7 BEST MAGNETIC ISLAND TOURS YOU MUST TRY

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LOOKING FOR THE BEST MAGNETIC ISLAND TOURS?

Magnetic Island is a serene nirvana situated right within our planets’ greatest natural wonder of the world, The Great Barrier Reef.

Often considered Townsville’s best-kept secret, this off-the-beaten-track location has everything that a tropical paradise has to offer!

The island’s picturesque views, diverse marine life, lively ecosystems, rugged hiking trails, world-class snorkeling, palm-fringed beaches, and countless days of sunshine make it the ideal destination for any traveler.

In this guide, I have outlined the 7 Best Magnetic Island Tours to ensure that you can have an unreal experience exploring this incredible destination.

 

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7 BEST MAGNETIC ISLAND TOURS

 

AQUASCENE MAGNETIC ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR

Overview:

This Magnetic Island tour is a snorkel lovers’ dream! Explore the crystal blues waters, closely interact with the wildlife, and learn all about the history of the island.

Run all year round, this family-owned business takes you on an adventure through bays only the locals know about and allow you to connect with the environment and all its beauty. This particular Magnetic Island tour is so good that it’s been rated the #1 cruise tour on the entire island and has won multiple awards since 2016.

Get this experience for only $120 AUD.

Included:

This magnetic island tour provides all the required equipment and also includes snacks and drinks to keep your energy up!

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal Stop 1 – Nelly Bay (same return point).

  • 8:15 am
  • 5 hours approx.

What To Expect:

Snorkel around the islands best coral reefs, learn about marine life, and cruise around with the locals.

Additional Info:

The best season for snorkeling around Magnetic Island is in the Australian Winter (June – August) where the average temperature is 25 degrees in north Queensland. Alongside this, it means that stinger season is over which usually occurs between November – March.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → AQUASCENE DISCOVERY TOUR

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MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR: MAGGIE COMPREHENSIVE

Overview:

If you’re thinking of day-tripping it to the island then this Magnetic Island tour is for you! Jam-packed with everything there is to see on the island it allows those with limited time to experience everything that this little piece of paradise has to offer.

Tour around the island to see the landscape, witness the tranquil waters, and observe the native Australian animals. This all in one experience is the ultimate Magnetic Island tour!

See all of this for only $65.00 AUD.

Included:

The Maggie Comprehensive tour provides vehicle transportation to get around the island and a local guide. There is also an option for hotel pick up to be organized.

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island ferry Terminal Stop 1 – Nelly bay (same return point).

  • 10:00am
  • 5 hours approx.

What To Expect:

You’ll have the chance to be taken around the island to see the irreplaceable flora and fauna, go to the famous Geoffrey Bay to hang out with the wild Wallabies, learn about the island’s history and climb up to see breathtaking views from Horseshoe Bay.

Additional Info:

The history and craft museum included in this tour is closed on Tuesdays and between Australia Day (January 26th) and Easter.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → MAGGIE COMPREHENSIVE

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MAGGIE TURBO TOUR

Overview:

There’s no better way of seeing the island than riding in style in your own Jeep! This Magnetic Island tour is a great way for you to sightsee the island’s sandy beaches and incredible views, all while feeling the wind in your hair! The 4 x 4 Jeep is an easy and ideal way to cruise around.

Enjoy this adventure for only $49 AUD.

Included:

This Magnetic Island tour does not include the hiring of your Jeep, but it also includes a guide that can show you all the best local spots that are not to be missed!

Departure & Return:

Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal (same return point).

  • 9:00 am
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes approx.

What To Expect:

Drive down the palm-fringed roads, stop off at secluded locations and discover Magnetic Island on the road.

Additional Info:

This tour has a maximum of 6 travelers and is close to public transport.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → MAGGIE TURBO TOUR

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3 HOUR SUNSET DELIGHT TOUR

Overview:

Jump in the Jeep and ride your way to the best sunset spot on the island! For those who love to chase sunsets, this is the tour for you!

This Magnetic Island tour will transport you to West Point to watch a stunning Australian sunset. Take some drinks, charge your speaker, turn up the music, and watch the sun go down under the horizon.

Have this memory for only $69 AUD.

Included:

On this Magnetic Island tour, a local guide will accompany you. Chairs, a cooler, and ice will also be provided to keep your drinks cold.

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal Stop 1 – Nelly Bay (same for return point).

4:30pm – 7:30pm.

What To Expect:

Cruise on over to watch a beautiful sunset while having a glass of wine and listening to chill beats. Then, you’re welcome to keep the party going as you make your way back to the terminal.

Additional Info:

This particular Magnetic Island tour only runs from Wednesday – Saturday.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → 3 HOUR SUNSET DELIGHT TOUR

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MAGNETIC ISLAND TWILIGHT SAILING CRUISE

Overview:

The Magnetic Island Twilight Sailing Cruise offers a more luxurious experience around the iconic Cleveland Bay. The Magnetic Island tour will give you a chance to sail away on an impressive yacht and as you drift, you’ll be inspired by a spectacular sunset.

