great Barrier Reef
Uforglemmelig oplevelse ombord på en super serviceminded crew. Muligt at dykke optil 6 dyk (8 snorkel) på 1 overnatning på revet, som er helt og aldeles ubeskrivelig. Værelserne og fællesfaciliteterne var fine, men ikke noget at råbe hurra for. Crewet var enormt åbne og hjælpsomme med alt mellem himmel og jord - hvis man har tendens til søsyge, så husk søsygepiller på transferbåden - disse stilles også til rådighed blandt bådens gæster.
dk1 night romance trip

Reef Encounter