Come along for a Great Barrier Reef tour like no other from Magnetic Island
Our custom-built luxury sailing boat is a 58 foot (17 metres) yacht licensed up to 24 persons for coastal sailing but we generally only host 12 guests on our Great Barrier Reef tour so there is plenty of relaxation space for everyone and they have a more intimate experiece.
Join our 4 hour lunchtime snorkel tour and explore some of Magnetic Island’s 23 secluded bays and golden beaches.
A whopping two thirds of the island has been classified as National Park land and it is indeed paradise on Earth.
Inhabiting this National Park is a host of native Australian wildlife including cute rock wallabies, koalas and possums, with a variety of species of birds.
Sailing in a small, intimate group - it's almost like being on a private charter boat. If you wish to help hoist the sails or be the captain at the helm, then you can be as hands-on as you would like or if you just prefer to relax and kick back, then you can laze on the boats deck on the comfy beanbags and enjoy the passing scenery.
Later in the afternoon we set anchor in a secluded bay for a barbeque lunch where we can also swim, snorkel, float on an inflatable, or visit a secluded tropical beach.
Not only can you enjoy snorkelling with the huge variety of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef, you will also have the chance to hand feed the curious and friendly batfish, you might even meet Charlie the friendly Cod.
During the months of May to September you may even see Humpback Whales playing in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef as they migrate northwards to calve in the safety of the coral reefs.
Not only is the action underwater in the coral lagoons, there are also many seabirds that call the forests on Magnetic Island home and you may see circling Kites, Ospreys and Sea Eagles.
A lunchtime Great Barrier Reef tour is a great way to explore the beauty of Magnetic Island and having a hands-on sailing adventure.
Magnetic Island (or Maggie Island – as the locals call it) sits a short 8 km from Townsville in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
It is a lush island surrounded by the brilliant blue waters of the Coral Sea.
The traditional owners, the Wulgurukab Aboriginal people have inhabited this Great Barrier Reef island for thousands of years and call Magnetic Island ‘Yunbenun’.
Over half of its mountainous 52 sq km is National Park. With 23 stunning and secluded bays to choose from you can sunbathe under tropical sunshine in stunning pristine locations.
Golden-sanded bays fringed with giant granite boulders, eucalyptus and hoop pines give a rugged beauty.
If you are staying in Townsville catch the Sealink ferry from the Breakwater Terminal, to Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. Walk just a short distance to your awaiting luxury yacht.
Here you will be welcomed on board by the staff and after a safety briefing your sailing and snorkelling trip will begin.
Your Great Barrier Reef tour will leave Nelly Bay for the coastal waters and beautiful bays of Magnetic Island.
When the wind and conditions are right you will be able to help hoist the sails so the only power driving the yacht will be wind power.
Relax as we cruise around the scenic coastal waters of Magnetic Island or choose to assist at the helm and steer the yacht.
The boat has large deck areas for relaxing, swinging in a hammock and just soak up the passing stunning scenery of Magnetic Islands National Park.
The yacht will moor up at one of the following bays with weather conditions on the day determining which bay will be visited:
Radical Bay used to be home to a low key resort in the 1970’s. Now, nature has taken over and the privately owned access road has fallen into disrepair with minimal access.
This means that Radical Bay can only be accessed by sea.
It is into this scenic bay that you will visit. The yacht’s dinghy can take you onshore to explore. You can be sure that your footprints will be the only ones.
Balding Bay is located next to Radical Bay and is a secluded and peaceful bay.
This is the most remote beach on Magnetic Island and also the only nudist beach!
Don’t worry you can keep your clothes on!
There is a track that leads from Arthur Bay which ascends one of the background hills.
It’s possible to walk a part of this track and see samples of the local wildlife, including koalas.
As you continue, you will see the historic ruins of the Australian Defence Force station that helped protect this area of Australia from Japanese forces.
If you prefer a more leisurely time then just relax on the pristine sands and admire the natural, serene beauty of Arthur Bay.
Florence Bay is one of the most popular bays for the locals and one of the most beautiful.
Fringed on the left by corals with a coral bommie (coral mountain), which makes ideal snorkelling, Florence Bay is a favourite for ‘yachties’ and makes this bay a great scenic stop on your tour
You are on a lunch time sail and snorkel tour, so stopping in a beautiful bay and eating delicious food with the aromas of a freshly cooked barbeque is part of this wonderful Great Barrier Reef tour.
You can choose from prawns, premium sausages, home made coleslaw, tomato bocconcini and bread rolls (vegetarian options are available).
If the hands on sailing or snorkelling is not your style. you might prefer to kick back and just soak up the tropical sun.
There is plenty of space on the deck where you can relax – there is even a hammock that you can relax and swing in. Look up and watch the circling Kites, Ospreys and Sea Eagles common to this area.
This easy going Great Barrier Reef tour offers something to suit everyone.
The snorkelling quality varies from bay to bay and depends on the conditions of the day.
Magnetic Island is off the Great Barrier Reef and has both hard and soft corals off its shores.
The batfish you swim with are gregarious and friendly and get even friendlier when you are feeding them!
If you have young ones, then they can choose which inflatable they would like to swim with (and adults can as well!)
You might be lucky to meet Charlie the Cod who likes nothing less than to swim around visitors and become acquainted!
All snorkel equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) are provided.
If you wish to order a lycra one piece for protection against sun and for warmth then just let us know at time of booking.
If you have a large family, corporate event or a celebration that calls for a private charter yacht cruise on the Great Barrier Reef for up to 24 guests then take a look at our 58 foot yacht for your next private charter event on Magnetic Island.
If you enjoyed your day with us exploring the Great Barrier Reef then why not join us for our popular sunset sip and sail tours as we cruise under the colourful sky as the sun sets in the west behind the mountains.
Take a peek here at our Magnetic Island Sunset Sail and Sip yacht tours.
11:00 am - 11.15 departure
April - October
Friday - Sunday
Chck in at 11:00 am for 11:15 am departure
Child rate available
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.