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Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's on the Jetty

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

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Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Extra Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Reef Pontoon























About Fantasea.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Multi Award Winners.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising is a multi award winning marine tour and transport operator based in the Whitsundays. Fantasea is synonymous with the Whitsundays region, given that it has been operating for over 25 years, with guests returning year after year to travel with Fantasea to some of the Whitsunday's most visited icons, including the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and island resorts including Hamilton Island and Club Med Lindeman Island.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Air Conditioned Fleet.

Fantasea's commitment to providing a professional operation reflects through the friendly staff and quality of the vessels, pontoons and facilities. Based at Shute Harbour, the fleet consists of eight high speed, air conditioned passenger vessels, plus smaller vessels including semi-submersibles and passenger rails. The vessels are fitted out for day cruise and ferry operations, ensuring a smooth and comfortable passage.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Experienced Staff.

Many staff are bilingual and on board literature is printed in eight languages. In addition to carrying thousands of domestic and international holidaymakers every year, Fantasea Adventure Cruising also has extensive experience with tour groups, coach groups, social clubs, school groups, wedding parties, conferences and incentives. Specially tailored cruises can be designed to suit the needs of any group.














Jilly's on the Jetty.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Name.

Jilly's on the Jetty was named after the wife of David Hutchen the former owner of Fantasea Cruises. Founded in the early eighties by David with his yacht 'Banjo Patterson', the company transported passengers between 'Keith Williams' Hamilton Island Resort and Shute Harbour, and has expanded over the years to become one of the two major marine operators to service The Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsunday Islands.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Preparation.

The booking office at Jilly's is staffed by a friendly crew who will always endeavour to assist you with any information you require to make your day a wonderful experience. It is also a great last minute opportunity for visitors to purchase the most essential items needed for a day out on The Reef, such as sunglasses and sunscreen that may have been forgotten in the excitement of leaving your accommodation for the trip.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Souvenirs.

Not only a booking office, Jilly's on the Jetty is also a gift / souvenir shop that has a variety of items including T'Shirts, Towels, Ceramics, Postcards, Snorkelling equipment and lots of other goodies that you can purchase either for yourself or for friends. Your souvenir will always be a lasting treasure that will recount the day you came to Shute Harbour, boarded 'Fantasy Wonder', and had the 'Reef Experience' you will never forget.














The Day Begins.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Shute Harbour.

The Whitsundays has Australia 's second busiest passenger harbour and Fantasea Adventure Cruises has called Shute Harbour home for over a quarter of a century. Drivers travelling to The Reef can use the carpark at The Marina or the one at The Lookout, high above the Harbour where this photo was taken. There are steps leading directly from the carpark to Shute Harbour Road. Elderly visitors are advised to use the lower carpark for their convenience.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

All Aboard.

7-30am and early arrivals begin to filter onboard for their Reef Adventure. The weather forecast is excellent and the wind is light, so the trip out to The Reef will be as smooth as silk. Once onboard, travellers are greeted with free tea and coffee and a self serving of toast and jam or vegemite. Always a great start, particularly for those in serious holiday mode that waken with hardly time to dress, let alone partaking in breakfast.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Heading Out.

Punctually at 8-00 am the Fantasea Ferry reverses out of her berth, slowly turning to head out towards the Harbour entrance. On the way we pass the three islands of Tancred, Shute and Repair, before heading out into The Molle Channel and turning South towards our first point of call at Hamilton Island, arriving at 8-30am, where there are more eager guests waiting to join us on The Fantasea Reef Trip Adventure.














Passage South.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

South Molle and Long Island.

As passengers are settling down in their seats, and the smell of hot toast fills the air, on our port side we are passing South Molle Island. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can be found on some of the walking trails there. To starboard we are approaching South Head on Long Island. The island has four resorts and stretches nine kilometres Southward. Leaving The Molle Channel we now enter into The Whitsunday Passage.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Henning and Dent Island.

