Cruise Whitsundays: Reef Sleep Experience

There can be few more unique experiences offered in the World than the chance to sleep under the stars, 40 nautical miles from shore, on the Great Barrier Reef! ‘Reefworld’ is located on Hardy Reef one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast. It is the destination for our day visitors and for a lucky few an overnight experience never to be forgotten. Guests on the Reefsleep experience travel to Heart Pontoon aboard our high speed luxury vessels with the day guests arriving around 11am. By day all the amazing activities offered on our Great Barrier Reef Adventures - snorkeling, diving, swimming, heli-scenic flights are on offer. Guided snorkeling and diving trips with just small groups will take you to very special spots - giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, a myriad of tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks all there to be seen. If you’re not a keen swimmer then enjoy the same sights from the comfort of our semi submersible or wander down to the underwater viewing chamber. Come 3pm the vessel leaves and there is just you and fellow Reefsleep guests and our crew of course, with this magnificent part of the earth all to yourselves. A certain hush settles... just the sound of the water, maybe a few sea birds. As dusk approaches watch for turtles surfacing or coming to nibble the seaweed around the pontoon.

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: WSYAWR/166787
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Airlie Beach, Australia
  • Finishes: Airlie Beach, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Airlie Beach



Day 1

Depart Airlie Beach or your transfer early morning to head on an unforgettable two day, one night adventure to the Great Barrier Reef.
Guests on the Reefsleep experience travel to our Heart Pontoon onboard our high-speed reef vessel with day cruise guests.
Enjoy all the wonderful activities on offer, including snorkelling, swimming, semi-sub rides, viewing fish from the underwater observatory and sunbathing on deck. Of course, diving (for beginners and certified divers), massage and heli flights are also on offer (at an additional cost).
Come 3pm, the vessel departs the pontoon, meaning this magnificent part of the world is just for you, fellow Reefsleep guests (maximum 12), and our crew to enjoy.
Soak up the unique solitude and tranquility of the Great Barrier Reef and watch as the underwater world comes to life as the sun starts to sink lower on the horizon.
Have your camera ready while you enjoy the sunset on the upper deck. The evening meal is a superb seasonal a la carte menu, served with other guests.
Being so far from shore and any man-made lights, the stars will amaze you. Study the stars through our telescope or just lie back on our `starloungers` (sunloungers by day) and soak it all up!


Day 2

You`ll wake bright and early, which is lucky because there is a whole reef to be explored! After a hearty breakfast, dive back in for a snorkel or a swim while the reef is all yours.
Mid morning, day cruise guests will arrive. You`ll spend the day in paradise: exploring the reef and eating morning and afternoon tea and a tasty lunch!
Come 3pm, it`s time to depart for Airlie Beach, back home with memories of thousands of fish and millions of stars.

    • 2 days / 1 night experience at Heart Pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef
    • Large, modern, vessel transfers
    • Snorkeling on the Reef
    • Overnight in swags under stars or a private double room
    • Breakfast, 2 morning & afternoon teas, 2 buffet lunches and a la carte dinner
    • Activities as specified
    • All the stars you can see!
    • Great Barrier Reef Environmental Management Charge (EMC)

      A swag is a cosy, low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. Our swags are available as doubles for one person or twin share.
      The experience of sleeping in a swag out on the Great Barrier Reef is just unbeatable! Being so far from land, there are no biting insects, so you can even sleep with the cover open - just you, the sea air and the stars!
      From the 1st December 2019 onwards:
      Overnight in custom design reefbeds; these are raised off the ground and feature a queen size mattress, underbed storage, power and privacy screens.
      The beds also convert into sun loungers for Reefsleep guests to use during the day

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