School kids of all ages can learn about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with educational packages now available at Daydream Island Resort and Spa.
The resort, located in Queensland’s breathtaking Whitsundays in the heart of the reef, offers all inclusive packages with an extensive range of activities and marine educational programs to cater for all school groups.
Three and 4-day packages are available which include up to five educational modules delivered by the resort’s expert marine biologist team. The modules tackle subjects such as inter-animal relationships, camouflage, animal behaviours, coral reef ecosystems, food webs, animal welfare, water quality, animal biology, human impacts on the reef and global warming.
The package also includes full day trip on-board ‘Seaflight’ to the Cruise Whitsundays pontoon at Hardy Reef, where students can enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-submarine rides and diving, as well as a range of activities such as rainforest walks, pool sports and outdoor movies during free time.
Accommodation and all meals are also included in the package.
“This incredible educational package has been specifically designed to provide teachers and students with a unique, safe and engaging environment to learn all about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef,” Daydream Island CEO Phil Casey said.
“Daydream Island is home to the Living Reef - one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons and students have the opportunity to get up close and personal with resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi under the watchful guidance of our highly qualified marine biologist team.
“Students will learn a vast amount about marine life, from why reef fish are so colourful to how to set up and care for their very own marine aquarium at home or in the classroom. The emphasis is on safety and education while at the same time allowing for plenty of fun.”
Daydream’s Living Reef lagoon has more than 115 species of marine fish and 80 species of coral that call this microcosm of the Great Barrier Reef, home. Stingrays Pikelet and Pancake along with Bruce the sicklefin lemon shark are just some of the exciting marine species on show at the Living Reef.
Prices for the 3-day package start from $381* (4-14 years) and $458* per person quad share (15 years +). Four-day packages are from $481* (4-14 years) and $558* (15 years +) per person quad share.
Adventurer Ben Southall officially launched Daydream’s educational packages last year while visiting the island and the Living Reef as part of his Best Expedition in the World campaign.
The 2,650sqm Living Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made living lagoons and contains more than 1.5 million litres of water.
The system recently underwent a redevelopment which involved improvements to water flow and filtration as well as the introduction of a large family of flame tomato clown fish, numerous species of cod and damselfish, hard and soft corals and anemones.
Guided by Living Reef biologists, visitors to Daydream Island can take part in fish and shark feeding shows or programs like the Stingray Splash, where guests can walk knee-deep into the Living Reef to hand-feed and pat stingrays.
For information or bookings contact 07 3259 2326 visit www.daydreamisland.com/livingreef
*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Prices valid 01/04/12 - 21/12/12 & 07/01/13 - 31/03/13. A minimum 2 or 3 night stay applies depending on package. Child Policy: Children are 4 - 14 years . One adult is required for every 10 children travelling. Adult Policy: Adult rate applies for guests 15 years and over. An indemnity form must be signed by the legal guardian /parent for all persons under 18 years of age. These are to be presented to Living Reef Staff on arrival to Daydream. Block out periods apply. Travel recommended for Feb-Jun or Nov each year.
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