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“Amazing Reef Day Trip!!”
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Reef Experience
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Had a FANTASTIC day with Reef Experience in Early April.
We were only staying a short walk away from the Marina and were still offered the free transfers to and from the boat. On time and comfortable in both directions!

From the moment we got on the boat the staff were super friendly and approachable! Great safety introduction to the boat and the reef, marine biologist talk and a yummy breakfast on the way out!
Reef experience offer a free scuba dive, even if you've never been before- other companies we looked at using were charging up to and over $100 for one dive!! I was the only certified diver on board the boat, so it was even more special for me- I got a private dive! Ryan was my dive leader, he was very friendly and professional! Under water he had very keen eyes for pointing our interesting critters!

An amazing lunch was put on by the crew, followed by an afternoon of snorkelling at another nearby reef.

I have done reef day trips before, usually visiting one of the stationary pontoons and will never ever do this again now I have discovered Reef Experience!!
We got so much time on the reef itself, the trip was practically all inclusive and the crew were amazing- made my holiday!

Can't wait to visit again!!!

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

This was truly a class act from start to finish. We snorkeled on April 4, 2014. The two reefs we snorkeled were the best we've seen - EVER. There was more variety of fish and coral than we've seen anywhere else (including the Palancar reef off Cozumel and the reef off Roatan both of which were wonderful experiences...the GBR was better). Our vessel was a thing of beauty. And the staff (around a dozen or so) bent over backwards to ensure that you had a wonderful experience. The food (breakfast and lunch) was delicious and plentiful. The wine and cheese served late in the afternoon after our two magnificent snorkeling experiences was the perfect ending to a perfect trip. I highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

we wanted to visit the reef from cairns but were not sure whether to go for the typical one day or an overnight tour, which of course is more expensive. In case you do not know, the coral reefs, the ones that are worthwhile, are some 25 miles out. The vessels takes near 2 hrs to get there and 2 hrs back in not always calms waters. This may be ok for some but we decided for the i night 2 days with reef encounter and we are very glad we did.
The overnight ship takes a max of 42 passangers and the cabins are large and confortable. The food excellent and the cook Hanna, excelent with appropiate and creatives meals.
But this is only the icing on the cake. We were there for the reefs and i can say that the snorkling and diving was superb, even though the sea was not at it best with relatively high winds, they managed to take us to good places. Laura, the chief diving instructor excellent and very profesional. the crew most accomodating and the catamaran very comfortable.
I could not dive since i had a cold but snorkled about 4 times each day and my wife did get to dive. They also offer night diving at reasonable Prices.
The australian GBR does not have an easy Access as you may find in places such as san pedro, belize, etc but is certainly worthwhile. Just make sure you pick the right time to go. We went in early april and were lucky since the rainy season is at its tail end. There is a cyclone going thru now around that región, Guess what i am trying to say is that is difficult to plan ahead. We went to cairns for 5 days and decided there once we saw what the weather was going to be like for the next few days,
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Green island tour- not worth it.there is not much to see.
we rented a car for one day and drove up to cape tribulation. easy done in a few hrs if you start early. we liked it but do not expect to find isolated beaches to swim in. There are none but the drive is worth it.

Thank mamzanita
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Great food, good staff, good dive locations. Would recommend it. There wasn't anywhere designated to put your bags unless you were staying overnight, so pack light

Thank LadyLou_12
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

The food is amazing, the accommodation great, and the reef everything you'd expect and more. My girlfriend and I chose to do our Reef Trip on board Reef Encounter because of their 'Hostie' programme: you go onboard as a paying guest, then when your time is up, you work for them in return for food, accommodation and a minimum of two dives/ snorkel sessions per day. As backpackers this was amazing because it was a very good way to spend more time out on the reef than we could ever have afforded otherwise. We both loved being part of the crew, they're warm, friendly, fun people who were all a pleasure to be around. I'd recommend it without reservation, but if you're scared of working, don't even bother- the days are 15-17 hours long (though you get time off in the afternoon to go in the water), but the work isn't difficult, although you'll be on your feet all day. We loved it and put the work in and ended up staying for a week and it was easily the highlight of 6 months in Australia for both of us. Totally worth it. Thank you for our time onboard!
Lauren & Chanelle

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