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Cairns Trips to the Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest

Reef Encounter/Hostel Reef Trips
Reef Encounter Outer Reef Overnight Trips

Reef Encounter is an outstanding Great Barrier Reef liveaboard scuba dive & snorkel tour offering daily departures from Cairns Marlin Marina to the pristine northern Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. As transfers to Reef Encounter are provided by a sister ship, guests have the option to stay as long as they like and can select arrival and departure dates. All ocean-view, en-suite cabins are available in double or twin share and accommodation is fully air-conditioned for comfort in the tropical Australian climate. Excellent meals are prepared daily by the chef, with a spacious dining area, lounge bar and TV/games area onboard. Outdoors boasts a large upper sundeck, a fresh water hot-tub and a state of the art scuba dive facility.

In addition for its onboard facilities, Reef Encounter is more notably acclaimed for the array of activities on offer. Catering to a range of people from snorkelers to experienced scuba divers, the Reef Encounter crew ensure you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef holiday.

Departure Times

- Board Reef Experience at Marlin Wharf (A Finger) at 7.30am
Returns to Cairns 4.30pm on last trip day

Glass Bottom Boat Tours and Snorkelling Activities
Glass bottom boat tours and free guided snorkel tours are available at scheduled times during the day with unlimited snorkelling available throughout.

Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
For novice and learner scuba divers, shallow coral lagoons within easy access of the boat are home to schools of colourful tropical fish and marine mammals to find and explore. ‘Try-scuba diving’ is available for those with no prior scuba diving experience, whilst Scuba Dive Courses are ran on-board for those wishing to take the plunge and get qualified. Experienced scuba divers are often taken by tender boats to more remote dive locations, home to breathtaking drop-offs, underwater swim throughs and an aquatic photographer’s paradise.

Guided scuba dives are available for every dive if requested at a small cost. Night Diving is available for all levels of scuba divers.

Reef Encounter “Top Deck Club” Tours
Reef Encounter’s “Top Deck Club” Tours offer guests the opportunity to spend their reef trip in First Class. For a touch of luxury during your reef stay, the Top Deck Club includes a crew valet for the duration of your trip – someone to take you on personal scuba dive or snorkel tours, serve meals under the stars and ensure your reef trip exceeds every expectation.


  • One FREE dorm night at Asylum Cairns
  • All meals while onboard
  • All snorkel and dive equipment
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • Ensuite Accommodation

All Prices per person in Australian Dollars subject to seasonal changes
Snorkelling Multi Share TwinPrivate
2 Day/1 Night Trip $285 $365
3 Day/2 Night Trip $450 $555
4 Day/3 Night Trip $610 $750
Additional Nights $170 $200
Introductory Scuba Diving
2 Day/1 Night Trip (5 Dives) $490 $580
3 Day/2 Night Trip (8 Dives) $755 $915
4 Day/3 Night Trip (11 Dives) $975 $1200
Additional Nights (3 Dives) $270 $350
Certified Scuba Diving
2 Day/1 Night Trip (5 Dives plus 1 Night Dive) $370 $425
3 Day/2 Night Trip (8 Dives plus 2 Night Dives) $545 $670
4 Day/3 Night Trip (11 Dives plus 3 Night Dives) $715 $895
Additional Nights (3 Dives plus 1 Night Dive) $190 $250
Reef Levies per day $15 (max. $45 for trip)
City Return Transfers $10

E-mail asylumcairns@gmail.com or call +61 7 4031 1474 to book!

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