Top Deck Club Accommodations

Double Bed

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


Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest.


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.

Guests can transfer to Reef Encounter 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 snorkeling and scuba diving briefing.

 The VIP Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing Great Barrier Reef holiday styled your way!

Via helicopter, you can decide on an early flight or sleep in and transfer 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 services.

  • 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

Day One

7:30 am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Cairns Marina Marlin Jetty “A” Finger, Cairns Meet your top deck club attendant.

8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty Marina 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

Day Two

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 Journey

4:30 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.

Next, see our Top Deck Club packages

Reef Encounter visits the following Great Barrier Reef locations:




  • Discover the World’s largest living structure
  • Wake Up on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Interact with thousands of brightly coloured fish and coral
  • Delicious meals
  • VIP service


Top Deck Club Liveaboard Packages Include

  • Top Deck Club accommodation including ensuite (guaranteed cabin located on Top Deck – please note we only have 2 x cabins with a double bed with front windows, and these will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed basis)
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Personal valet
  • Private guided in-water tours (please note diving is an upgrade, but your guide will already be included)
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Late checkout
  • Evening turndown service
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment (if scuba diving)
  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour (weather-permitting)
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • A free luggage storage facility in Cairns City
  • Daily transfers via Reef Experience to Reef Encounter

Optional Extras

  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba lessons
  • Professional photographs
  • Barista coffee
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Merchandise
  • Helicopter transfers
  • City/Beaches bus return transfers

What to bring

  • Reef Encounter is a barefoot product
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
  • Socks
  • Casual resort wear
  • Scuba divers need to bring their certification card and logbook

How to get there

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

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.

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.


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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