Twenty minutes into the journey and we are passing Henning Island. The island has a small bush style campsite on the Northside and is accessable by small boats in all tide conditions. Looming on our starboard side are the craggy features of Dent Island that is leased by the Hamilton Island owners who have constructed a first class golf course and clubhouse on the island. The ferry terminal is next to The Manta Ray Cafe on Hamilton Island.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Plum Pudding and Hamilton Island.

As we near Hamilton Island we pass Plum Pudding Island. The name is descriptive but the reef on the Southside is not as palatable as some erstwhile yacht skippers have found to their demise. Passage Peak is the major landmark on Hamilton Island, but slowly disappears as we approach the marina. The high rise apartment block, 'Yacht Harbour Towers' takes over the mantle of prominence as we slip into the Fantasea berth.














Hamilton Island.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Yacht Club.

Hamilton Island Race Week had an extra attraction in 2010 in the form of the new magnificent Yacht Club. Entering the harbour on Hamilton Island immediately on the port side it stands in magnificent spleandour. The aquamarine copper sails stand out against a blue sky and the exterior lines are all furnished in stainless steel and plate glass. The Australian architect Walter Barda has good reason to be proud of his achievement.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Front Street.

From our vantage point we can see the whole length of Front Street that skirts the marina from The Buggy Hire to The Bakery and beyond. The Post Office, Trader Pete's Newsagency, and The Ice Cream Parlour are just a few of the many shops on this busy thoroughfare. The photo taken from the ferry shows the splendid Manta Ray Cafe on the waterfront and alongside on the left you can see the new Dent Island Ferry Terminal.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Final Boarding.

Fellow passengers from Hamilton Island are now boarding the ferry that will depart the marina at 8-45am. On our port side we can see the yacht 'Banjo Patterson' preparing to leave with a full complement of holiday makers on a day trip to Whitehaven Beach. The very vessel which so many years ago was the inspiration for the Fantasea Adventure Cruising Company of today. Three blasts from the ferry's horn and we are away.














Whitsunday Island.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

On the Way.

Leaving Hamilton Island for The Great Barrier Reef we see Whitsunday Island on our starboard side. We will digress a moment to pass the Southern tip of the Island and take in another great Fantasea Adventure. On another day you can join us for this very special trip to one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Whitehaven Beach is an icon of The Whitsundays that no visitor can afford to miss. Seven kilometres of pure silica sand awaits your vist.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Two Island Cruise.

Shute Harbour is the departure point for this once in a lifetime excursion. First stop Hamilton Island for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping and then off to Whitehaven Beach for a BBQ lunch and a relaxing afternoon with Fantasea's free beach activities, or you can take a leisurely stroll and explore, swim in the crystal clear waters or simply lay back under the sun shelters and enjoy a good book!

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Au Revoir Whitehaven.

Whitehaven Beach is located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It's a protected area, so please ensure you take nothing away from the beach with you except photos and memories, and please make sure you don't leave any rubbish behind. Footprints only permissible. Please leave it as you found it - which is picture perfect! Now lets get back to reality and continue on our journey to The Great Barrier Reef.














Reef Information.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Expert.

Fantasea endeavour to not only offer you the experience of a lifetime with a tour to Reefworld, but also an educational experience so we can share our passion for the protection and management of the Reef with our guests. Our onboard marine biologist gives a reef appreciation talk, a comprehensive geographical and historical commentary of the journey and surrounding islands and there are multilingual on board information brochures.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Coral and Sea Creatures.

As we cruise at just over 30 knots towards our destination the informative talk has finished and our eyes are diverted to the views on either side of us. Both Hook and Whitsunday Islands are close as we head towards Hook Passage and the open sea. Whitsunday Cairn is a prominent feature at 386 metres above sea level on the Northern tip of Whitsunday Island as is Hook passage that disects the two islands just ahead.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

The old Hook Island Observatory.

As we approach the Hook Passage we slow down appreciably to observe the etiquette of reducing the vessels wash as Hook Island Resort comes into view on our port side. The old underwater observatory is no longer in operation as there are insufficient funds for the safety restoration work that needs to be done to bring the operation up to the standards required for continuation. Border Island and Dumbell Islet are to starboard as we enter the open sea.














Nearing Hardy Reef.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Triangle Reef.

