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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Scuba Diving Budget overnight trip – Reef Encounter from Cairns

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Sample Itinerary for a 3 days,2 night trip:

Day 1 ( 2 Dives + 1 Night Dive)

-07.30 a.m. boarding transfer vessel from Cairns Marina (breakfast is served)

-09.30 arrive at Great Barrier Reef and board Reef Encounter for welcome and safety briefing

-10.30 a.m. water session (snorkelling)

-12 p.m. lunch

-1.30 p.m. water session (snorkeling, scuba diving)

-3 p.m. vessel move to a different Reef site for 03.30 p.m. water session (snorkel or dive)

-6 p.m. Dinner

-7 p.m. Night Dive

-8 p.m. Dessert

Day 2 ( 3 Dives + 1 Night Dive)

-6 a.m. wake up call for 06.30 a.m. water session (snorkel or dive)

-07.30 a.m. Breakfast and moving to a different site

-between 08.30 a.m. and 12 p.m. 2 x Water sessions (snorkel or dive)

-12 p.m. lunch

-1.30 p.m. water session (snorkeling, scuba diving)

-3 p.m. vessel move to a different Reef site for 03.30 p.m. water session (snorkel or dive)

-6 p.m. Dinner

-7 p.m. Night Dive

-8 p.m. Dessert

Day 3 ( up to 3 dives):

see day 2, last water session is at 01.30 p.m. vessel returns to Cairns by 04.30 p.m.

Itinerary is subject to change without notice.

PRICES (per person, based on a multishare share cabin)


Snorkeler: $ 360

Introductory- Discover Scuba Diver: $ 575 ( up to 5 Intro Dives)

Certified Diver: $ 455 (up to 6 Dives)


Snorkeler: $ 550

Introductory- Discover Scuba Diver: $ 865 ( up to 58 Intro Dives)

Certified Diver: $ 670 (up to 10 Dives)

What’s included

-Luxury ensuite cabins

-Onboard chef quality and daily prepared meals Including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. Fruit available throughout the day along with tea and coffee.

-Snorkelling and Scuba diving equipment (inc. torch for night dive)

-Marine biologist presentation

-Glass Bottom Boat Tours

-Onboard heated SPA

Optional extras

-Wetsuit Hire $5.00 per day

-Upgrade to Stateroom (private double, twin cabin)

-Dive Guide for Certified Divers $15.00 per Dive

-Scuba Diving on Snorkel Packages (intro Dive $70.00 1st Dive – Additional Dives $65.00)

-Night Dive on Introductory Dive Packages $80.00

What to bring: Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, Swimwear, beach and bath towel, long pants and jumper during cool months, Cert card- logbook for certified divers, Credit card or cash (for optional activities or onboard purchases).

Extras: $ 15 Reef taxes per day per person

Prices are subject to change from April 2019

Reef Encounter stays out on the Outer Great Barrier Reef with daily transfers from Cairns Via Reef Experience.

Departure time: 08.00 a.m. from A Finger, Cairns Marina (check in at 07.30 a.m.)

Return time: 04.30 p.m.

Reef Encounter also known also as the “Floating Hotel”is the ultimate way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. It is a 35 metre luxury catamaran designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea, featuring 21 spacious cabins, a large sundeck, lounge, saloon, spa and fully licensed bar, large easy access water platform allows hassle free scuba diving and snorkelling.


  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Introductory and certified diving
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours (ideal for non-swimmers)
  • Heated SPA
  • Stargazing

Number of Certified Dives (inc. night dives):

  • 2 Days- 1 Night up to 6  Dives
  • 3 Days- 2 Night up to 10 Dives
  • 4 Days- 3 Night up to 14 Dives

Location: Norman, Saxon and Hasting Reef (Great Barrier Reef)

Recommended level experience: Snorkelers, novice and advanced divers

Number of passengers: 42 Passenger maximum

No age restrictions (minimum 12 years old for scuba diving)

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