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.