Star gazing by night, exploring by day
Spend 2 days & 1 night far from reality
Imagine visiting one of the wonders of the world, diving into the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef and discovering the colourful world underwater and then spending the night on the floating pontoon under a canopy of stars! It's an experience unlike anything else, and you can do it with Awesome Whitsundays!
Cruise out from Airlie Beach, through the Whitsunday Islands and on to our pontoon at the outer Great Barrier Reef. There, the day is yours to dive in to the colourful world that awaits. See tropical fish of every shape and size and an impressive display of hard and soft coral. Snorkelling gear is included and diving is also available, both certified and intro, at an additional cost. Throughout the day, you'll be able to dig into delicious morning and afternoon teas and a buffet lunch!
The day cruise passengers cruise off at 3pm, back to Airlie Beach. That leaves you, a small handful of others, and nothing but sun, sea and sky! Enjoy the sunset from the upper deck - make sure you have that camera handy! As the sky darkens, life at the reef changes, but does not go to sleep!
A Night Under the Stars
You haven't really seen the stars until you've been so far from city lights. Our pontoon at the reef is blanketed with stars. It's a sight you've just got to see. We only take up to 9 overnight guests, and you can bunk down on deck alongside them in a 'swag' (an Australian low cosy tent, see the full description below). If you prefer more traditional accommodation, we also have a double room on the pontoon.
Night diving? Simply a must! A night dive* is on the cards (optional extra) for those who want to discover the most unforgettable experience. Night dives must be booked 3 days in advance and cost $150 per person.
You'll wake bright and early, which is lucky because there is a whole reef to be explored! After a hearty breakfast, dive back in for a snorkel or a swim while the reef is all yours. Mid morning, day cruise guests will arrive. You'll spend the day in paradise: exploring the reef and eating morning and afternoon tea and a tasty lunch! Come 3pm, it's time to depart for Airlie Beach, back home with memories of thousands of fish and millions of stars.
All meals are included in this 2 day adventure. Throughout the days curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. Fish D'Vine, a leading restaurant from Airlie Beach supply our catering, taking care to base the menu on seasonality and the best produce available. Free tea and coffee is available and there is also a bar onboard serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks. In the evening a delicious barbecue dinner is served and in the morning a hearty breakfast.
Under the Stars Swags
A swag is a cosy, low tent with a clear viewing panel above your head, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. Our swags are available as king singles (for just one person) or doubles (for two people sharing). 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 even sleep with the cover open - just you, the sea air and the stars!
Daily Departure & Return Times
|Port of Airlie||8:00 AM||6:10 PM|
|Daydream Island||7:50 AM||5:40 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. Guests departing from Daydream Island depart by vessel to join the reef vessel at Hamilton Island by a 30 minute transfer. 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.
You need a bona fide backpacker card to be eligible for a discount on our awesome experiences and packages.
|REEFSLEEP||For travel to 31 March 2017||For travel from 1 April 2017|
|Backpackers Double Swag (2 people sharing)||$375||$499|
Prices valid for travel from 1 December 2015 to 31 March 2017
Prices include morning and afternoon tea both days, buffet lunch both days, breakfast, dinner and snorkelling with all gear provided.
We provide for Vegetarian, Coeliac and Lactose intolerant passengers and our caterers do not use peanuts in any of our dishes.
All prices are in Australian dollars. Please note a credit card administration fee of 1.5% (Mastercard & Visa) and 2.8% (Amex) 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 Authority for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
This is a highlight of Reefsleep. Night dives uncover a new magic to the already vibrant reef. Find out more.
Highlights & Inclusions
- 2 days / 1 night experience
- Large, modern, vessel transfers
- Overnight in swags under stars or a private double room
- Breakfast, 2 morning & afternoon teas, 2 buffet lunches and barbecue dinner
- Activities as specified
- All the stars you can see!
What to bring
- Toiletries and own bath towel
- 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, massages or some bubbles with dinner.
There's plenty to do at the Great Barrier Reef.
Did you know it is common to see whales enroute to the reef during the months of July to September?