Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s iconic Living Reef has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner as a result of receiving consistently great reviews from travellers on the popular TripAdvisor travel site.
“We’re really pleased to receive this award,” Daydream Island Resort and Spa chief executive officer Scott Wilkinson said. “The Living Reef team headed by manager John Gaskell has put in an extraordinary amount of time developing the product.
“The fact that this award is due to receiving great feedback and positive reviews from our guests is even more rewarding.
“This attraction has become a regional attraction in its own right and continues to thrill visitors with an amazing array of marine life.”
The Living Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons and guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal by hand feeding resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi.
“We’ve developed an attraction which encourages guests to get their feet wet and interact with the animals,” Living Reef manager John Gaskell said.
“We conduct regular private and public fish feeding sessions and run a popular Reef Ranger program which allows guests to participate in caring for the marine life and lagoons.
“There are plans to continue to evolve the Living Reef further and we’re pleased with the health of the ecosystem in that we’re seeing regular reproduction from most species.”
Over the past summer a pair of clownfish successfully laid a batch of eggs that will ensure the rise in the resident population of clownfish at Daydream which are always one of the most popular attractions.
The Living Reef is home to more than 140 species of colourful marine fish, 82 species of coral and 15 species of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.
Comprising a north and south lagoon and holding more than 1.5 million litres of water, the Living Reef lets visitors learn about and get up close to the fascinating inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Living Reef also took out the Best Tourist Attraction award in the Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards 2014 in addition to a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014.