2 Day Reef Stay Sleep On The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Accommodation on MV Reef Encounter

The MV Reef Encounter Reef Sleep or overnight stay is an activity that is unmatched anywhere.

The MV Reef Encounter, based in Cairns, is both an up-scale Snorkeling and scuba diving Liveaboard and a floating boutique hotel.

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

While the day trippers get to see many things around the reef, the experience does not stop at 3 pm when the day trippers head for home.

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

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Great Barrier Reef stay

Liveaboard Diving Advantage

our Reef stay 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 their 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. By staying overnight you save two of those trips so its only 2 hours transit time.

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

After your dive you will have a nice lunch and the boat will move to another reef, where 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.

Granted it will vary among companies but the schedules are fairly common.

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

Granted it might start out the same, guest for the MV Reef Encounter will check in at the MV Reef Experience which is 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 a talk by the on-board Marine Biologist.

Upon arriving at the MV Reef Encounter you will be shown to your ocean view stateroom.

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

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.

A night dive shows you a different side of the reef, it is as busy if not more busy that you will see during the day.

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

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

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

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 bring magnificent views but above and below the waterline.

As the early morning sun beams hit the water the day marine live 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 snorkeling.

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 as well.

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

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.

The MV Reef Encounter does not have a swimming pool, however, from the spacious sun deck you can work on that tan or that book and have the view of the Great Barrier Reef.

Instead of a dip in the pool, take a dip off the dive/snorkel deck and swim or snorkel among the reef ‘s coral gardens and many 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.

Guest who are not divers can enjoy a complimentary resort dive.

A resort dive is a mini-training program designed to allow non-divers the opportunity to experience a dive under the watchful eye of an instructor.

There is 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, then mention to a crew member you want to use the glass bottom boat and they will make the arrangements.

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

In the evening after dinner enjoy the stars and watch 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 snorkeling or scuba diving nothing beats the MV Reef Encounter.

Do you think our 2 day reef stay is not long enough please see our 3 day reef stay and our 4 day reef stay