Exploring the Great Barrier Reef: An Unforgettable Snorkelling Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders with our exclusive Great Barrier Reef Deal tailored specifically for snorkelers. Imagine the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, where vibrant coral gardens and a kaleidoscope of marine life await you. This two-day and one-night excursion promises an unparalleled experience filled with adventure, relaxation, and discovery.

Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef Deal

Our Great Barrier Reef Deal is designed to provide the ultimate snorkelling experience while ensuring maximum comfort and convenience. With a late check-in option, you can start your journey at your leisure, ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

Day One: A Day of Exploration on the Reef Experience

Morning Departure and Check-in

Begin your day by boarding the ‘Reef Experience’ at the picturesque Cairns Marlin Marina. As you board, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and a delicious breakfast to kickstart your adventure.

Snorkelling Briefing and Marine Biology Presentation

Following check-in, our experienced crew will provide a comprehensive snorkelling briefing to ensure your safety and enjoyment throughout the day. Delve into the fascinating world of marine biology with an engaging presentation by our onboard experts, offering insights into the diverse ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.

Discover the Underwater World

Set off on your first snorkelling session, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore two different reef locations teeming with abundant marine life. Dive into crystal-clear waters and marvel at the vibrant coral formations inhabited by a dazzling array of fish, turtles, and other fascinating creatures.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour and Buffet Lunch

For those seeking a different perspective, hop on a glass-bottom boat tour (weather permitting) and admire the mesmerising underwater landscape from above. Indulge in a sumptuous buffet lunch served onboard, featuring a selection of hot and cold dishes to satisfy your appetite.

Cruise to the Next Snorkelling Site

After lunch, embark on a leisurely cruise to a second reef location, where more adventures await beneath the surface. Amid the Great Barrier Reef’s breathtaking natural beauty, spend the afternoon snorkelling to your heart’s content.

Day Two: Overnight Stay on Reef Encounter

Transfer to Reef Encounter

As the sun sets, it’s time to bid farewell to the ‘Reef Experience’ and transfer to the luxurious Reef Encounter vessel. Upon arrival, our friendly crew will welcome you on board and provide a safety briefing before guiding you to your comfortable stateroom.

Evening Snorkelling and Dinner

After settling in, embark on an evening snorkelling excursion to witness the reef come alive under the moonlight. Then, return to the vessel for a delightful dinner in the cozy saloon, where you can relish a delectable feast while swapping stories of your underwater adventures.

Unwind and Relax

After dinner, unwind on deck under a blanket of stars or retire to the comfort of your stateroom for a sound night’s sleep to the soothing sound of the ocean.

Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

Our Great Barrier Reef Deal offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of the underwater world in style and comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or embarking on your first reef adventure, this two-day excursion promises memories that will last a lifetime.

So why wait? Book your Great Barrier Reef Deal today and embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most iconic destinations!





Day Two: Sunrise Snorkelling and Return Journey

Early Morning Adventures

Sunrise Snorkel Session

Rise and shine to the gentle ocean call as you prepare for an early morning snorkelling session, perfectly timed to catch the mesmerizing sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef. Dive into the pristine waters and witness the reef come alive in the soft morning light, a truly magical experience that will stay with you forever.

Breakfast and Check-out

Breakfast in the Dining Saloon

After your invigorating snorkel session, indulge in a hearty breakfast served in the dining saloon, where you can fuel up for the day ahead with a selection of delicious dishes and freshly brewed coffee.

Check-out and Transfer

Following breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your stateroom and check out of the Reef Encounter. Transfer to a comfortable transfer cabin, where you can securely store your luggage and freshen up before returning to Cairns.

Final Snorkelling Sessions

Morning Snorkel Time

Before departing from the Reef Encounter, seize the opportunity for one last snorkelling session in the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the vibrant coral gardens and encounter the diverse marine life that calls this underwater paradise home.

Lunch and Departure

Lunch on Board

Savour a delicious lunch served on board as you reflect on your incredible journey and soak up the final moments of tranquillity amidst the stunning natural surroundings.

Transfer to Reef Experience

Bid farewell to the Reef Encounter as you return to the ‘Reef Experience’ for the journey back to Cairns. Relax and unwind on deck as you sail through the turquoise waters, with complimentary wine, cheese, and biscuits to enhance your journey.

Return to Cairns

Arrival at Cairns Marlin Marina

As the day draws closer, arrive back at the Cairns Marlin Marina, where your Great Barrier Reef adventure first began. Reflect on the memories created during your two-day excursion and cherish the unforgettable moments spent exploring one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders.

Conclusion: A Journey of Discovery

From sunrise snorkelling sessions to sunset cruises, our Great Barrier Reef Deal offers an immersive experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary underwater world. Whether you’re a snorkelling enthusiast or simply seeking a unique adventure, our two-day excursion promises an unforgettable journey filled with excitement, wonder, and relaxation.

Book your Great Barrier Reef Deal today and embark on a voyage of discovery to one of Australia’s most treasured destinations!


Reef View Hotel Accommodation

  • Stateroom with an ensuite bathroom and large reef-view windows.
  • Towels and toiletries provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • All staterooms have Australian power outlets

Great Barrier Reef Deal Facilities”]

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Barista Coffee
  • Large, easy-access snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad



This Great Barrier Reef Deal is based on the first part of your tour on our sister day vessel ‘Reef Experience’, with check-in time into your stateroom at approximately 3:30 pm.

This Great Barrier Reef deal package is for snorkelers only.  There are options to try introductory scuba diving during your stay.

If you prefer an earlier Stateroom check-in time, 





Waking up on the Great Barrier Reef


Included in our Great Barrier Reef deal

  • A day on Reef Experience
  • Reef View Stateroom
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • Fresh fruit, tea and coffee
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • The best crew on the reef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • Free luggage storage in Cairns City

Optional Extras

  • Barista Coffee
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits
  • Snacks

What to bring

  • Sunglasses and hat
  • light jacket
  • socks
  • Camera
  • Travel Voucher
  • Cash or credit card for onboard extras

Reef Encounter is a barefoot experience.


How to get there

How to Get to Reef Encounter

Your transfer vessel, Reef Experience, departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in on Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Divers

This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities.

Australia has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest diving record.

Therefore you must understand Queensland’s scuba diving laws.

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.

Please complete our dive medical questionnaire as 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.

If you have any questions, we will be delighted to assist you.

Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our friendly 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.

You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive after multiple scuba 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 after scuba diving.

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Check-In: 4:00 pm

Check-Out: 8:00 am

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