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Reef Encounter, Cairns, Australia

4-star4 stars
Cairns Marlin Marina - Marlin Jetty A, Boat: Reef Experience, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia

Cairns cruise with restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
Fantastic service
Great room

Reef Encounter, Cairns, Australia

from NZ$928
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Twin Room

What’s around Reef Encounter, Cairns, Australia


  • Cruise from Cairns
  • Cairns Esplanade - 9 min walk
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 15 min walk
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 3 min walk
  • Esplanade Lagoon - 5 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 6 min walk
  • Cairns Night Markets - 8 min walk
  • Cairns Convention Centre - 12 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 9 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 17 min walk
  • Freshwater Station - 12 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 14 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 21 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in time 7:30 AM-7:30 AM
  • Check-out time is 8 AM
There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival 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. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • All-inclusive rates available
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Spa tub
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Special features

All inclusive

All-inclusive room rates at Reef Encounter are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).
Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included

Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling excursions

Not included
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Surcharge for bottled wine
  • Surcharge for bottled liquor
  • Minibar
  • Room service
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes


Onsite venue - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reef Encounter, Cairns, Australia’s small print

Also known as

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


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: AUD 15 per person, per night

Optional extras

Cribs/Infant beds are available for AUD 50.00 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 27 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
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.
Jacqueline, au2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
This was an amazing experience! I recommend staying two nights. The staff was so accommodating and it almost felt like you were traveling with good friends! Food was delicious and beds were comfortable. Good sleep is very important to me,
Debra, us2 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Highly Recommend "Hotel" on the Great Barrier Reef
A really fun place to stay if you want to be out on the reef for more than a few hours. We stayed 2 nights/3 days. The boat is large and comfortable and well-outfitted for diving & snorkeling. We had a decent-sized stateroom. The staff were enthusiastic and fun, from all over the world, and did a great job taking care of guests' needs. Staying out on the reef is the best way to get in a lot of time seeing marine life whether you are a snorkeler or diver -- if the weather cooperates. Even in the bad weather, the crew did their best to keep it upbeat and fun for all. They proved themselves to be skilled and kept everyone safe. Oh - and the food was very good, and lots of it! Just remember to take your Dramamine...
Kim, us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
It was great to have stay overnight on the reef, and we enjoyed the multiple opportunities for diving. definitely worth the experience.
au1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Diving and food provided was very good.
Wai Ling, asRomance trip

Reef Encounter, Cairns, Australia

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