Australia's first underwater hotel opens, with views of the Great Barrier Reef

The country's first submerged accommodation is moored offshore at Hardy Reef, in the Whitsunday Islands

epa05346453 A handout picture made available by NASA on 05 June 2016 shows an image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using powerful lens to photograph three reefs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, seen from space, 15 October 2015. The photo area spans about 15km of the 2,300km reef system. Reefs are easy to spot from space as the iridescent blues of shallow lagoons contrast sharply with the dark blues of deep water. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on Earth, with more than 3,000 separate reefs and coral cays. It is also one of the most complex natural ecosystems, with 600 types of corals and thousands of animal species from tiny planktons to whales.  EPA/NASA  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY *** Local Caption *** 52804080
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It may not be a first-time experience for those used to visiting the Maldives or staying in the submerged suites at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm, but Australia is now home to its first underwater hotel rooms.

The key difference, however, is that these ones offer views of the Unesco-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Australia’s first underwater accommodation is moored offshore at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands. The two Reefsuites are part of the newly revamped Reefworld pontoon, a destination for daytrippers wanting to explore the area.

With the option to now stay the night, visitors can experience the reef from a whole new perspective.

Visitors begin their all-inclusive stay with a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands, aboard a high-speed boat. After lunch at Reefworld, they can snorkel, dive and swim – or, at an extra cost, take a helicopter ride to the nearby Heart Reef.

Sunset drinks on the pontoon are followed by a starlit dinner, and then guests can retreat to their undersea rooms to watch the reef from their floor-to-ceiling windows. The water directly outside the Reefsuites is lit up at night to enable guests to better enjoy the views.

There are two underwater rooms available – with king double or twin single options, and prices for a night start at AU$799 (Dh1,988). Rooms include basic amenities and guests must be at least 10 years old.


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