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 140 species of marine fish and 83 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.
Guests are able to get up close and personal with lagoon favourites including Pikelet and Pancake the stingrays, Bruce the sickle fin lemon shark and Brutus, a large barramundi.
Free educational feeding sessions are held twice a day, everyday at 10am at the northern end of the island, and 12:30pm at the southern end of the island, where guests have the opportunity to feed animals and learn about the marine eco-system. This allows people to get an invaluable glimpse of reef life while completely conserving the environment. Parents see a great deal of educational value in introducing their children to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the beauties that live within it.
One of the exciting new attractions at the Living Reef is the Stingray Splash experience. Small groups of up to four people can walk knee-deep into the Living Reef and hand-feed and pat the stingrays for 45 minutes. Guests can learn all about the biology of these amazing creatures from the experienced guides and can also closely view corals and touch starfish and sea cucumbers. The rays have all been de-barbed and every precaution has been taken to ensure guests' safety.
Another great new attraction is the Living Reef Ranger program where guests can truly experience the Living Reef Lagoons while learning about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It involves participation in a guided fish feed, getting close to baby bamboo sharks, feeding the barramundi and walking among curious baby stingrays as part of the reef's Stingray Splash experience, plus taking part in the daily public fish and shark feeding shows and gaining access to a behind the scenes, hands-on tour into the restricted areas. Rangers will also help with preparing food for the marine animals, water quality testing and other basic husbandry and biologist duties throughout the lagoons and receive a Living Reef Ranger cap and personalised passport lanyard.
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