Rooms with a spectacular view | The underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef
Cruise Whitsundays has announced the opening of Australia’s first underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef. Guests will be able to stay overnight in one of two underwater Reefsuites from this summer. Each private Reefsuite showcases spectacular panoramic views of the reef’s marine life, including tropical fish, turtles and manta rays. Guests can choose between premium king or twin single accommodation below sea level, complete with private glass en suite. The full Reefsuite experience includes a return cruise out to the reef, all meals and beverages, a selection of marine activities and overnight accommodation.
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The underwater Reefsuites on the Great Barrier Reef |Luxury on the reef
The Reefsuites are the centerpiece of the $8 million redevelopment of the Reefworld pontoon, which has been meticulously reconstructed after damage sustained in 2017’s Cyclone Debbie. The floating pontoon will be situated at Hardy Reef (39 nautical miles from Airlie Beach) and will accommodate up to 300 day visitors for a range of reef activities including underwater observatory access, semi-submersible tours, scuba diving and snorkeling. Two overnight all-inclusive options will be offered, the exclusive underwater Reefsuite accommodation and the renewed Reefsleep experience, which will allow up to 28 guests at a time to sleep under the stars on the pontoon’s top deck.
A sustainable rebuild for Reefworld pontoon
The relaunch of the Reefworld pontoon has been supported by Queensland Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund with a $2.75m contribution towards works. The construction project to date has involved 15 local Queensland businesses. The removal of the original pontoon mooring infrastructure has involved the largest natural coral transplant ever to be achieved on the Great Barrier Reef. Over a week, almost 4000 pieces of coral were sustainably removed from old moorings and replanted onto the existing reef wall to rejuvenate the Hardy Reef environment.
A Whitsundays game changer
Cruise Whitsundays is owned and operated by Australian experiential tourism group, Journey Beyond. Journey Beyond expects the new Reefworld development will attract an additional 60,000 annual visitors to the Whitsundays region annually. Cruise Whitsundays General Manager Shaun Cawood said the relaunch of the Reefworld pontoon marked a significant milestone for the Whitsundays region. “Cruise Whitsundays is very proud to invite travelers 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”, Mr Cawood said.
Journey Beyond is a national business focused on bringing Australia’s most unique and iconic experiences to life. Australian-owned, Journey Beyond has a growing national footprint, and is fast positioning itself as one of the largest experiential tourism businesses in the country. Award-winning Cruise Whitsundays is the region’s largest and most experienced marine operator offering a range of day cruises and Island Resort connections. Cruises visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and islands.
Website: Cruise Whitsundays & Journey Beyond