Green Island and Great Barrier Reef liveaboard

Imagine sleeping on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!  This Reef and Island Getaway offers you the very best of both worlds. The gentle movement of the ocean whilst you are being rocked to sleep on Reef Encounter.  Followed by the white sands of Green Island, watching the sun slide behind the horizon.  This is the very best way to experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!     

Australia’s Best Liveaboard  ‘Reef Encounter’ Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Cairns’s best liveaboard Reef Encounter! Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This is one of the unique holiday escapes in Australia. See it at its best – day and night!

Reef Encounter is large enough to provide all the comforts of a cruise ship yet small enough to access spectacular reef locations not accessible to other vessels.

We take extreme pride in our products, boats, crew and, most importantly, guests! We believe that Reef Encounter is unbeatable in service and value.

Reef Encounter is a snorkeling and diving tour company that operates in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, off Cairns, Queensland, Australia, coast.

Here are the top 10 things to do on a Reef Encounter tour:

  1. Snorkeling: Explore the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life with a guided snorkelling tour.
  2. Diving: Take a dive and see the Great Barrier Reef from a unique perspective.
  3. Glass-bottom boat tour: Enjoy a scenic tour of the Reef without getting wet.
  4. Marine Biologist Presentation: Attend a marine biologist reef seminar to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and its conservation.
  5. Try an introductory scuba dive.  Even if you never have scuba-dived, you can try Reef Encounters’ free scuba dive demonstration.
  6. Stargaze from the sundeck without the city lights is a fantastic place to view the galaxy.
  7. Learn to scuba dive.   Reef Encounter offers a wonderful learn-to-dive course.
  8. Sunset Cruise: Watch the sunset from the water and enjoy a relaxing evening on the reef.
  9. Marine Life and Coral Identification: Learn about the different species of marine life and coral found in the Great Barrier Reef.
  10. Scenic Helicopter Flight: Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef for a bird’s-eye view of the reef.

These are the top ten activities to experience on a Reef Encounter tour, offering visitors a mix of adventure, relaxation, and education.

Plan your stay

Customize your Great Barrier Reef and Green Island Getaway. Stay for as many nights as you like in superbly appointed staterooms, or upgrade to the Top Deck Club for that extra luxury.  With daily transfers from Cairns by boat or helicopter. Reef Encounter is an excellent choice to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Twin and double rooms are available. Just let us know your preference.

This package is built as one night on Reef Encounter and one night on Green Island and can be extended for visitors to enjoy more time on Great Barrier Reef.


You will need to spend a night in Cairns between your Green Island and Reef Encounter trip, and this is not included in this package.   Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with this.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  •  fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel. Designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea.
  • Large dining saloon.
  • TV and lounge area.
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot tub.
  • Spacious sundeck with sun lounges.
  • Fully licensed bar.
  • Large, easy-access dive and snorkel platforms.
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra).

Reef Encounter Accommodation

  • Spacious, air-conditioned staterooms – with ocean views
  • All cabins have their ensuite toilet and shower
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets

What’s Included

Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter

  • All meals are chef-prepared on board daily. Breakfast is a full buffet with a plated lunch, dinner and dessert. Fresh Fruit is available throughout the day, along with tea and coffee. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking.
  • The best crew on the Reef! The Reef Encounter team is the best in the business. Winning personal and professional awards for outstanding customer service in the tourism industry.
  • The latest snorkelling and scuba diving equipment (wetsuits are a small additional charge).
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request.
  •  Informative Marine Biology presentation
  • The free luggage storage facility is available at our offices in Cairns City.

Green Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Green Island Resort is a boutique luxury resort just 45 minutes off Cairns in the heart of UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Arrive at your Tropical Island

You will arrive by the Great Adventures Catamaran. Be personally met by one of the Green Island Resort team. Enjoy a quick tour before checking into your suite.

Now it is time to relax and explore Green Island.  Maybe enjoy a bite to eat, a swim in the Coral Sea, snorkelling, or just catching the sun whilst relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, wander down to the jetty and see the fish feed. Enjoy complimentary sunset drinks on the beach.

Have a delicious dinner at Emeralds Restaurant. Alternatively, you may prefer room service.

Grab your torch from your room and join the stargazing night tour.  It’s amazing what you can see in the night sky!

Time to Head Home

Your Reef and Island Getaway is drawing to a close. After checking out in the morning, you can still enjoy all the facilities of the resort and Island until your departure. There are shower and change facilities and the Coral Cay Guest Lounge.


  • Return Catamaran Transfers
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 24-hour Reception
  • Snorkelling
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Fish Feeding
  • Star Gazing tour
  • Windsurfing, Canoes, Kayaks and Sun Lounges and Umbrellas

What to Bring

  • A small to medium overnight bag with personal items – casual clothes, personal toiletries, sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, medication if needed, something warm to wear for the evenings (jumper/pullover/cardigan) etc.
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Camera

Transfer Times

Green Island




from $1,420
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Island Suite

Green Island Accommodation

Green Island Resort Island Room

Twin or King available Transfers included Spacious guest room of 56 square metres, with two double beds OR 1 king bed. All rooms with separate bath and shower, and private balcony.

Twin Bed Stateroom Cabin - Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter Stateroom

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, ensuite Stateroom. Share with another guest



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