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Check an item off your bucket list by snorkeling or scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this tour from either Townsville or Magnetic Island, you’ll take a custom-built boat with a professional crew to Lodestone Reef, home to stingrays, sea turtles, reef sharks, tropical fish and more. Lunch, drinks and equipment are included. You have three options when booking: snorkeling, two certified dives or an introductory dive with an experienced instructor.

Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef scuba diving and snorkel cruise, departing from Townsville or Magnetic Island
  • Explore Lodestone Reef in the UNESCO-listed marine park
  • Select from three options: snorkeling, an introductory dive or certified diving (includes two dives)
  • Search for sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and Maori wrasse
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, cordials and a tropical lunch
  • All equipment included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The white sandy bottom, crystal-clear water and abundant marine life make Lodestone Reef one of the premier snorkeling and dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Your Great Barrier Reef day trip starts at either Breakwater Marina in Townsville or Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal on Magnetic Island, where you’ll board the MV Adrenalin; select from these two departure points when booking. Fuel up for your snorkeling or scuba diving adventure with provided morning tea.

Your destination inside the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is Lodestone Reef, known for its crystal-clear water, coral, colorful reef walls and large bommies that attract an abundance of marine life. Whether you are snorkeling, taking an introductory dive or enjoying two certified dives, you’ll enjoy the variety of depths, from 3 to 65 feet (1 to 20 meters), where you’ll spot stingrays, reef fish, turtles, white- and black-tip reef sharks and Maori wrasse. Each option is tailored to different skill levels.

On board your 45-foot (14-meter) custom-built boat, you can enjoy provided tea, coffee, cordial and water. If you want to take a break, relax on the boat’s sundeck or shaded area. Lunch and afternoon tea are also included before you return to Townsville or Magnetic Island, where your tour ends.

Option 1: Snorkeling
Lodestone Reef’s clear visibility and coral provide a great spot for snorkeling. Swim through the channels between the reef and into the shallows to get a closer look at the marine life.

Option 2: Certified Dive
If you are a certified diver, you can take two dives at an uncrowded dive site. Go deep to take a look at coral columns and channels surrounding the reef, or hang out on the fringing reef and canyons around the lagoon. You can go with a dive buddy, or you have the option to enhance your scuba experience with a dive guide (additional fee); it is required that you hire the certified guide if you do not already have 10 logged dives.

Option: 3: Introductory Dive
If you are a beginner diver, not yet certified, enjoy this opportunity to explore Lodestone Reef with a diving instructor.

Customer Reviews

Troy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The ride out and back is really the difficult part. The seas were a bit rough, I would definitely suggest some motion sickness meds. The crew were outstanding. The were friendly, accommodating, and definitely knew what they were doing. Snacks and drinks were served on the way out and back with a good lunch in between snorkel and diving. Once behind the reef the waters were much calmer for snorkeling. The reef was a sight to see for sure. You will see plenty of colorful fish and coral. Enough too keep you in the water for as long as possible. Make sure that you have good equipment otherwise you snorkel experience will not be great. My wife and I definitely loved the trip. We have snorkeled many places in Caribbean and this is by far the best you will ever see. We would highly recommend the trip. Thanks to all the crew!

Elizabeth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Such a brilliant experience, despite miserable sea sickness- made only slightly more bearable through the knowledge that half of those on the trip were also sick!
Once we reached the calm of the reef we were utterly alone, no other boats and day trippers vying for glimpse of the stunning coral and so many fish, also a shark which was quite incredible.
We took our 10 and 7 year old children, they were completely included in all activities, kit fitted them and the crew took time to check in repeatedly to make sure they and thus we were ok.
I cannot rate this highly enough! So, so good, worth every penny.

Roslyn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommend Adrenalin Snorkel and dive trips to the reef. Great staff and plenty of time to spend on the reef.

Marie Andree C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day! reef really impressive, friendly staff, this tour is a must!

Colin W

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

we booked for Jan 5th but Viator didn't check availability so went went on the 7th

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