If you’ve decided to explore the Whitsundays on a Great Barrier Reef tour to see its phenomenal beauty, there’s simply no better way than spending 2 days and 1 night on a floating pontoon in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays.
You’ll begin your sleep on the reef adventure by cruising on a fast catamaran through the magnificent islands of the Whitsunday Passage, to arrive at the interactive pontoon ‘Reefworld’ in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
This interactive floating fun station is the epicentre for snorkelling, taking your first introductory scuba dive and even taking a low level scenic helicopter flight over magnificent coral gardens and your home for one amazing night under the stars!
In the clear waters below, a myriad of marine life awaits, including a rainbow of reef fish, sea-turtles and manta-rays.
This reef sleep tour may even be turned into a whale-spotting expedition if you’re staying on the pontoon during the cooler months of July to August!
Gourmet meals are provided, and you’ll also find a licensed bar for a cool beverage to watch the sunset over the Great Barrier Reef.
With friendly crew willing to go that extra mile, you’ll find an absolute dream combination of lot's of inwater activity, socialisation and relaxation.
So much so, there’s an actual massage therapist on board the pontoon during the day!
This Great Barrier Reef Sleep tour is of such an extraordinary and unforgettable nature, it has been the perfect place for a marriage proposal more than a few times!
When your day of snorkelling and scuba diving is done, climb into your double or single luxury swag, gaze up at the stars and let the waves lull you to sleep to then begin another day of snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
Your Great Barrier Reef tour will have you cruising on board a fast catamaran to a floating pontoon in the middle of the sea.
This interactive floating pontoon in the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef is your gateway to an exhilarating marine adventure and your home for the next two days with our new sleep on the reef tour.
You’ll find friendly crew to help organize the endless activities on offer, as well as a lifeguard and even an on board massage therapist!
For those who are non-swimmers there’s an underwater observatory and a semi-submersible submarine tour so you may also see all the coral and marine life on the reef, or you may choose to simply laze in the sun on the spacious deck!
After 3pm the fun begins, when the crowds leave and you have the pontoon to yourself and a few other adventurous people.
The crew begin to set up your luxury swags and settle you in before the sun begins to set over the Great Barrier Reef.
And with a licensed bar and a nice barbeque dinner you’ll find the perfect opportunity to relax with an icy beverage under the amazing sky full of stars, before the waves lull you to sleep.
The floating pontoon is located on Hardy Reef just 39 nautical miles from shore on the Great Barrier Reef.
Your helpful staff will assist you with a comfy snorkel, mask and fins for gliding the surface, and they’ll likewise share a few snorkelling tips to enhance your experience.
Then with great exhilaration, you’ll discover the coral wall that runs adjacent to the Reefworld pontoon absolutely teeming with weird and wondrous life.
Within the vivid thickets, gardens and anemone, you could spot the magnificent turquoise of Parrot fish and blazing orange Clowns (Nemo), along with giant clams, starfish, sea-feathers, and even a resident massive groper by the name of George!
Once you give George a pat he will not leave you alone, he is like a lost puppy!
If you’re not the most confident swimmer, you’ll find instructors on hand to help, as well as buoyancy devices and even a lifeguard!
After experiencing the colour and beauty of the coral fantasyland beneath, you may thirst for a little more undersea knowledge about the greatest living organism on the planet!
With a guided snorkelling safari on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll not only see some phenomenal marine life, but hear a few riveting stories about them too!
You’ll be shown various coral formations, where your expert guide will know how to locate and interact with many weird and wonderful creatures that live amongst these coral gardens.
This is a sensory delight for both the eyes and mind, especially when you see a towering Clown fish colony (Nemo) and learn how they can change from female to male!
You may also spot a sea-turtle and hear how these regal creatures can live to over a hundred years old; very much the same as the mesmerizing giant clams on your venture!
The safari is likewise a perfect option for those who are a little less confident in the water.
Every diver and snorkeller who visits us on this Great Barrier Reef tour falls in love with its varieties of coral and abundant marine life.
Yet not everyone can swim nor is everyone a huge fan of the water. So if you are a non-swimmer take a ride on our semi-submersible submarine tour, where you’ll not only stay dry, but still the things the scuba divers and snorkellers see.
Through glass windows, this custom made semi submersible submarine trails the coral gardens to bring you a visionary show.
