Duration: 1 night side trip tour
Price from: £399pp
Great Barrier Reef 1 night
Day 1 Hamilton Island/Great Barrier Reef: Depart Hamilton Island Marina aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise through the Whitsunday Islands en route to Hardy Reef - keep an eye out for migrating humpback whales between July and September. Arrive mid-morning and the day is yours to spend exploring the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from the pontoon where a range of activities are available including an underwater viewing chamber, snorkelling and semi-submersible rides. Break for a buffet lunch before resuming your marine life spotting or simply laze on the sun deck. Optional activities also available at an additional expense include diving, snorkel safaris and scenic helicopter flights At around 3.30pm those visitors on the pontoon for the day depart which allows a maximum of 30 guests to stay behind and soak up the unique solitude and tranquillity of the reef. Pull up a chair and enjoy a cool drink whilst watching the sun sinking lower on the horizon over this World Heritage Listed site. Later, your delicious evening meal is served on deck and then you can head for the pontoon’s top level and slip into your cosy swag - it’s just you, the ocean and a galaxy of stars!
Day 2 Great Barrier Reef/Hamilton Island: Begin the day with a hearty breakfast and take the opportunity for a relaxing swim or snorkel amongst the beautiful corals before the day trippers arrive. Once again you have a choice of activities before the mid-afternoon catamaran whisks you back to Hamilton Island Marina where your tour concludes.
Departures: Daily (excluding Tuesday & Wednesday plus 25 & 31 Dec). Also available from Airlie Beach
Accommodation: Swags (tents) on pontoon deck. Communal showers and toilets on the pontoon.
Meals: Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch daily. Dinner is also included on day 1. Breakfast is also included on day 2.
Tour price: The price includes return transfers from Hamilton Island to Hardy Reef by catamaran, overnight on the pontoon in swags under the stars, unlimited snorkelling, semi-submersible rides, underwater viewing chamber, wetsuit hire and national park fees.
Note: Children 12 years and over are welcome.