Top Deck Club The best accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef.
Top Deck Club is the ultimate way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. This tour departs daily from Cairns.
First, introduce your Top Deck Club valet, who will care for you during your stay.
When transferring to Reef Encounter, guests have two choices: via our vessel Reef Experience or a spectacular scenic helicopter flight.
Via Reef Experience, your valet will organise a light breakfast for you. Then, while we are underway, please sit back and relax, Next to our fun and informative Marine Biologist presentation. After that, your valet will give you a snorkel and scuba diving briefing.
The VIP Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing reef holiday styled your way!
Via Helicopter, you can decide on an early flight or sleep in and transfer a bit later.
What is the Top Deck Club experience?
Top Deck Club is a liveaboard holiday for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style!
Like ‘first-class’ with an airline, it’s a tour tailored to your needs, so everybody’s Top Deck Club experience is exceptional.
Top Deck Club provides an unbeatable level of customer care. The package includes additional luxuries, including a dedicated personal valet and late checkout times,
There will also be deluxe evening meals under the stars during your stay.
Read on for more exclusive Top Deck Club service.
- A crew member just for you!
- Professional in-water guide for private scuba and snorkel tours,
- breakfast in bed,
- late checkout
Sample 2 Day Itinerary
7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty “A” Finger, Cairns. Meet your Top Deck Attendant.
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty Marine Biologist Presentation Scuba Dive and Snorkel briefing
9:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
10:30 am Water session – Sunbake and relax
Noon Buffet Lunch
1:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation time
3:00 pm Cruise to our next Outer Great Barrier Reef Location
3:30 pm Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session – Relaxation Time
5:30 pm Sunset Cocktails
6:30 pm Next Dinner under the stars (weather permitting)
7:30 pm Night scuba dive, Relaxation time, Stargazing, board games or movie
6:30 am Early Morning Scuba Dive and Snorkel Session
7:30 am Breakfast served in your Stateroom
8:00 am Cruise to next Outer Great Barrier Reef Site
8:30 am Water session
10:30 am Water session
Noon Buffet Lunch
1:30 pm Water Session, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Sunbake and Relax
2:30 pm Check out and get ready to transfer back to Cairns.
3:00 pm Transfer from Reef Encounter to Reef Experience Wine, Cheese and Tropical Fruit Platters on return Journey4:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina Cairns Itineraries can change slightly due to different Seasons
Spoil yourself and book your Top Deck Club Stay onboard Reef Encounter.
Combine Top Deck Club with Cairns’s best destinations.
Reef Encounter visits the following Great Barrier Reef locations.
- Discover the World’s largest living thing.
- Great Barrier Reef Stay
- Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
- Delicious meals
- Scuba dive at night
Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include
- Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite
- Delicious chef-prepared meals
- Personal valet
- Dinner under the stars
- Breakfast in bed
- Sunset cocktails
- Late checkout
- Evening turndown service
- Snorkel and scuba diving equipment
- Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
- A valet reef guide
- Late checkout times.
- Private guided in-water tours
- Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation
- Dinner under the stars
- A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
- Glass bottom boat tour
- Marine Biology presentation
- A free luggage storage facility in Cairns City
- Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter
- Introductory dive
- Professional photographs
- Scuba lessons
- Barista coffee
- Drinks and snacks
- Helicopter transfers
- Reef Encounter is a barefoot product.
- Light jacket
- Casual resort wear
- Scuba divers need to bring their certification card and logbook
How to get to Reef Encounter?
Two Choices to get to Reef Encounter
The first option is our transfer vessel Reef Experience, which departs Cairns daily at 8 am.
Reef Experience departs from the Cairns Marina, Marlin Jetty, Finger A.
Guests check in directly onboard the vessel.
The second option is via a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier and landing directly onboard Reef Encounter’s exclusive helipad.
Important information for scuba divers
This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving.
Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia.
We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including the requirements for a dive medical, where applicable, as required by law.
We recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire. Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.
Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour.
We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.
Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1
Flying after Scuba Diving
You should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.
You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.