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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.
  • Great Barrier Reef scuba diving and snorkel cruise, departing from Townsville or Magnetic Island
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A choice of diving and snorkeling experiences means you can adapt this tour to your preferences/ability.
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Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
All snorkeling equipment
Guided dive (AU$10 extra per person per dive mandatory with less than 10 logged dive)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

26 Mariners Drive, The Strand, Townsville QLD 4810, Australia

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Certified divers must present proof of certification to crew on board on the day
  • Introductory divers are required to fill out a basic medical form on board prior to their dive. Some existing medical conditions may not allow you to dive
  • Please wear your swimwear and bring a towel, hat, sunscreen and camera
  • Heights, weights and shoe sizes MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island?
This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

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Great Reef Location Selection
, May 2021
The reef that we visited was healthy and thriving. Staff could have been friendlier though and the lack of food/drink options was disappointing.
Ocean like glass, hope to make it a yearly outing.
, Oct 2020
We lucked out and scored a beautiful calm day when the ocean was like glass and crystal clear. There was a couple of thing that could have improved out experience. More detailed instructions on how to find the boat in the morning would have been helpful. We walked around for 5 minutes until another family came along and I asked them if they where booked on the tour too and they said Yes and that they had also asked directions of someone else to how to find the boat too. The boat was adequate however, the fumes from the engines were overwhelming when they were running. I had to go up on top so I didn't get sick. A curtained off section somewhere at the front of the boat to get dressed in and also to dress kids would be helpful as there is only a tiny toilet. The staff were inexperienced at working together and with the boat but they were friendly, enthusiastic and keen to be involved with the guests' experience. We will go again, I hope we get another calm day.
Snorkeling fun!
Patricia T
, Oct 2019
Went snorkeling for the first time and had a great time!! Crew was great, food was great and it was amazing!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear you had a great time. Looking forward welcoming you back on board!
The crew on the Boat were outstanding!
, Apr 2019
I would highly recommend this trip to other people, especially families of children between 8 and 13. The staff were very friendly and helpful the whole trip.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi there, thank you for your kind review. We must have missed this one and we apologise for taking so long to reply. Glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers!
We had a great trip! They even took...
Kimberly J
, Oct 2017
We had a great trip! They even took care of me when i got a little sea sick. Loved that they had look noodles on the boat so those snorkeling could use them even if ur a great swimmer it helped with high tide and the high coarl so that we could.float on top and not hit our flippers on the reef.
The ride out and back is really the...
Troy L
, Jan 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!
Such a brilliant experience, despite...
Elizabeth F
, Apr 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.
Highly recommend Adrenalin Snorkel...
Roslyn F
, Mar 2016
Highly recommend Adrenalin Snorkel and dive trips to the reef. Great staff and plenty of time to spend on the reef.
we booked for Jan 5th but Viator didn't...
Colin W
, Jan 2016
we booked for Jan 5th but Viator didn't check availability so went went on the 7th
Great day! reef really impressive...
Marie Andree C
, Aug 2015
Great day! reef really impressive, friendly staff, this tour is a must!

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