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Daydream Island Living Reef
Daydream Island Living Reef

Daydream Island Living Reef

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Daydream Island Resort and Spa, The Whitsundays, Queensland

The basics

The free-form constructed reef system wraps around the Daydream Island Resort and Spa and holds almost 400,000 gallons (more than 1.5 million liters) of water. The Living Reef serves as a great educational tool, giving visitors hands-on experience dealing with coral and the organisms that live within it. Guided snorkeling tours with marine biologists are offered at the resort, plus some island hopping tours stop at Daydream Island, so you don’t have to be a guest in order to experience the reef. Plus, nighttime viewings are available, where you can see the underwater world glow for an insightful nocturnal experience.

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Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island Cruise
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Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island Cruise
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$160.70 per adult
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We absolutely loved the day. Despite the weather we were still able to swim and enjoy the day. Staff were amazing and very helpful. I would highly recommend to everyone.
Jennifer_C, Feb 2021

Things to know before you go

  • Easily spot fish and coral from the viewing windows that face the resort’s central atrium; there’s also an education center for kids with a touch pool and display tanks.
  • Kids must be 10 or older to snorkel.
  • Travelers warn about the sharp coral on Daydream Island’s beach, so don’t forget to wear appropriate footwear.
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How to get there

Daydream Island is accessible via chartered boat or the ferry system that also connects Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. There are direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne to the Hamilton Island Airport. From there, take a boat transfer to Daydream Island. Alternatively, fly into Proserpine Airport, 25-miles (40-kilometers) from the Port of Airlie, where you can hop aboard a boat transfer. The reef is found at the entrance to the resort.

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When to get there

Between October and May, Irukandji and box jellyfish are abundant in the area and may pop up in the reef; protective “stinger suits” are available. Overall, September (early spring) is considered the best time to visit the Whitsundays Islands. This is when you’ll get to enjoy the most sunny days and little-to-no rain.

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Whitehaven Beach

Guided island-hopping tours often combine a visit to Daydream Island with a stop at Whitehaven Beach, which is located along the coast of Whitsunday Island. Like most of the Whitsunday Islands, this beach is a postcard-worthy spot for snorkeling and swimming. Full-day tours to Whitehaven are also offered, allowing you to spend even more time on the sand.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Daydream Island Living Reef?
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Attractions near Daydream Island Living Reef:
Q:
What else should I know about attractions in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island?
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As well as visiting the Daydream Island Living Reef, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: