Heart Reef in Whitsundays Now Open For Boutique Snorkelling Experience
When talking about the heart of Australia we would typically refer to the red centre–you know, the Aussie Outback located smack bang in the middle. But, if you’re chatting with your adventure buddy that spends a little too much time on Instagram they might mistake it for Heart Reef. A natural phenomenon among the Whitsunday islands where a coral reef has formed the shape of a heart. Previously you could only visit via seaplane or helicopter and fly over the natural wonder, but now make room for one more spot on your travel bucket list as you can now get closer than ever.
Hamilton Island Air promises a helicopter transfer from Qualia Resort to a private pontoon moored on a turquoise lagoon just adjacent to the main attraction. Board a glass-bottom boat for a cruise around the heart or opt for the snorkel and flippers to explore the surrounding reef systems underwater. While sipping away on sparkling wine you’ll have exclusive access to the luxuries on board the brand new pontoon before taking the scenic flight back to Hamilton Island.
We all know the importance of protecting our marine habitats and especially the Great Barrier Reef. You will find comfort knowing that Heart Reef is protected and you can’t actually snorkel right up to the heart itself.
Brad Graves from Hamilton Island Air has also implemented some key initiatives to reduce the impact on the ecosystem: Only six guests can be in the Heart Reef region at any one time, the helipad/pontoon is moored to sand, renewable energy powers the amenities on board and the facilities don’t carry waste.
At $1100 p/person for the average Aussie, this is a once in a lifetime experience. If you’ve been searching for a boutique experience with a special someone this could be your answer.