See the Outer Great Barrier Reef on an action-packed full day trip!
- Depart Hamilton Island and spend a day on a pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef!
- Snorkelling available and scuba diving on offer for all levels
- One of the few day trips to visit the Outer Great Barrier Reef
- See the vibrant marine life up close in our underwater observatory
- Great for couples, friends and the whole family!
Get ready for the Great Barrier Reef Adventure! As one of the most incredible trips to the outer reef via the Whitsundays, our tour is unique in so many ways. Jump on board our spacious and luxurious Cruise Whitsundays boat as we make our way to some of nature’s best delights! After departing from Hamilton Island, we will cruise towards Hardy Reef, where the real adventure begins. Hardy Reef hosts our incredible and secure pontoon, creating the perfect environment for a jam-packed day of fun and adventure.
As a once-in-a-lifetime experience, our pontoon is the perfect place to explore the deep blues of the Outer Reef. From incredible and humbling marine life to adventure activities including snorkelling and swimming, there’s so much to explore! Indulged by the idea of a day of relaxation? The pontoon provides the ultimate zen, leaving you to soak up the tranquil lull of the ocean. However you choose to spend your day, our team will ensure you squeeze the very best out of the Whitsunday Islands. From taking in the spectacular scenery to making friends with the fish, there’s no better way to spend a day.
Our pontoon offers guests a spacious and safe way to enjoy the incredible Outer Great Barrier Reef. Your day trip will be a one-of-a-kind experience that is perfect for exploring the very best of the Great Barrier Reef. From snorkelling to swimming and coral-spotting, there’s an abundance of different ways to take it all in. Not looking to make a splash? We’ve got you covered! Our incredible and unique underwater viewing chamber will tickle your fancy - spot some of the reef’s most beloved creatures and coral from above!
You’ll also get to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, specially provided by one of Airlie Beach’s award-winning restaurants. And if that’s not enough, our passionate staff can also help you tick some more items off your bucket list, including scuba diving or taking a scenic flight. Available at an extra cost, it’s the perfect way to get a little more out of your trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
During your day trip, you'll have the chance to enjoy not only the amazing location but also the best of the reef. You can snorkel and swim, as well as see the coral from the unique perspective in our underwater viewing chamber. You'll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and also take the opportunity to try scuba diving or enjoy a scenic flight at an extra cost.
Highlights & Features:
- Visit the beautiful Great Barrier Reef
- On stable pontoon with plenty of room for relaxing
- Snorkelling gear and wet/stinger suit
- Buffet lunch
- Morning and afternoon teas/coffees
- Fun for the whole family
- Underwater viewing chamber
- Sun loungers on top deck
- Several other activities available for purchase on board such as scuba diving, scenic flights, snorkel tours
Jump on board the Sunshine State’s most luxurious and innovative reef pontoon, proudly located at Hardy Reef. Featuring Queensland’s largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber, a trip with Great Barrier Reef Adventure is one of the most unique and incredible ways to spend your time in the Whitsundays.
Departing at 9am from Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef Adventure is bound to be your best adventure yet! We’ll head directly for the spectacular and spacious pontoon, located at Hardy Reef. The pontoon is known as Reefworld, and has been placed directly adjacent to coral walls. It’s the perfect starting point to exploring the incredible ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef surrounding the pontoon. From spotting graceful and lively marine life, to gazing in awe at the colours of the coral, there’s no better way to begin the adventure than diving into the deep blue from the pontoon. The gorgeous fish life is set to delight you - especially the giant grouper!
If you’re after something more, guided snorkelling tours are also available to purchase on board. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides will take small groups below the silky water and guide them to special spots where giant Maori Wrasse, coral formations, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks can be spotted. If you’re not up for getting wet, you’re still in luck! One of our favourite pontoon activities is spotting marine life from our unique underwater viewing chamber!
Fancy trying your hand at scuba diving? We would love to dive with you! Available off the pontoon, both introductory and certified divers are more than welcome to jump in and explore the incredible blue hues of the Great Barrier Reef. The beauty is right at your fingertips: there’s absolutely no better place to experience your first scuba dive than this incredible wonder of the world. You’ll get to dive alongside other new divers, as well as your experienced and passionate diving instructor! Keep your eyes peeled for the colourful coral and get ready to rub shoulders with the incredible marine life! Experienced divers, don’t fret: there’s more than enough beauty to keep you on your toes, too! You’ll get to enjoy specially selected dive sites which boast wonderful coral formations and hidden marine life! It’s the ultimate bucket list item for anyone - but when it’s on Hardy Reef, it’s something out of this world!
Guided Snorkel Tour
To dive deeper into the gorgeous marine sights, you can opt to take a guided snorkelling tour with Reef Safari. They’re the best in the business - your incredible tour guide will help you experience the very best that the reef has to offer! From pointing out the incredible marine life to naming their species, there’s no better way to curb your curiosity!
If you’re looking to experience the reef in a unique way, there’s no better experience than a scenic flight in a helicopter. Peer below into the blue and aqua hues of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and gaze in awe at the iconic Heart Reef!
Our wonderful team of onboard photographers will make sure your trip is a memorable one! They will capture the hard to get shots - including your first underwater experience and encounters with a Maori Wrasse! At the end of the day, the photos will be available for purchase, and you’ll get to walk away with an incredible bank of memories that last a lifetime!
Please note: The above optional activities are available for an additional cost. Please advise us at the time of booking if you would like to add any of the above optional extras. Age and medical restrictions apply to all activities with Great Barrier Reef Adventures. Please ask us if you have any questions.
What To Bring
Please bring only a small bag with:
- Photo identification
- Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses etc)
- Beach towel
- Jumper or jacket (seasonal)
- Cash or credit cards for onboard purchases
- Snorkelling equipment
- Wet/stinger suit
- Buffet lunch
- Morning and afternoon tea and coffees
- Semi-Submarine/Glass Bottom Boat Tour
- Underwater Observatory
- On board purchase such as drinks, alcohol and snacks
- Scenic flights
- Guided snorkelling tours
- Scuba diving (subject to medical conditions and age restrictions)
Terms and Conditions
Infants 0-3 years travel free of charge, however no infant meals are included. Guests must be able to show valid ID at check in to support their ticket type (i.e Senior or Child ticket). If you cannot produce the valid identification to meet your ticket requirements, you will not be able to travel without paying a surcharge/difference in fare.
Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip.
You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.
It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.
It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling 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.
You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time.
Scuba Diving/Medical Disclosure:
Age and medical restrictions apply to diving activities. A medical questionnaire must be completed. Divers cannot fly for 24 hours after diving and the company accepts no liability for medical conditions experienced as a result of flying after diving. All diving is operated by Reef Safari Pty Ltd and booking to dive with them deems acceptance of the terms and conditions as published on their website www.reefsafari.com.
All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply.
The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.
We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.
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 the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly 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. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances.
Transfers are at an additional cost. Please enquire if you would like to add transfers to your booking.
The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.
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All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.
No shows or client cancellations made within 48 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price.
Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (48 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.
Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee.
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The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.
In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.
All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.
Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.
You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.
All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators.
Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.
Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.
Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.