Fancy sleeping with the fishes? Well now you can, when a lavish $10 million hotel floating above the Great Barrier Reef opens its doors – and reef suites – this weekend.

The two two-person-occupancy reef suites at Hardy Reef sit around 4m below the surface, and the three-inch-thick glass, floor-to-ceiling viewing windows allow the occupants an uninterrupted view of the surrounding reef and its inhabitants.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hosts underwater hotels reef suites

Tourism Minister Kate Jones described the hotel and reefsuites as a ‘game changer for the local tourism industry’ and said: “This will be one of the most-iconic tourism experiences in Australia.”

The project – the brainchild of Cruise Whitsunday and the Queensland Government – began in 2017 when the floating pontoon was rebuilt after being damaged by Cyclone Debbie.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hosts underwater hotels reef suites

Luke Walker, from Journey Beyond (parent company of Cruise Whitsunday) explained: “Today is a landmark moment for Australia. We are extremely privileged to have access to such a truly breath-taking and remote part of the country, and to provide both local and international guests the chance to gain a deeper appreciation of our wonderful Great Barrier Reef.”

If you want to stay at Hardy Reef, you will be looking at $799 per person, and that includes transfers (from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach), water activities, meals and drinks. For more information or to make a reservation, check out their webpage.

Photo credit: Journey Beyond

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