I was recommended this trip from a mate who did what I did to celebrate his boy becoming a teenager. I decided to take the plunge (excuse expression) and do the same. Worked a treat for a Dad and son trip. We lived aboard for 3 days and 2 nights and ate like kings and even though my son was 13 he did 7 dives off the boat including a night dive in our 3 days and 2 nights. He had a smile from ear to ear . He was so excited about what he had done and what he had seen. We hired a very good camera and the instructor Pat was kind enough to take photos for us. They turned out great and we have some great shots to remind us of this trip. He was accompanied by a fully qualified instructor who looked after him the whole trip and as a father it was the professionalism and confidence that I enjoyed. My son had no ticket at the time of this trip, however after this trip he was so inspired he has attained a dive ticket. The trip out was fun right from the boat leaving from Cairns where we sat upstairs and enjoyed the exclusive use of the upper deck. When we arrived at the reef we transferred to the big ship that seems to rotate around a few different anchorages subject to weather and dive conditions. I would not say it is a great place to go if you did not enjoy snorkeling or diving or sunbathing on top of the boat. If you want to value add to the trip catch a chopper (might be expensive) from the boat back to shore as this was the least pleasant part of the trip as you return your own little group of 10 or so people who you know quite well to a group of100 plus depending on day etc etc. I am sounding precious, however food great (lots of it) and we needed it as we put out the energy swimming and diving and staff interacted as was appropriate. Look them up it was great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reef Encounter,Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Liveaboard is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s floating luxury boutique hotel. Spend one night or several nights on one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Transfers departing from Cairns, Queensland daily, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate reef experience. Enjoy the sunsets, relax, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear blue waters. ... more less
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- Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef