Travel aboard the large, high-speed, air-conditioned catamaran to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef for a day of unsurpassed adventure. Reefworld, located at Hardy Reef, is your base for exploring this natural wonder...
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Travel aboard the large, high-speed, air-conditioned catamaran to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef for a day of unsurpassed adventure. Reefworld, located at Hardy Reef, is your base for exploring this natural wonder. Hardy Reef is one of the most beautiful & prolific of nature’s coral gardens, confirmed by the vibrant coral and abundance of marine life experienced whilst snorkelling or diving. So many colours and thousands of fish!
Tour the reef without getting wet aboard the large spacious semi-submersibles and learn from informative commentary delivered by experienced Reef Interpreters. Reefworld’s facilities also include a large, seated underwater viewing chamber (where soft nautical music carries you away to a state of pure underwater bliss!); a safe and secure diving area; a large sundeck with boundless views of the surrounding reef systems; a tailor-made viewing area on deck to see the massive Queensland Groper living beneath the platform; change rooms; fresh water showers; children’s swimming enclosures and extensive shaded areas.
ReefWorld gives you the Reef the way you want it! Take a tour aboard one of the semi-submarines; or simply sit back in the underwater viewing chamber - it couldn't be more relaxed. Or if you're more adventurous, the E-Sea Dive & Snorkel team can show you the magic in the calm waters. Certified and Introductory dives and a range of levels of snorkeling tour are available.
The Operator is the market leader when it comes to providing the ultimate adventure cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. With four full hours at Reefworld, you can do as much or as little as you like!
Travel in style aboard the large, high speed, air-conditioned catamaran bound for Reefworld at stunning Hardy Reef - your base for exploring this natural wonder. Hardy Reef is a healthy platform reef which allows for sheltered & protected snorkelling and swimming conditions year round. The location and strategic positioning of Reefworld at Hardy Reef means that you will spend less time on the vessel and more time exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
Reefworld gives you the Reef the way you want it! Once your there, take a tour aboard one of the semi-submarines; or simply sit back in the underwater viewing chamber - it couldn't be more relaxed. Or if you're more adventurous, the E-Sea Dive & Snorkel team can show you the magic in the calm waters. Certified and Introductory dives and a range of levels of snorkelling tours are available.
Reefworld can proudly boast the largest number of colourful reef fish of any Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef operator. Fish species include the Queensland Groper 'George' who measure 3 metres in length, and playful Maori Wrasse 'Wally' - plus thousands of other marine residents!
Club Seahorse is the Operator’s free children’s club that will offer extra entertainment for youthful patrons! Including child care (so Mum & Dad can enjoy some in-water time together!), face-painting, activity booklets, competitions, board games, storytelling and children’s movies – Club Seahorse can be booked in 30 minute blocks, making Reefworld the perfect choice for anyone traveling with children! Club Seahorse is the first floating child care service available on the Great Barrier Reef. Club Seahorse ensures your kids (from 6 months to 15 yrs, pending availability) have a great time - while you have a great time! Face painting; activity books; board games and movies make the kids' visit a fun filled day to remember.
Supervised by experienced staff - you're free to relax and enjoy the facilities... guilt free! And freedom was never this cheap - youngsters (aged 5 to 15) travelling to the reef with a full-fare adult spend the day at Club Seahorse for only $90 each. The Operator cares for kids in periods of 30 minutes.
• Short journey time to Great Barrier Reef
• 4 hours at the Outer Barrier Reef
• Free use of Club Seahorse for child care
• Semi-submersible coral viewing
• Unlimited use of 50 seat underwater viewing chamber
• All snorkelling equipment, including individually sealed snorkel mouthpiece and stinger suits
• Reef appreciation talk by Reef Interpreter
• Delicious buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea/coffee
• Return coach transfers between Shute Harbour and mainland accommodation
• Scuba Diving – for both first time and certified divers (subject to medical)
• Guided snorkel tours with Reef Interpreters
• Helicopter Scenic Flights over world-famous Heart Reef
• Video or DVD of daily activity
• Photographs of daily activity
• Healthy breakfast on board on the way to the Reef. Access to ‘Fantasea at the Reef’ for all souvenir shopping
* Times may vary due to tidal conditions and weather.
Airlie Beach, Blue Pearl Bay, Border Island, Butterfly Bay, Cataran Bay, Chance Bay, Cid Harbour, Daydream Island, Great Barrier Reef , Hamilton Island, Langford Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, Nara, Shaw Island, Shute Harbour, South Molle Island, Stonehaven, Tongue Bay, Turtle Bay, Whitehaven Beach,
|Vessel: Fantasea||Type: Motor|
|Crew: Supplied||Hull type: Catamaran|
|All meals included||All onboard entertainment included|
|Day Spa available||Salon treatments available|
|Snorkelling available||Use of gymnasium equipment|
The Operator is a part of the leading Australian marine transport group Riverside Marine. Founded in 1926, Riverside is a Brisbane based company owned by the Campbell family.
The Operator also manages research vessels and monitors the marine park for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
Emily Smart is the marine research and as the marine research co-coordinator she gets to fulfil her passion of working closely with marine life and she researches and monitors Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, coral bleaching, reef health, and species diversity. Emily also enjoys taking people on guided snorkel tours as a reef interpreter, giving marine biology presentations and giving educated talks on semi-submersible rides. Emily is fully qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Biology & Geography) degree, including Honours (Marine Ecology) from Wollongong University, as well as a postgraduate Certificate of Science (Marine Biology and Ecotourism/Wildlife Tourism Management) from James Cook University. Emily has a love for the marine world, particularly coral reefs.
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HOT DISHES FROM THE BBQ
Stir Fried Vegetables
Shredded Tasty Cheese
Garden Tossed Salad
BREADS AND CONDIMENTS
Crusty White and Wholegrain Rolls
Assortment of Condiments
Tropical Fruit Platter
Tea and Coffee
Fantasea Cruises has its very own catering team who commence work at 2am each day to ensure that the food prepared for our cruises is as fresh as can be. Using local produce wherever possible, Fantasea's chefs pride themselves on delivering you a wide selection of cuisine suitable for all palates. Variety is paramount an the daily selection includes seafood, carved meats, salads, breads, pastries, cakes, cheeses, fruits and unlimited tea and coffee all day. Vegetarian meals are available on request at your time of booking. Please see below for a sample menu:
* Apple, Peach Danish with Fresh Cream
* Bottomless Tea and Coffee Assorted Sweet Biscuits
COLD MEATS SELECTION
* Roast Beef
* Champagne Ham
* Corned Silverside
* Tandori Chicken Legs
* Delux Prawns
* Green Lip Mussels
* Lamb Casserole
* Curried Vegetable
* Fish Mornay
* Tomato Cucumber
* Basel Pesto Penne Pasta
* Wombok Crispy Noodle
* Sweet Corn and Seeded Mustard
* Greek Style Toss, Country Potato
* Crusty White & Brown Rolls
* Assorted Condiments
* Sultana Cake
* Tropical Fruit Platters
* Cheese & Waterthins
• Whale watching
• Scuba diving
• Reef appreciation talk
• Coral viewing
The experienced E-Sea Dive & Snorkel team at The Operator can show you the magic below the surface. As an accredited PADI facility, Reefworld offers both Certified and Introductory diving at a permanently moored adventure platform on the Great Barrier Reef.
Discover the marine life
Expect to see a plethora of soft and hard corals and hundreds of species of marine life - Sergeant Majors, Tusk Fish, Surgeon Fish and Fusiliers, Angel Fish, Pincushion Starfish, Feather Stars and an incredible range of Nudibranches and Flatworms. Resident Maori Wrasse will demand your undivided attention and the giant Queensland Groper may even make an appearance, if you ask nicely!
