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Reef Encounter, Cairns

4-star4 stars
Cairns Marlin Marina - Marlin Jetty ABoat: Reef Experience, CairnsQLD4870Australia
4-star Cairns cruise ship in Cairns Central Business District with free breakfast
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • A really fun place to stay if you want to be out on the reef for more than a few hours.…Oct 29, 2017
  • Great service. Price on was for snorkeling option only. Time of our lives.…Dec 31, 2016
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Reef Encounter, Cairns

from $579
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Twin Room
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At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 21 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 7:30 AM-7:30 AM
  • Check-out time is 4:30 PM
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. The property is a ship at sea. Guests must take the Reef Experience catamaran from Cairns Marlin Marina, A Finger, to reach it. The catamaran begins boarding at 7:30 AM, with check-in and breakfast on board. It departs for the ship at 8 AM. You will check-out of your room at 9 AM, and arrive in Cairns is at 4:30 PM upon departure. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed

Other information

  • All-inclusive rates available
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Spa tub
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Special features

All inclusive

All-inclusive room rates at Reef Encounter are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).
Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling excursions

Not included
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Minibar
  • Room service
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes


Onsite venue - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reef Encounter, Cairns’s small print

Also known as

  • Reef Encounter Boat
  • Reef Encounter Boat Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Cairns
  • Reef Encounter Hotel Great Barrier Reef


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Transfers via boat or helicopter are required and must be arranged before travel by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: AUD 30.00 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 4 years of age.

Optional extras

Cribs/Infant beds are available for AUD 50.00 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Reef Encounter, Cairns


  • Cruise from Cairns
  • ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre (0-minute walk)
  • Reef Fleet Terminal (3-minute walk)
  • Cairns Marlin Marina (3-minute walk)
  • Cairns Harbour Cruises (4-minute walk)
  • Esplanade Lagoon (7-minute walk)
  • Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome (7-minute walk)
  • Cairns Regional Gallery (8-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) 14-min drive
  • Cairns Station 19-min walk
  • Freshwater Station 21-min drive
  • Redlynch Station 21-min drive

Reef Encounter, Cairns

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