This is the New Reefsleep which everyone is talking about. A spectacular and unique overnight tour where you sleep on the Outer Great Barrier Reef!
Reefsleep allows just 9 guests the opportunity to experience the magic of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef by day and by night. That’s right you will stay there overnight – 40 nautical miles from shore. This Reefsleep trip includes 2 exciting days at Cruise Whitsundays’ Reefworld, with plenty of ways to explore the world below. And while other travellers leave the pontoon in the afternoon, the 9 lucky Reefsleep travellers will be able to experience true solitude and witness the beauty of this amazing part of the world as they lay their head to rest at Hardy Reef.
Please note Reefsleep does not depart on Tuesdays.
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Experience Reefsleep and see what happens at the Great Barrier Reef at all hours of the day! 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 of the Airlie Beach day trippers and also a lucky 12 guests can have an overnight experience never to be forgotten!
Guests on the Reefsleep experience travel out to Reefworld aboard Cruise Whitsundays high speed vessels with the day guests and arrive at about 11am. During the day you can experience all the Great Barrier Reef activities the pontoon has to offer like snorkelling, swimming, water slides and sun baking. Also you are able to purchase guided snorkel tours, dives, scenic flights and massages onboard just ask the staff on the way out.
Come 3pm the day vessel departs leaving this magnificent part of the world is just for you and you fellow Reefsleep guests to enjoy. A hush settles and just have the sound of water and a few birds, then as dusk approaches watch for turtles that some to nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Please note for safety reasons only children of 12 years old and over are able to join this tour.
- Only 9 guests
- 2 days on Reefworld pontoon
- 1 night on Reefworld either in Swag or Double Room
- Meals, teas and coffees
- Use of Reefworld activities
- Extra costs drinks, alcohol, scuba diving and scenic flights
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
The Cruise Whitsundays Reefworld pontoon is adjacent to coral walls, the length of which you can explore by snorkelling as much as like during the days. It has its own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life found only in sheltered areas. It provides a unique world for you to explore and the prolific fish life will surprise and delight you especially the giant groper!
Guided snorkelling tours are also available to purchase on board with small groups the guide will take you to very special spots where giant Maori Wrass, coral formations, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks are there to be seen. Dont worry if not a keen summer you can enjoy the sights from the comfort of a semi submersible or viewing chamber.
There is no better place to experience the magic of your first scuba dive than at the outer Great Barrier Reef, no experience necessary. Experienced divers can enjoy spectacular dives at specially selected sites with a variety of coral formations and marine life. Intro and cert dives are all booked and paid for onboard the boat, please see staff on ferry ride out. Another bonus of the Reefsleep tour for the certified divers is the rare chance to do a night dive, these must be pre-booked at time of tour booking to make sure dont miss out. These are the current dive prices, please note age and medical restrictions apply.
- Introductory Dives - $139pp for 1st dive and $59pp for 2nd dive
- Certified Dives - $99pp for 1st dive and $59pp for 2nd dive
- Certified Night Dives - $150pp for 1 dive
When you are ready to snooze under the stars just climb into your swag, basically a cosy low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head. They will provide a comfortable mattress and sleeping bag so you just need to bring something to sleep in. The pontoon can sleep up to 8 of you on deck and if there is 2 of you we can book a double swag if like. Being 40 nautical miles from the shore you are safe from bugs and mosquitos so you can sleep with the cover open. Just you, the sea air and the stars so a true camping experience.
Departure and Return times
- Port of Airlieâ€‹ at 8:00am gets back the next day at 6:00pm
- Daydream Island Marina at 7:40am gets back the next day at 5:45pm
- Long island Marina at 7:15am gets back the next day at 5:50pm
- Hamilton Island Marina at 9:00am gets back the next day at 5:00pm
Sumptuous buffet lunch enjoyed on board Seaflight along with the day trip guests
Entree: Creamy Seafood Chowder or Potato Gnocci in a Blue Cream Cheese sauce
Main: Grilled Rib Fillet, Lemon Buttered Local Fish, Marinated Honey Soy Chicken, Gluten Free Sausages or Vegetable Lasagne. All with an arrange of tropical salads and fresh bread rolls
Dessert: Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with a White Chocolate Sauce or Traditional Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
Beer, Wine and soft drinks available for purchase
This is a sample of menu and is subject to change and amendments
- *Backpackers must be aged 18-35 and have proof of staying at an Airlie Beach hostel (receipt) or campervan receipt.
- Reefsleep does not depart on Tuesday
BOOK WITH US TODAY! CALL 1800 550 751 OR (07) 4914 2425 IF LOCAL
What To Bring
Please bring only a small bag with: change of clothes, hat, swim-wear, beach towel, camera, sunscreen 30+, cash or credit cards for on board purchases, warm clothes for the evenings (seasonal).
Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town including most boat check-in offices, a 24 hour locker shop on The Esplanade, most hostels, or at your accommodation. Most charge between $5-10pp for the duration of your trip.
Snorkelling equipment, Wet/stinger suit, 2 buffet lunches, BBQ Dinner, Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea/coffees.
Drinks, alcohol, snacks, photographs, souvenirs, scenic flights and guided snorkelling tours.
Scuba diving is also available to purchase on board for certified or introductory divers, is subject to medical conditions and age restrictions. A night dive is also available for certified divers but must be pre booked and paid for at time of booking.
Terms and Conditions
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the tour operator. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Also please note is select swag accommodation this is a camping experience so sleeping on deck open to the elements and weather. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.
For safety reasons only children of 12 years old and over are able to join this tour so please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old. Please ask us for more details
All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the tour. If the tour operator has to cancel the trip (prior to the departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.
Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers traveling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.
Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.