5 Reasons why you need to Reefsleep on the Great Barrier Reef
A chance to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on a day trip is a dream, but being able to sleep out there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Trust me, Reeflsleep is a unique experience that you don’t want to miss when visiting the beautiful Whitsundays in Queensland.
But first – What is Reefsleep?
A unique opportunity to spend one night, two days on one of the world’s largest coral reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef. Over 76 km from the mainland is Reefworld, a luxury pontoon situated on Hardy Reef. The gorgeous turquoise water is all around you, and the reef is teeming with spectacular fish and marine life. Reefsleep offers you the opportunity to spend a night out here.
A water wonderland
Reefworld is your base for snorkelling, scuba-diving, semi-sub trips along the reef, and an oasis for soaking up the sun in a stunning location. You’ll take a ferry to the reef with others who have booked only a day trip to the reef. Enjoy a buffet lunch and water activities for the day, then the day-trippers leave to head back to the mainland. If you booked the Reeflseep experience you get to stay.
Get ready to be impressed
For those that have booked the Reefsleep experience, this is when the 5-star treatment really kicks in!
Get ready for some ‘rockstar’ treatment. You’ll be thoroughly looked after at Reefworld. An onboard chef is there dishing up the most divine meals and your hosts are on hand to offer their service whenever you need. All you need to do is fill your days with as many water activities and relaxing vibes as you can handle.
You get your own luxury sea swag too. It’s like a lavish tent that is decked out with lights, USB ports, and comfy linens and bedding. This is your own personal cocoon where you can go and chill here at any time and it happens to be located with million-dollar views.
Let’s get back to why you need to Reefsleep on the Great Barrier Reef at least once in your lifetime.
Here are my top 5 reasons why you need to Reefsleep on the Great Barrier Reef
1) You’ll feel like a VIP – 5-star service on board
As I mentioned earlier, the staff were outstanding. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be treated like a VIP. The entire Reefsleep experience is very well organised. There is clear communication about mealtimes (you don’t want to miss any of them), water activities, and what time the sun will rise/set. This handy information is posted on the wall so you can refer to it later on too.
2) The food is exceptional
Ok, I’ll be honest. A big drawcard for my interest to join Reefsleep on the Great Barrier Reef was for the food journey I’d be taken on. And boy, what a culinary degustation I was treated to during the two days onboard.
We indulged in some wonderfully fresh seafood including seared scallops with chorizo and passionfruit pearls (yes, super fancy) freshly shucked oysters with lychee and lemon, the biggest prawns I’ve ever tasted, and a grilled barramundi dish that I didn’t want to ever end.
Aside from the generous and delicious lineup of food, both the Reefsleep and Reefsuite experience (sleep in one of two underwater hotel rooms instead, super luxurious) include all beer and wine onboard.
Sip on a glass of chilled sparkling wine and enjoy fancy canapés while watching the sun set over the horizon. It doesn’t get much better than that. Well, that’s what I thought until we moved downstairs dining room to enjoy dinner and dessert served by our French chef. You guessed it, more amazing food.
Whether you’re a food lover like me or you’re just happy to eat anything, the foodie part of this entire experience will keep you super satisfied and smiling until the very end.
3) Sleep in a luxury swag under a million stars
After a day spent exploring the reef and wining and dining with new friends over sunset canapés, dinner and wine – you get to retire for the evening in your very own luxury sea swag.
The staff even turn down your bed whilst you are off enjoying yourself, it’s almost like magic. We returned for the evening to crawl into our space made up of white linens and comfortable pillows and bedding.
Leave the top open for a while, lie down and look up to marvel at the extraordinary spatter of stars sprinkled across the sky. The early morning sunrise will be one of the most unique you’ve ever seen.
4) You get the reef all to yourself
There’s something kinda special about this place. Aside from the fact that you’re surrounded by turquoise blues in every direction, you’ll have the entire reef to yourself once the day-trippers depart at 3 pm on the first day until the ferry returns at 11 am the following day.
Take your snorkel and fins and get out there! Maybe you’ll meet Maggie, the resident Maori Wrasse fish (pictured below).
TIP: The best time to explore the reef is right after breakfast on Day 2. You’ve got about three hours to get up close and personal with the underwater world before the ferry arrives with new day-trippers – so enjoy the solitude.
5) A once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll remember forever
This is by far one of the best experiences I’ve done in Australia. The perfect blend of all those key things I’ve mentioned above is why I loved it so much. I’m one of those people that will most often choose to invest in experiences rather than material things in life and this was an experience I won’t soon forget.
Want to know more details?
CLICK HERE to check price & availability for REEFSLEEP experience.
For those of you who enjoy a little more luxury, maybe REEFSUITE, (stay in the underwater hotel room) is more your style. CLICK HERE for prices and availability.
Rach is a self-confessed travelling foodie. Her passion for food and culture has seen her eat her way through 186+ countries. She's currently on a big food adventure to visit EVERY country in the world!
When Rach isn't travelling, you can find her at the beach, drinking coffee or wine with friends or chowing down on the best eats around her home city of Melbourne, Australia.