AUSTRALIA’S FIRST UNDERWATER ACCOMMODATION ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Spend a magical night in Australia’s first underwater accommodation and have a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Be prepared for an intimate experience that will stay with you forever.
Moored offshore at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach, Reefworld is the setting for your spectacular overnight Reefsuite experience. Relaunching in 2019, the revamped pontoon hosts day trippers, on-deck Reefsleep guests and a lucky few who’ll head below deck for a private, all-inclusive Reefsuite experience.
Begin your journey with a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to Hardy Reef onboard our high-speed vessel, arriving at the reef around 11am. After lunch, guests can snorkel, dive, swim or take a scenic helicopter flight to see famous Heart Reef (additional cost). Day visitors depart mid-afternoon and then overnight guests have Hardy Reef and Reefworld all to themselves.
Watch a stunning sunset with a drink in hand before enjoying a starlit long-table dinner on the pontoon’s upper deck. After dinner, Reefsuite guests can retreat to the privacy of their undersea accommodation. Sit back, relax and watch as the reef comes to life through the floor to ceiling windows.
Reefsuites give a whole new meaning to ‘a room with a view’ and you’ll awake to see the marine life going about another day on the world-heritage listed reef they call home. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and an exclusive morning on the reef before heading home in the afternoon with memories that will stay with you forever.
HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS
- Arrive at your unique accommodation via a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays
- Two underwater rooms available (king double or twin single options)
- Each room features premium bedding, glass-walled en suite and floor-to-ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
- All meals including breakfast, morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner
- All beverages including beer and wine (cocktails and spirits at an additional cost)
- Spectacular dining experience under the stars
- Activities at the reef including a private guided snorkelling tour and semi-submarine tour
- Access to the underwater observatory
- Optional activities (own expense): scuba diving
WHAT TO BRING
- Small overnight bag
- Change of clothes
- Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen
- Light jacket or sweater for cool or windy days
- Cash / credit card for optional activities
BEFORE YOU GO
To ensure your stay at Reefsuites is as comfortable as possible, we will ask you fill out the medical disclosure form.
|PORT OF AIRLIE||8:00AM||6:25PM|
RETURN times are when the vessel arrives back at the mainland/island resort. COACH TRANSFERS to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. NOTE: Schedule changes may occur. Where a Day Cruise is cancelled we will send a notification to the contact details provided at the time of your booking. Itinerary is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain. The vessel’s Master must at his discretion determine the most appropriate course to ensure acceptable levels of safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels. All tours from Port of Airlie will stop at Hamilton Island to drop off and collect guests.
COACH TRANSFERS TO PORT OF AIRLIE
NOTE: Most Airlie accommodation is within walking distance to Port of Airlie. Coach transfers are however an option.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The refurbishment of the Reefworld pontoon is proudly supported by the Queensland Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
Cruise Whitsundays is proud to support the region’s unique natural environment in delivering this Australian-first tourism experience.
We love where we live and work, so it’s our aim to ensure the Great Barrier Reef can be explored and enjoyed for generations to come.
Our team is working hand-in-hand with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to ensure all elements of this project are approached in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner.
Once work is completed later this year, the refurbished pontoon featuring two Reefsuites will be returned to its former location on Hardy Reef, thus minimising impact on the surrounding marine environment.
In working with the relevant environmental agencies during this project, we are proud to have achieved the largest natural coral transplant ever to be undertaken on the Great Barrier Reef.
More than 4000 pieces of coral have been sustainably removed from old moorings and successfully replanted onto the existing reef wall to rejuvenate the local environment. As part of this, we’ve also established a coral farm to encourage further growth in the area.
Our commitment to the marine environment continues well beyond the launch of this exciting project. The new pontoon will be a hub for public education, providing accurate reef knowledge and conservation guidance to our many visitors.
We look forward to sharing the incredible stories of the Great Barrier Reef with you.