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Reef Encounter

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are several components of this trip and boat that are not explicitly advertised online when booking. I have listed several below: 1. The company policy is to overbook and leave only some people (hand picked) to check out at 8am leaving nowhere to shower except a shared (and uncomfortable) room on the last day. This specifically means you are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and just went on the one day excursion with Reef Encounters out to Norman Reef. It was the most incredible day. We were expecting a long trip out to the reef but it was just under a couple of hours but felt like half an hour - the staff kept us distracted through the whole journey with information... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked the 3 day/2 night snorkelling tour on reef encounter and it was fantastic. We got to see 3 different parts of the reef (Saxon, Norman and Hastings). It was easy to upgrade to diving if you wanted to. The crew was very nice and helpful, the instructors knew what they were doing. The food was also good and... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the second time I have done an overnight on the reef with Reef Encounter and again I had a fantastic time. It is rewarding that as a returning customer you also get a discount. The diving was great and well organised, I paid $60 extra for a guide (very reasonable as it covered all 6 dives) so I... More 

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Thank Andrew5659
Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent 3 days / 2 nights aboard the Reef Encounter and it was excellent. The staff [diver guides/masters, cooks, managers, technicians] were attentive, professional, funny, relaxed, and knowledgeable, the food was delicious, the diving amazing and the accommodation spacious and comfortable. From arrival to departure it was very well organized and thoroughly enjoyable. I would do it again, and... More 

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Wangaratta, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for 7 nights back in December and loved it so much that we booked a 3 night stay in July. Once again a fabulous trip. We went Top Deck both times and loved the excellent care and coddling that our 'dive butlers' gave us both times. From the wake up call with a cup of tea, to the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My time on Reef Encounter exceeded all of my expectations and my only grief is that I should have booked even more time. I got picked up my hotel on a saturday morning and left the boat on a sunday afternoon at 230pm. That was enough time for 3 dives and 3 snorkels, but I wished I had stayed longer.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been out on Reef Encounter on a live aboard about 18 months ago, so when visiting Cairns again, I didn't even bother to shop around this time. Reef Encounter are excellent! I did the Top Deck (again) and as it was the first time, it was brilliant. From the one on one dive buddy, to the comfortable room, and... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just came back from three days aboard the Reef Experience, stopping at Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs off Cairns. Fabulous experience. The crew all seemed happy to be working on board, and were comfortable with each other. The organization was really smooth. Food was extremely delicious: salmon one night, rack of lamb another, and wraps with fresh fruit for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I did a short 2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard on this Boat. It was amazing, the staff were super friendly and chill. They accommodated all our needs. The beds in the cabin were super comfortable. The condition of the cabin and toilets were super clean as well. They were very organised in terms of logistics and had good fixed program... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Reef Encounter,Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Liveaboard is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s floating luxury boutique hotel. Spend one night or several nights on one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Transfers departing from Cairns, Queensland daily, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience. Enjoy the sunsets, relax, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear blue waters. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Reef Encounter

Address: 100 Abbott Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $445 - $681 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reef Encounter 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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