With a resort that rivals even the most alluring in the Maldives, Hamilton Island, in The Whitsundays, Australia, is a piece of paradise. The resort boasts plenty of activities—jet-skiing, snorkelling, fishing, and just relaxing in one of the most picturesque locations on the planet.
If that isn’t enough of a reason to visit, then the Hamilton Island Ultra-Elite Reef Experience will be the final temptation to get you there.
The reef experience starts with a 30-minute helicopter ride that takes you on a tour of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. Then it’s off to the Great Barrier Reef where you land on the helipad roof of a pontoon moored in the sand. The pontoon is environmentally friendly, and is powered by wind and solar energy. Inside the pontoon there is plenty of luxury and comfort, but don’t plan on staying there long as you only have 90 minutes to explore the lagoon.
During that exploration, you’ll take a tour on a glass-bottom boat to see Heart Reef. You can then explore the rest of the lagoon in the boat or snorkel in the turquoise waters. Or, if you prefer, you can swim in the shallow undercover pool inside the pontoon. The return trip includes a 60-minute scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island, Hook Island passage and Heart Reef.
The pontoon and tour come after an investment of over $2 million and a decade of development. The pontoon can accommodate up to six individuals at a time, so you’ll be able to share this experience with some of your closest friends. A three-hour visit, including light catering and beverages, to this iconic destination costs AUD$999—a small price to pay for an exclusive, and unforgettable experience.