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“Stingrays of all sizes”

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Owner description: Daydream Island’s amazing Living Reef is a must see on the island. Located at the entrance to the resort, it is one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons and features more than 80 species of marine fish and 50 species of coral. This microcosm of the Great Barrier Reef continues to capture the imagination of tourists young and old; with guests having the opportunity to hand feed resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi.
Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stingrays of all sizes”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

I loved the fact that you were allowed, although supervised, to wade in the knee deep water and touch the sea cucumbers and star fish, also hand feed the barb free stingrays which isn't very easy as their mouths are on their underside. One shark had produced two babies a couple of years ago, which is unusual in captivity, and we were allowed to touch one and feel its skin The ranger was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. There is a "living reef "on the North and South ends of the island and 1.5 million litres of salt water is pumped daily to the South end reef. It is a great way to see sharks and stingrays up close and to learn about their habits. When you walk near the feeding platforms the stingrays slide up ready for their food.

Visited March 2013
Thank JayAnn88
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“Family holiday to Daydream Island”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

My QLD Holiday organised a fantastic trip for my family to Daydream Island. Our consultant was extremely helpful with the constant requests, changes and assistance with all of our requirements for our holiday and help to ensure that everything was as expected. The staff on Daydream Island where always ready and available to help with any requests at any time and extremely accommodating for our children and other families that we met also. Our sons loved the Living reef, as did we and also the tropical Oasis swimming pools which where amazing. There was always something to do for adults and kids, and we all had a fantastic experience. Our My Holiday package also included some fantastic extra tours to the reef and the famous Whitehaven beach as well as Bonus travel dollars towards Island expenses which helped to ensure that we could make the most of our holiday. Thankyou to Lyndal, our My Holiday consultant for giving our family a fabulous family holiday.

Visited March 2013
Thank Kate S
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pretty cool”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Definitely worth a look, nice way to see a lot of marine life up close, especially if your snorkelling trip isn't too successful. The cost of having an experience though seemed a bit rich.

Visited January 2013
Thank kmlbnd
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Best thing about Daydream Island”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The living reef was amazing to stand and watch. I am an animal lover so I am bias to this. But this reef was the best thing about the resort, it offered big and little kids the chance to see many tropical fish, rays and sharks that they might not be able to see otherwise.

Visited January 2013
Thank AjBrock
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“Day Dream Isalnd”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We have just returned from a 5 night family trip to Day Dream Island.
Positive: Kids loved: the many pools - various sizes and depths, outdoor cinema (held every second night) and looking at the reefs with sting rays and sharks. Main foyer has WiFi for the electronic gadgets.
Negative: Food (when available) was very expensive e.g buffet $69 adult. There is very little option for food and I strongly suggest that parents bring lots of snacks, Vegemite, crackers with zip lock bags etc for their kids to snack on and grab whatever you can from the breakfast buffet. No air conditioning (so quite humid) in main eating area and foyer which made it uncomfortable to eat and stay around for kids to play electronic gadgets etc where the WIFI was. We felt that most staff were not very well informed of procedures and simple information such as "where is the closest toilet?" we found ourselves asking many times "Does anybody know anything around here? " The other disappointment was the fact that there was no room service or much opened at night even for a coffee so quite often you were left searching for a snack or food. Overall we still had fun as we travelled with good friends and were quite happy to swim each day, however we would definitely not return nor suggest Day Dream Island to friends. When you can go to a place like Fiji (and we have) for much the same price if not cheaper and receive the BEST service and facilities, it makes no sense to spend money and visit Day Dream Island.

Visited January 2013
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