Discover why our Top Deck Club tour is the best way to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Get the “Celebrity Feel” with our fantastic day tour.
Enjoy more personalised service, private seating and a relaxed day in the exclusive Captain’s Wheelhouse top deck lounge as we cruise to our pristine Reef locations.
You enjoy all standard day tour inclusions, plus you get your own valet for the day – providing an unbeatable level of customer service both at the reef and on the boat.
You will discover the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with your personalised snorkel tour and guided introductory or certified dive.
Top Deck Highlights:
Both onboard and in the water, your personal crew member ensures your trip 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.
Whether you are snorkelling, scuba diving or both, your personal crew member will be there to guarantee you a fun and safe experience.
You get reserved table seats in the Captain’s wheelhouse. No need to worry about space for you and your luggage, it’s taken care of with our exclusive seating arrangements.
Skip the queues
Top Deck Club guests are priority passengers, and as such, you won’t wait in line for check-in, meals or collecting equipment. Your personal crew member will bring everything to you in the comfort of your own seating area.
As you make yourself comfortable on the top deck in the wheelhouse, you will be served a cooked a la carte breakfast with bacon, eggs, croissants, spinach and mushrooms, accompanied by a fresh tropical fruit platter and freshly brewed local tea and coffee.
Our on-board chef will personally prepare your delicious lunch, made with local produce and served directly to your table.
We cater to you!
We cater to all dietary requirements. Please advise upon booking.
On the journey back into the Cairns Marina, you will be served a complimentary glass of Australian sparkling wine and a cheese and fruit platter.
Minimum of two people required for all Top Deck Club bookings
Great Barrier Reef Highlights
A personal valet/guide both onboard and in the water.
Private guided snorkel tours and scuba dive tours for that extra in-water care and attention.
Reserved VIP Seating in the Captain’s wheelhouse.
During your Top Deck Club experience, your valet will organise everything for you
Dine-in style! Enjoy your fresh, chef-prepared meals delivered to your table.
Plunger coffee and tea
6 hours at the Great Barrier Reef
Next, enjoy scuba diving for both certified and introductory divers.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour – combined with other passengers (weather permitting)
Including round trip, bus transfers Cairns City Accommodation
Marine Biology Presentation – combined with other passengers
Large Sun Deck with sunbeds
Cheese and fruit platter
Sparkling wine on the return journey.
Reef Experience Top Deck Club Itinerary
07:30 – First board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
08:00 –Departure and safety Talk with snorkel briefing
08:30 – Marine Biology presentation, followed by detailed scuba dive briefing for those participating
09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel and scuba dive
10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20-minute tour)
12:30 – Lunch
13:00 – Cruise to our second location
15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns
Round Trip bus transfers from Cairns accommodation
Personal valet assigned to you for the day
A la carte Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
Plunger coffee and tea
Australian sparkling wine on return from the reef
Access to the Captain’s wheelhouse Top Deck Club Lounge.
*minimum of 2 people per booking.
Underwater Digital Camera Hire
Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips and alcohol etc.
Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
Second Scuba Dive
What to bring
Cash and/or credit card for purchases
Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat and Sunglasses,
Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver
We accept Visa Card or Mastercard through E-Way. All pricing is in AUD.
A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is required to re-schedule, alter a reservation, or make any amendments to prepaid tour components, such as equipment hire, guided tours, or course fees.
Cancellation fees are as follows:
20% cancellation fee 30 days or more prior to departure
50% cancellation fee if within 30 days prior to departure
100% cancellation fee within 14 days prior to departure
There will be no refund of any part of your tour costs should you fail to arrive at a scheduled tour departure time. Tour departures may not be delayed due to passenger circumstances - including events beyond your control, medical problems, airline delays, weather etc.
All passengers are strongly advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation insurance, evacuation and medical cover. Please read the wording of your insurance policy carefully and ensure it covers you for all potential activities. No refund or compensation will be issued for unused equipment, prepaid/pre-booked courses and/or Scuba dives, or guides if you cannot complete the entire tour. Please see Scuba Diving – Important Information below.
Schedules are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to change vessels, dive locations, and prices without notice.
Please refer to Trade Practices Act 1974.
Terms And Conditions
This website acts as a booking agent only for the tours advertised herein. Although we endeavor to provide accurate information, we are not liable for inaccurate information concerning services.
Check-in: If you are Making your own way (no return transfers booked), please check-in and board at 7.30 am. Reef Experience is located on A Finger, at Cairns Marlin Marina.
Terms and Conditions:
Please call to confirm your trip 48 hours in advance at +61 7 4037 2700.
No alcohol may be consumed before in-water activities.
Children’s prices are from 4 to 11 years of age. If booking as a certified diver, adult rates apply.