The first signs of nearing our destination came when the skipper announced the appearance of Triangle Reef on our starboard side. Close to low tide it was just possible to spot a few high points on the reef sticking out of the water. Fantasea Reefworld is situated at Hardy Reef, approximately 40 nautical miles from the mainland and is the largest floating pontoon facility in Australia, with two pontoons measuring a total length of 86 metres.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Snorkel Preparation.

A member of the crew began to instruct those who had chosen to snorkel in the art of selecting and wearing the necessary equipment required for this activity. Several members of the crew were on different parts of the vessel providing their own personal comical interpretation of the instructions being issued, with the equipment that would be provided being given a most thorough workout, to the delight of their audience.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

The Reef Platform.

We arrived at Hardy Reef just before 11-00am and the expanse of reef showing above the water was quite significant. Reefworld can proudly boast that the Hardy Reef has the largest number of colourful reef fish of any Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef operator, including our Queensland Groper 'George', who measures 3 metres in length, and our playful Maori Wrasse 'Wally' - plus thousands of other marine residents and stunning corals.














Snorkel Fever.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Flippers and Things.

After stepping from the vessel onto the Reef Platform it is a question of priorities. Some choose to select a comfortable seat on the top deck and relax for a while to take in the scenery while others wish to begin activities straight from the word go. Flippers and snorkels were stretched, squashed and manipulated in an effort to conform to the varied shapes of potential wearers, until finally a compromise was met for the fray.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

The Suits.

Stinger suits in an array of startling pastel colours were displayed on the lower deck. Again it must be said that if I were a lone Irikanji having the audacity to trespass in the snorkelling exclusion zone, my first reaction to the colour fest would send me fleeing into deeper water beyond the reef. The splendidly coloured varieties of marine life would be entitled to a modicum of jealousy on meeting this gathering of humanity.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

The Participants.

Our Japanese visitors were almost the first to go, but momentarily paused to hold some confidence building chatter between themselves in an effort not to be seen to be leading the way. First in was an elderly gentleman in a striking pink number who had the sufficient fortitude to ignore the gazes of spectators on the upper deck. Seconds later the water was alive with colour and the thrashing of arms and legs.














On the Water.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Safety Patrol.

Watching all snorkelling activities is a full time occupation while our visitors are at the reef and this is done by experienced staff from an observation tower on the reef platform and also from the water with a crew member in a runabout. The waterslide is in operation after the lunchtime period and this activity is always supervised by members of The Fantasea Adventure Cruise crew to ensure the childrens' safety.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

The River.

Inside Hardy Reef on a channel referred to as "the river", Reefworld is the best way to see everything the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. It is a healthy platform reef which allows for sheltered and protected snorkelling and swimming conditions all year round. Snorkelling is the first step that may entice you into your first dive on the reef. Take the plunge with your first dive and you will want to do it again and again.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Go it Alone or Accompanied.

All guests are provided with snorkelling equipment to explore the easy to follow snorkelling trails. Equipment includes hygienically sealed mouthpieces, as well as free stinger suits and wet suits, which allow for protection, warmth and buoyancy. Other bouyancy aids are available to assist those that need that extra reassurance. Guided snorkelling tours are also available on request.














Viewing Platforms.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Top Deck.

The main viewing area for visitors visiting Hardy Reef is on the top deck of the reef platform itself. Wonderful 360 degree views enable you to see all of the above water activities. Watch the snorkellers swimming below, see the semi submersible taking visitors along the reef and observe the helicopter take off from the helipad a couple of hundred metres away. Low tide is even more interesting as you can follow the contours of the reef more clearly.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Underwater Viewing Chamber.

This viewing chamber is excellent for anyone wanting to watch a member of their family go swimming past on their first dive. It is also a great spot to take some shots of the fish that swim close to the Reef Pontoon. Older visitors who decline partaking in the more physical activities find this viewing chamber a popular venue to sit, and watch a constant stream of activity passing their vantage point.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Groper Viewing Station.

