2 Day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef

2 Day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef on MV Reef Encounter

2-day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef, onboard  MV Reef Encounter Reef Sleep, offers outstanding reef packages.

Cairns is both an up-scale Snorkeling and scuba diving Liveaboard and a floating boutique hotel.

Our 2 day Reef stay offers the visitor the opportunity to experience the reef as it is around the clock.

Night diving, star Gazing and watching the phosphorescent life of the sea is just a part of your 2-day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef experience on-board the MV Reef Encounter.

reef stay
Great Barrier Reef stay

Liveaboard  Advantage

Our Reef liveaboard for 2 days and one night MV Reef Encounter stay is a perfect solution for those thinking of taking two days of diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

On most day boats, you will get two dives each day, and each day there will be a 90 minute trip to the reef and another 90 minutes back each day.

So in two days, you have 6 hours of transit time. You save two of those trips by staying overnight, so it’s only 2 hours transit time.

Onboard

So a typical day boat is get up early, travel to the pier, check-in, wait for everyone else to check-in travel to the dive site, and around 10 am, you are ready for your first dive or if you are snorkelers, your first snorkelling session.

After your dive, you will have a nice lunch, and the boat will move to another reef.  Here you have your second dive (most boats charge per dive). Around 2:30 or 3:00, the boat starts back towards the mainland, repeat for day two.

Scuba Divers staying overnight at the MV Reef Encounter have an entirely different experience.

Granted, it might start the same. Guest for the MV Reef Encounter will check-in at the MV Reef Experience, a day vessel operated by a sister company.

Breakfast will be served during the 90 minutes that it will take to transfer you to the MV Reef Encounter.

After Breakfast, there is an informative talk by the onboard Marine Biologist.

Upon arriving at the MV Reef Encounter, guests are shown to your ocean view stateroom.

There is time before lunch to get acquainted with the ship and to do some snorkelling.

During Lunch, the vessel will likely move to another reef, and after lunch, there are two water sessions for your diving pleasure.

After your chef-prepared dinner is a night dive.

Night Dive

A night dive shows you a different side of the reef. It is as busy if not busier than you will see during the day.

Marine life that hides during the day come out to feed.

The corals being illuminated by your torch will show more brilliant colours than the filtered daylight will show you.

Make sure you look around at times because many larger species come out at night to feed.

In the morning, you should be up early, but instead of rushing to the pier to check in, you take a short walk to the dive deck and suit up for a sunrise dive.

Sunrise on the Great Barrier Reef brings magnificent views but above and below the waterline.

As the early morning sunbeams hit the water, the day marine life comes alive, and those that were active at night start to find places to sleep away the day.

You will find the greatest number of species active in that time around sunrise.

After breakfast, there are two morning sessions that you can scuba dive, and after lunch, there is another water session that you can use for snorkelling.

At approximately 2:30 pm, you will be picked up for your transfer back to Cairns.

The Experience

While the MV Reef Encounter is an outstanding Liveaboard, it also has many features that make an overnight stay perfect for snorkelers.

The staterooms are all spacious and well-appointed, each with an ocean view that few resorts can come close to.

Many people who visit land-based resorts often spend much of their time around the resorts swimming pool, either reading or working on their tans.

From the spacious sundeck, you can work on that tan or that book and have a view of the Great Barrier Reef.

Next, cool off with a refreshing swim or snorkel among the reef’s coral gardens and much tropical fish.

If you are not a certified diver and have thought about giving it a try, well, there is another reason to stay overnight.

Resort Dive

Guest who is not divers can enjoy a complimentary resort dive demonstration.

A resort dive is designed to allow non-divers the opportunity to experience scuba diving under the watchful eye of an instructor.

There are a few theory and safety lessons, followed by some skill training, then off to a dive with your instructor by your side.

Afterwards, The hot tub that overlooks the bow is a wonderful place to relax as well.

If getting wet is not on your to-do list for the day,  a glass-bottom boat is available every day.

The MV Reef Encounter has a glass-bottom boat for those who wish to view the reef from above.

In the evening, after dinner enjoys the stars and watches the water for phytoplankton being disturbed by passing fish.

Phytoplankton is a microscopic organism that will glow when something touches them.

A large fish moving through a patch of them will cast a ghostly glow.

For an overnight liveaboard getaway snorkelling or scuba diving, nothing beats the MV Reef Encounter.

Do you think our 2-day liveaboard Great Barrier Reef stay is not long enough? Please see our 3-day reef stay and our 4-day reef stay?