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The Great Barrier Reef and MOUA Day Trip - Snorkel or Dive - Townsville

First of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, MOUA acts to highlight reef conservation, restoration, and education on a global scale. Ideal for snorkelers, beginner and experienced divers! Be inspired


  • Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and visit to world-class Museum Of Underwater Art
  • Colourful coral walls occupied by innumerable marine animals in crystal clear water
  • Learn about the reef eco system
  • Large coral bommies with white coral sand sea floors
  • Colourful reef fish including Parrot fish, Maori wrasse, Clown fish, Angel fish, Turtles, Stingrays, White tip and Black tip reef sharks

As the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Museum of Underwater Art highlights reef conservation, restoration, and education on a global scale. Its location on John Brewer Reef is rich in history, with a strong connection to our indigenous culture and marine tourism. The Coral Greenhouse - first submerged building design by world-class artist Jason deCaires Taylor is a bucket list trip no one should miss! The greenhouse boasts a beautiful mix of art and science. Trees, life-like sculptures, and coral gardens make this staggering 72m structure a wonderland for divers. Surrounding the Museum of Underwater Art is an amazing coral reef bursting with a plethora of marine life. The bright and beautiful colours are the perfect backdrop for the museum and the location provides the perfect blend of man-made and natures art. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres. Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The reef supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. A visit to this picturesque Reef is the ideal way to enjoy snorkelling, introductory scuba dives or certified dives. Lodestone offers spectacular marine life which will exhilarate and impress both snorkelers and divers. Imagine witnessing all the stunning colours of coral and marine animals in the tropical crystal clear water, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.You can choose to board the vessel from either Townsville or Magnetic Island. Please note - food is not provided, you will need to bring your own lunch and snacks for the day. Fridges are available onboard to store your items..


  • 07:00 Townsville passengers meet at the Townsville Breakwater Marina, located on the fueling wharf at the end of Mariners Drive
  • 07:25 Depart Townsville
  • 07:50 Passengers board from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
  • 09:00 Morning tea – BYO
  • 09:45 MOUA and Great Barrier Reef site briefings
  • 10:30 Arrive at Great Barrier Reef – John Brewer Reef (MOUA) site
  • 10:50 Dive 1 / Snorkel 1
  • 12:00 Lunch – BYO
  • 13:00 Dive 2 / Snorkel 2
  • 14:00 Depart site for Nelly Bay
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea – BYO
  • 16:30 Arrive and disembark passengers at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
  • 17:00 Arrive and disembark at Townsville Breakwater Marina
Adult Snorkel $274.00
Child Snorkel $224.00 (Aged 6 - 12 years)

What's included

  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Wetsuit/Stinger suit for snorkelers
  • Tea, Coffee, chilled Water and Cordial
  • Briefings and care from our friendly and professional crew


  • Allow approximately 9 hours for the whole experience


  • Departure: Townsville Boarding Point: The Townsville Breakwater Marina at 7:00am. The boat departs Townsville at 7:25am. Returns to Townsville at approximately 5:pm. Magnetic Island Boarding Point: Please meet at Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal at 7:50am.


  • Minimum age: 6
  • Capable swimming ability. Minimum age to join as a snorkeler is 6 years old and 12 years old for discover scuba diving..

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.



Available Bookings from July 10 to July 16

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  • Adult Snorkel$274.00
  • Child Snorkel$224.00

  • Adult Snorkel$219.20 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child Snorkel$224.00

  • Adult Snorkel$219.20 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child Snorkel$224.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Derrick from Australia wrote on 08 February 2021

Good Dive Site, Friendly Staff

Joined a day trip out to the Lodestone Reef, took 2 hr to get to the dive site, but the day was perfect for snorkelling and diving, staff was kind and helpful, although they need more organisation skills in the bag, most of the staff are quite new to the company, so give them some credit. Otherwise not a bad day out in the sea.

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Simona Tuica from Australia wrote on 11 April 2022


It was probably one of the best experiences that I have been part of. Although I was a bit sick, seeing the coral was breathtaking and it was worthwile. Will definetly come back again. The trip is a bit long but I recommend to head upstairs, on the bean bags, with the sea breeze and you will enjoy every moment. The crew was fantastic.

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leahc from Australia wrote on 19 December 2018

Totally worth it

It was very helpful that’s we were picked up from magnetic island. The boat was small, which meant you got to know other people onboard and weren’t just another passenger number to the crew. This is definitely a great day trip out to the reef. There was plenty of time to be in the water to explore, swim, snorkel, jumping off the boat etc. The reef was incredible, the sun was hot and water was warm!

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Ken.T from Australia wrote on 08 November 2018

Great experience

Staff where friendly and professional, food was good all round great experience.

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