Always popular with the kids as they shout with excitement as another giant groper swims lazily by below. You may be lucky enough to see our Queensland Groper 'George', who measures 3 metres in length, and our playful Maori Wrasse 'Wally' as they swim majestically beneath the Reef Pontoon. A large graphic with a groper image and information on this particular reef dweller stands at the groper viewing station.














Prepare to Dive.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Introductory Dives.

Dave is one of Fantasea's experienced dive & snorkel team that will show you the magic below the surface. All Fantasea dive staff are fully qualified and as an accredited PADI facility, Reefworld offers both Certified and Introductory diving at a permanently moored adventure platform on the Great Barrier Reef. Certain medical conditions may preclude a guest from Scuba diving unless a current Diving Medical Certificate can be produced.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Last Minute Adjustments.

Having already been given a 20 minute lecture on board en route to Reefworld, Novices are fitted with their equipment in the dive area and then taken to the 'Moon Pool', a suspended dive cage in waist deep water located underneath Reefworld, for a practice session. The Moon Pool is an ideal safe area for introductory divers to practice before your instructor leads you down the rope trail to a depth of 8-10 metres where your adventure begins.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Certified Dives.

Entry is via the Moon Pool and divers are given the opportunity to dive to a maximum depth of 16 metres. This allows the experienced diver to explore an underwater world teeming with exotic marine life. Come face to face with a turtle; watch the busy anemone fish (Nemo) bury himself in the protective tentacles of the swaying anemone, lion fish, cuttlefish, morays, barracudas, unicorn fish and possibly sight a reef shark patrolling his territory.














The Underwater Submersible.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Pre Lunch on the Sub.

Everyone is on board and we are off on the last trip before lunch to see the wonders of the reef first hand. There are many visitors who are either elderly or physically unable to take the opportunity to snorkel or dive The Great Barrier Reef, so this is a safe and comfortable option for them. The submersible slowly traverses the length of this part of the reef in both directions so that everyone on board gets a real close up view.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

View For'ard.

Huddled up beneath the surface, cameras ready, we sit in anticipation of what we will see on our half hour visitation of a world that is far away from our natural habitat. We reach the coral wall and immediately we are transported to this magical underwater kingdom that lies over fourty nautical miles off the East Coast of Australia in The Coral Sea. Cameras begin to click as we make our way slowly forward.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

View Aft.

The first observations in evidence are the great variety of types and shapes of the coral formations that exist in such a small area. Many colourful fish that seem to stay close to certain corals and the shoals of fish that tend to just swim back and forth in an endless stream in front of our gallery of glass. Suddenly we are all captivated by a turtle swimming into view. A truly amazing experience that we will never forget.














Lunchtime.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Barbeque.

Fantasea has its own catering team who commence work at 2am daily to ensure that the food prepared for our cruises is as fresh as can be. Using local produce wherever possible, Fantasea's chefs pride themselves on delivering a selection of cuisine suitable for all palates. The daily selection includes BBQ meat, salad, breads, cakes, cheeses and unlimited tea and coffee. See the menu box below for a sample of the delicious menu.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

A Tasty Spread.

The first hour on the Great Barrier Reef brings us to twelve o'clock noon and Lunch is ready for the guests. All the activities are in progress and dining will continue through til two o'clock. We have not seen the Reef Submersible in action or the Aviation Helicopter so we will continue to explore after we have taken our fill of all the culinary delights on offer. Such a beautiful day and so thankful our vessel is fully air-conditioned.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Sated and Ready to Go.

Fantasea Adventure Cruises provide a splendid lunch for their guests. Some decide to retire and digest their meal for a while on the top deck of the Reef Platform, while others are keen to immediately join in the activities that continue non stop for the duration of our visit. We stayed on board for a while just browsing through the photographs that we had taken on board the semi submersible before our lunchtime interval.














Submersible Views.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Our Turtle.

Swimming lazily by the side of the submersible with not a care in the world was our first marine turtle. To make it more enjoyable you really need take the trip twice. Once with the camera clicking and the next time to relax and just enjoy the view. I'm sure I missed lots by concentrating too much on the view finder. There will most certainly be a next time as this trip with Fantasea Adventure Cruises has got me hooked.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Coral Formations.

