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Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

1. Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef during both day and night and enjoy a 'reef sleepover' out at sea! Day 1: Travel on a high-speed, comfortable vessel 39 nautical miles from shore to the reef. The approximately 3-hour trip to the destination counts as its own sightseeing adventure. Spot whales at certain times of the year! Arrive at the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. A coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent corals and marine life runs adjacent to the pontoon. Hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef will surprise and delight you - especially the giant groper.   Explore the reef all day with your choice of swimming, snorkelling and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. As dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sun set while you sip your sundowner...the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion starts from your comfy swag set-up on the top deck of the pontoon. A swag is a cozy, low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. On a clear night you can sleep with the cover open - just you, the sea air and the stars. The tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep. Day 2: Enjoy a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast and cereal with coffee and tea, followed by more time exploring the reef. Embark on optional guided snorkelling and diving trips and visit very special spots. Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks might make an appearance. Choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber and look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. You'll head home with plenty of memories and stories to tell. Boat returns to Port of Airlie at 6:10 PM Sample Menu: please indicate your choice at time of booking. • Char-grilled 150g eye fillet steak served with 1/2 garlic butter bay bug, cooked to your liking • Spinach and ricotta ravioli served with tomato sugo, roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese • Slow braised lamb shank cooked in red wine and thyme and served with root vegetables • Thai fish curry served with steamed rice

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Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

2. Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

Day 1: Travel on a high-speed, comfortable vessel 39 nautical miles from shore to the reef. The approximately 3-hour trip to the destination counts as its own sightseeing adventure, and you can even spot whales at certain times of the year. Following your journey, arrive to the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. This area sits above a coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent coral and marine life which runs adjacent to the pontoon. The hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef are bound to surprise and delight you - particularly the giant groper.   Explore the reef all day by swimming, snorkeling, and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch, and as dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sun set while you sip your sun-downer, and watch as the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. That evening, enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion starts from your comfortable bed set-up on the top deck of the pontoon. On a clear night you can sleep with the cover open, allowing for just you, the sea air, and the stars. Finally, relax as the tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep. Day 2: Begin your day with a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast, and cereal, accompanied by coffee and tea. Following breakfast, spend more time exploring the reef, snorkeling before the day boat arrives. Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks might make an appearance, and you can choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber to look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. Following that, head back to shore where you return to the Port of Airlie by approximately 6:10PM.

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Islands

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

An experience never to be forgotten.

We found it very special to sleep on the reef for one night. Especially after having been there with so many people during the day, staying in a small group is wonderful. Then we were lucky that the whales were regularly seen. Awesome!

AMAZING experience overall!! I’m not sure if they are understaffed but staff could be a little more accommodating sometimes felt like an inconvenience when asking for a drink if they were busy doing other things

The reefsleep is a unique experience: nice reef for snorkeling, super nice hosts and very delicious food