The warm, shallow waters and beautiful fringing reefs around Magnetic Island are perfect for snorkelers and divers alike.
We visit many of the bays by both shore and boat including Alma Bay, Arthur Bay, Florence Bay, Geoffrey Bay and Picnic Bay. Whilst not being able to boast the crystal-clear visibility of the Great Barrier Reef, the bays offer fringing reefs with rocky areas, large bombies, staghorn and plate coral and marine life you can expect to see includes blue spotted lagoon rays, parrot fish, bat fish, surgeon fish, turtles, crayfish.
Dive & Snorkel Sites
Alma Bay is home to a variety of corals and fish life in an easily accessible and safe diving environment. As well as an array of corals including large brain, staghorn and plate you will also find many swimthroughs and caverns. Expect to see anemone fish, surgeon fish, parrot fish, unicorn fish, bat fish, fusiliers, moray eels and lagoon rays. Max Depth 10m.
Arthur Bay provides a versatile site with a range of coral, large bombies, swimthroughs and caverns. A great site for snorkelers and divers alike. It is most easily accessible by boat. Max Depth 12m.
Five Beaches Bay This beautiful secluded bay is only accessible by boat and makes the perfect tropical haven for a refreshment and swimming stop and to explore the deserted palm lined beach.
Florence Bay. Offers a mixture of flat, sandy bottoms, reef and rock walls with caverns and swimthroughs to explore; perfect for swimmers, snorkelers and divers. A wide variety of coral and fish life and a great bay for spotting turtles. Max Depth 10m.
Nelly Bay offers a shallow easy access dive with a long fringing reef home to staghorn and plate coral as well as large bombies. It is home to Seargent Majors, tusk fish, parrot fish, lagoon rays, and rock lobster to name a few. Max Depth 9m.
Picnic Bay offers a great snorkel spot with large areas of staghorn coral. It is home to Seargent Majors, tusk fish, parrot fish, lagoon rays, and rock lobster to name a few. Max Depth 8m.
The Moltke Shipwreck is one of the island’s most popular dive
sites. Sunk in 1913, the German barque Moltke now lies in approx. 8 metres within Geoffrey bay. The wreck is 50 metres long and in approx. 8m of water. The Moltke is encrusted in soft and hard corals and is home to nudibranch, large sweetlip, bat fish, blue spotted lagoon rays, rock lobster and epaulet sharks. Max Depth 10m.
Advice for Divers and Snorkelers
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving can be strenuous activities. If you are concerned about your fitness, swimming ability or have a medical conditions please inform our friendly crew.
Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving or will require a Doctor’s certificate (organised prior to your trip). You’ll be required to complete a medical statement and sign a legal Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed prior to boarding the vessel. Click here to view our medical questionnaire.
You will not be able to fly or ascend over 300m for 24 hours after your final dive.