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

Join our Top Deck Club Liveaboard and Discover why this is the best way to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

From the very beginning of your trip to the moment you step off the boat.

Our Top Deck Club Liveaboard packages are the best way to discover Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef.

If you love excellent service, Top Deck Club is for you!


The VIP Top Deck Club guarantees a relaxing reef holiday, styled your way!

What is the Top Deck Club Liveaboard experience?

Fantastic service – A VIP Top Deck Liveaboard holiday 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 tour tailored to your needs, so everybody’s Top Deck experience will be specialised.


Top Deck Club provides an unbeatable level of customer care. The package includes additional luxuries including a dedicated personal valet, late check-out times, deluxe three-course evening meals. Read on for more exclusive Top Deck service.

  • A crew member just for you!
  • Professional in-water guide for private scuba/snorkel tours,
  • breakfast in bed,
  • late checkout

A fountain of marine-life knowledge or all of the above.

From the moment you board until you wave goodbye, relax you will be in excellent hands.

Luxurious Accommodation

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

Gourmet Meal

  • A deluxe three-course evening meal, freshly prepared by our onboard Chef each night of your stay.
  • Chefs can cater to all dietary requirements for; 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

Sample 2 Day Itinerary

Day One

7:30 am Breakfast onboard 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 – Sunbake 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

Noon Buffet Lunch

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

How to Get There

Your transfer vessel, Reef Experience, departs from Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns that are in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking.

Some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Encounter Medical Questionnaire

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘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

Spoil yourself and book your Top Deck Scuba Diving adventure today!


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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.

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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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