An amazing array of diversity in coral formations is displayed during the trip and we have been informed by some of the divers that colours are much better seen when diving. For those of us unfortunates that are unable to dive, it is still a wonderful experience being up close and personal with the marine life that abound at Hardy Reef. We can relate to friends of the day we dived the reef, albeit by the Fantasea submersible.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

The Lone Blue Fish.

Every trip is different but you would always expect to see a plethora of soft and hard corals and hundreds of species of marine life - Sergeant Majors, Tusk Fish, Surgeon Fish and Fusiliers, Angel Fish, Pincushion Starfish, Feather Stars and an incredible range of Nudibranches and Flatworms. Our resident Maori Wrasse will demand your undivided attention and our giant Queensland Groper may even make an appearance. If you ask nicely!














Helicopter Flights.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Over the Platform.

On to the utility transport vessel and out to the Helipad a couple of hundred yards away takes a matter of minutes. The fear of flying disappears completely, as within seconds we are climbing high above the Reef Platform to encounter the most breath taking views we have ever seen. The area of Hardy Reef looks massive compared with the perception of size we see from the Fantasea Reef Platform.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Heart Reef.

A short flight brings us to one of the most famous landmarks on The Great Barrier Reef. Always a favourite with honeymooners, Heart Reef as the name indicates is a coral bommie within the boundary of Hardy Reef that looks just like the shape of a heart. This coral formation is probably one of the most photographed on Queenslands' Great Barrier Reef, since it's discovery by air as late as 1975.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Magnificent Views.

The views from above are every bit as good as the underwater excursion we took about an hour previously in the submersible. All good things come to an end and so did this unforgetable trip that will remain in our memories forever. We enjoyed the commentary throughout our flight and commend the experience to anyone who is lucky enough to join Fantasea on one of their trips to The Great Barrier Reef.














Extra Fantasea Services.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

The Harmony Hut.

Enjoy the ultimate indulgence - a massage on the Great Barrier Reef. Located on the Sun Deck of Reefworld, the Harmony Hut is the perfect place to refresh your body. While trained, therapeutic hands melt the tension away, the gentle breeze and sound of the ocean will renew your senses. The masseuse continues the service aboard the Fantasea vessel on the journey back home for those who require the need.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

The Reef Boutique.

On the lower deck of the Reef Pontoon the Reef Boutique, just like Jilly's on the Jetty at Shute Harbour, is open for the sale of Souvenirs and gifts during your stay ,and the parents will be treading the path to this outlet on a regular basis for the popcorn and icecream that are also purchased here. Fantasea have catered for everything that your kids' hearts desire on this trip.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Club Seahorse.

The first floating child care service available on the Great Barrier Reef. Club Seahorse ensures your kids (from 6 months to 15 yrs, pending availability) have a great time - while you have a great time! Face painting, activity books, board games and movies make the kids' visit a fun filled day to remember. Club Seahorse is included in your day cruise to Reefworld free of charge! We care for your kids for up to 30 minutes at a time.














The Award Winner.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Reefsleep Experience.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising offers the opportunity of an unforgettable overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef with the exclusive Reefsleep Experience. Guests from all corners of the world have taken the once in a lifetime opportunity of enjoying the unique solitude, intimacy and tranquillity of the Great Barrier Reef over two days and one night. The only permanent structure marine accommodation available like this in Australia.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Viewing After Dark.

From the underwater viewing chamber (after dark is when the reef really comes alive) to the scenic viewing deck, guests are able to experience the peace and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with only themselves and their personal Reefsleep host. All other day visitors to the Reefworld pontoon depart at 2.30pm and return at 10.30am the following day, so the time in between is exclusive to Reefsleep guests to savour in peace and tranquility.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

The Facilities.

Established in 1996, Reefsleep was upgraded in 2005 and refurbished again in June 2008. A Reefsleep stay includes overnight accommodation, alfresco dinner including wine, full breakfast, buffet lunches, sunset beverages (beer, wine and champagne), two scuba dives or guided snorkelling safari, and use of Reefworld facilities including the underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible, waterslide as well as optional extras such as heli-scenics and massage.














