Join our Great Barrier Reef Tour from Townsville or Magnetic Island to snorkel and scuba dive the brilliant non crowded coral reefs in the central section of the reef off Townsville and the mainland of Australia. Only 21 guests get to enjoy our personalised Great Barrier Reef tours from Townsville.
On our Townsville Great Barrier Reef tours we accommodate both snorkelers and scuba divers and we also cater for families wishing to spend a day exploring some of the most pristine and uncrowded coral reefs.
Our 14-metre custom built vessel caters for up to 21 guest and provides fully shaded areas to keep out of the sun, a sun deck for those wanting a Queensland holiday tan, ocean stabilisers perfect for those guests who suffer from seasickness, a toilet, refreshing shower and easy access in & out of the water.
Lodestone Reef is in the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef and a little further off the Queensland Coast than other sections and as a result the guests on our Great Barrier Reef tour from Townsville and Magnetic Island enjoy some of the best dive and snorkel sites on the Great Barrier Reef.
We chose Lodestone Reef for its remoteness and diversity of sites, the amazing coral cover, the multitude of varieties of marine life and reasonable weather protection.
We are holders of a number of reef site permits around Lodestone Reef and will choose the location to dive and snorkel for the day based on the winds, tides, currents and the marine activity on the day of departure.
We find guests can dive and snorkel Lodestone Reef dozens of times and be surprised every time with the different varieties of marine life they encounter each time they enter the water.
Some dive and snorkel locations feature large coral bommies with white coral sand sea floors, others have large gutters running through the coral occupied by hundreds of reef fish, and colorful coral walls occupied by innumerable marine animals in crystal clear water.
The depths at Lodestone Reef range from 1 metre to 20 metres making it ideal for snorkellers, beginner and experienced scuba divers.
Big schools of trevally and bait fish are common as well as a myriad of colourful reef fish including Parrot fish, Maori wrasse, Clown fish, Angel fish, Turtles, Stingrays, White tip and Black tip reef sharks often sighted.
A visit to Lodestone Reef from Townsville or Magnetic Island is a must do Great Barrier Reef tour that is not to be missed.
07:00 Townsville passengers meet at the Townsville Breakwater Marina, located on the fueling wharf at the end of Mariners Drive
07:25 Depart Townsville
07:50 Passengers board from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
09:00 Morning tea
09:45 Great Barrier Reef site briefings
10:00 Arrive at Great Barrier Reef – Lodestone Reef Site
10:20 Dive 1 / Snorkel 1
13:00 Dive 2 / Snorkel 2
14:00 Depart site for Nelly Bay
15:00 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Arrive and disembark passengers at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
16:30 Arrive and disembark at Townsville Breakwater Marina
Please note that the above schedule is as a guide only, actual times on the day may vary.
7.00am from Townsville
You can board from Townsville at the Breakwater Marina or from Magnetic Island at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal.
January - December
Thursday - Tuesday
Closed Christmas Day
Full day tour approximately 9 hours
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 814