Reef levies are included in the cost.
Locations, vessels and itineraries are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances, but with full consideration of your safety and enjoyment. We are not liable for changes to tours, pricing or itineraries, all of which are subject to change without notice. We accept no liability for any loss or out-of-pocket costs incurred as a result of the cancellation or change in the itinerary, however caused (direct or indirect).
The glass-bottom boat tour is weather-dependent, and if canceled for safety reasons or any other unforeseen circumstances, no refunds will be issued, prioritizing passenger safety.
Neither this site nor any associated company or agent advertised through this site is responsible for your costs or losses resulting from alterations, cancellations, any loss, any damage, delays, deaths or personal injury.
All passengers are strongly advised to purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance that covers personal injury and the events, including but not limited to your cancellation for any reason and the cancellation or alteration to the scheduled itinerary for reasons involving weather or passenger, crew or vessel safety. Please read your insurance policy's wording carefully and ensure it covers you for all potential activities. Please be aware that scuba diving and other in-water activities are not covered by all travel insurance companies. In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation, medical or other expenses are the financial responsibility of that passenger.
The passenger acknowledges and consents to Reef Encounter taking photographs or video recordings during the course of this activity / tour. The passenger acknowledges and consents to Reef Encounter receiving and using images of the passenger from third parties and using these images for marketing and promoting its services.
Please inform us of any special requirements 48 hours before your travel date, such as dietary requirements, allergies, mobility and disability issues. This can be done in the ‘Booking Message’ section of your online reservation or by contacting our friendly reservations team.
Scuba Diving – Important Information:
All Certified Divers must present a valid Certification Card. Failure to present a Certification Card may result in the customer being unable to participate in scuba diving. They can enjoy snorkelling activities instead. No refunds would be offered.
Minimum age for Introductory Diving is 12 years old. Minimum age for certified diving and Open Water Course is 10 years old. All junior divers must either be accompanied by a certified parent or guardian or must dive with a dive professional at an additional charge. If the diver is under the age of 18 years, parental or guardian consent is required for that diver to undertake a dive. The parent or guardian should sign the medical declaration as witness.
Upon arriving at our vessel and before commencing any dive activities, all passengers must complete our liability forms. All information provided must be strictly accurate. If during the tour, it becomes apparent that a form has been incorrectly completed, either by omission or false statement, we reserve the right to prevent any customer from undertaking any scuba diving or snorkelling activities while on board our vessel. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Crew aboard the vessel.
The dangers and risks associated with scuba diving in an open ocean environment under variable conditions apply to our tours. We reserve the right to prevent any customer from participating in scuba diving if we determine that they are physically or medically unsuitable to do so or if it is in the best interests of our crew or other scuba divers. Our crew are trained professionals, and it is up to their sole discretion who they take diving and/or snorkelling. No refunds would apply.
Please remember you must allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying.
Medical Conditions & Medications:
Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record. We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.
All passengers participating in any Scuba activities must complete a Medical Questionnaire. If you are unsure of a particular medical condition or medication, please complete our ‘CAN I GO DIVING’ questionnaire on our website. If you’ve answered yes to any questions or take any prescribed medication, you will need further medical clearance. This must be arranged prior
to your day of departure.
Medication: DO NOT presume that by taking medication is controlling your medical conditions, and you should be fine to scuba dive, as it is the medication that can be the problem when scuba diving. Particularly prescribed medication may require a medical clearance.
The medical certification should be provided in English, preferably by a medical practitioner with experience in diving medicine, within 90 days prior to the scuba dive. The certificate must state that the person is medically fit to dive.
No refunds on uncompleted dives due to medical conditions and/or prescribed medications or change of mind.
If you do have any pre-existing/existing medical conditions or are taking any medication whatsoever and are not sure whether you will be deemed medically fit to Scuba Dive, please get in touch with our Office at 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected], we will be only too happy to help you if we can. Alternatively, the best thing to do is to consult your own Doctor for a medical clearance to scuba dive.
Public Holidays Surcharge
➢ A Surcharge of $100 per person applies to 25 December 2023 & 2024 – Christmas Day
➢ A Surcharge of $50 per person applies to all other Queensland public holidays listed:
26 December 2023 – Boxing Day
01 January 2024 – New Year’s Day
26 January 2024 – Australia Day
29, 30 & 31 March and 01 April 2024 – Easter
25 April 2024 – Anzac Day
06 May 2024 – Labour Day
19 July 2024 – Cairns Annual Show
07 October 2024 – King’s Birthday
26 December 2024 – Boxing Day
01 January 2025 – New Year’s Day
Glass bottom boat is not available until 5th of January due to maintenance.