Top Deck Liveaboard and Daintree Rainforest

Three Days of Luxury

Spend the night and two full days on the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns’ Premier Liveaboard Reef Encounter.  Then spend another full day exploring the World’s oldest living rainforest!

Top Deck Liveaboard

Our Top Deck Club stay is the ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef.  Wake up for a sunrise snorkel, dine under the stars and enjoy this fantastic location.

You’ll be given the ultimate Great Barrier Reef tour with your Top Deck Attendant just for you.

Stay in Style

Spacious ensuite Stateroom with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries – everything is designed explicitly for comfort.  Click below for more inclusions!

PS If you would like to stay longer on the Great Barrier Reef, you can do that in your booking.
Please note: Cairns Accommodation is not included on the 2nd Night

Daintree Rainforest

Head north along the coast to the oldest living rainforest in the World: the Daintree Rainforest.

This beautiful rainforest is World Heritage Listed and is one of the World’s most complex ecosystems.  Venture through a rainforest thick with some of the World’s oldest species of plants and see if you can spot the elusive cassowary!

Travel in comfort

Travelling in a small group of 13, you can relax comfortably while your guide provides commentary on the region and what you’re seeing.  The small group numbers make for a more personal experience.  Explore the rainforest without feeling rushed or crowded.

 

Highlights

Two World Heritage sites are the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

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

 

 

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

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

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

12:00
Lunch

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

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

 

20:00
Dessert

 

Full Day

On the Reef

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in-water sessions

 


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

 

 

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

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

7:30 am
Breakfast

8:00 am

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier Reef location

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

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

12:00
Lunch

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

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

 

20:00
Dessert

 

Last Day

Return

Snorkelling:

Unlimited in-water sessions

 


Diving (Max possible):
Up to 3 Day Dives

 

 

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

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

7:30 am
Breakfast

8:00 am

Room Checkout

Reef Encounter moves to another spectacular outer barrier Reef location

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

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

12:00
Lunch

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 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 10.00 am with Check-Out time 8.00 am 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 10.00 am with Check-Out time 2.00 pm on the day of departure>

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

 

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • Pickup from Accommodation between 7.00 am and 7.30 am
  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the most excellent coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking the four-mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: morning tea, guided walk, and time to swim if weather permits
  • Delicious a la carte lunch, tropical fruit tasting with accompanying talk
  • Daintree River Cruise: Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  • World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks through rainforest boardwalks
  • Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the Reef.”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and famous local stop (own expense, cash only)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing
  • Return to Cairns at approximately 6 pm
  • (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforeseen issues)

Included

Top Deck Club

  • Top Deck Club Stateroom with private bathroom
  • Personal valet service
  • Champagne on arrival (if you are entering the water after arriving, Champagne will be after all water sessions)
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Delicious meals
  • Coffee, Tea, Water, and fresh fruits are available at all times
  • Turn down service
  • Fluffy Bathrobes
  • Romantic dinners under the stars (weather permitting)
  • Personal Great Barrier Reef Dive guide at all times
  • Reef Video and Marine Biologist presentation
  • Bath and Beach Towels Toiletries
  • Onboard heated spa
  • Government Reef Taxes and Levies

Daintree Day tour

  • Breathtaking views of the Coral Sea along the Captain Cook Highway
  • Stunning Mossman Gorge guided tour
  •  Port Douglas tour, stopping at the Flagstaff Hill Lookout
  • Daintree River Cable Ferry
  • Alexandra Lookout
  • Morning tea at Thornton Beach
  • Daintree Ice Cream Company (Optional stop)
  • Cape Tribulation lookout and beach – Where the Rainforest meets the Reef
  • Guided walk along a Rainforest Boardwalk
  • A delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House
  • Exotic tropical fruit tasting
  • Daintree River Cruise – Wildlife and crocodile spotting
  • Chilled bottled water on board
  • This Daintree tour is not suitable for infants

Optional Extras

Top Deck Club

  • Underwater cameras
  • Soft drinks, Alcoholic drinks and snacks from the bar
  • Alcohol available onboard – NO BYO
  • Introductory and certified dives (medical restrictions apply)

What to bring

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef stay

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage, we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott Street Cairns.
  • 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 onboard or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hats, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and light casual clothing.
  • The air-conditioning is set for heat during the day to become quite cool in the evenings.  Therefore visitors should include a light pullover or cardigan when packing for this tour.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear and Towel (swimming at Mossman Gorge is optional)
  • Camera
  • Cash for optional purchases

How to get there

 

How to get there

Getting 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 directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back at 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

Know Before You Go

Please read the following information before making your booking:

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and cruises to different Reef sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns Marina are by our day boat, Reef Experience, with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter.
  • Reef Encounter Top Deck departs every day of the year, subject to availability.
  • Staterooms are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin Share (2 Single Beds).  When booking, please advise your rooming preference.
  • The Daintree Rainforest section of this package will happen before or after your Top Deck stay.
  • Please advise on any Dietary requirements.
  • Please advise your pickup location for the Daintree portion of your tour upon booking.

This tour starts in Cairns and travels to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along with one of Australia’s most scenic coastal roads.  Along the way, pass through beautiful Palm Cove and continue north to the seaside village of Port Douglas, where

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the World and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical law.
  To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.Reef Encounter Medical QuestionnaireWe are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office at 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected].

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single, no decompression scuba dive, 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 for multiple dives.
If you are Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after diving.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

 

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Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy.

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Experience World Heritage-listed location in style and comfort on this one day Daintree Rainforest package.

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