Reefsuites – Australia’s First Underwater Accommodation Coming Soon

Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 5th August 2019

Cruise Whitsundays has unveiled details of Australia’s first underwater accommodation. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, the underwater Reefsuites will boast floor to ceiling windows affording spectacular views of the marine life including tropical fish, turtles and manta rays.


Guests can choose between two underwater Reefsuite options: premium king or twin single both of which have glass walled en suites.

Priced from AUS$749 per person twin share, the full, once in a lifetime experience includes a return cruise to the reef, all meals and beverages, a selection of marine activities and overnight accommodation, from December 2019.

Visitors can register their interest at Cruise Whitsundays.

Reefsuites are the centrepiece of an AUS$8 million redevelopment of the Reefworld pontoon situated at Hardy Reef, 39 nautical miles from Airlie Beach. When reopened, Reefworld will offer day visitors a range of reef activities including an underwater observatory, semi-submersible tours, scuba diving and snorkelling.



Two all-inclusive overnight options will be offered – the exclusive underwater Reefsuites and the renewed Reefsleep experience which will allow up to 28 guests to sleep under the stars on the pontoon’s top deck.

Commenting on the relaunch, Cruise Whitsundays’ General Manager Shaun Cawood said “Travellers will be able 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 wonderful food and wine experience, whilst the pontoon itself will have new interactive experiences providing education and inspiration for guests, spotlighting the incredible natural environment in our backyard.”


Award winning Cruise Whitsundays, the region’s largest and most experienced marine operator offering a range of day cruises and island resort connections, is owned and managed by the Australian experiential tourism group, Journey Beyond.

Committed to bringing Australia’s unique and iconic experiences to life, Journey Beyond has a growing national footprint and is fast positioning itself as one of the largest experiential tourism businesses in the country. Their extensive travel portfolio also includes:

  • The Ghan
  • The Indian Pacific
  • The Overland
  • Great Southern
  • Rottnest Express
  • Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
  • Darwin Harbour Cruises
  • Eureka 89 & Eureka Skydeck Melbourne
  • Outback Spirit
  • Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures

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