This was probably the best part of our 2 week vacation from the US to Australia. My husband, daughter, father in law, and I went on a 2 day, 1 night trip, and wished we had stayed longer. My husband and daughter dove. The equipment was of good quality and well maintained. My father in law and I enjoyed reef views from the glass bottomed boat. I also snorkeled a couple of times and the staff tried to help me feel more comfortable in the water. The food was excellent and the chef worked very hard to accommodate food preferences. The staff was amazing. Shannon, the "inside person" did everything she could to make everyone's stay very comfortable. The rooms were very nice and the private bath, albeit small, was very functional. The inside lounge on the first floor was a great place to talk with others from all over. The "hosties" are from all over the world and it was fun to talk with them. There was a very nice sundeck on an upper level. On the last day when transferring back to Reef Experience you must have your own towel if you plan to get in the water. Also be aware that changing space is very limited on that boat so you must plan accordingly, like having your swim stuff in a separate bag to make it easier than getting in and out of your luggage. My only recommendation is staying more than one night.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef