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4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Hot tub

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided

Explore the area

    Popular LocationCairns Marlin Marina3 min walk
    Popular LocationEsplanade Lagoon5 min walk
    Popular LocationReef Fleet Terminal6 min walk
    AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)9 min drive

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  • Superior Twin Room

    Room amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Single Beds
    More detailsSuperior Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room

    Room amenities

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

    Room amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Single Beds
    More detailsStandard Twin Room
  • Standard Double Room

    Room amenities

    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
    More detailsStandard Double Room

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. Sugarworld Waterpark and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre are also worth visiting.
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
  • AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 9 min drive

Restaurants

  • Prawn Star - 4 min walk
  • Salt House - 4 min walk
  • Tha Fish - 4 min walk
  • Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse - 5 min walk
  • Vivaldis Restaurant - 5 min walk

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.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–8 AM
  • 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 any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel

More

  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots/infant beds (surcharge)

Bathroom

  • Free toiletries
  • Shower

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Policies

Check-in

Check-in from 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
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property for check-in information
For more details, please contact the property 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.

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

Important information

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 may be 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
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
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 guestrooms

Property is also known as

Reef Encounter Boat
Reef Encounter Boat Cairns
Reef Encounter Cairns
Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef
Reef Encounter Cruise
Reef Encounter Cairns
Reef Encounter Cruise Cairns

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Reef Encounter and receive a full refund?
Yes, Reef Encounter offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Reef Encounter cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Reef Encounter pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at Reef Encounter?
Check-in is from 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM. After-hours check-in is not available.
What time is check-out at Reef Encounter?
Checkout is at 8 AM.
Where is Reef Encounter located?
This vessel pulls anchor and sets sail from Cairns for at least part of your stay.
4.5
Wonderful
5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Poor
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4.4/5

Cleanliness

4.6/5

Staff & service

5.0/5

Amenities

4.3/5

Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Awesome trip to the famous Barrier Reef.All was well organised, comfy, bed, lovely people around, amazing diving. Waiting for my next trip!
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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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

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Awesome stay and a great staff :) Memorable for years to come!
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

3/5 Okay

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Sad face IconDisliked: 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

5/5 Excellent

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Super stay
Fabulous trip out to the reef. The crew were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was great and the cabin was very comfortable. We saw loads of fish, dolphins, turtles and baby reef sharks. Excellent way to get closer to the reef.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2018

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