Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard & Kuranda

Welcome to Cairns! This tour package delivers the best of Far North Queensland. Explore the world famous Great Barrier Reef with an overnight stay on Australia’s best liveaboard, Reef Encounter. Spend your time floating between four different spectacular outer reef locations with Reef Encounter and discover the best coral reefs and marine life that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Next, explore Kuranda, a village in the rainforest. On this day trip, you will travel to Kuranda via the famous historical scenic railway. Once you’ve arrived, stroll through the local markets and meet some of Australia’s native wildlife and Rainforestation nature park. On the way back to Cairns, soar above the rainforest canopy and enjoy the views with Skyrail.

Great Barrier Reef Stay

The luxurious Top Deck Club is the ultimate way to experience an overnight stay at the Outer Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style.

Ideal for couples looking for a luxury getaway vacation, groups who enjoy a bit of VIP treatment or anyone who desires personalised in-water care.

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

Spend your time floating between four different spectacular outer reef locations with Reef Encounter and discover the best coral reefs and marine life that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Sample 2 Day Itinerary

Day One

7:30 am Breakfast on board Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty “A” Finger, Cairns. Meet your Top Deck Attendant.

8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty Marine Biologist Presentation Scuba Dive and Snorkel briefing

9:30 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter

10:30 am Snorkel Session – Sun bake and relax

12 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 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 or Snorkel Session

7:30 am Breakfast served in your Cabin

8:00 am Cruise to next Outer Great Barrier Reef Site

8:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

10:30 am Scuba Dive or Snorkel session

12:00 pm Buffet Lunch

1:30 pm Snorkel Session, Glass Bottom Boat Tour – Sunbathe – Relax

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

What is the Top Deck Club?

Fantastic service – A VIP Top Deck holiday is designed for people who wish to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in style! Much like ‘first class’ with an airline, it’s a trip that’s tailored to your personal needs and so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.

Providing an unbeatable level of customer care, the Top Deck package comes with many additional luxuries including (but not limited to) a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times and deluxe three course evening meals. Read on for more exclusive Top Deck services…

A crew member just for you! Whether it’s a professional in-water guide for private scuba/snorkel tours, a fountain of marine-life knowledge or all of the above, your personal crew member ensures your holiday flows the way you want it to.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, you can relax in the knowledge that all of your needs are taken care of.

Luxurious Accommodation

  • The best rooms on the boat
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views, crisp Australian bed linen, plush bath robes, towels and toiletries
  • Champagne and a fruit platter await you upon arrival*
  • An evening turn down service for your cabin
  • Towels and toiletries are replenished
  • *If you’re getting in the water, complimentary champagne will be served with your evening meal instead

Gourmet Meals

  • A deluxe three course evening meal, freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay.
  • All dietary requirements will be met. Please advise our friendly team of any special requests upon booking.
  • Choose to dine privately under the stars or join the rest of the guests in the spacious dining saloon Breakfast served to your suite
  • Enjoy an Australian continental or cooked breakfast served to you just the way you like it, or join the rest of the guests for a buffet style breakfast served in the dining saloon*
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Appreciate ocean views from the sundeck or outdoor hot-tub as you sip a chilled Australian cocktail while watching the sunset over the sparkling Coral Sea …the perfect setting for photography lovers!

Superior Comfort

  • Late check-out times! On your day of departure, Top Deck guests keep their cabin right up until the transfer vessel departs to take you back to Cairns
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to a marine biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Top Deck guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices
  • On the journey back into the Cairns Marina enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter

About Reef Encounter

Our spacious liveaboard is fully air conditioned and with a large lounge and dining area, including a fully stocked bar.  Enjoy the rooftop sundeck and an outdoor heated spa for relaxation in between snorkeling and scuba diving.

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area,
  • Bar and Lounge area
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Double or Twin Stateroom with Private Bathroom
  • Dive Briefings
  • On-board Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo, Water and fresh fruit
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving equipment (except wetsuits)
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras  $59.00
  • Wetsuit hire $5.00 per day
  • Prescription mask hire $10.00 per day
  • Snacks from the bar etc
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO – Reef Encounter is a licensed Vessel

Important Additional Information

  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina is by our Day Boat Reef Experience with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter
  • Departs every day of the year
  • Staterooms on board Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin share (2 Single Beds). When booking please advise your rooming preference. (We will do our best to accommodate you rooming preference).
  • Please advise any Dietary requirements

What to Bring

  • Overnight bag – If you wish to store any excess luggage we are happy to do so in our office at 100 Abbott street Cairns.
  • For safety reasons Reef Encounter has a “No Shoe” policy. (There is no need to bring extra pairs of shoes)
  • Cash or credit card for purchases of snacks from the bar / souvenirs for sale on-board or underwater camera hire.
  • Sun hat, swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, light casual clothing.
  • As the air-conditioning is on a set temperature for the heat during the day it can become quite cool in the evenings, even just being on the Great Barrier Reef can be cooler at night-time, therefor a light pullover, cardigan should be packed. 

Please Note: Accommodation is not included on the night you return from Reef Encounter to Cairns

Kuranda by Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Located just 25 km northwest of Cairns, and surrounded by world heritage Rainforest, you will find the quaint and quirky village known as Kuranda. Kuranda has become a famous tourist destination in Far North Queensland known as the “Village in the Rainforest”.

The best way to experience Kuranda is by combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and that is exactly what this tour offers.

Your day begins with a journey on Kuranda’s scenic railway

Your day starts with a pickup from your Cairns city accommodation. You will be transferred to the historical Freshwater train station. During the 90 minute scenic railway journey, you will climb over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels. You will learn about the Pioneering history of the Tropical North, while enjoying views of Barron falls.

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to Rainforest Station

Rainforestation wildlife park is set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest. Here, you will experience the tropical Rainforest from a totally unique perspective.

Rainforestation is home to the Army Duck Rainforest Tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and native Australian wildlife like the Koala and Kangaroo. After exploring everything Rainforestation has to offer, you will enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch at Rainforestation’s traditionally styled Aussie Restaurant.

Soar above the Rainforest with Skyrail

Whilst Kuranda Scenic Train gives visitors an amazing view of the Rainforest at ground level, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the Rainforest as it soars silently only meters above the Rainforest canopy.

Stretching 7.5 km through the tropical Rainforests of North Queensland, Skyrail provides people with a unique opportunity to see and experience the Rainforest in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

You’ll glide just metres above the Rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the Rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations, Barron Falls and Red Peak Station.

Kuranda Classic Inclusions

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Return Transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation 

Kuranda Classic Itinerary

  • 7:30 am  Approximate pickup from your Cairns Accommodation
  • 8.50am  Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at the Freshwater Heritage Train Station
  • 10:30 am Arrive Kuranda Railway Station.
  • 11:45 am Please be at the bus stop outside the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • BBQ Lunch. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard.
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.
  • learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing and didgeridoo playing.
  • Koala & Wildlife Park. Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a holding a small crocodile (Optional extra)
  • 3:45 pm Transfer to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal for 4.00pm boarding.
  •  5:15 pm Your coach will be at the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your accommodation.

Accommodation is Not Included on this night (3rd Night)

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Top Deck Club Liveaboard

Double Bed

1 x Double bed, en-suite cabin. Requires 2 guests or sole occupancy. Including luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets, feather down pillow adorns our oversized double beds, soft fluffy robes and plush bath sheets.

Kuranda Scenic Train, Rainforstation and Skyrail Experience – CKB

Classic Kuranda - CKB

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation including lunch is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.

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