Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard & Kuranda

Combine your overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef with a full day adventure at Kuranda, the famous “village in the rainforest”.

Australia’s floating hotel, “Reef Encounter” is one of the most unique holiday escapes in Australia. Reef Encounter offers the facilities of a land-based resort while cruising the pristine waters of the marvellous Great Barrier Reef.

Participate in snorkelling and scuba diving to explore this marvellous underwater world. Enjoy stunning sunrises & sunsets on the Great Barrier Reef all while enjoying the facilities of our luxurious liveaboard vessel.

The second part of this tour package brings you to Kuranda. Kuranda is a picturesque village surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. The journey to and from Kuranda is an experience all on its own. Hop on board Kuranda Scenic Railway and enjoy a 1 ½ hour train journey winding through dense rainforest and past magnificent waterfalls. You will also travel by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you will float above the trees, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy.

Once you arrive in Kuranda, you will have plenty to do. Browse the markets and purchase some local fare, or visit one of the wildlife parks located in this quirky and quaint village.

 

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard 

Reef Encounter is the perfect liveaboard trip for anyone wishing to experience the Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style.

Design your own Great Barrier Reef liveaboard package with Reef Encounter. Depart any day of the week and stay for as many or as few days as you wish! You can design this trip to depart on the day that suits you best.

Spending its time floating between different spectacular outer reef locations, Reef Encounter ensures that any keen snorkeler or scuba diver will get to experience the best that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

About the Vessel

Reef Encounter is a 35-meter catamaran designed for stability and comfort at sea. The vessel has 21 spacious cabins, which have either one double bed or two single beds.

Our spacious liveaboard vessel features a large lounge and dining area. Outside, there is ample deck space, a huge sundeck & loungers. There is also an outdoor heated spa for relaxation during your free time.

Reef Encounter is also equipped with a helipad, for those opting to transfer to and/or from the vessel by Helicopter! Please note helicopter transfers an optional extra. You can select this during your booking process.

Reef Encounter also boasts unlimited hot showers. Unlike most liveaboard boats, Reef Encounter makes its own fresh water. This means you are NOT limited to one short shower per day.

Reef Encounter features purpose-built dive and snorkel platforms. Stairs lead into the water to provide easy access for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Reef Encounter is equipped with two compressors for quick air refills

Reef Encounter’s accommodation, dining and facilities can cater to most people’s needs. Please inform us if you have any special requirements, such as dietary, allergies, disability/mobility issues. You can make us aware of these by leaving a note in the ‘booking message’.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Our Rooms

All rooms include

  • Air conditioning
  • Ocean Views
  • Private ensuite Bathrooms
  • Australian power outlets
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (Soap & Shampoo)

Snorkel & Dive Packages

Choose from the following packages:

What’s included?

Your Great Barrier Reef Stay Includes

  • On board accommodation with private bathroom
  • Coffee, Tea, and water
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner freshly prepared by our on-board chef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment (with purchase of diving package)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

What will your liveaboard stay with Reef Encounter look like?

This Itinerary is an approximate guide only and can change due to seasons and weather conditions.

For 2 Day/ 1 Night stays, refer to FIRST DAY and LAST DAY only.

Reef Encounter Itinerary

First Day

  • 7:30 AM: Check in Board your transfer vessel, Reef Experience at Cairns Marlin Marina and set off on your journey to Reef Encounter
  • 9:30 AM: Arrive to Reef Encounter Welcome & safety talk, check in to your room after 10:00 am
  • 10:30 AM: Snorkel Session Hop in and enjoy your first snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch Enjoy a tasty lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Water Briefings Scuba dive and snorkel adventure briefings
  • 1:30 PM: Water session Time for snorkelling & scuba diving
  • 3:00 PM: Vessel Relocates Reef Encounter moves to your second spectacular reef location
  • 3:30 PM: Water Session Snorkel & Scuba dive, request a glass bottom boat tour!
  • SUMMER 6:00 PM: Dinner Enjoy a delicious plated dinner in the dining area 6:45 PM: Briefing For those participating in night diving (scuba)
  • WINTER 5:30 PM: Briefing For those participating in night diving (scuba) 6:00 PM: Night Dive included in certified dive packages, optional extra for introductory divers 7:15 PM: Dinner Enjoy a delicious plated dinner with dessert in the dining area
*Up to 2 day dives + 1 night dive are possible on your first day

