Magnetic Island Water activities

Our most recommended Magnetic Island Water activities

Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

1. Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Begin your journey from the Townsville Breakwater Marina, or from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island. Sail to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef on a custom-built day vessel. First, visit the Museum Of Underwater Art (MOUA) located offshore on the John Brewer Reef. Surrounded by the beautiful and colorful coral reefs, explore this underwater site which is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn more about conservation, restoration, and education about the issues affecting the reefs, with a strong emphasis placed on indigenous culture and history. See The Coral Greenhouse, the first submerged building design by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. After exploring the MOUA, explore other sections of the reef with dives ranging from a depth of 1 to 20 meters suitable for snorkelers, beginner, and experienced divers. See schools of baitfish as well as an abundance of colorful reef fish including Parrotfish, Maori wrasse, Clownfish, Angelfish. Keep a lookout for turtles, stingrays, White Tip Reef Sharks, and Black Tip Reef Sharks which can often be spotted. Discover how the Great Barrier Reef is managed and what work is being done to protect it. With a friendly crew, learn more about how you protect the reef and its creatures for future generations to come. After the dives, be returned by boat to Nelly Bay, or Townsville Breakwater Marina.

Magnetic Island: Snorkel Discovery Tour

2. Magnetic Island: Snorkel Discovery Tour

Meet your local host and set off to discover the beautiful Magnetic Island on a personalized 5-hour tour. The host has called this island their home for over 35 years and will show you a variety of incredible places you won't find on your own. Start the tour with a delicious morning tea at a special location. Then, set off to discover secluded bays and beaches. Snorkel along fringe reefs as you meet a range of local marine life and wildlife with interpretations given from your guide. The tour will be designed around the tides and conditions on the day to ensure you have the best snorkeling experience possible. Next, enjoy a spot of catch and release fishing. Also, take part in a range of water activities including stand-up paddle boarding and boogie boarding.

From Magnetic Island or Townsville: Yongala Wreck Dive Trip

3. From Magnetic Island or Townsville: Yongala Wreck Dive Trip

Enjoy a friendly welcome by a professional crew at the meeting point that will check you in, get your rental gear, and after the safety, you are ready to start the journey.  Relax in shaded or sunny spots on the vessel while traveling to the fascinating Yongala wreck. Spot dolphins, whales (seasonable, and sea snakes while enjoying your morning tea and listening to great stories from the skipper. Just before you reach the wreck it is time for dive briefings. You have the option to dive with your old or new dive buddies or follow a dive leader to discover the best spots on the wreck.  During the surface interval, listen to the Yongala history talk of the passionate crew before diving back in. Once back on board the crew will pack up and leave this amazing dive spot behind to head back to the shore while you can exchange your experiences with your new-found dive buddies and friends. Back at the shore the crew will wave goodbye while you make everlasting memories and images home with you.

Townsville: Magnetic Island Weekend Holistic Health Retreat

4. Townsville: Magnetic Island Weekend Holistic Health Retreat

Treat yourself to a holistic health weekend retreat to picturesque Magnetic Island. Enjoy a variety of wellness-related classes, demonstrations, and activities to recharge and reset in beautiful surroundings. Choose between taking an extended private sailing charter or a direct ferry ride from Townsville to Magnetic island. Upon arrival, be checked in to your luxury home or resort depending on availability. Enjoy a variety of activities throughout the weekend including an essential oil class, breathwork class, natural supplement demonstration, sleep and stress management workshop. Learn more about healthy eating and nutrition with the assistance of a top chef and nutritional therapist. All meals are also supplied throughout the weekend. Discover more of the island with your free time. with transport around the island also provided.

Other Sightseeing Options in Magnetic Island

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What people are saying about Magnetic Island

Interesting information and history about the island, great scenery as we travelled along the coast. Enjoyed watching the birds that frequent the different bays catching fish. Snorkelling enjoyed by those who took part. Great morning tea delivered individually. Wonderful viewing of a few whales up close. A circumnavigation of the island was unexpected but much enjoyed as the coastline varies so much.

Really enjoyed our boat trip around Magnetic Island. The captain knew all the little spots inside and out. Morning tea was delicious and we had it on a secluded quiet beach. Snorkeling was amazing. Can't fault the experience in any way! Would highly recommend!!!

Beware the long boat ride out there (3 hours either way and can be choppy), but can't deny the unforgettable experience of snorkelling on the reef. The adrenaline staff were also excellent, will definitely be back!

Staff very helpful and friendly. Beautiful day learning about the coral and fish as well as snorkeling around it.

Fantastic snorkelling. Amazing coral and fish. Great crew and equipment