All dives are conducted along a 70 metre reef wall and include equipment and a guiding instructor. The equipment is maintained to the highest standards; assembled and ready for use when you are.
See how incredible SCUBA diving really is! After a 20 minute lecture on board en route to Reefworld, you'll be fitted with your equipment in the dive area and then taken to the 'Moon Pool' for a practice session.
Once you're ready, the friendly dive instructors will gently guide you down the rope trail to a depth of 8-10 metres. A series of rope trails along the reef are used for reference points and security for the less confident and inexperienced divers.
For 30 minutes you'll have time to enjoy the beauty of the reef from right up close. Small groups of 4 divers per instructor mean the Operator offers a high level of supervision. You may even spot a turtle or eagle ray gliding by...
Do you want to jump in the deep end?
Try the 'Moon Pool'
A suspended dive cage in waist deep water, located underneath Reefworld, The Moon Pool is an ideal safe area for introductory or more advanced divers to practice before venturing out in to deeper waters.
Entry is via the Moon Pool and divers are given the opportunity to dive to a maximum depth of 16 metres. This allows the experienced diver to explore an underwater world teeming with exotic marine life. Come face to face with a turtle; watch the busy anemone fish (Nemo) bury himself in the protective tentacles of the swaying anemone, lion fish, cuttlefish, morays, barracudas, unicorn fish and possibly sight a reef shark patrolling his territory. You will also see a large array of multi hued soft and hard corals. In fact there is so much to see, it will have you back in the water for a second dive!
The Operator offers great diving and great value - your one-off fee covers diving, air-conditioned transport to the Reef past some of the 74 islands of the Whitsundays - lunch, morning and afternoon tea and the chance to dive on the Great Barrier Reef!
Guided Snorkel Tour
A reef as lively and colourful as the Great Barrier Reef is a fantastic place to snorkel. To truly appreciate the marine ecology of the reef, Reefworld offers guided snorkeling tours with an experienced reef interpreter. first timers the E-sea Dive and Snorkel team will introduce you to the wonders of the world's most diverse ecosystem with a guided snorkeling tour. In groups with a maximum of six people, the Reef Interpreters will guide you through the underwater wonderland with a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
Experienced snorkellers can get up close to the reef and its inhabitants. The guides will show you the wonders of the Reef - touch and see these creatures up close, with minimum impact to the environment.
The Operator has a full selection of snorkeling gear - including wetsuits (for extra buoyancy), high-quality silicone masks, snorkel and a life buoy.
The safari guide will make sure everyone is fitted properly with their gear and will teach first timers how to snorkel.
Guided snorkel tours can only be purchased once on board the Great Barrier Reef vessel and once you book, the experienced E-sea Dive & Snorkel team can organise a tour to suit your requirements.
Experience the thrill of coming face to face with majestic humpback whales on their annual migration to the warm Whitsunday waters. Every year, from June to September, these gentle giants visit the area to raise their new-born calves in the sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
In previous years the Operator has conducted dedicated Whale Watching cruises, but with the early arrival of the whales this year along with increased numbers, guests travelling on a daily scheduled cruises to Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef are being treated to breaching, spy hopping and fluke-up diving. The crews have been instructed to alter course on the Reefworld cruise so that passengers can get better views of these fascinating mammals. Please check the Reefworld cruise details on this website for more information.
"Visitors come from all over the world to see humpback whales in the Whitsundays and describe this sight of whales at play as a life-changing experience. There is no feeling on earth that compares to that of sharing the sea with these fascinating marine mammals."
Australian owned and based in the Whitsundays, the Operator is the largest day cruise operator in the region. The Operator is an advanced eco-certified operator offering a genuine eco-tourism experience. Each year, The Operator allocates over $100,000 for monitoring and management of its own activities on the Reef manages research vessels and monitors the marine park for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
The Operator is a part of the leading Australian marine transport group, Riverside Marine. Founded in 1926, Riverside Marine is a Brisbane based company owned by the Campbell family.
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