Great Barrier Reef Tours
Cruise Whitsundays Reefworld. On the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef sits magnificent Hardy Reef Lagoon, and within it sits Reefworld, a state-of-the-art pontoon around which you can snorkel and dive along easy coral trails. There's a large underwater viewing chamber, a spacious sun deck, change rooms and fresh-water showers, a kid-friendly snorkeling area, and a child-minding service. There's even a massage hut and accommodation for Reefsleep guests. There are many ways to explore the underwater environs: take a semisubmersible coral-viewing tour, guided snorkel safari (A$45), or an introductory (A$119) or certified dive (A$99) with gear included. A scenic heli-flight over famed Heart Reef starts from A$135 per person. Depart Hamilton Island Airport and Airport Jetty, Palm Valley Way, Hamilton Island, QLD, 4802. 07/4946–4662 Cruise Whitsundays; 07/4969–9599 Hamilton Island Air. www.cruisewhitsundays.com or www.helireef.com.au. A$225 Cruise Whitsundays Reefworld day-trip; A$399 HI Air/Cruise Whitsundays fly-cruise.