Full Day

  • 6:00 AM: Wake up Call For the early morning dive and snorkel session
  • 6:30 AM: Water Session Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Request a glass bottom boat tour.
  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast
  • 8:00 AM: Vessel Relocates Reef Encounter brings you to your next reef site
  • 8:30 AM: Water Session Time for snorkelling & scuba diving
  • 10:30 AM: Water session Time for snorkelling & scuba diving
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch All of that snorkelling and scuba diving really works up an appetite!
  • 1:30 PM: Water Session Snorkel & Scuba dive
  • 3:00 PM: Vessel Relocates Reef Encounter takes you to another beautiful outer reef location
  • 3:30 PM: Water Session Snorkel & Scuba dive, request a glass bottom boat tour!
  • SUMMER 6:00 PM: Dinner Enjoy a delicious plated dinner in the dining area 6:45 PM: Briefing For those participating in night diving (scuba) 7:00 PM: Night Dive included in certified dive packages, optional extra for introductory divers
  • WINTER 5:30 PM: Briefing For those participating in night diving (scuba) 6:00 PM: Night Dive included in certified dive packages, optional extra for introductory divers 7:15 PM: Dinner Enjoy a delicious plated dinner with dessert in the dining area
*Up to 3 Day dives + 1 Night dive are possible on your second or full days

Last Day

  • 6:00 AM: Wake up Call For the early morning dive and snorkel session
  • 6:30 AM: Water Session Sunrise scuba dive or snorkel time. Request a glass bottom boat tour.
  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast
  • 8:00 AM: Vessel Relocates Reef Encounter brings you to your next reef site
  • 8:30 AM: Water Session Time for snorkelling & scuba diving
  • 10:30 AM: Water session Time for snorkelling & scuba diving
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch All that snorkelling and scuba diving really works up an appetite!
  • 1:30 PM: Water Session Snorkel & Scuba dive
  • 2:45 PM: Depart Reef Encounter Board your transfer vessel and begin the journey back to Cairns
  • 4:30 PM: Arrive at Cairns Marlin Marina Approximate arrival time back to Cairns
* Up to 3 Day dives are possible on your last day

Important information

Room check in time is 10:00am, with check out time at 8:00 am on morning of departure. Acess to a shared transfer/baggage room with bathroom is available along with all other boat facilities

What to Bring

  • Small overnight bag no bigger than standard airline carry-on baggage
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day it can become quite cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefor a light pullover, cardigan should be packed. 

Optional Extras

  • Underwater camera hire available for $59.00 per day
  • Wetsuit $5.00 per day
  • Prescription masks
  • Snacks and drinks from the bar
  • Dive guide
  • Diving packages & courses
  • Night diving for introductory divers

Please Note: Accommodation is not included on the night between liveaboard & Kuranda Tour

Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Rainforestation

Cairns Scenic Train and Skyrail journey to Kuranda is a relaxing one.  Located just 25 km northwest of Cairns, in Far North Queensland, you will find Kuranda. This world-famous tourist destination is known as the “Village in the Rainforest”.

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and Kuranda Village.

During the 90-minute journey you will climb over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while winding its way from Cairns to Kuranda, learning about the Pioneering history of the Tropical North.

You’ll glide just metres above the Rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the Rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations, Barron Falls and Red Peak Station

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to Rainforestation

This unique tourist attraction is set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest. At Rainforestation, you will experience the tropical Rainforest from a totally unique perspective.

Rainforestation is home to the Army Duck Rainforest Tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience as well as a wildlife park that is home to many native Australian animals.

Kuranda Tour Inclusions

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Return Transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation 

Kuranda Tour Itinerary

  • 7:30 am Approximate pickup from your Cairns Accommodation
  • 8:50am Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at the Freshwater Heritage Train Station
  • 10:30 am Arrive Kuranda Railway Station.
  • 11:45 am Please be at the bus stop outside the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • BBQ Lunch. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard.
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.
  • learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing.
  • Koala & Wildlife Park. Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a holding a small crocodile (Optional extra)
  • 3:45 pm Transfer to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal for 4.00pm boarding.
  •  5:15 pm Your coach will be at the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your accommodation.

 

 

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Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

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Kuranda Scenic Train, Rainforstation and Skyrail Experience – CKB

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Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation including lunch is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.

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