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4.5/5 Excellent
42 reviews
"Great luxury live aboard adventure. Stayed one-night as it was our first time o..."

Amenities

  • Breakfast included
  • All-inclusive
  • Air Conditioning
  • Restaurant

Map

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Cairns Marlin Marina
    3 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Esplanade Lagoon
    5 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Reef Fleet Terminal
    6 min walk
  • Airport
    Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)
    9 min drive

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020 3564 4853
  • Standard Double Room

    Room Amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
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  • Standard Twin Room

    Room Amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Single Beds
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  • Superior Double Room

    Room Amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
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  • Superior Twin Room

    Room Amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Single Beds
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About this area

Cairns

Reef Encounter is located in Cairns's Cairns Central Business District neighbourhood. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those in the mood for shopping can visit Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Cairns Night Markets. Esplanade Lagoon and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre are also worth visiting.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 3 min walk
  • Esplanade Lagoon - 5 min walk
  • Reef Hotel Casino - 5 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 6 min walk
  • Cairns Night Markets - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 17 min walk
  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 9 min drive

Restaurants

  • Where to eat
  • On-site dining venue – Ocean-view restaurant. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

About this property

Reef Encounter

4-star Cairns cruise ship in Cairns Central Business District, walk to Cairns Esplanade
This smoke-free cruise ship features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a spa tub. Buffet breakfast is free. Other amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, tour/ticket assistance and a TV in a common area. Rooms offer showers and free toiletries.
Reef Encounter offers 21 forms of accommodation with air conditioning. Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Cots/infant beds (surcharge) are also available.
Recreational amenities at the cruise ship include a spa tub.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

All-inclusive details

All-inclusive room rates at Reef Encounter are available. These rates are higher because they include on-site food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks and beverages included

Water activities

Snorkelling
Snorkelling excursions

Property amenities

Food and drink

Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–8 AM
All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks and beverages included
1 restaurant
1 bar
Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

Snorkelling
Hot tub

Family friendly

Cots/infant beds (surcharge)

Guest services

Luggage storage
Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

English

Outdoors

Terrace

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Wheelchair-accessible path of travel

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Smoke-free property
TV in reception

Room amenities

Bedroom

Air conditioning
Cots/infant beds (surcharge)

Bathroom

Free toiletries
Shower

Policies

Check-in

Check-in between 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Minimum check-in age - 18

Check-out

Check-out before 8 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.
  • The property is a ship at sea. Guests must take the Reef Experience catamaran from Cairns Marlin Marina, A Finger, to reach it. The catamaran begins boarding at 7:30 AM, with check-in and breakfast on board. It departs for the ship at 8 AM. You will check-out of your room at 9 AM, and arrive in Cairns is at 4:30 PM upon departure. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cots (infant beds) are available for AUD 50.00 per night.

Payment types at the property

Mastercard
Visa

Important information

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: AUD 15 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 50.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guest rooms.

Property is also known as

  • Reef Encounter Boat Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Boat
  • Reef Encounter Cairns
  • Reef Encounter
  • Reef Encounter Cruise
  • Reef Encounter Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Cruise Cairns
4.5

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4.4
Cleanliness
4.6
Service and Staff
5.0
Amenities
4.2
Property condition

4/5 Good

    This traveller didn’t leave comments with their review
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

    Great luxury live aboard adventure. Stayed one-night as it was our first time on a boat and found the 6 dives over 2 days was great and tiring. The "premium room" is their Top Deck package and the upgrade was well worth it to us though only 3 rooms were booked as this upgrade during our time there and everyone else had fun too.

    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Stayed 1 night in Apr 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Awesome stay and a great staff :) Memorable for years to come!

    Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

    3/5

    • Liked: Staff & service
    • Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Very overpriced trip. The yacht is very old. No cabin has lockers on the door - according to the stuff, that’s the policy on the boat. This mean that theoretically anyone can enter your room at any time. You can’t controll the conditioner in your room and in the dining area, it is freezing there. It’s a problem to get the fresh towel - you will be sent to use the only public dryer where everyone washed their stuff. The yacht has no shoe policy but the floor is pretty dirty. The wetsuits are literally tearing apart! I would say this is like a good friendly motel but they advertise and charge as 5 star hotel.

    Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2018

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