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Reef Experience

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100 Abbott St | Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700
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Amazing for both skilled and new divers!

My husband and I booked a two day, one night live aboard on our honeymoon. We booked the Top Deck... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2016
Liza C
Surpassed All Expectations

Originally, I was going to do just a snorkeling day trip because of money. I was encouraged that... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2016
Daryl S
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One Great Day at One Great price includes : city bus transfers, 2 spectacular Outer Barrier Reef locations, breakfast, wetsuit hire, 6 hours at the Reef, Marine Biologist Reef presentation, lunch, glass bottom boat, reef levies, afternoon tea your choice of an introductory dive or a certified dive. For people who can’t swim or aren’t confident in the water our friendly crew will take them on a guided snorkelProudly locally family owned and operated.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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100 Abbott St | Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700

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Reviewed August 24, 2016

My husband and I booked a two day, one night live aboard on our honeymoon. We booked the Top Deck experience and Hitomi was out attendant/dive guide. My husband is diver certified and I am not - Hitomi led us on six dives over two...More

Thank Liza C
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Originally, I was going to do just a snorkeling day trip because of money. I was encouraged that because this would be such a rare trip to do at least one overnight, which I ended up doing. When I got onto the boat, I knew...More

Thank Daryl S
Reviewed August 23, 2016

A huge thank you to the crew of Reef Encounter! They were friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic and the accommodation very comfortable. I got to explore three different reefs several times over the course of two short days, and it was an absolutely...More

Thank Sara L
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

I stayed overnight with 3 friends on the boat, and we absolutely loved it. I am an experienced diver, and I thought the dives were incredible; I saw sharks, turtles, stingrays, and a terrific variety of fish. My three friends were new to diving, and...More

Thank thaikirsty
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved my day out on the reef. It was a very relaxed atmosphere which was nice, cause I travelled on my own, but in no time people were just chatting to each other. Never have been diving before I felt very prepared going in...More

Thank Swantje B
Reviewed August 20, 2016

I spent one night with Reef Encounters on rough seas. The wind was blowing 30-40mph plus it was cold and raining and the staff of this company handled it beautifully. They were cheerful, helpful, and professional. I had a wonderful trip.

1  Thank Martha M
Reviewed August 20, 2016

Any praise for the impeccable rooms and service that I do here on Tripadvisor is less.. This was just amazing.. I had amazing dives, great food, great stay on the vessel for a short 2 days and 1 night. Our first liveaboard experience and a...More

Thank Akshat G
Reviewed August 19, 2016

Booked the top deck experience and had the best time snorkeling and diving the reefs. The chef prepared food was delicious and our private guide was knowledgeable and personable. We were a three generation group so Nana enjoyed the glass bottom boat instead of getting...More

1  Thank tsf_tx
Reviewed August 16, 2016

Obviously I cannot fault the location, it's the Outer Great Barrier Reef! Amazing corals, colours, fish and other creatures of the sea. The food was fine and overall the staff were friendly and helpful with wetsuits, photos, etc. The things that weren't so great included...More

1  Thank LJonesy26
Reviewed August 16, 2016

Spent two nights on boat(3 dive days) with family of 4. Expensive, but well worth it! Service, food, and overall experience was five star. Crew were extremely friendly. Rooms were very spacious. The GBR was incredible experience. Highly recommend using Reef Encounter!

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September 16, 2017|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is some shade. Not a lot on deck, but enough. The dining cabin is spacious. This is where you do your briefing.this is on the same level as a lot of the cabins. Just ask for same level cabin. Wetsuits are up on... More
Kirsty Y
August 14, 2017|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you are correct in saying Reef sharks are shy but Turtles are highly likely. We were fortunate to see both. I was thrilled to just experience the array of other fish on the Reef. Reef experience has loads of experienced... More
April 24, 2017|
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Response from j2b2m2 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the other answer. Reef Experience took us to fabulous diving/snorkelling locations and the colours and the fish,sea turtles, small sharks etc were awesome. Go and see the UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef... More