Magnetic Island Snorkelling Tour | Half Day Tour

Tour Code: 784

Departing: Magnetic Island

Half Day Snorkel Tour
  • Our 5 hour Magnetic Island snorkelling tour includes visiting beautiful secluded bays and beaches of Magnetic Island
  • Snorkelling fringing reefs (we design our tour around the tides and conditions on the day to ensure you have the best snorkelling experience possible)around Magnetic Island
  • A spot of fun reef fishing (we promote catch and release)for those interested
  • Delicious morning tea somewhere special on the day
  • Meet some local "marine & wildlife friends" snorkelling the beaches and bays on Magnetic Island.
  • Water activities for all ages!

Included In Price

  • Morning tea and refreshments are supplied
  • Lamingtons and biscuits
  • Tea & coffee, chilled water and soft drinks
  • Seasonal tropical Fruit platter
  • Quality snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, fins)
  • Wet suits (in the cooler months June - September)
  • UV Lycra Sun Suits (seasonal)
  • Stand Up Paddle board
  • Glass bottom boogie boards

A Magnetic Island snorkel tour with a difference, snorkeling in remote bays, meeting marine life that wait for us, seeing native Australian wildlife, and combing remote beaches without seeing other humans. Our Magnetic Island snorkelling tours are all about connecting you with this beautiful island.

What to Expect

Prepare to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Magnetic Island with our unique half day snorkelling tour. As long-time residents with over 35 years of experience, we offer an intimate exploration of this enchanting island, known locally as "Maggie." Our half day snorkelling tour promises a blend of adventure, serenity, and ecological insight, making it a must-do for both nature enthusiasts and those looking to escape the ordinary.

Features and Highlights

Exclusive Snorkelling Locations

  • Secluded Bays and Beaches: Join us for a 5 hours tour accessing remote parts of Magnetic Island that are typically beyond the reach of larger vessels. Our custom-built boat is perfectly designed to navigate the hidden gems of the island.
  • Coral Lagoons and Fringing Reefs: Snorkelling directly from the boat in pristine waters, where the coral and marine life thrive undisturbed.

Rich Marine Life

  • Diverse Ecosystems: Encounter a vibrant array of sea life including turtles, dugongs, and a multitude of fish species, all thriving in their natural habitat.
  • Bird Watching: The half day snorkelling tour is not just about what's under the water. Magnetic Island is also home to a fascinating variety of seabirds.

Educational Experience

  • Conservation Efforts: Learn about the Great Barrier Reef’s delicate ecosystem and the conservation measures that protect it. Our reef guides share insights on Magnetic Island’s history, culture, and the marine park’s zoning regulations.
  • Eco-Friendly Practices: Our commitment to the environment is reflected in our operations. We utilize solar power, minimize engine use, and adhere to strict no-plastic policies to ensure our tours are as eco-friendly as possible.

Comfort and Convenience

  • Custom-Built Boat: Equipped with solar panels and energy-efficient devices, our boat is designed for minimal environmental impact without compromising on comfort.
  • Accessibility for All: The boat’s design and our tour structure cater to guests from all walks of life, ensuring everyone can enjoy the beauty of Magnetic Island comfortably.

This Magnetic Island half day snorkelling tour is more than just a trip; it’s a journey into the heart of the Great Barrier Reef’s marine biodiversity. You’ll leave with not only memories but also a deeper understanding of why and how we must protect these natural treasures. Whether you’re snorkelling among the coral or spotting wildlife from the deck, each moment is designed to connect you deeply with nature’s marvels.

"Maggie", as she is affectionately known by local residents, is situated a close 8 km off the coast of Townsville, in Tropical North Queensland.  

It only takes 25 minutes on passenger ferry, or 40 minutes with your car on the barge from Townsville to arrive in paradise.

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Magnetic Island snorkel tour

Our Magnetic Island snorkelling tour is a nature-based Great Barrier Reef tour with strong interpretation values and a commitment to nature conservation.

Our tours provide a learning platform for us to educate our guests about the value of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

A myriad of marine and bird life are encountered on our snorkel tours including sea turtles, dugongs,  amazing varieties fish and sea birds.

​Our guests learn about:

  • The marine life and wildlife we encounter each day
  • Magnetic Islands history and culture
  • Environmental and marine education about Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 
  • Green zones and locations and all rules on different zoning on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Actions we can take to protect it for future generations.

We practice what we preach and go as environmentally friendly as possible on our snorkelling tours

  • We minimise waste and recycling wherever possible on board
  • Environmentally friendly products are used on board
  • No Straws
  • Avoid use of single use plastics wherever possible
  • Education and information to our guests

Our Snorkel Tour Boat

  • We use energy efficient devices wherever possible
  • We have installed solar panels on the boat
  • Solar power anchor winch and electrical system
  • ​Our vessel has ultra low engine emissions
  • Minimal engine use time resulting in lower impact to the environment​
  • Ongoing observations of our sustainable operations and procedures

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Magnetic Island

Departure Time


Departure Instructions

Meet us at 8.15 a.m. in front of Peppers Resort (Nelly Bay) on the boardwalk area, a short 1 minute walk to the left of the Nelly Bay ferry terminal. You will see our sign located on the boardwalk area and our friendly crew will meet you there and escort you to our boat.

  • Magnetic Island
  • Magnetic Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day


5 Hours

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

  • Swimmers & Towel
  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Camera
  • Jacket / Jumper (in the cooler months of May - Sept)
  • Water bottle (optional) We are an Eco-friendly tour, we recycle and try to avoid single use plastics wherever possible. We have re-usable drinking cups on board, but if you prefer you can bring your own water bottle to refill with drinking water on board.

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

One step up onto the vessel

Your Wheelchair can then be ready for you onboard

Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs

Number of Steps

One step up onto the vessel~|~There is wheelchair / mobility aid access to the Magnetic Island Marina and to Aquascene vessel~|~The Aquascene vessel is spacious enough for a wheelchair onboard

Visually Impaired Notes

We happily accept assistance dogs on our tours....and they love the experience too


Aquascene has a toilet located at the rear of the vessel with a raised toilet area and support rail

Aquascene is a very stable boat with a well shaded deck area and areas for quiet space

Great views from the deck area to all the sights during the tou

We have drop down stairs that go into the water with good hand rails for support. This allows guests with mobility challenges/living with disability to sit on steps and swim directly into the water.

We have a very safe, rigid and sturdy pontoon that is beautifully designed to accommodate guests that may have swimming or mobility challenges

Additional Information

The new vessel sceduled for October 2023 has been custom designed with a focus on guests living with disability, there will be ramp access to the vessel

Children are to be supervised by parents or guardians at all times

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

  • School holidays are a busy time for us and we like to be able to accommodate everyone, so please try and let us know if you think there may be a change in your situation, we dont like charging cancellation fees.
  • Please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your situation if it is possible.
  • A "no show" or less than 24 hours notice will be charged full fare.
  • Within 2 days of departure a 20% admin fee may be deducted from your payment.

Magnetic Island Snorkelling Tour | Half Day Tour

Tour Code: 784

Departing: Magnetic Island

Half Day Snorkel Tour



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

Child: au$114.00
Family: au$538.00

Tour Code: 784



15 yrs & over

3 - 14 yrs

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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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