Things to Do On Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island is a popular holiday destination conveniently located just off the coast of bustling Townsville. If you are looking for things to do, Magnetic Island is the place to be. While there is certainly much to see and do on the island itself, Magnetic Island can also act as a gateway to other off-island adventures in the Great Barrier Reef area.

Let’s take a look at some activities Magnetic Island and its surrounds has to offer holidaymakers.


#1 – Scenic Helicopter Flight

Whether you’ve booked a stay on Magnetic Island or not, one of the very best ways to get to see the island is from the air with a scenic helicopter flight.

You’ll board your chopper in Townsville and fly over stunning Cleveland Bay, en route to nearby Magnetic Island. With 23 beaches, 40km of coastline and much of the island being National Park, your helicopter flight will spend 45 minutes in the air circling this incredible island. From the air, you might even spot some large marine life, such as sharks, Manta Rays and even Humpback Whales if they are in season.

There’s no better way to drink in the scenery than from the air. You can learn more about this adventure here.


#2 – Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef

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No trip to Magnetic Island would be complete without venturing out to the Great Barrier Reef to do some snorkelling and underwater sightseeing. There are a number of operators that run days trips out to the reef and one vessel you can charter is the M.Y. Flying Fish. It’s a fully-appointed luxury motor yacht that will take you to the very best locations.

Once in the water, you’ll be feasting your eyes on the magnificent coral and all of the colourful tropical fish. Chances are high that you’ll spot a few turtles, dolphins, reef sharks and even a Manta Ray or two.

See more great snorkelling locations here. 


#3 – Charter a Fishing Boat 

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Fishing is abundant in the Great Barrier Reef region, whether you’re out on the reef or moored just off the coast of Magnetic Island or one of the dozens of other nearby islands. There are numerous fishing boats you can charter and once again you have the option of chartering the M.Y. Flying Fish for your fishing adventure.

You’ll be cruising to all the best fishing locales based on local knowledge and anything you happen to catch can be cooked to your liking by the onboard chefs. Even if you don’t happen to catch anything, you’ll have a lot of fun and get to see and explore more of this spectacular part of the country.

Learn more here. 

#4 – Picnic on a Sand Cay

Want something very different and unique to do for a day trip? Then, how about a helicopter ride out to a remote sand cay?

While Nautilus Aviation doesn’t service Magnetic Island as such, if you venture north to Port Douglas, you can book in for the experience of a lifetime. See the sights of the Great Barrier Reef from the sky as you thunder out to your very own private slice of paradise at Undine Sand Cay.

Flying time is 20 minutes each way and you’ll get to spend several hours on the cay itself. You can soak up the sun, swim or snorkel and take in the breathtaking underwater world that surrounds the cay. Ocean life abounds and you’re sure to see a few turtles.

A picnic hamper lunch and wine is provided for you to enjoy while on the cay, as well as beach umbrellas and chairs for your comfort.

Check out this magnificent experience in more detail.


Start Planning Your Luxury Cruise To Magnetic Island

With so many things to do on Magnetic Island it truly is a must- visit destination. To start booking  your dream holiday, check out our available packages here. 

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