A playground at the reef

'Heart Pontoon' is our pontoon at The Great Barrier Reef, moored 39 nautical miles from mainland Australia. It provides a fun, interactive and safe way to explore the underwater world of Hardy Reef.

Hardy Reef

Our pontoon sits above colourful Hardy Reef, one of the many thousand small reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef. A coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent corals and marine life runs adjacent to the pontoon. Hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef will surprise and delight you - especially the giant groper.

Giving the reef that magical feel is an intricate garden of hard and soft coral thriving in sheltered lagoons. The bright colours and amusing antics of anemone, parrotfish and sometimes even turtles and reef sharks, captivate all. It is common to see tusk fish, cuttlefish, morays, barracudas, unicorn fish, surgeonfish, angelfish, starfish, feather stars and much more.

Location

Where is Hardy Reef?

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Hardy Reef is part of the Great Barrier Reef, off the Whitsundays coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres.

Getting there

It takes approximately 3 hours to get to Hardy Reef depending on the weather and sea conditions. It may be a long hour journey but most see it as a sight-seeing adventure. At certain times of year, you can turn it into a whale spotting trip.

The pontoon

Facilities

There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of our reef vessel. 


Features

Sun deck with shaded areas

Swimming and snorkelling zones

Buoyancy aids and instructions for first time snorkellers

Rest stations in the water

Lifeguard station

Underwater observatory

Semi-submersible

Air conditioned lounges onboard reef vessel

Dive station

Massage experiences

Reef experts on site

Seabob Jet

Activity options are endless

Heart Pontoon is purpose built for exploring the Great Barrier Reef in as many ways as possible. There are a choice of areas to relax but more importantly, a great range of activities for discovering Hardy Reef. The pontoon is in shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions and the best coral only a short distance away.

Reef Activities

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