Reef Encounter's Top Deck Club Liveaboard packages are truly the best way to see Australia's Great Barrier Reef our luxury liveaboard tours depart daily from Cairns day is never enough

Top Deck Club – Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour

Stay aboard Cairns premier Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard – Reef Encounter. Enjoy the luxury VIP package with their ‘Top Deck Club’. If you value personalised service, this luxury Great Barrier Reef tour is for you!

Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this is one of the most celebrated holiday escapes in Australia. See the reef at its very best – day and night!

Why choose a Top Deck Club liveaboard experience

Like ‘first-class’ on an airline, this luxury Top Deck Club tour is tailored to your needs. Everybody’s Top Deck experience will be personalised.

Amongst other things, Cairns Top Deck Club includes a crew member just for you! A private in-water Guide for personal scuba dive tours or snorkelling tours, late check-out times, deluxe 3-course evening meals under the stars, complimentary sparkling wine on arrival…

…And so much more!

See the full list of Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef inclusions below.

Click ‘Book’ below to select your arrival and departure dates – and then choose your desired activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling or enrol on a dive course.

What’s Included

  • Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Encounter, Cairns best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard
  • A personal crew member for the duration of your liveaboard tour. This guarantees a personalised reef holiday, styled your way!
  • Late check-out times. Top Deck Club guests keep their private cabin until departing Reef Encounter
  • Private guided in-water tours – Tailored specifically to your ability and comfort level to ensure you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard!
  • Superior Comfort – See “Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation” below
  • VIP Meals – See “Top Deck Club Dining” below
  • A variety of spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations during your stay
  • Glass bottom boat tour upon request
  • On the voyage to Reef Encounter, you will have the option to listen to an informative Marine Biology presentation about the coral reef and marine animals
  • Free luggage storage facility available at their offices in the Cairns City
  • Daily transfers to the liveaboard vessel via a fast catamaran boat mean you can depart for your Top Deck Club liveaboard tour on a date that suits you – and stay as long as you desire. (Scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter transfers to or from your liveaboard tour are an optional extra).

Top Deck Club Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

  • Superior comfort – Stay in the best Top Deck Club cabins on the boat and relax with late check-out times
  • Spacious en-suite cabins with uninterrupted ocean views
  • Crisp Australian bed linen, plush bathrobes, towels and toiletries provided
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Top Deck Club guests enjoy an evening turn-down service for your cabin
  • All cabins have Australian power outlets
  • Reef Encounter is one of the few Great Barrier Reef liveaboards with ensuite facilities. All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower
  • Double bed or twin-single bed cabins available

Top Deck Club Dining

  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by the onboard Chef for each night of your stay. 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 sparkling wine and fruit platter upon arrival* (If you’re getting in the water, your complimentary sparkling wine will be served with your evening meal instead)
  • Complimentary sunset cocktail
  • Top Deck Club guests can also enjoy a selection of local press coffee, tea and juices
  • All meals prepared fresh daily, by an onboard Chef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fruit available throughout the day. All dietary requirements will be catered for – please advise us of these when booking
  • A barbeque buffet breakfast is served on the outbound voyage
  • On your return voyage back to Cairns, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and fruit platter
  • Free luggage storage facility available at their offices in the Cairns City

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Facilities

  • A fully air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran hotel, designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea
  • Large dining saloon
  • TV and lounge area
  • Outdoor, freshwater hot-tub
  • Spacious sundeck with sun loungers
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Large, easy access dive and snorkel platforms
  • Helicopter pad on the roof for low-flying scenic helicopter tours over the coral reef as your transfer to/from Reef Encounter (optional extra)
  • Reef Encounter is one of few Great Barrier Reef liveaboards with ensuite facilities. All cabins have their own en-suite toilet & shower

Important Information for Scuba Divers

  • This information is for all guests participating in scuba diving activities during your Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour
  • Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record. Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws in Queensland, Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef liveaboard boats 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
  • To avoid disappointment on your liveaboard tour – we strongly recommend that all passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef tour
  • We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on +61 7 4037 2700 or email our helpful team today.
  • Alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Queensland Dive Medical using the Australian QLD Standard Form AS.4005.1
  • Flying after Scuba Diving For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible


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Check-In: 10:00 am

Check-Out: 2:00 pm

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Top Deck Club Liveaboard Accommodations

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.

Twin Share

2 x Single beds, en-suite cabin. Share with another guest. 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.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 902 traveller reviews
TripAdvisor Ranking #1 of 84 Speciality lodging in Cairns
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 23 Sep 2017: wonderful trip to GBR
  • 20 Sep 2017: Fantastic night on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 18 Sep 2017: Dive livesboard
  • 14 Sep 2017: Fantastic experience
  • 13 Sep 2017: Awesome experienced
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8 Reviews for “Top Deck Club Liveaboard”

  1. Mykael & Shannen

    Excellent! Mackensea should be everyone's guide, she is amazing. Accommodations were excellent and meals were beautifully presented and tasted great. House staff/keepers were phenomenal and work so hard! We hope to be back soon and will recommend to all family friends. Best dive experience ever!

  2. Sisi   Andrew

    Out of this world! All very professional, friendly, attentive, always happy, nothing is a big problem. Cannot recommend this enough! Big comfortable bed, good shower, delicious food, beautifully cooked, large portions, quality produce. Our valet Martin is a credit to your operation. Very attentive and always there to make sure we had an amazing time! Thank you! xxx

  3. Maggie

    Very friendly! Lots of fun & very hard-working crew. Definitely made the trip a very positive one :) The accommodation was very comfortable and the meals were very impressive. Delicious vegetarian options. Awesome trip with great crew!

  4. Gwendolyn

    Amazing crew! Super friendly & helpful. It has spoilt me and now, I can't do live aboard with any other company! Our dive guide, Jenny, was amazing. Luis the photographer took great shots of us. Overall great, memorable experience.

  5. Audrey

    The best everrrr! Loved you guys. Warm, hospitable and very very approachable. Also, felt very safe with our guide Jenny as we explore the amazing reef! You guys spoiled us silly with the meals! So delicious and fresh, I don't know how I'm gonna do a normal liveaboard ever again! Thank you for an amazing 3 days. Loved the reef and everyone on board too. Everything from the time we boarded was very comfortable. Will be back! Maybe for a longer trip next time. :) Cheers!

  6. Ryan

    Crew are amazing. Helpful, cheerful and engaged. Room is clean and comfortable, with great view. Food is even better, well cooked with variety of choice. Keep it going guys. We really enjoyed this diving trip.

  7. Anna

    Amazing - very professional, fun and friendly. 10 out of 10. Very impressed with how comfortable the beds were. will be recommending Reef Encounter to family and friends. Special thanks to Sam for his patience and helping me become a certified open water diver.

  8. Mikael

    Incredible. Crew always helpful and cheerful. Reputation of Reef Encounter clearly based on customer service! Food was amazing and room was clean. Special thanks to Sam for being very patient with Anna and helping me with my advanced course. A true asset to the business. We will be back.


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