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CW: Reefworld

FROM: $269

Pricing Options

$228 AUD / Person - Backpacker (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)
$269 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)
$709 AUD / Family - Family (2 adults + 2 children) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)
$125 AUD / Person - Child (4-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)
$242 AUD / Person - Senior (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)
$242 AUD / Person - Youth (15-17 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 01 Apr 2020)

See the Outer Great Barrier Reef on an action-packed full day trip

  • Spend a day on a pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving available
  • One of the few day trips to visit the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • See marine life up close in our underwater observatory
  • Great for the whole family!
  • Introductory and certified divers welcome

*KIDS GO FREE! Limited time only - ask us for more details! 

Go on the ultimate Great Barrier Reef trip on Reefworld one of the most unique and amazing trips in the Whitsundays. Cruise to the Outer Reef on board our comfortable, spacious and stable Cruise Whitsundays boat, before arriving at Hardy Reef, home to our pontoon, for a day of fun and adventure. Spend the day at sea for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, experiencing the Outer Reef and its amazing marine life, amazing activities, snorkelling, swimming and relaxing! During your cruise, you will get to the see the best of the Whitsunday Islands, taking in the spectacular scenery and then make your way to the infamous and amazing 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. The pontoon offers guests a spacious and stable way from which to enjoy the beautiful Outer Great Barrier Reef, and promises to be the trip of a lifetime!  

Reefworld Features

  • Visit the 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
  • Semi-submersible
  • 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

Experience Queensland's most innovative and spacious reef pontoon located at Hardy Reef. Featuring Queensland's largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber, this unique and amazing day trip is the perfect way to spend your time in the Whitsundays.

Like to stay longer?
You can also stay the night on the pontoon and sleep under the stars! Reefsleep 2 days/ 1 night under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef!

Important Information

  • Youth must be aged 15-17 and have a valid high school ID

  • Backpackers must be aged 18-35 and have either a valid backpacker card OR proof of staying at an Airlie Beach hostel, campervan, or Sailing Whitsundays approved Airbnb.

  • *Kids Go Free offer valid for travel until the 31st of March 2020. One full fare paying adult must be booked per child for promotion to apply. Blackout dates apply (17 - 25 April 2019, 21 Sep - 7 Oct 2019, 14 Dec 2019 - 08 Feb 2020) - subject to change. 

Sample Itinerary

The Cruise Whitsundays Reefworld pontoon is adjacent to coral walls, the length of which you can explore by snorkelling as much as like during your day. The reef surrounding the pontoon 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 Wrasse, coral formations, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks are there to be seen. You can also check out the view of the reef from our underwater viewing chamber, one of our favourite pontoon activities.

From the pontoon, you can also try your hand at scuba diving! Both introductory divers and certified divers are welcome to explore the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef from the pontoon, where its beauty will be right at your fingertips. There is no better place to experience the magic of your first scuba dive than at the outer Great Barrier Reef where you will have an unforgettable dive experience alongside other new divers and your experienced instructor! Experienced divers will also be thrilled at the abundance of marine life surrounding the pontoon, where they can enjoy spectacular dives at specially selected sites with a variety of coral formations and marine life. Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef is a bucket list item for any diver, and Hardy Reef will not disappoint! 

Optional Extras:

  • First Introductory Dive
    • $139 per Adult
    • $99 per Child
  • Second Introductory Dive
    • $59 per Adult
    • $59 per Child 
  • First Certified Dive
    • $109 per Adult
    • $109 per Child 
  • Second Certified Dive
    • $59 per Adult
    • $59 per Child 
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
    • $59 per Adult
    • $35 per Child
    • $160 per Family

Please advise us at the time of booking if you would like to add any of the above optional extras. 

Please note: Age and medical restrictions apply to all activities at Reefworld pontoon. Please ask us if you have any questions. 

Guided Snorkel Tour 
If you would like a deeper understanding of the sights you will see, take a guided snorkelling with Reef Safari. Your guide will point out and name all the amazing species you will encounter along the way, so you will know all the amazing things you're witnessing! 

