The Great Barrier Reef is a destination on many travel fans’ bucket lists – and now, there’s an even more exciting way to see it.
You can now experience one the World Heritage Site in an underwater hotel.
Cruise Whitsunday’s runs the “Reef Suites”, which is “Australia’s first underwater accommodation that has a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.”
You probably wont sleep a wink because of all the stunning marine life whizzing past your window.
Turtles, groupers, stingray, clams and clownfish are among the creatures you can see from the pods.
You can book out one of the exclusive reef suites for the day or join day trippers who pop in to marvel at the underwater realm.
Cruise Whitsunday’s website says: “Moored offshore at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach, Reefworld is the setting for your spectacular overnight Reefsuite experience.
“Relaunching in 2019, the revamped pontoon hosts day trippers, on-deck Reefsleep guests and a lucky few who’ll head below deck for a private, all-inclusive Reefsuite experience.”
As well as getting time to spend on board the underwater hotel, you can also enjoy experiences in the water.
Snorkelling, diving and swimming are among the activities guests can splash out on.
Cruise Whitsunday’s says: "Begin your journey with a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to Hardy Reef onboard our high-speed vessel, arriving at the reef around 11am.
"After lunch, guests can snorkel, dive, swim or take a scenic helicopter flight to see famous Heart Reef (additional cost).
"Day visitors depart mid-afternoon and then overnight guests have Hardy Reef and Reefworld all to themselves.
"Watch a stunning sunset with a drink in hand before enjoying a starlit long-table dinner on the pontoon’s upper deck.
"After dinner, Reefsuite guests can retreat to the privacy of their undersea accommodation. Sit back, relax and watch as the reef comes to life through the floor to ceiling windows."
The website adds: "Reefsuites give a whole new meaning to ‘a room with a view’ and you’ll awake to see the marine life going about another day on the world-heritage listed reef they call home.
"Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and an exclusive morning on the reef before heading home in the afternoon with memories that will stay with you forever."
So how much do Reefsuites cost?
You can expect to pay $899 AUD (£501) per person when staying in a Reefsuite Double or Twin Room for the night.
Alternatively, you can book in as a singleton for $1299 AUD (around £724) per night.
So will you be adding the underwater hotel to your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.
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