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

Tour Code: 814

Departing: Townsville city

Pickup: Magnetic Island, Townsville city

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.
  • We can accommodate up to 35 passengers - Great small group boat
  • 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.

Included In Price

  • Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learning about the reef eco system
  • Morning and afternoon tea - UNAVAILABLE
  • Tropical lunch - UNAVAILABLE
  • 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)
  • EMC (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

Join our Great Barrier Reef Tour from Townsville or Magnetic Island, snorkel and scuba dive the brilliant non crowded coral reefs in the central section of the reef off Townsville. Small group trip so you enjoy a personalised service.

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.

We operate two vessels; one 14 metre and one 20 metre. Our 20 metre twin screw engine flybridge cruiser is fully shaded with easy access in and out of the water, travels at 17-18 knots and accommodates up to 35 passengers

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.

See more tours and attractions from Townsville and Magnetic Island.

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.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Townsville city

Departure Time
  • Townsville Boarding: 7:00am at the Townsville Breakwater Marina Fuel Wharf and departs by 7:25am.
  • Magnetic Island Boarding: 7:50am at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal.
Pickup Locations
  • Magnetic Island
  • Townsville city
  • Magnetic Island
  • Lodestone Reef on the Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Thursday - Tuesday

Closed Christmas Day


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



Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


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 after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after 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.

  • Cancellation fee:
  • Day trips:
  • 20% with 14 days’ – 48 hours’ notice
  • 100% with less than 48 hours’ notice
  • Liveaboard/dive courses:
  • 20% with 30 days’ – 8 days’ notice
  • 100% with less than 8 days’ notice
  • If you have been in contact with the virus at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled trip or have symptoms of the virus before the trip we are waiving our cancellation fees and you will be able to join another trip when feeling better again and are virus free.
  • In regards of diving after contracting the virus please contact the office for advise. Most likely we will be asking you to get a dive medical to show that you are fit and healthy to dive again pending on the severity of your illness.
  • Reschedule fee:
  • Day trips: 20% with less than 14 days’ notice
  • Liveaboards: 20% with less than 30 days’ notice

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

Tour Code: 814

Departing: Townsville city

Pickup: Magnetic Island, Townsville city

Townsville Dive - Snorkel Tour



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

Child: au$259.00
Family: au$1,036.00

Tour Code: 814



13 yrs & over

4 - 12 yrs

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

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