Great Barrier Reef liveaboard – 3 Day Referral Dive Course Multishare

Start your Open Water Dive Course anywhere in the World and complete in on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Scuba Dive liveaboard – The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef – “Live and sleep on the Reef” Spending  3 days and 2 nights – in our Multi Share Cabin aboard Our Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard  “Reef Encounter” and enjoy your Great Barrier Reef  Experience.

 See Australia’s  Great Barrier Reef at its best – morning, day and night.

Reef Encounter offers a superb referral scuba dive course experience for people from the age of 12 years of age and medical fit.  All Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive locations are selected for the optimal conditions depending on the weather and the time of year.

Stay in style on this luxurious Cairns scuba dive liveaboard “Reef Encounter”. Fully air conditioned for maximum comfort.

Reef Encounter boasts large lounge, dining, dive and sun deck areas.

All of Multishare cabins sleep 3 Adults are air-conditioned and spacious with en-suites, ocean views and all gourmet meals are freshly prepared by your on-board Chef.

Scuba dive at a number of different Dive Locations when enjoying your 8 day dives and 2 night Dives.

The Best Dive Equipment

On Reef Encounter’s  referral dive course, you will be diving with high quality, up to date scuba diving equipment and every scuba diver is issued with their own dive computer for the duration of the stay. With our purpose built dive deck, everything is set up for you ready to go so getting into and out of the water couldn’t be easier! Got your own gear? Our friendly dive masters will assist you to set up your equipment.

How deep are the dive sites?

As the coral on the Great Barrier Reef needs sunlight to survive and grow, the majority of good dive locations are found in relatively shallow areas. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10 – 25 meters (30-80 feet).

Who will I be diving with?

your first 4 referral dives will be with one our professional dive instructors once you have completed your course you will  Buddy up with another passenger or take the guided dive option, it’s your choice.

If you’re travelling alone our friendly dive team will ensure you have a buddy to go diving with.

How to Get to Reef Encounter

Daily transfers aboard Reef Experience.  Boarding at 7.30am at the Marlin Wharf (A Finger) for Breakfast, after which we depart at 8.00am for an enjoyable 90 minute cruise to our liveaboard scuba dive vessel Reef Encounter. On departure day from Reef Encounter arrival time into Cairns is approximately 4.30pm

Your 3 Day Referral Dive Course package includes:

  • Multi Share Cabin (Sleeps 3 Adults)
  • 4 Referral dives, 3 Day Dives and 1 Night Dive
  • Onboard Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, water  and fresh fruit
  • Snorkeling and Diving equipment
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation
  • Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies

Reef Encounter Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Modern Ocean-View rooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Large Dining Area, Bar and Lounge
  • On board heated spa
  • On board water desalination Plant
  • Hydraulic dive/Snorkel Platform
  • Helipad
  • Large Sundeck

Optional Extras

  • Underwater cameras
  • Wetsuit
  • Night Torch
  • Soft drinks, snacks etc
  • Alcohol available on board – NO BYO



Reef Encounter Itinerary

Day One
7:30am Breakfast onboard Reef Experience, Marlin Jetty, Cairns
8:00am Depart Marlin Jetty
Marine Biologist Presentation
Scuba Dive Snorkel briefing
10:30am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
12:00pm Lunch
Referral training scuba dive
3:00pm Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
Referral training scuba dive
Glass bottom boat tour
6:00pm Dinner & Dessert
7:30pm relaxation time, stargazing, board games or a movie

Day Two

6:30am Referral training scuba dive
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Referral training scuba dive
10:30am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
2:00pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30pm Scuba Dive, snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Night Dive
Relaxation time, starwatching, board games, movies

Day Three

6:30am Scuba Dive or snorkel
8:30am Scuba dive or snorkel
10:30am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Diving, Snorkeling, Sun baking Relaxing time
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Transfer To Reef Experience
Cruise tour to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
1:45pm Snorkel, Sun bake, Relax
3:30pm Complimentary Wine and Cheese, fresh tropical fruits
4:30pm Arrive Cairns



Open water dive referral paperwork

Minimum age is 12 years (subject to a medical assessment). Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

A Dive medical to the Australian Standard AS4005-1 is required. Australian medical standards are different to those overseas. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving.

Your health and safety is of paramount importance to our company

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the world – with the safest dive record in the world.

Some Medical conditions and or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving even if you are a certified diver.  These include Asthma or wheezing,  Brain spinal cord or nervous disorder, chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint, chronic sinus, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitus, most chest surgery, Epilepsy, Fainting, Seizure or blackouts, Heart Disease of any kind, recurrent ear problems when flying, tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease and High blood pressure.  Some prescription and non-prescription medications including some Malaria prevention tablets may prevent you from diving.

If you are unsure of any medications or medical conditions please consult your Doctor – The Australian standard is Dive Medical A4005.1

It is not our companies decision regarding these laws – we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.



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