Star gazing by night, exploring by day

It really doesn't get much better than this.

With Cruise Whitsundays you have the amazing opportunity to spend a night sleeping under the stars at the Great Barrier Reef.

This two day, one night adventure is a once in a lifetime experience. There can be few more unique experiences offered in the world than the chance to sleep under the stars, 39 nautical miles from shore on the Great Barrier Reef. Our permanently moored pontoon is located on Hardy Reef - one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the destination for our day visitors, but for a lucky few it is a once in a life time, breathtaking and memorable overnight experience.

Day One

Travel to Hardy Reef as part of the Great Barrier Reef Adventure onboard one of our high speed vessels. By day, all the amazing activities offered on our Great Barrier Reef Adventure are there to be enjoyed - diving, snorkelling and scenic helicopter flights. Once the day guests depart, you get the pontoon all to yourself and your fellow Reefsleep guests.

A Night at the Reef

As dusk approaches watch for turtles surfacing or coming to nibble the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch as the sun sets over the reef while you sip your sundowner and then see the reef really come to life in the darkness of the night. Gaze up at a gazillion stars from your comfy swag set up on the top deck of the pontoon before the tranquillity of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep.

Day 2

In the morning, enjoy more time with the reef before the day guests join you. Optional guided snorkelling and diving trips during this exclusive time at the pontoon with your group will see you visit very special spots - giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, a myriad of tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks all might make an appearance. If you're not a keen swimmer then have the underwater viewing chamber to yourself and watch your fellow guests swim around, or look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. You'll head home with the day guests onboard the reef vessel in the afternoon, taking home plenty of memories and stories to tell.


All this sea air makes you hungry. Throughout the day curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. Fish D'Vine, a leading restaurant from Airlie Beach supply our catering, taking care to base the menu on seasonality and the best produce available. Free tea and coffee is available and there is also a bar onboard serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Pre-select one of the delicious menu options when making your booking.

Reefsleep Under the Stars Menu



Accommodation at the Reef

Reefsleep features a unique type of accommodation: Swags Under the Stars

Swags Under the Stars

A swag is a cosy, low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. We supply double swags which can be used for two people sharing or by just one person*#. The experience of sleeping in a swag out on the Great Barrier Reef is just unbeatable. The swags are waterproof, but on a clear night you can sleep with the cover open - just you, the sea air and the stars.

*Single supplement rate applies.

#Reefsleep requires a minimum of 2 Guests to operate, You will be advised at time of booking if your departure is not confirmed.




Daily Departure & Return Times

Port of Airlie 8:00 AM 6:10 PM
Hamilton Island 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

COACH TRANSFERS to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. Return times are when the vessel arrives back at island resort or mainland. NOTE: Changes may occur due to flight schedule changes and other factors. Where a Day Cruise is cancelled we will send notification to the contact details provided at the time of your booking. Itinerary is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain. The vessel's Master must at his discretion determine the most appropriate course to ensure acceptable levels of safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.

Current specials

Book a Reefsleep and get a free half day Whitehaven Beach tour.

*Conditions - Tours must be booked by 31 Oct, for travel prior to 21 Dec. A promo code for a free half day Whitehaven Beach tour will be emailed through with your booking confirmation.

Blockout dates:
September School Holidays                         22/09/2018 - 07/10/2018
December School Holidays                          15/12/2018 - 21/12/2018


The following prices are per person. Note: CHILDREN must be 12 years and older to do Reefsleep.

Double Swag (2 people sharing) $499
Single Swag (1 person) $675
Coach Transfers to Port of Airlie  
Adult $14.50
Child (12 - 14) $7.50
NOTE: most Airlie accommodation is within walking distance to port of Airlie. Coach transfers are however an option.

Prices are in AUD and per person. Please note a non refundable credit card surcharge fee of 1.42% (Mastercard & Visa), 1.1% (WeChat Pay), 2.8% (Amex), 2% (China Union Pay) or 1.54% (Alipay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.

Great Barrier Reef Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
Included in your cruise fare is a per head fee which goes to the Government. The money collected is used by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Reef Activities