Reef & Rainforest The only place in the World where 2 World Heritage sites sit side by side

It all Starts in Cairns with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, and you can experience them both on this 4  day tour package.

Spending 3 days and 2 nights on the Great Barrier Reef  onboard “Reef Encounter” and 1 day discovering the beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

This ultimate 3 day Cairns liveaboard Snorkel Tour will have you snorkelling on the beautiful Outer Great Barrier Reef with Cairns premier Liveaboard Vessel “Reef Encounter!

We use years of marine experience to ensure that we take you to the best snorkelling and diving locations depending on the weather and current conditions, to ensure comfortable and fun water activities.

Stay in style Our Great Barrier Reef liveaboard snorkel vessel is fully air conditioned for maximum comfort. Reef Encounter boasts large lounge, dining, dive and sun deck areas. All of our spacious cabins are en-suite with ocean views and all gourmet meals are freshly prepared by your onboard Chef.

Time to snorkel! Reef Encounter has six water sessions a day so you can choose when you want to snorkel and when you want to relax or enjoy the other activities onboard.

Sunrise at the Reef  One of the greatest attractions for choosing to sleep at the reef is the option to do a dawn snorkel.

As in any eco system dusk and dawn are the busiest times of the day and many of the crew will tell you that it’s the best time to be in the water!

Can you imagine a better way to begin your day than watching the sun come up over the ocean and going for a morning splash?

Experienced swimmer or snorkeler? Our crew will show you to the best patches of coral and can tell you where to find the marine marvels that call the reef their home.

Want to find Nemo? No problem! Want to see for yourself that Giant Clams really exist and learn how these amazing creatures feed and breathe? Ask us how!

Never snorkelled before? Need some assistance in the water?

Our friendly and professional team are always ready to jump in and assist everybody to have fun and enjoy the magic that the reef has to offer, ensuring that you are comfortable with your equipment and introduce you to some of our friendly fish!

Buoyancy aids such as snorkelling vests, wetsuits and noodles maintain all the freedom of movement while comfortably allowing you to stay at the surface and observe the marine life beneath.

Have the snorkelling trip of a lifetime onboard this premier Cairns Liveaboard Reef Encounter!

3 Day Snorkel Adventure Inclusions

  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Double/Twin Stateroom
  • Onboard Chef preparing all meals whilst on board
  • Coffee, Tea, water and fresh fruit
  • Snorkeling equipment (excluding wetsuits)
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Reef Video presentation Marine Biologist presentation on Reef Experience
  • All Government Reef Tax and Levies
  • Bath and Beach Towels

Reef Encounter Facilities

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

Optional Extras

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


Day One

7:30 am Board Reef Experience,  Marlin Jetty, Cairns – Breakfast Onboard
8:00 am Depart Marlin Jetty
Marine Biologist Presentation
Snorkel briefing
9:45 am Arrive Outer Great Barrier Reef  ~ Transfer to Reef Encounter
12:00 pm Lunch
Snorkel Sun-bake and relaxation time
3:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef location
Snorkel, Sun bake, and relaxation time
Glass bottom boat tour
6:00 pm Dinner & Dessert
7:30 pm Relaxation time, stargazing, boardgames or a movie

Day Two

6:30 am Early Morning Snorkel
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Snorkel – relax
2:00 pm Cruise to our next spectacular reef location
3:30 pm Snorkel or lounge on a deck chair
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Relaxation time, star-watching, board games, movies

Day Three

 6:30 am Early morning Snorkel
 8:30 am Snorkel
10:30 am Cruise to our next spectacular Reef Location
Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Snorkelling, Sun baking Relaxing time
12:00 pm Lunch
3:15 pm Transfer to Reef Experience
Complimentary Wine, Cheese and Fresh Tropical Fruits
 4:30 pm Arrive at Cairns Marina
  • Reef Encounter stays out and Cruises to different Reef Sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Transfers from Cairns, Marina is by our Day Boat Reef Experience with a 90-minute boat journey to Reef Encounter
  • Departs every day of the year
  • Cabins on board Reef Encounter Are Double (1 Double Bed) and Twin share (2 Single Beds). When booking please advise your rooming preference. (We will do our best to accommodate you rooming preference).
  • Please advise when booking your Accommodation details for pick-up arrangements for the Kuranda Sector of this package.
  • Accommodation is not included on the night of Day 3 when you arrive back into Cairns.Please advise any Dietary requirements

Day 4 – 1 Day Daintree Rainforest

Today you will be heading to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretching from the sugar town of Mossman to the Bloomfield River and all within 2 and a half hours from Cairns.

Travelling in a small group of 13 from Cairns to Cape Tribulation (the headlands of the Daintree Rainforest) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia, the Captain Cook Highway

During your day you will pass through one of Cairns most beautiful beach suburbs of Palm Cove.

Continuing your journey north stopping at Rex lookout for views back over towards the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

Onto the seaside village of Port Douglas, enjoying a tour around town plus flagstaff hill overlooking four mile beach and the historical St Mary’s by the Sea.

On the road again to the southern edge of the Daintree National Park – the magical “Mossman Gorge”. Surrounded by lush rainforest, where the clear mountain river cuts through thick rainforest and tumbles over boulders on its journey to the sea.

Enjoy a morning tea of bush scones then a guided walk in dense tropical rainforest.

Heading further north  towards the Daintree Tea House for a delicious lunch in a setting unlike any other.

After Lunch you will join a small and personalised tour on the Daintree River, taking you through the domain of the large estuarine crocodiles.

Egrets wade near mangroves in the murky water of the river where the crocodile’s wait patiently for a meal.

Look for pythons, tree snakes, butterflies and lots of other wildlife on this cruise.

Crossing the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry, you are now entering the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree national park.

This is where it all begins to change. You will feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.

Stopping at Alexandra lookout where you will have to opportunity for some stunning photographs.

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

  • Tour of Palm Cove
  • Rex lookout: on one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Driving town tour of Port Douglas, including Flagstaff hill lookout overlooking four mile beach
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge: guided walk and swim option (if time or weather permits)
  •  A delicious lunch, tropical fruit tasting
  • Morning Tea
  • Daintree River Cruise: try your luck at Crocodile and wildlife spotting
  •  World Heritage Rainforest/Areas
  • Fully guided walks- Rainforest Board walks in a unique environment of rainforest Alexandra lookout–coastal views over Daintree River mouth, Low Isles, Snapper Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef
  •  Cape Tribulation beach: “where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Daintree Ice cream company- optional and popular local stop (own expense)
  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing
  • (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, operational or unforseen issues)

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

  • Small group, offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Air Conditioned comfortable late models vehicles
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Daintree Ferry
  • Morning Tea & Lunch
  • National Park Fees & Permits
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Interpretation: friendly, knowledgeable Naturalist/Eco/World Heritage accredited guides

What to Bring for Daintree

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat, sunscreen,
  • sunglasses
  • Camera Cash for optional purchases

Important Additional Information

  • Accommodation is not included on the night of Day 3 or day 4 when you arrive back into Cairns.
  • Please advise when booking your accommodation details for pick up
  • Pick up times are between 7 am and 7.30 am returning to Cairns at approximately 6.30 pm
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