Great Barrier Reef - Day Trip

scuba diver posing behind anemone with ok hand sign

Experience the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef for yourself on board our custom-built day vessels; 14 metre MV Adrenalin, with fully shaded areas, sun deck, stabilisers, toilet, shower, along with easy access in and out of the water; or 20 metre MV Endorphin with a spacious flybridge, main deck with benches, tank racks, saloon, dry area, toilet and shower, and a large sundeck at the rear of the vessel with stairs that allow easy access in and out of the water.

The Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef is a little further off the Queensland Coast than other sections and as a result has some of the best sites of the whole Great Barrier Reef. We have a number of sites in the region and will choose the best site on the day dependent on weather and other contributing factors. Some sites feature large coral bommies with white coral sand sea floors, others have large gutters running through the coral occupied by hundreds of reef fish, and colorful coral walls occupied by innumerable marine animals in crystal clear water.

Depths on the reefs range from 1 metre to 20 metres making it ideal for snorkellers, beginner and experienced divers. Big schools of trevally and bait fish are common as well as a myriad of colourful reef fish including Parrot fish, Maori wrasse, Clown fish, Angel fish, Turtles, Stingrays, White tip and Black tip reef sharks often sighted.

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef with Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive is a perfect way to enjoy snorkeling, introductory scuba dives or certified dives. Both snorkelers and divers will be exhilarated witnessing the spectacular marine life that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer whilst being immersed in tropical crystal clear water.

You can board the vessel from either Townsville or Magnetic Island, it’s your choice!

Your Day Includes:

  • Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learning about the reef eco system
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Demonstrations and instructions on snorkeling techniques
  • All snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and full length suit)
  • Mooring fees
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment
  • Experience the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef

Dive The Reef

Certified divers can enjoy 2 dives on all of our day trips to the reef. You can dive with one of our experienced dive guides or explore the reef with just yourself and your buddy.

Discover Scuba Diving with one of our experienced PADI Diving Instructors. You will be given a thorough safety briefing, complete a quick quiz, practice a few basic skills in shallow water, then it’s off to explore the wonders of Great Barrier Reef under the close supervision of your instructor. You can say “I dived the Great Barrier Reef!” and tick it off your bucket list!

Introductory Diving Prerequisites:

  • Capable swimming ability
  • Minimum age of 12 years
  • Basic medical questionnaire – Are you fit to do an Introductory SCUBA dive? Click here to view PADI’s Medical Questionnaire.
clownfish hiding in anemone coral


Day Trips to the Great Barrier Reef depart every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (occasionally) and Sunday. Please check our calendar for availability!

You can board from Townsville at the Breakwater Marina or from Magnetic Island at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal.

Due to our small numbers of passengers it is advised to book early.

(Please note that all our trips are subject to passenger numbers and weather conditions. Confirmation is made the afternoon prior to departure).

passengers posing on MV adrenalin at the reef

Your Investment:

  • $259.00 Adult Snorkeler
  • $209.00 Child Snorkeler
  • $299.00 Certified Diver with Tanks and Weights only
  • $344.00 Certified Diver with Full equipment hire
  • $344.00 1 x Introductory Dive and Snorkeling
  • $394.00 2 x Introductory Dives and Snorkeling

Sample Great Barrier Reef Trip Schedule:

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               Great Barrier Reef site briefings

10:00               Arrive at Great Barrier Reef – Lodestone, Keeper or John Brewer Reef Site

10:20               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*

16:00               Arrive and disembark passengers at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

16:30               Arrive and disembark at Townsville Breakwater Marina

Please note that the above schedule is as a guide only, actual times on the day may vary.

*BYO – Bring your own

**Water, Cordial, Coffee, Tea is all provided throughout the trip

Sample Menu:

DUE TO COVID-19 FOOD WILL NOT BE PROVIDED until further notice

Morning tea                Fruit platter and assorted biscuits

Lunch                           Buffet-style spread with roast chicken, ham, salami, cheese, bread, salads, peanut butter, vegemite and assorted condiments

Afternoon tea             Fruit platter, cheese, crackers, and assorted biscuits

Available all day        Cold water, cold cordial, coffee, tea

Optional Extras:

  • Guided Dive $10 (compulsory for divers with less than 10 logged dives)
  • PADI Adventure Dives $25 per dive
  • Enriched Air Nitrox $50 for two tanks (must be Nitrox certified)
  • Camera Hire $65 (includes SD card, yours to keep)