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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. Have the choice to sleep in the comfort of an air-conditioned double room or 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 9 people are accommodated at Reefsleep at any time, so you can enjoy peace and serenity
  • Choose to spend the night in an air-conditioned double room or sleep out under the stars in a 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 with hotel pickup from your Whitsundays hotel. 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, choose either a swag—a tent equipped with a mattress and bedding—or an air-conditioned double room with a bathroom. You can select a king single or double-size beds, depending on how many are in your party. 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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Day 1: Whitsundays or Hamilton islands – Great Barrier Reef (L, D)
After pickup in the early morning, 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 9 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 barbecue dinner, or opt for a more private setting in an underwater observatory! 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 your choice of a room or 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 your resort in the Whitsundays or Hamilton islands.

Customer Reviews

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.

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