Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island
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clock-o2 days (Approx.)
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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 -sleep on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • A maximum of 30 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Staying overnight means that when the daytime visitors leave, you'll have the reef to yourself.
Your 2-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef begins when you board the high-speed catamaran at the Port of Airlie 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.


Day 1: Whitsundays or Hamilton islands – Great Barrier Reef (L, D)
Take a high-speed catamaran ride to Reefworld, arriving around 11am. Upon arrival, have your choice of activities. Snorkel around the colorful corals and marine life at the region’s acclaimed Great Barrier Reef site. The underwater wonderland will blow you away with its otherworldly neon hues and swirling schools of fish. For an in-depth experience, new and experienced scuba divers can go out with fully certified instructors (own expense). Refuel with a buffet lunch as well as an afternoon tea. Other refreshments are available at your own expense.

Throughout the day, you can lounge in the sun and check out an underwater observatory. To learn more about the fragile ecosystem, don’t miss presentations by reef experts. If you want to splurge, purchase a helicopter ride or massage.

Around 3pm, bid farewell to day-trippers. Only 30 passengers are allowed to stay on the boat, ensuring a tranquil overnight stay in a remote part of the reef.

After a day exploring the reef, head to the Reefsleep upper deck to unwind with a glass of wine (own expense) at sunset. Then, chat with fellow guests about your day over a gourmet dinner, an a la carte menu showing showcasing some of the finest local produce and fresh seafood. Underwater floodlights spotlight the marine life’s nighttime activities.

Not all the action is below the surface. You can sprawl out on a lounge chair to see bright stars speckled across sky before heading to your accommodation for a restful night's sleep.

Overnight: Reefsleep in a swag

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef – Whitsundays and Hamilton islands (B, L)
Wake up slowly, and then enjoy unobstructed views of the glassy water during breakfast. Once you are all packed up, head back down to the Reefworld pontoon before the day-cruise guests show up at 11am. The same activities will be available as the day before, giving you another chance to do your favorite things or try something new. Around 3pm, you’ll be transported back to the Port of Airlie or Hamilton island.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jan 2018

Our experience was amazing. We were a small group that stayed out overnight and the opportunities to snorkel on the reef were fantastic. We met some great people and developed new friendships. The staff were great and very accommodating. I really cannot say enough good things about the staff who stayed out of the reef with us. I highly recommend this tour.

, Nov 2017

Whitsunday Cruises were magnificent. They took care of everyone of different abilities to give them a great experience in snorkelling on the reef, with a really generous staff ratio, all very friendly and attentive, and all the equipment you could need. They made sure there was something of interest all the time including trips on the semi-submersible through the day to see less accessible areas of the reef at close hand. The sleepover on the reef was likewise superb, including the sunset, moonrise and sunrise, and the extra time in the water to snorkel or dive. The staff were magnificent, the food excellent and plentiful, the facilities comfortable and of high quality including hot showers!.

, Nov 2017

A totally unique experience. In addition to doing everything the daytrippers could do snorkeling, scuba diving, semi-submersible tour, helicopter flight, we got to have the pontoon to ourselves after they left in the afternoon. Then we had more opportunity to snorkel and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, including a feast in the underwater observatory since it was too windy for us to dine outside. It worked out great--we enjoyed watching the fish as we ate, and the fish enjoyed watching us. Then we got to sleep in our swags, which were nice and cozy. Our host Georgie was awesome. She really took care of us and made sure we were enjoying ourselves and never hungry since she was constantly feeding us. : Our Reefsleep group really bonded too. Overall, this was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had traveling. I can't speak highly enough about it!

, Mar 2017

one of the best things I did in Australia!
To have the place only for a maximum 10 person during the evening, night and next morning is fabulous.

don't expect to sleep much because of the birds and enjoy the amazing stars in the sky!

meals provided are good and the reef is magical!

, Jan 2017

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

, Dec 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.

, Feb 2016

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

, Jan 2016

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

, Nov 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.

, Aug 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.

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