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Spend two days and one night at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest coral-reef systems. The Reefworld pontoon is your base for snorkeling, semi-submersible rides and other underwater explorations by day. Stay overnight at Reefsleep, located on the upper deck of the pontoon, 40 nautical miles (74 km) from shore and sleep under the stars in a swag (tent). Includes most meals and round-trip transport from the Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island.


  • 2-day Reefsleep experience - the only place in Australia where you can sleep on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • A maximum of 18 people are accommodated at Reefsleep at any time, so you can enjoy peace and serenity
  • Spend the night sleeping out under the stars in an Australian swag
  • Spend two days on the Great Barrier snorkeling, swimming and viewing the marine life from the semi-sub rides or the underwater observatory
  • Round-trip and most meals included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only place where you can sleep on the Great Barrier Reef! When the daytime visitors leave you'll have the reef to yourself, a peak experience.

What You Can Expect

2-Day Great Barrier Reef Reefsleep Experience

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Your 2-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef begins when you board the high-speed catamaran at the Port of Airlie or Daydream or Hamilton Island. Transfer to Reefworld, the innovative pontoon that features an interactive underwater viewing chamber, a semi-submersible and a spacious sun deck. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, semi-submersible tours and scuba diving (own expense) with experienced guides who provide all the necessary equipment and instruction, in addition to informative commentary about the underwater world.

For your overnight accommodation, you'll stay in a swag—a tent equipped with a mattress and bedding. One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner are included, along with afternoon tea. It's the ultimate way to experience one of Australia's most famous natural wonders.

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Customer Reviews

Cara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic, would recommend to anyone! The overnight experience was out of this world!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I am so glad that I did this! It was an amazing trip and well worth the money. Our Reefsleep host Jennifer was great, very friendly and cooks an awesome breakfast! The swag was pretty comfortable, and it was so nice to sleep on the top deck.

Carly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

An amazing experience, well organised, a must do if you are in the Whitsundays!

Kyle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was excellent and the chance to experience the reef with very few other people around was well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a great night on the roof. The personnel was very helpful. Also the dinner was quite enjoyable. Especially the time when the day tourists had left was great, having time to enjoy snorkelling in quiet and having the reef almost to yourself.

Rebecca M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely amazing experience - the only way to see the reef. You get the entire area of the reef to yourself and get to see the wildlife in the morning hours when they are most active and vibrant. The staff was incredible and made the trip even better.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely brilliant trip. Would recommend the 2day tour for sure. Brilliant staff. loevly food. There was beautiful views. Snorkelling and scuba dive were highlights!

Denise D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

A once in a lifetime experience. What seemed a bit indulgent price wise was worth every cent. The diving and experiences with the day trippers is first rate but when the big cat leaves the serenity is awesome.

Richard C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

We were looked after very well. The crew onboard were friendly, helpful and professional. A night on the Great Barrier Reef is something we will always look back on and be grateful we did it!

Shane R

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2015

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story! Firstly, the good part the Barrier Reef is amazing and the experience after the day-trippers had departed is definitely the way to go.

However, then it goes down hill from a hospitality viewpoint!

The accommodation: We took the option of the Double bedroom with a bathroom. We were unable to access OUR bathroom until after the boat had departed because it was actually the Men's changeroom during the day. Therefore sharing was de rigeur!

Then, let's talk about the buffet lunch prepared by an award-winning restaurant a few prawns, chicken legs and cheap ham with some salads was totally uninspiring and even worse was the cloudy water masquerading as chicken and sweet corn soup!

After farewelling the mother ship, we enjoyed the solitude of the reef as we waited with trepidation to savour the gourmet barbecue.

The Entree: there was one other person staying on the pontoon with us. Therefore, we were told, there was a choice provided it was two agreed to one and the other had no choice one serving of lukewarm seafood chowder whilst the other 2 were served up a mouth watering spinach pie, clearly a dish that synonymous with the abundance of amazing Queensland fresh produce.

The Chef orchestrated the well publicised gourmet barbecue as she created a variety of shoe leather along with some exotic' vegetables!

Wafer thin steak, stringy chicken and chewy fish were plonked on to our plate surrounded by a greasy onion, tomato and capsicum mix.

Oh, dessert Cheesecake that may have been compliments of Sara Lee!!!

All along we are serenaded by a cacophony of birds, who, despite their noise, kept running into the bulkheads as they were blinded by the light.

And there was more: we were woken at 730 by a knock on the door and the bellow of breakfast by Chef. Another fryup, this time of overcooked eggs, greasy hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, tomato and toast.

The Reef 10 Food 3

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