You may see a huge shoal of Maori Wrasse, or even a ‘fever’ of Parrot fish!
The day could bring anything from sea-turtles to baby black tip reef sharks among the huge colourful clams and vivid starfish.
And best of all, your submarine tour includes a fascinating reef talk about the reef, so everything you see thrur the glass windows will be explained in full detail!
For example? That crunching sound you hear is none other than a turquoise Parrot fish snacking on coral!
Sign up to give scuba diving a go for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef, you simply couldn’t choose a better time or location to try an introductory dive!
The coral kingdom at your feet is a legendary mecca for divers, who travel to see this marvel from all four corners.
And no diving experience is necessary!
Your Reefsleep adventure comes equipped with expert diving instructors ready to teach all the skills you’ll need, and be alongside you every breath of the way!
For 30 minutes, you’ll delve the depths while breathing easily through some of the most mesmerizing coral formations on the planet!
And among this labyrinth, you’ll hover just inches away from Clown fish colonies, giant purple calms, and perhaps a stunning yellow Angel!
And keep your eyes peeled for the huge, but extremely friendly and intricately marked Maori Wrasse fish, known to follow divers around!
You never know you may just get hooked on scuba diving after this Great Barrier Reef tour.
When you’re already a worshipper of the underwater realms, as most certified scuba divers seem to be, you’re apt to know the legend of the Great Barrier Reef.
And at Hardy Reef, you’ll find the the stunning plethora of marine life and sheer magnificence of coral a new wonder to adore!
Along a great wall brimming with the most amazing species you’re likely to see, you’ll likewise explore pinnacles, swim throughs and bommies, (coral mountains) of epic magnificence.
For 30 minutes, you’ll hover over these incredible formations, as well as an ocean floor of giant clams, starfish and vibrant sea-feathers.
They’ll likewise be a multitude of rainbow reef fish to discover, with the usual suspects in the form of Angels, Parrots, Clowns, Wrasse and even a giant resident groper.
And during the cooler months, many certified divers are astounded to see a whale or dolphin swimming alongside their venture!
Some of the attractions of this Great Barrier Reef tour is the number of ways you are able to explore the coral reef.
Snorkelling and scuba diving will give you an underwater view of the marine life, yet a low level scenic helicopter flight will give you a broader rich panorama spanning across the coral reefs below.
Choose from a scenic flight on the pontoon or opt to cruise to the pontoon by boat and fly back to Airlie Beach the following day!
Peering down, you’ll witness a mosaic in swirls of azure and sapphire, with the stunning jewels of coral within.
During the cooler months, Hardy Reef acts as a passage for migrating species from Antarctica such as the mighty humback whales.
So if you’re holidaying at this time of the year, you flight could very well turn into a whale spotting venture!
Please note:- All helicopter scenic flights are to be pre-booked via phone or email and all passengers need to provide names and body weights.
Your floating pontoon is an adventure centre with endless marine possibilities all day long.
Yet when you’ve opted to spend the night on a Reefsleep experience, a whole new world opens for guests.
As the clock strikes 3pm, the bulk of snorkellers and scuba divers return home to the mainland, leaving the entire Great Barrier Reef platform to you and just 8 other guests.
Once you are settled in and your swag on the deck is all set up you could choose a spot of snorkelling at dusk away from the crowds, shoot some selfies of the sunset over the reef, or watch the nocturnal marine life awaken in the underwater observatory.
Throughout the days reef trip sumptuous snacks and lunch is served, and likewise there will be a delicious dinner cooked for you as the night settles in.
Our floating pontoon boasts a licensed bar, and what could be more sublime than sipping a beverage as the sun sets over the Great Barrier Reef?
You’ll also have a comfy sleeping swag on deck to stargaze, right before the ocean waves lull you to sleep!
Our sleep on the reef tour really is unique
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January - December
Wednesday - Monday
2 days 1 night
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Due to the number of stairs through pontoon and vessel, this tour is not recommended for disabled passengers.
Minimum age for children at Reef Sleep is 12 years and over.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Full payment on Reefsleep must be received 7 days prior to departure. Cancellations must be provided in writing. No show and 24 hours or less notice cancellation fee is 100% of fare. 24 hours - 72 hours 50% of fare. 3-7 days 25% of fare.