We went with Reeftrip on the Day Boat Reef Experience transferrring to the Liveaboard Reef Encounter for one night as part of their Top Deck package. Overall our trip was great..Top Deck is the premium package they offer and includes:
Seperate section on the day boat (upper level) with food and drinks and staff Better snorkelling/ scuba equipment where possible
Private dive guide/ instructor on the Encounter Private dinner on the deck (and breakfast in bed if you miss a dive) Personalised level of service from dedicated staff members..
For us it was fantastic.. our hosts..Maddie and Jo were absoultely wonderful..they made us feel really special nad looked after and most importabntly were absolutely top notch divers who i felt really comfortable with (as a Open Water diver with only 30-40 dives under the belt)
The Day Boat us brand new and fanstasticallt kitted out..it can be a little difficult in terms of having day passengers and transfers on the same trip.. but it worked out great for us (except for the delay in transferring ships due to rough seas)
The Reef Encounter live aboard is a little older and is not a fancy boat, but is comfortable and has a desalinator which means endless hot showers post dive.. The diving is probably set up mainly for beginners
/open water and the equipment is all great..I imagine more experienced divers would get frustrated at soem of the guests who struggled..
The food was great..and bar too..if a litlte expensive..
The reef site we went to were:
Saxon Reef (snorkelling only)
Breaking Patches Reef
All offered great diving and my partner loved his night dive..the coral gardens was our favourite dive...Maddie and Jo were great at pointing our favourites and some fish are lile oet dogs coming to say hi..especially a big maori wrasse.. which was fun..great coral, fish, reefie sharks and the occasional turtle..
A very easy dive trip for us.. and most enjoyable