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Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

4.8 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays

Reef Sleep: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Gourmet Meals

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays

From US$ 415.50 per person

Sleep on a pontoon in the middle of the sea on the Great Barrier Reef. Experience the tranquility of just you, the sea air and the stars. Explore the reef by day, watch the sun set over the water, enjoy gourmet meals and stargaze.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 days
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  • Sleep under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef on a purpose-built pontoon
  • Enjoy a chef-prepared dinner, morning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch and breakfast
  • Explore the stunning underwater ecoystem of the reef
  • Stargaze as night falls on the reef
  • Be lulled to sleep by the tranquility of the ocean
Full description
Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef during both day and night and enjoy a 'reef sleepover' out at sea! Day 1: Travel on a high-speed, comfortable vessel 39 nautical miles from shore to the reef. The approximately 3-hour trip to the destination counts as its own sightseeing adventure. Spot whales at certain times of the year! Arrive at the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of 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.   Explore the reef all day with your choice of swimming, snorkelling and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. As dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sun set while you sip your sundowner...the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion starts from your comfy swag set-up on the top deck of the pontoon. A swag is a cozy, low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. On a clear night you can sleep with the cover open - just you, the sea air and the stars. The tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep. Day 2: Enjoy a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast and cereal with coffee and tea, followed by more time exploring the reef. Embark on optional guided snorkelling and diving trips and visit very special spots. Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks might make an appearance. Choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber and look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. You'll head home with plenty of memories and stories to tell. Boat returns to Port of Airlie at 6:10 PM Sample Menu: please indicate your choice at time of booking. • Char-grilled 150g eye fillet steak served with 1/2 garlic butter bay bug, cooked to your liking • Spinach and ricotta ravioli served with tomato sugo, roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese • Slow braised lamb shank cooked in red wine and thyme and served with root vegetables • Thai fish curry served with steamed rice
  • Two morning and afternoon teas
  • Two buffet lunches
  • Gourmet dinner
  • One breakfast
  • Alcoholic and extra drinks
  • Additional activities such as scuba diving and Seabob
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • All participants who are over 12 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Please bring
  • One small overnight bag, toiletries and own bath towel
  • 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 bubbly with dinner.
  • The local partner will contact you regarding your medical and dietary requirements. Please ensure to respond to their email or phone communication to provide this information.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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What a stay on the Great Barrier Reef. Thank you to everyone who made this experience unforgettable. A big compliment goes to the manager Andy. This guy knows how to deal with people. ☀️ Here are a few facts: - Staff (friendly, set up and very accommodating) - Toilets, showers very clean - The food was great ‍⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Reef shark sighted - Turtle sighted - Napoleon sighted If the opportunity arises come again we will definitely be back. Next time we will stay 2x.

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July 19, 2022

Everything was great. The staff was professional and friendly. The food was amazing. Highly recommend.

January 19, 2022

May 26, 2021

Product ID: 171075