Reefsuites - Whitsundays

The Reefworld Pontoon at Hardy Reef, located 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach, is the setting for your spectacular overnight Reefsuite experience. Relaunching in 2019, the revamped pontoon hosts day trippers, overnight Reefsleep guests and two private, all-inclusive Reefsuite experience cabins; Australia’s first underwater accommodation.

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You should plan well ahead (6 months) for the Reefsuites Experience

Your day commences with a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to Hardy Reef and the Hardy Reef Pontoon onboard a high-speed vessel, arriving at the reef around 11am. After lunch, guests can snorkel, scuba dive, swim or enjoy the coral viewing boat or underwater viewing chamber. A helicopter flight to Heart Reef is also available (cost extra). Day visitors depart mid-afternoon and then overnight guests are left to enjoy the solitude and grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Trip Arrivals and Departures

Depart Time Arrive Time
Port of Airlie 08:00 am Hamilton Island 08:30 am
Hamilton Island 09:00 am GBR 11:00 am
GBR 03:00 pm Hamilton Island 05:00 pm
Hamilton Island 05:30 pm Airlie Beach 06:00 pm

Prices

Activity Cost
Double /Twin

$1095 pp

Sole Occupancy

$1970 PP

Certified Divers
1st Dive - includes all gear

$129

Subsequent Dives - includes all gear

$79

Introductory Divers
1st Dive - includes all gear

$169

Subsequent Dives - includes all gear

$79

Prices are valid until 31st December 2024

Highlights & Inclusions

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Reefworld Pontoon at Hardy Reef

  • Arrive at your unique accommodation via a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays
  • Two underwater Reefsuite cabins available (double or twin options)
  • Each room features premium bedding, glass-walled en suite and floor-to-ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
  • All meals including breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and dinner
  • All beverages including beer and wine (cocktails and spirits not included)
  • Dining experience under the stars
  • All reef activities including a private guided snorkelling tour and semi-submarine tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Optional activities (own expense): scuba diving and heli-scenic flights

Reefsuites at Sunset

Enjoy a stunning sunset with a cool drink before enjoying a starlit long-table dinner on the pontoon's upper deck. After dinner, Reefsuite guests can retire to the privacy of their exclusive undersea accommodation. Floor to ceiling windows will enable you to relax and enjoy the wonders of the reef at night. In the morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast and an exclusive morning on the reef before heading home in the afternoon with memories that you will treasure forever.

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Reefsuites Refurbishment

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The refurbishment of the Reefworld pontoon, supported by the Queensland Government Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund was a collaborative project to support the regions unique natural environment in delivering this Australian-first tourism experience. The refurbishment team worked hand-in-hand with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to ensure all elements of this project were approached in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. Once work was completed in December 2019, the refurbished pontoon featuring two Reefsuites was returned to its former location on Hardy Reef, thus minimising impact on the surrounding marine environment.

Caring for the Environment

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This vital project has achieved the largest natural coral transplant ever to be undertaken on the Great Barrier Reef. More than 4000 individual pieces of coral were sustainably removed from old moorings and successfully transplanted onto the existing reef wall to rejuvenate the local environment. A coral farm has also been established to encourage further coral as well as marine animal expansion in the area. The new pontoon is a hub for public education, providing accurate reef knowledge and conservation guidance to our many visitors.
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