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Dive Review of Reef Encounters in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounters: "GBR Liveaboard Updates", Nov, 2017,

by Sally Byrd, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10034 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Loved it - The Reef Encounter Live-a-board experience offered an easy on board and flexible experience for both divers and snorkelers.The company owns a day vessel-Reef Experience( do not go on the Compass-their lower budget shuttle that adds an extra hour on to the reef arrival time) that shuttle Divers & Snorkelers a transport to the live-a-board on a daily basis- 365 days per year. Min 1 night.
The dive packages include 4 dives per day however;guides on the dive cost 15.00 per dive extra.Dives to choose from are 6 per day.
Schedules are posted in all cabins.
Snorkelers have 5 chances daily to get in the water.
Accommodations: Rooms with windows and very comfy bed with plenty of storage and adequate shower and towels.Dryer on-board for wet towels was a plus.
Meals: 3 full meals daily and snacks.Premium snacks and coffee are offered for sale ,rest is complimentary. Nice offering of high quality teas and always filtered water. Reef encounter will accommodate dietary restrictions.
Premium service packages with upgraded meals and special occasions is available for an up charge.
Photographers: 1 on-board- Mark.
Staff: Good
Dives: Ave Reef depth around 50 ft. Night dives every evening.
Safety: Diver checks in after every dive/snorkel and again every night
Overall great for new divers.More experienced divers can go on a buddy system.
Dive to profile: NO. divers and snorkeler's are capped at no more than 40 min
Websites Reef Encounters   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Panama, FL, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Dominica, St Lucia, St Thomas, St Croix, Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Little Cayman, Belize, Mexico, Australia
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There Fly directly into Cairns.Marina for all boat transfers is about a 15 min taxi or take a 3 hour flight out of Sydney.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 90-100 Ft/ 27-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive times were capped at 40 minutes to be back on the boat, no excuses.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket on-board
NO Mask rinse bucket on this trip.....
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