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Australia's first underwater accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef is now welcoming guests 

Project overview

Reefworld by Cruise Whitsundays offers panoramic views of the Reef, under clear Queensland skies.

Permanently moored 39 nautical miles from Airlie Beach at Hardy Reef, the pontoon measures 12 metres by 45 metres.

With our support, up to 300 visitors a day will enjoy a range of reef activities including:

  • underwater observatory access
  • semi-submersible tours
  • scuba diving, and
  • snorkelling.

After hours, guests can sleep underwater with tropical fish or above deck under the stars:

  • Two Reefsuites - premium king suite or a two single bed suite, glass-walled en suite
  • 28 Reefbeds - cosy swag on the pontoon top level.

To rejuvenate the local environment, more than 4000 pieces of coral were sustainably removed from old moorings and replanted onto the existing reef wall. This is the largest natural coral transplant to take place on the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Attract extra 60,000 visitors each year

  • Grow local economy by $23 million each year

  • Support 40 construction and 35 operational jobs


  • “Cruise Whitsundays is very proud to invite travellers from around the world to experience the Great Barrier Reef from a completely new perspective. The new Reefsuites will combine unrivalled access to a World Heritage listed destination with quality hospitality and a unique food and wine experience.

    The pontoon itself will have new interactive experiences providing education and inspiration for guests and shining a spotlight on the unique natural environment that is our incredible backyard.”

    Luke Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Cruise Whitsundays

Last updated: 11 Feb 2020