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 tick on your bucket list. There can be few more unique experiences offered in the world than the chance to sleep under the stars, 39 nautical miles off 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.
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 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 cocktail and then see the reef really come to life at 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.
In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast and more time with the reef before the day guests join you. Optional snorkelling during this exclusive time at the pontoon with your group will give you the opportunity to see the stars of the Great Barrier Reef - 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. Once the day guests depart enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets and nibble on the anti pasto platters, then it's on to dinner and dessert before laying back under the stars. 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 dinner menu options when making your booking.
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 comfortable mattress and snug bedding. We supply queen 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 cannot be confirmed.
Daily Departure & Return Times
|DEPARTS||RETURN NEXT DAY|
|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.
The following prices are per person. Note: CHILDREN must be 12 years and older to do Reefsleep.
|Reefsleep||From 1 April 2018||From 1 April 2019|
|Double Swag (2 people sharing)||$499||$525|
|Single Swag (1 person)||$675||$675|
|Coach Transfers to Port of Airlie|
|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.
If you are travelling on our Reefsleep experience we require the below forms to be completed and returned to us prior to travel.
Please download the medical disclosure and dietary request forms and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Highlights & Inclusions
- 2 days/1 night experience
- Large, modern vessel transfers
- Overnight in swags under stars
- Breakfast, 2 morning & afternoon teas, 2 buffet lunches and an a la carte dinner
- Activities as specified
- All the stars you can see
What to bring
- One small overnight bag
- A change of clothes
- Swimwear and towel
- Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen lotion
- Your camera and a sense of fun
- Light jacket/sweater for windy or cool days
- Money/credit card for optional purchases such as dives or some bubbles with dinner.
There's plenty to do at the Great Barrier Reef.
Did you know it is common to see whales on the way to the reef during the months of July to September?
To ensure the reef will be preserved for the future generations all our activities and operations are designed to follow higher standard of environmental practices. We hold an Advanced Eco Certificate for our Great Barrier Reef Adventures.
Check out our daily weather report from Hardy Reef.