Discover a world below the surface and hear the reef’s greatest stories. Be inspired by the wonder of the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA).
Begin your journey from Townsville North Queensland to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef on our custom-built day vessels. The Central Section 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.
As the first of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, MOUA will act to highlight reef conservation, restoration, and education on a global scale. The site located 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 is a bucket list trip no one should miss! The greenhouse, which many people think of as glass walls filled with fruit or flowers instead boasts a beautiful mix of art and science. Trees, life-like sculptures, and coral gardens make this staggering 72m structure a wonderland for snorkelers and divers alike.
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.
With plenty of reef nearby to explore and depths ranging from 1 to 20 metres, it is ideal for snorkelers, beginner and experienced divers. On the reef, schools of bait fish are common as well as an abundance of colourful reef fish including Parrot fish, Maori wrasse, Clown fish, Angel fish. Turtles, Stingrays, White tip, and Black tip reef sharks are often sighted.
Discover how the Great Barrier Reef is managed and what work is being done to protect it. Our friendly crew will take you through ways you can help protect the reef and its creatures for future generations to come.
Spend a full day snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and visit the world-class Museum of Underwater Art. Boarding at 7am and returning at 4:30pm, you can board the vessel from either Townsville or Magnetic Island, it’s your choice!
Both snorkelers and divers will be exhilarated by the experience. Discover this majestic world that offers a guaranteed WOW factor and take away lifetime memories.
Your Day Includes:
- Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef
- A visit to world-class Museum Of Underwater Art
- Learning about the reef eco system
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Tropical lunch
- 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)
- All EMC’s (Environmental Management Charges), MOUA and 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 in water sessions 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.
Day Trips to the Museum of Underwater Art and the Great Barrier Reef depart every Thursday. 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).
Sample MOUA and 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
09:45 MOUA and Great Barrier Reef site briefings
10:00 Arrive at Great Barrier Reef – John Brewer Reef (MOUA) site
10:20 Dive 1 / Snorkel 1
13:00 Dive 2 / Snorkel 2
14:00 Depart site for Nelly Bay
15:00 Afternoon Tea
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.
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
- $15.00 MOUA fee
- $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
- 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)