Daydream Island – Australia’s very own fantasy destination, making your dream a reality.

Nestled amidst the pristine waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island stands as a shimmering gem in the heart of the Whitsundays. With its azure skies, palm-fringed beaches and vibrant marine life, this idyllic paradise offers a plethora of experiences for travellers seeking sun-soaked adventures and underwater wonders.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply in pursuit of relaxation, Daydream Island has something for everyone. Join us as we uncover the top 10 things to do on Daydream Island, ensuring your visit to this tropical haven is nothing short of unforgettable.

From snorkelling with mesmerising marine creatures to indulging in world-class dining, our guide will help you make the most of your island escape.

<strong>Guided Fish Feeding</strong>
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Guided Fish Feeding

For over 45 minutes, Daydream Island guests will be taken on a guided fish feeding tour using the islands Touch Tank. This hands-on experience allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of the Living Reef residents that include fish, baby reef sharks and starfish. This is the perfect activity for the entire family for $40 per person!

40 pp

<strong>Living Reef Guided Snorkel</strong>
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Living Reef Guided Snorkel

One of the latest additions to Daydream Island, join a marine biologist as they take you to the largest and deepest lagoon on the island. Touch and feel the many creatures that call these waters home, including rays, fish and invertebrates. For $130 per person, learn about the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef at Daydream Island

130 pp

<strong>Lovers Cove Kayak Tour</strong>
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Lovers Cove Kayak Tour

Located just north of Daydream Island, Lovers Cove provides the perfect atmosphere for guests partaking in Daydream Islands Paddle Board Tour. For just $25 per person for a 45 minute session, guests will learn the basics of paddle boarding and then join a guided tour around the beautiful cove. This provides the perfect opportunity to explore the natural wildlife and of course, the tantalising scenery.

25 pp

<strong>Whitehaven Beach Escape Heli Tour</strong>
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Whitehaven Beach Escape Heli Tour

Over two hours guests will be able to experience a helicopter tour of internationally recognised Whitehaven Beach. From $485 per person, guests will depart from Daydream Island helipad and flown directly to Whitehaven Beach. After experiencing the stunning, jaw dropping, aerial views, visitors of the Whitehaven Beach Helicopter Tour will be able to enjoy an hour and a half of the pristine location before returning to Daydream Island.

485 pp

<strong>Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour</strong>
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Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour

Prepare to be amazed with Daydream Island’s Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour! Over eight hours in total, guests will be able to partake in a range of interactive Great Barrier Reef adventures. Firstly, you are taken to the multi-purpose built reef pontoon where you’ll spend the day exploring the underwater world filled with vibrant colours. Here guests will find meticulous natural gardens of corals filled with fish and marine life. Throughout the day, morning tea, a buffet lunch, afternoon tea and coffee and tea is included.

299 pp

<strong>Ocean Rafting</strong>
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Ocean Rafting

This is definitely for the fast-paced, adrenaline fueled guest! Daydream Island guests will be able to partake in an intimate Ocean Rafting experience. Over five and a half hours, for $212 per adult and $138 per child, guests will be able to board inflatable boats that fast track directly to Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach. Here, guests will be able to explore the stunning vicinity by snorkelling the beautiful beaches, or, for those wanting to explore out of the water, walking tours are available. Each session only allows for 32 passengers for an intimate experience. Stinger suit hire and lunch are also included.

212 pp

<strong>Camira Full Day Sailing</strong>
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Camira Full Day Sailing

All aboard the Camira! Known as the fastest commercial sailing catamarans in the Whitsundays, guests of the Camira Full Day Sailing will be travelling of up to 30 knots to and around the Whitsundays. This magical experience is over eight hours for $229 per person. Definitely aimed at boating and sailing enthusiasts, this is the perfect experience of encapsulating the true feel of Whitsundays and Daydream Island. Tickets also include morning tea, a BBQ lunch, afternoon tea and all beverages.

229 pp

<strong>Jet Ski Island Adventure</strong>
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Jet Ski Island Adventure

Experience an adrenaline rush on the thrilling Jet Ski Island Adventure. Departing from Daydream Island, you’ll be swiftly gliding across the crystal-clear waters of this picturesque archipelago, taking you on a tour to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Molle Island group. Each destination gets you up-close-and-personal with incredible wildlife, including magnificent sea turtles. Whether you crave speed, exploration, or simply want to enjoy a fantastic views, you’re in control of this unforgettable experience!

250 pp

<strong>Reef Rangers</strong>
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Reef Rangers

Travel through the restricted areas of the island’s lagoons with their Reef Rangers experience. Guided by a marine biologist, you’ll be taken to its Touch Pond to assist in the public fish feeding show, as well as Stingray Splash and guided fish feeding. For only $100 per person, experience a new side of nature with Reef Rangers on Daydream Island.

100 pp

<strong>Chill and Grill</strong>
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Chill and Grill

After a full day of adventure and exploration, take a load off with the Chill and Grill Cruise. This day cruise is the perfect way to kick your legs up and just relax, enjoying delicious food, and the gorgeous sun. Along the way you’ll stop over at some of the island’s highlights, giving you to time to explore the wonders of Whitehaven Beach, as well as the beautiful Chance Bay. With plenty of drinks and snacks on board, come aboard Chill and Grill.

250 pp

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the Ngaro Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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This article was first published on April 05 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on October 10 2023.