Daydream Island Resort is the only island in the Whitsundays to be awarded with ECOTOURISM certification from Eco Tourism Australia following the island’s commitment to continuous improvement and initiatives to combat environmental impacts within the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Some of these initiatives include composting system for kitchens, improved rubbish disposal and recycling, reduced water consumption, reduced power consumption by 5%, staff awareness and training and ensuring suppliers are aligned with the resort’s environmental values.
The recycling system in place on the island includes separating general waste from recyclable materials including glass, hard plastics and aluminum, and emission sources are identified and assessed, recorded monthly for comparison, and reduced where possible. Unavoidable emissions are offset through the purchase of carbon credits.
Each of the 280 fully refurbished modern rooms and suites offers a delightful view to wake up to – across lush, tropical gardens or looking out to the impossibly blue waters of the Whitsundays. All accommodation rooms use LED lighting and natural lighting, and green power is purchased to cover the additional energy necessary for the resort’s office and other operations.
Daydream Island offers one of Australia’s most unique reef experiences with its amazing Living Reef, a free form coral lagoon wrapped around the central building, 200m in length and holding over 1.5 million litres of water and over 100 species of marine fish, rays, coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.
Another special feature of the Living Reef is the underwater observatory, which allows visitors to look through a large acrylic window out at a typical reef system. With qualified marine biologists on site, experiences such as reef ranger programs and guided snorkel and night tours allow visitors to a deeper level of learning and fun for children and adults alike. The resort also participates in reef monitoring, coral restoration and research on sharks and rays.
Daydream Island’s Coral Propagation Program
Custom built coral raceways were developed on Daydream Island to facilitate the initial growth stage of coral fragments that are to be used for restoration of various coral reefs at our Lover’s Cove site which were damaged by Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
The raceways create optimal conditional for coral growth and operate on a fully flow through raw water system. This allows the coral fragments to grow in identical water parameters to what they experience in the Great Barrier Reef without the influence of predation and storm interference. Corals are held in the raceways for 3-6 months and closely monitored until they are ready to be out planted. The Daydream Island Marina is the key donor sites for the intimal trials which is testing two methods of restoration.
The out planting involves the fixing of corals to substrate after they have naturally attached to cement discs. The disks are attached onto a bare reef structure using various attachment techniques to fast track the initial recruitment stage on the natural reef. To date the results have been very promising with more than 95% survival which is excellent for coral restoration.
By the beginning of July 2020, the Living Reef team at Daydream Island will have out planted over 500 coral colonies to assist with the recovery of Lovers Cove.