Discover Hastings Reef: An Underwater Paradise in the Great Barrier Reef

Welcome to Hastings Reef, an enchanting destination within the Great Barrier Reef, just 30 nautical miles from Cairns, Queensland.  Hastings Reef is a gem of the Outer Edge Reef. Its history spans over 15,000 years, marking the edge of the Australian coast. The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, began its journey here.

Hastings Reef is a vibrant hub of marine activity, teeming with beautiful corals and tropical sea creatures.  Covering 10 square kilometres of ocean, Hastings Reef is a captivating underwater world. It’s brimming with diverse corals, from fiery to plate, pillar, and brain varieties.  Additionally, enchanting coral gardens and intricate cave systems await exploration.

Snorkeling is a favourite pastime at Hastings Reef. Visitors can dive into the sapphire waters and admire the vibrant wildlife below the surface.

Divers and snorkelers flock to Hastings Reef to explore its crystal-clear waters and encounter its rich marine life. From majestic sea turtles and giant clams to schools of tropical fish and playful clownfish, the reef is a haven for underwater enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels.

Snorkelers can glide effortlessly through the water with flippers and goggles, encountering vibrant fish species and stunning coral formations.

Scuba diving Hastings Reef

scuba divers explore Hastings Reef








Experience the thrill of scuba diving at Hastings Reef, an underwater paradise nestled within the Great Barrier Reef. With its crystal clear waters, vibrant coral formations, and diverse marine life, Hastings Reef offers an unforgettable diving experience for enthusiasts of all levels.

Hastings Reef swim throughs








Hastings Reef promises an adventure, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner. Dive beneath the surface and discover a world teeming with colourful fish, majestic sea turtles, and intricate coral gardens. Explore underwater caves, swim-throughs, and canyons as you navigate the reef’s varied topography.

For those who prefer to stay dry, a glass-bottom boat tour provides an alternative way to experience the wonders of Hastings Reef. With a clear bottom allowing for uninterrupted views of the underwater world, passengers can sit back and relax as they glide across the surface, spotting reef sharks, colourful fish, and other marine treasures below.

Whether snorkelling, scuba diving, or enjoying a glass-bottom boat tour, Hastings Reef promises an unforgettable experience for all who visit. So come and discover the magic of this underwater paradise, where every dive reveals a new world of wonder and excitement!

Reef Restoration of Hastings Reef.

Hastings Reef, Reef Restoration







We’re excited to announce our partnership with Reef Restoration, an organisation dedicated to restoring and preserving the Great Barrier Reef.

At Reef Experience and Reef Encounter, we share a passion for protecting this iconic marine ecosystem, and we are excited to collaborate with Reef Restoration to further our conservation efforts.

About Reef Restoration

Reef Restoration is a pioneering organisation that focuses on restoring and recovering coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef. Their innovative programmes aim to mimic natural reef recovery processes, accelerating the restoration of degraded reef habitats and promoting the resilience of coral ecosystems.

Our Partnership

We are delighted to join forces with Reef Restoration to support their vital work in reef conservation. Through this partnership, we aim to contribute to the ongoing restoration efforts and help safeguard the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

How We Support Reef Restoration

As part of our partnership, Reef Experience and Reef Encounter are committed to providing logistical support, resources, and expertise to assist Reef Restoration in their reef restoration projects. From transporting equipment to providing access to reef sites, we are dedicated to helping Reef Restoration achieve its goals.

Together Towards a Sustainable Future

By working together, we believe we can make a meaningful impact on the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. We are committed to preserving this natural wonder for future generations through collaboration, innovation, and dedication.

Join us in supporting reef restoration, and together, let’s ensure the continued health and vitality of the Great Barrier Reef.

Explore Hastings Reef on a day tour

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