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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Departing: Townsville city

Pickup: Magnetic Island

Townsville Dive - Snorkel Tour
  • Departing from Townsville and Magnetic Island you can dive and snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef far away from crowds on pristine coral reefs.
  • Our 14 metre boat caters for up to 21 guests making it a highly personalised Great Barrier Reef tour which is perfect for nervous snorkelers or introductory scuba divers.
  • Our Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel tour destination is Lodestone Reef and divers can partake in up to 2 dives whilst snorkelers can spend as much or as little time on the coral reef as desires.
  • Hire a camera, book an introductory scuba dive and enjoy some delicious treats for morning and afternoon tea and lunch on our Townsville Great Barrier Reef tour.

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.

You can board the vessel from either Townsville or Magnetic Island for your Great Barrier Reef tour.

Sample Great Barrier Reef Tour Schedule:

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

12:00               Lunch

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.

Included In Price

  • Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learning about the reef eco system
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical lunch
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Demonstrations and instructions on snorkeling techniques
  • All snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and full length suit)
  • All EMC’s (Environmental Management Charges) and Mooring fees
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment
  • Experience the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Townsville city

Departure Time

7.00am from Townsville

Departure Instructions

You can board from Townsville at the Breakwater Marina or from Magnetic Island at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal.

Pickup Locations

Magnetic Island

  • Magnetic Island Nelly Bay
Destinations
  • Magnetic Island
  • Lodestone Reef on the Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Thursday - Tuesday

Closed Christmas Day

Duration

Full day tour approximately 9 hours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Guided Dive $10 (compulsory for divers with less than 10 logged dives)
  • PADI Adventure Dives $25 per dive
  • Enriched Air Nitrox $50 for two tanks (must be Nitrox certified)
  • Camera Hire $65 (includes SD card, yours to keep)
  • Introductory scuba dive
Fitness Level Required

Active

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Capable swimming ability
  • Basic medical questionnaire – Are you fit to do an Introductory SCUBA dive? View the Medical Questionnaire on booking.
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Swimming costume

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.

  • Due to our small numbers of passengers it is advised to book early.
  • (Please note that all our trips are subject to passenger numbers and weather conditions. Confirmation is made the afternoon prior to departure).

Great Barrier Reef Tour Townsville–Magnetic Island Snorkel-Dive Tour

Departing: Townsville city

Pickup: Magnetic Island

Townsville Dive - Snorkel Tour

From

au$249.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$249.00
Family: au$996.00

Tour Code: 814

From

au$249.00

15 yrs & over

12 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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