Top Deck Club – Great Barrier Reef floating hotel

Stay aboard Cairns premier Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter. Enjoy the luxury VIP package with our ‘Top Deck Club’.

Starting your trip in Cairns, You meet your Top Deck Club valet, who is there to make sure that everything you need is at your fingertips. Once onboard Reef Encounter, your valet will show you to your room and make sure that we know about any dietary requirements you may have.

Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef’s crystal clear waters, this is one of Australia’s most celebrated holidays escape. See the reef at its very best – day and night!

We know that everyone has different Reef Encounter requirements; several packages suit all our aquatic guests.  Starting with snorkelling and scuba diving from beginner to advanced.

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Stay in the best Top Deck Club cabins on the boat and relax with the added extras such as late check-out times and spacious en-suite cabins with ocean views.
  • All rooms have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter our boutique floating hotel Staterooms also have their own en-suite toilet & shower.
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy an evening turn-down service for their stateroom.
  • Double bed or twin single bed staterooms are available.

Why choose a Top Deck Club liveaboard experience

Top Deck Club tour is tailored to your needs. Everybody’s Top Deck experience will be personalised.

Amongst other things, Top Deck Club includes a crew member just for you!  A private in-water Guide for personal scuba dive tours or snorkelling tours. Late check-out times, deluxe 3-course evening meals under the stars and breakfast in bed.

…And so much more!

  • Top Deck Club Dining
  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by the onboard Chef for each night of your stay. You may choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon.

Breakfast is served to your stateroom.

  • Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet-style breakfast served in the dining saloon.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine and fruit platter upon arrival* (If you’re getting in the water, your complimentary sparkling wine will be served with your evening meal instead)
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Top Deck Club guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices.
  • All meals are prepared fresh daily by an onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fruit is available throughout the day. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking.
  • A barbeque buffet breakfast is served on the outbound voyage.
  • On your return voyage back to Cairns, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter.
  • Free luggage storage is available at their offices in Cairns City.

Facilities Onboard

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)
  • Spacious, air-conditioned cabins – with spectacular ocean views
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo)
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets.
  • Reef Encounter stateroom is one of the few Great Barrier Reef accommodations with ensuite facilities. All staterooms have their own en-suite toilet & shower.
  • Double bed or twin-single bed cabins available

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is based on a 3-day /2-night stay with Reef Encounter

First Day

Arrive

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 2 Day Dives + 1 Night

7:30am
Board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' at Cairns Marlin Marina for breakfast, check-in and your journey to Reef Encounter

9:30am
Arrive onboard Reef Encounter for your 'Welcome & Safety Talk' before being shown to your room to settle in and relax

10:30am
 Water Session: Time to snorkel for all guests before lunch

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13.00
Water Briefings: Certified Diver Briefings / Try Scuba Diving Briefings / Snorkel Adventure Briefings

13.30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Full Day

On the Reef

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives + 1 Night

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
 Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

15:00

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

15:30
 Water Session: Scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

Summer


18:00
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

18:45
Night Dive Briefings

19:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

Winter


17:30
Night Dive Briefings

18:00
 Night dive commences for all those scuba diving

19:15
Dinner is served in the dining saloon

20:00
Dessert is served in the dining saloon

Last Day

Return

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in water sessions


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives

6:00am
Wake-up call for the early morning dive and snorkel session

6:30am
Water Session: Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Glass bottom boat tour available upon request

7:30am
Breakfast is served in the dining saloon

8:00am

Room Checkout

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

8:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

10:30am
Water Session: Scuba Dive or Snorkel Time

12:00
Lunch is served in the dining saloon

13:30
 Water Session: Snorkel only session available to passengers before departure

14:45
Departing passengers board the transfer vessel 'Reef Experience' for the journey back to Cairns. Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits served on the return journey

15:00 

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier reef location

16:30
Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

*Please note, this itinerary does not apply to 'Great Barrier Reef Deal' bookings.

*Stateroom Check-In time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 8.00am on the morning of departure (access to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with all other boat facilities)

*Top Deck Club Check-in time is 10.00am with Check-Out time 2.00pm on the day of departure>

*This itinerary may vary due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

Highlights

  • The opportunity to stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a highlight that everyone should choose.
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • Night dive for those who are game there is plenty of action at night on the reef.


Included

Top Deck Club Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • personal valet
  • dinner under the stars
  • breakfast in bed
  • sunset cocktails
  • late checkout
  • evening turndown service
  • snorkel and scuba diving equipment
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard
  • A personal crew member for the duration of your liveaboard tour. This guarantees a personalised reef holiday, styled your way!
  • Late check-out times. Top Deck Club guests keep their private cabin until departing Reef Encounter
  • Private guided in-water tours – Tailored specifically to your ability and comfort level to ensure you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard!
  • Superior Comfort – See “Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation” below
  • VIP Meals – See “Top Deck Club Dining” below
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at their offices in the Cairns City
  • Daily transfers to the liveaboard vessel via a fast catamaran boat mean you can depart for your Top Deck Club liveaboard tour on a date that suits you – and stay as long as you desire. (Scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter transfers to or from your liveaboard tour are an optional extra).


Optional Extras

  • introductory dive
  • professional  photographs
  • scuba lessons
  • barista coffee
  • drinks
  • snacks
  • merchandise


What to bring

  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot product.
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • light jacket
  • camera
  • socks
  • casual resort wear
  • For scuba divers
  • certification card
  • logbook

 


How to get there

Reef Encounter is positioned on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

How to get to Reef Encounter?

The first option if via our transfer vessel Reef Experience that departs Cairns daily at 8 am.

The second option is via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier and landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive helipad.


Important Information

Important information for scuba divers

  • This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities during your Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour.
  • Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia.
  • Great Barrier Reef liveaboard boats are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.
  • To avoid disappointment on your liveaboard tour – we strongly recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.
  • We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.
  • Alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1 
  • Flying after Scuba Diving

  • You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive. For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Top Deck Club Liveaboard Accommodations

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

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