Scenic flights
For an unforgettable sightseeing experience at the Great Barrier Reef, take the ride of your life in a helicopter. Enjoy the maze of coral reef below you as you fly above the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and out over the iconic Heart Reef

The team of onboard photographers will capture those hard to get shots - perhaps of your first underwater experience, getting up close and personal with a groper or Maori Wrasse! Photos are available for purchase at the end of the day, where you can walk away with your captured memories that will last a lifetime! 

For the ultimate in peace and tranquillity indulge in a soothing massage while overlooking the incredible Great Barrier Reef. The relaxing surroundings, combined with the lull of the ocean and softness of the ocean breeze will make for an unforgettable and serene experience.

Please note the above optional activities are available for an additional cost and can be booked at the pontoon. The minimum age for Seabob is 12 years old. 

Sample Menu

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Departs / Returns

Airlie Beach - Port of Airlie Marina

  • Departs: 8:00am
  • Returns: 6:10pm 

Daydream Island - Daydream Island Marina

  • Departs: 7:35am
  • Returns: 5:40pm

Daydream Island guests will connect with the Great Barrier Reef vessel at Hamilton Island.

Hamilton Island - Hamilton Island Marina

  • Departs: 9:00am
  • Returns: 5:00pm 

*All timings are approximates only. Please allow space in your itinerary for slight schedule changes and amendments. 

More Information

What To Bring

Please bring only a small bag with: hat, swim-wear, beach towel, camera, sunscreen 30+, cash or credit cards for onboard purchases and a jumper or jacket.

What's Included

  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wet/stinger suit
  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffees

What's Extra

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.

Terms and Conditions

*Kids Go Free offer valid for travel until the 31st of March 2020. One full fare paying adult must be booked per child for promotion to apply. Blackout dates apply (17 - 25 April 2019, 21 Sep - 7 Oct 2019, 14 Dec 2019 - 08 Feb 2020) - subject to change.

The "Backpacker" price shown is only available clients between the age of 18-35 years who are able to present a genuine backpacker card or proof backpacker accommodation. Backpacker cards are classified as Student Flights, ISIC, YHA, IYTC, ISE, Nomads, Base, or SUT cards. Backpacker accommodation is defined as a hostel, campervan or Sailing Whitsundays accredited Airbnb. Clients will be asked to present their card, photo identification and accommodation receipt at check-in. If the above cannot be produced, the client will not be able to travel without paying a surcharge and may face cancellation fees. Cruise Whitsundays retains full rights to grant or refuse a backpacker discount at its absolute discretion so that the backpacker price is only made available to genuine backpackers. Please assist us by adhering to these 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 the 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.

Please note that 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.

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old so we can make sure this is an appropriate trip. Please ask us for more details.


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of the total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 7 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.

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.

"As a keen diver, I enjoyed the experience that Hardy Reef Pontoon offered us. We booked 2 certified dives, which were taken on different parts of the reef. The coral and marine life were amazing. A big maori wrasse (named Wanda), followed us the entire time! Yes, it is a big boat welcoming a lot of people, but we found that it was a comfortable journey and we appreciated having all the staff available to assist us with our every need. They even have marine biologists on board who share insight about the ecosystems."
Bianca. S.
"This has topped off an already awesome holiday! The staff were so friendly and helpful! My 8 year old daughter was encouraged (by staff) and her confidence sky rocketed! Went from being a bit worried to dragging me all around the reef! This was by far one of the best experiences I have ever had, and will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you reef world!!"
"Staff were brilliant - every person was helpful, happy and clearly knew what they were doing and enjoyed their job. Diving was great, food was great, cannot fault any part of the day. I did two dives, down to 20m and fish, corals, starfish, turtles etc were amazing."
"Amazing trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef with the Cruise Whitsundays team! My wife and I tried scuba for the fist time and were looked after perfectly by our instructor. What an unbelievable experience, would recommend to all!"
"Well worth the journey. Great Barrier Reef is so beautiful. Beyond expectations. Crew were outstanding and very friendly, food was very yummy. I also did my first dive, unreal."
Shane Walker

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