Multi-day trip

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

4.8 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays
Multi-day trip

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

Activity provider: Cruise Whitsundays

From US$ 436.08 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
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a 75% refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
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

Explore the Great Barrier Reef during the day, and sleep on an open deck during the night out at sea on this immersive reef experience. Watch the sunset over the water, enjoy gourmet food and watch the stars as you fall asleep. 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, snorkeling, 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 sunset 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 stars from your comfy Reefbed on the top deck of the pontoon. Our Reefbeds are comfortable queen beds with snug bedding. On a clear night, you can sleep with the cover open — just you, the sea air, and the stars. Be lulled to sleep by the tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean. Enjoy a breakfast followed by more time exploring the reef. Embark on optional guided snorkeling and diving trips and visit very special spots. Get the chance to see Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks (not guaranteed).

Choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber and look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel.

  • 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

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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.
  • Cruise Whitsundays will email you a dietary and medical disclosure form. Please ensure to return these within 48 hours of travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 12 reviews

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February 9, 2023

February 3, 2023

Fantastic experience, can recommend anybody if possible to do this at least once in their live

December 14, 2022

Product ID: 171075