Great Barrier Reef DEAL save money on our Cairns liveaboard.

  • Departs: Daily from the Marlin Marina in Cairns.
  • Transfers to the Outer Barrier Reef:  Are done onboard Reef Experience.
  • Duration: 2 days and one night
  • Inclusions: Stateroom accommodation, all chef-prepared meals, snorkelling and equipment.

Great Barrier Reef Deal for SNORKELERS!   This Great Barrier Reef deal has a late check-in.

This Great Barrier Reef deal is for a two-day and 1-night stay in-stateroom accommodation and includes delicious meals.

Start with a day on ‘Reef Experience’ and then transfer to the Reef Encounter at 3 pm, where you spend the night and the next day.

During your day at ‘The Reef Experience, Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and snorkelling at two different Reef locations.

Snorkel on the World’s largest living thing with stunning marine life.

Next, transfer to Reef Encounter for your overnight stay.

Then the crew will welcome you on board for a safety talk before being shown to your Stateroom.

After enjoying snorkelling over the stunning coral gardens.   Next, a delicious dinner in the saloon.

Please see the itinerary below for more information about our Great Barrier Reef Deal*

Itinerary: Great Barrier Reef Deal

Great Barrier Reef deal day first Day

7.30 am

Board Reef Experience’ at Cairns Marlin Marina for check-in and breakfast.

8.00 am Welcome, safety talk and snorkel briefing.  A Marine Biology Presentation during your journey.

9.30 am  Water Session

10.30 am Glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting)

12.00 Buffet hot and cold lunch

13.00  Water Session: Cruise to a second Reef location for our next snorkelling session.

15.00 Transfer to Reef Encounter

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


18:00 Dinner


19:15 Dinner

20:00 Dessert served in the dining saloon

Second Day

6.00 am A wake-up call for the early morning  snorkel session

6:30 am Water Session: Sunrise snorkel time.

7:30 am Breakfast served in the dining saloon

8:00 am Check out of the Stateroom and into a transfer cabin, where you may store your luggage and use the bathroom facilities etc

8:30 am Water Session: Snorkel Time

10:30 am Water Session: Snorkel Time

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Water Session: Snorkel  session

14:45 Transfer to Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns.  Complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits will be served on the return journey

16:30 Approximate arrival time to the Cairns Marlin Marina

Reef View Hotel Accommodation

  • Stateroom with ensuite bathroom and large reef-view windows.
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets

Great Barrier Reef Deal Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Barista Coffee
  • Large, easy-access snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad


This Great Barrier Reef Deal is based on the first part of your tour on our sister day vessel ‘Reef Experience‘, with check-in time into your Stateroom at approximately 3:30 pm.

This Great Barrier Reef deal package is for snorkelers only.  There are options to try introductory scuba diving during your stay.

If you prefer an earlier Stateroom check-in time, 

Frequently asked questions about snorkel liveaboards on the Great Barrier Reef:

Q. What is a snorkelling liveaboard?

A. A snorkel liveaboard is a type of tour where participants stay overnight on a boat or vessel and have the opportunity to snorkel at various locations on the Great Barrier Reef. It allows for extended time on the reef and multiple snorkeling sessions.

Q. How long do snorkel liveaboards typically last?

A. The duration of snorkel liveaboards can vary, but they usually range from 1 to 3 nights. Some operators may offer longer trips as well. This Great Barrier Reef Deal is for 2 days and one night. You can see our different options on this website.

Q. What is included in a snorkel liveaboard package?

A. Packages can differ among operators, but they generally include accommodation on the boat, meals, snorkelling equipment, guided snorkelling sessions, and sometimes additional activities like introductory scuba diving or glass-bottom boat tours. It’s important to check the specific details of the package you are interested in.

Q. Is snorkelling experience necessary for a liveaboard trip?

A. Snorkel liveaboards cater to individuals of various skill levels, including beginners. Basic swimming abilities are required, but no prior snorkelling experience is usually necessary. Professional guides and instructors are available to provide assistance and ensure your safety.

Q. What are the advantages of a snorkelling liveaboard compared to a day trip?

A. Snorkel liveaboards offer several advantages. Firstly, they allow more time on the Great Barrier Reef, providing opportunities to explore different areas and discover more marine life. Additionally, staying overnight on the boat offers a unique experience and the chance to witness breathtaking sunsets and sunrises on the reef.

Q. Are there age restrictions for snorkel liveaboards?

A. Reef Encounter does not have any age restrictions.

Q. What should I pack for a snorkel liveaboard trip?

A. Essential items to pack include swimwear, towels, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a reusable water bottle. You may also want to bring any personal snorkelling gear you prefer, although the operator typically provides equipment.

Remember to check the specific requirements and recommendations of the liveaboard operator you choose, as they may have additional suggestions or specific items to bring.

These are just a few frequently asked questions about snorkel liveaboards on the Great Barrier Reef. Feel free to ask if you have any more specific inquiries or need further information!

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Reef Encounter Stateroom

Top Deck Club




Waking up on the Great Barrier Reef


Included in our Great Barrier Reef deal

  • A day on Reef Experience
  • Reef View Stateroom
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Fresh fruit, tea and coffee
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • The best crew on the reef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • Free luggage storage in Cairns City

Optional Extras

  • Barista Coffee
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits
  • Snacks

What to bring

  • Sunglasses and hat
  • light jacket
  • socks
  • Camera
  • Travel Voucher
  • Cash or credit card for onboard extras

Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.


How to get there

How to Get to Reef Encounter

Your transfer vessel, Reef Experience, departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in on Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record.

Therefore you must understand Queensland’s scuba diving laws.

We 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.

Please complete our dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.

If you have any questions, we will be delighted to assist you.

Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our friendly team today.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your 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.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive after multiple scuba dives.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.

We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible after scuba diving.

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Check-In: 4:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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