I went diving for 3 days on the Reef Encounter. It was my first trip to Australia, my first liveaboard, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The staff on the Reef Encounter was organized, professional, and dedicated to quality service. The food was outstanding. The weather was rough--very windy--but this did not deter intrepid divers. I had read tons of magazines on diving in SE Asia, but this exceeded anything I had expected. The richness of color in the fish, and the diversity in the corals, were fabulous. I'm an amateur photographer, and it took me a few days to settle down. I'm trying to figure out how to go back, since this started off as a business trip and my company paid for the flight.