Whether you’re a small group of friends or looking for a romantic date night activity, the Magnetic Island Twilight Sailing Cruise will ensure you have a special night. Sit back, relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy!

Have the millionaire experience for only $110 AUD.

Included:

Unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks and a complimentary gourmet cheese board to nibble with this Magnetic Island tour. You’ll also have your Reef Tax included.

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island Marina, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay.

  • 4:30 pm
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes approx.

What To Expect:

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset all aboard an outstanding yacht! Cruise through the clear blue waters while having a bite to eat and a pot of premium beer.

Additional Info:

Each booking will have a maximum of 10 people and is close to public transport.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → TWILIGHT SAILING CRUISE

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MAGNETIC ISLAND SAILING BBQ LUNCH CRUISE

Overview:

A yacht, snorkeling, BBQ lunch, and wine?! What isn’t there to love about this next Magnetic Island tour? Set Sail and uncover the distinctive landscape, turquoise blue waters, and multicolored reefs, all while enjoying a classic Aussie BBQ.

This sailing cruise has been rated 5 out of 5 with most customers and includes everything you need to have a day out on the ocean. Your hair will be salty, your feet will be sandy, and your belly will be full if you choose the Magnetic Island Sailing BBQ Lunch Cruise.

Get all of this for only $179 AUD.

Included:

This Magnetic Island tour includes all beverages, lunch, and all taxes.

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island Marina, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay (same return point).

  • 11:15 am
  • 4 hours approx.

What To Expect:

While on a yacht, enjoy the serenity of Magnetic Island’s scenic coastline. Stop off at one of the island’s famous bays, go for a snorkel, swim, or just lay out on the beach. From there, indulge in an Aussie BBQ where the prawns are fresh, and the beer is frosty. Relax and make your way back to Nelly Bay.

Additional Info:

The coves that this Magnetic Island tour stops at for snorkeling are Arthur Bay, Florence Bay, or Radical Bay. The cruise will anchor at whichever bay is most suitable based upon weather conditions.

Also, the tour can have up to 10 people on board and is close to public transport.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → SAILING BBQ LUNCH CRUISE

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3.5 HOUR ECO TOUR  

Overview:

With the windows down and the tropical breeze on your skin, journey through the Magnetic Island National Park in this must-do activity! An exciting and unique adventure, this Magnetic Island tour can have you seeing koalas and the famous rock Wallabies up close and personal.

You’ll be able to spot the Native birds chirping, eagles flying and curlews roaming. An opportunity to travel around the popular spots of the island, this Magnetic Island tour will ensure you travel to the many bays, hear the rustling of the trees and learn all there is to know about Magnetic Island.

Experience all there is with this tour for $83 AUD.

Included:

This Magnetic Island tour includes your local guide and snacks.

Departure & Return:

Magnetic Island Marina, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay (same as return point).

The duration of the Eco Tour is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

What To Expect:

Travel around the island in a Jeep to discover all the sights, the wildlife, the coves, and the whole National Park. This is a Magnetic Island tour you do not want to miss!

Additional Info:

There can be a maximum of travelers and it is close to public transport.

MAGNETIC ISLAND TOUR BOOKING → 3.5 HOUR ECO TOUR

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WHERE TO STAY ON MAGNETIC ISLAND

There are dozens of accommodation options to choose from in Magnetic Island, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of Magnetic Island accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

LUXURY: PEPPERS BLUE ON BLUE

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MID RANGE: DANDALOO GARDENS

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BUDGET: BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE YHA

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MAGNETIC ISLAND MAP

 

HOW TO GET TO MAGNETIC ISLAND

Magnetic Island is an isolated island located 8km offshore from the coastal town of Townsville in Queensland, Australia.

The best way to reach the island from Townsville is with the Magnetic Island Ferry which takes just 25-minutes on the passenger ferry or 45-minutes on the car ferry.

I have put together a complete guide which includes everything you need to know about the Magnetic Island Ferry to help you plan your trip ahead of time.

FULL BLOG POST → HOW TO GET TO MAGNETIC ISLAND

 

MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES

The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

This is what Australia is all about and what I love to share with you in my detailed destination guides.

Click on the links below to see more related posts:

 

LONELY PLANET – AUSTRALIA

One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Australia Travel Guide!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR MAGNETIC ISLAND

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

Get yours now!

 

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

Get yours now!

 
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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

Get yours now!

 
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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

Get yours now!

 

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

Get yours now!

 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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selfie stick

Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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ONLINE ENGLISH TEACHING

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Teaching English online is one of the easiest and most flexible jobs out there! Become a Digital Nomad, choose your own hours and work remotely from anywhere in the world by teaching English online. All you need is a laptop, good WiFi connection, a TEFL certificate and you’re good to go!

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MY SHOP

Before you go from this Magnetic Island Tours post, don’t forget to check out My Online Shop!

I’ve got a wide range of digital products for sale and I’m sure you’ll find something that will come in handy during your travels!

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MAGNETIC ISLAND TOURS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about tours in Magnetic Island, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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