Last minute Photos.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Liz and the Last Sub Trip.

With less than ten minutes left on the Reef Platform we watch as the semi submersible completes the last of several trips back and forth along the face of the Reef at the end of our stay. Our time at the Reef was too short and we have promised ourselves the luxury of a Fantasea Reefsleep in the very near future. The horn has just sounded and the last of the snorkellers are leaving the water to return to the Fantasea vessel for our trip home.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

Paddy our Skipper.

Always in the shade so he says. Paddy relaxes for a few short moments after another busy day at Hardy Reef. He is the skipper of our Fantasea vessel. He also ferried the folks over to the helipad and back during the day, but we also found him serving behind the bar and conducting other chores with the rest of the crew. Leaders at Fantasea Adventure Cruising do so by example and consequently. the guests are well rewarded.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Reef Crew Farewell.

Everyone is onboard, and as we slip away from the pontoon we wave our farewells to the Reef crew and the lucky recipients of the Fantasea Reef Sleep. The Fantasea Photographers have been busy all day and the guests are milling around to check out the photographs that they wish to purchase. On our journey back we will digress to another great trip that Fantasea has just recently included onto it's busy schedule.














A True Whitsunday Paradise.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Bali Hai Island.

On our journey back we will digress again. Just beyond Hook Island on our starboard side we visit anothe Fantasea gem. Get away from the crowds to the isolated northern island group - destination Bali Hai. This small uninhabited island has stunning beaches, amazing coral formations and an abundance of tropical fish and marine life...this truly is paradise. Departures twice daily from Hamilton Island.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

The Naiad Jet Boat.

Your tour to Bali Hai starts and finishes with an exciting jet boat ride to Bali Hai on board Fantasea 'Cruisin', a luxury Naiad jet boat. No expense has been spared in making 'Cruisin' the most superior boat of its type in the region. Relax on leather seats with a customised layout designed for panoramic views, fresh air, comfort and viewing pleasure. We specialise in small groups and carry a maximum of 32 passengers for a personalised, fun experience.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Yellow Sub.

On arrival at Bali Hai, an amazing underwater experience awaits you in the air conditioned comfort of the famous Yellow Sub! The Yellow Sub is a custom built semi-submersible with large viewing windows angled at 45 degrees. This unique experience is designed to take you into the spectacular marine world below the surface. See the multitude of colourful tropical fish and coral without getting your feet wet!














Homeward Bound.

Book Cover

Contents

About Fantasea

Jilly's

The Day Begins

The Passage South

Hamilton Island

Whitsunday Island

Hamilton Island Guests Depart.

Thirty five minutes after passing through Hook Passage we are docking at Hamilton Island on the penultimate lap of our journey. Time to say goodbye to new made friends until the next time we meet. It's 4-40 pm and we will soon be leaving for our final destination at Shute Harbour. Island commuters are boarding the ferry Fantasea Dreamer in the adjacent marina berth as they will be leaving for Shute Harbour just ahead of us.

Reef Information

Nearing Hardy Reef

Snorkel Fever

On the Water

Viewing Platforms

Prepare to Dive

The Submersible

Lunchtime

The Setting Sun.

As we exit Hamilton Island Marina and head north we see a large black cloud ahead of us and the setting sun's rays are shafting down to the ocean from the gloom. Dent and Plum Pudding Islands are now behind us and we are closing in on the northerly point of Long Island. We have about fifteen minutes travel time before we disembark. Last minute scurrying to gather up belongings and we are all ready to leave.

Submersible Views

Helicopter Flights

Fantasea Services

The Award Winner

Last Minute Photos

Whitsunday Paradise

Homeward Bound

Fantasea Pontoon

Shute Harbour in Darkness.

The crew line the gangway on both sides and bid a fond farewell to the guests as they trudge wearily up to either the car park, public transport or their accommodation transport that has been provided. We ring home to ask our daughter to pick us up and sit outside Jilly's on the jetty to await her arrival. The sun has disappeared and as we drive home we stop on the way at the Shute Harbour lookout to take a final picture of the harbour lights.














Fantasea Reef Pontoon.

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