For the first time in history, guests are going to be able to sleep underwater on The Great Barrier Reef with spectacular panoramic views of marine life, including tropical fish, turtles and manta rays.

Cruise Whitsundays, the company behind the new accommodation, said guests will be able to stay overnight in one of two underwater Reefsuites from this summer.

Guests can choose between premium king or twin single accommodation below sea level, complete with private glass en suite.


The Reefsuites are the centrepiece 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 on 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 snorkelling.

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.


The full Reefsuite experience includes a return cruise out to the reef, all meals and beverages, a selection of marine activities and overnight accommodation.

The new Reefworld development is expected to attract an extra 60,000 annual visitors to the Whitsundays region annually.


Priced from $749 per person twin share, people can now register their interest in this once-in-a-lifetime experience at Bookings will open later this month.