Boutique hotels, uber-elevated luxe lodgings, and next-level accommodations situated on ultra exotic locations all have one very important thing in common: they are extremely desirable to adventurous travelers who don’t mind spending a little extra dough to stay in style on the vacay of their dreams. And while locations like the Maldives is one of the sweetest spots to wow vacationers with a winning combination of location and novelty accommodations—think luxe overwater bungalows and dynamic below sea level lodgings—Australia is taking advantage of one of its own signature attractions to join the boutique brigade with their own take on underwater accommodations.


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Offering guests a unique perspective of the amazing Great Barrier Reef, the lodgings are the first of their kind in Australia. However, the underwater lodgings are just part of the amazing package that awaits would-be explorers—the whole entire experience is an adventure unto itself that includes fun activities and an idyllic cruise through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in addition to the main attraction: unique lodgings that allow guests to experience the land down under underwater.

About The Reefsuites Experience

A front-row seat to one of the planet’s most magical places awaits guests who book a trip stay in Cruise Whitsundays’ Reefsuites—the iconic Great Barrier Reef both above and below the water.

  • Location: The Reefsuites are located on Cruise Whitsundays’ Reefworld pontoon boat moored at Hardy Reef, less than 50 miles from Airlie Beach in northeastern Australia
  • Getting There: Visitors departing from the Port of Airlie will check-in and then depart on a scenic cruise through the Whitsunday Islands before arriving at Reefworld. Departures are also available from Daydream Island and Hamilton Island.
  • Cost/Person: Twin single rooms start at $1299/person through March 31, 2022, and $1400/person from April 1, 2022, through December 2022; King double rooms start at $899/person through March 31, 2022, and $995/person from April 1, 2022, through December 2022. Cost includes one overnight stay and breakfast the next morning before a return to shore.
  • What’s Included: Accommodations with wall-to-ceiling views of the Great Barrier Reef; all meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning/afternoon teas; all beverages including beer and wine (spirits and cocktails extra); dining under the stars; reef activities including private guided snorkeling tour and semi-submarine tour; access to underwater observatory aboard Reefworld; and cruise through Whitsunday Islands
  • Optional Extras: Scuba diving (including dives for both certified and beginner divers), scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef
  • Other Info: While the Reefworld pontoon is open to day-trippers who want to explore the islands, only overnight guests have access to the boat in the evening

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Additional Must-See Places And Attractions

An all-inclusive stay onboard the Reefsuites is just the tip of the iceberg for those looking for an unforgettable trip to the Great Barrier Reef. From start to finish, there are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding areas that complement an underwater stay perfectly.

Airlie Beach

Visitors departing from the Port of Airlie will no doubt want to spend a day or two exploring Airlie Beach. Known as the Whitsundays’ most popular mainland retreat, Airlie Beach is the perfect combo of bustling sophistication and laidback beach town vibes.

Note: For those staying on Daydream Island or Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsunday also offers day trips to Airlie Beach, Tickets are $75/adult (Daydream Island departure) and $124/adult (Hamilton Island departure).

  • The Airlie Lagoon is located in the heart of Airlie Beach a chill spot to spend the morning swimming in its large pool, soaking up the sun, and scoping some great views
  • Get out and explore on a walk through Conway National Park, also known as the Whitsunday Great Walk. There’s also a variety of trails within the park for all fitness levels; and the option to book a segue tour through the rainforest
  • Book a sunset cruise for a unique view of Airlie Beach from the water
  • Get adventurous on the water by sailing or jet-skiing; or take to the air with a skydiving jump
  • Explore the vibrant Airlie Markets, grab dinner at one of Airlie Beach’s best restaurants like Anchor Bar or The Garden Bar Bistro, then dance the night away at Mama Africa Bar & Nightclub

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Whitsundays Wonders

A myriad of adventurous experiences awaits the intrepid traveler who wants to make the most of a trip to the Whitsundays—from super scenic day trips to unforgettable Great Barrier Reef adventures.

  • Second only to the Reefsuites’ underwater accommodations, the Reefsleep experience allows visitors an amazing opportunity to spend the night under the stars while moored alongside the spectacular Great Barrier Reef on this two day, one night adventure
  • Take a day trip to Australia’s best beach, Whitehaven Beach. Be sure to hike to the Hill Inlet lookout while you’re there for some of the best panoramic views in the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel the reef along the Ngaro Sea Trail, home to amazing marine life and distinctive underwater sculptures; enjoy one of the short, picturesque walks; or rent a boat or kayak to explore the inlet and surrounding area
  • Take a day trip from Airlie Beach to the spectacular Cedar Creek Falls and scope some of the area’s best flora and fauna (butterflies and orchids included!)

A once-in-a-lifetime overnight adventure on the Great Barrier Reef awaits vacationers booking a stay on Australia’s first underwater accommodation, Reefsuites. And while there are plenty of wonders in the wonderful Whitsundays to keep visitors busy, the all-inclusive package aboard Reefworld is a bucket list trip offering guests the unique opportunity to see one of the world’s seven natural wonders from a new perspective: beneath the sea.

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