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Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

From US$ 429.97 per person

Explore the Great Barrier Reef by day, before watching the sun set over the water. Later, sleep on a pontoon in the middle of the sea, enjoying the tranquility of just you, the sea air, and the stars.

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Duration 2 days
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  • Sleep under the stars at the Great Barrier Reef on a purpose-built pontoon
  • Explore the stunning underwater ecoystem of the reef
  • Enjoy a chef-prepared dinner, morning and afternoon tea, a buffet lunch, and breakfast
  • Stargaze as night falls over the reef
  • Be lulled to sleep by the tranquility of the ocean
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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, and you can even spot whales at certain times of the year. Following your journey, arrive to the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. This area sits above a coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent coral and marine life which runs adjacent to the pontoon. The hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef are bound to surprise and delight you - particularly the giant groper.   Explore the reef all day by swimming, snorkeling, and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch, and as dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sun set while you sip your sun-downer, and watch as the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. That evening, enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion starts from your comfortable bed set-up on the top deck of the pontoon. On a clear night you can sleep with the cover open, allowing for just you, the sea air, and the stars. Finally, relax as the tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep. Day 2: Begin your day with a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast, and cereal, accompanied by coffee and tea. Following breakfast, spend more time exploring the reef, snorkeling before the day boat arrives. Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks might make an appearance, and you can choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber to look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. Following that, head back to shore where you return to the Port of Airlie by approximately 6:10PM.
  • Two morning and afternoon teas
  • Two buffet lunches
  • Gourmet dinner
  • Beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • One breakfast
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Small-group experience
  • Spirits and extra drinks (available for purchase on the pontoon)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Please meet at 7:20AM at the top of the ferry jetty.

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What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes
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AMAZING experience overall!! I’m not sure if they are understaffed but staff could be a little more accommodating sometimes felt like an inconvenience when asking for a drink if they were busy doing other things

December 27, 2021

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