Welcome to the Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails. There are two trails on Magnetic Island:
1. Nelly Bay Snorkel Trail
The trail starts approximately 100m off the beach near Base Backpackers and turns left from the beach to follow the reef closest to shore. Follow these five white surface floats (SF) that outline the trail and offer flotation for snorkelers to rest.
The Nelly Bay Trail offers easy access from the beach and a great swim for beginners. There is a great selection of corals at Nelly Bay including Lettuce Coral, Cauliflower Coral, Boulder Coral and Staghorn Coral.
2. Geoffrey Bay Snorkel Trail
The trail starts approximately 390m from the beach opposite Hotel Arcadia (parallel with the old barge ramp).
The Geoffry Bay Trail offers a good selection of fish to see around the Moltke wreck.
For stronger swimmers the WWII aeropane propeller and engine block (from a CW-22B Curtiss Falcon) also is a great adventure.
Surface and subsurface floats
Follow the white surface floats (SF) that outline the trail and offer flotation for snorkelers to rest.
You’ll also find white subsurface floats (SSF) that are marked with letters.These letters relate to the Swim Cards which are available from participating retail outlets.
White buoys show where the snorkel trails start and finish and are close to the shore and very safe.
Yellow buoys further out to sea (and fringing Magnetic Island) are the baited shark lines. DO NOT swim up to the yellow buoys.
Please DO NOT stand on coral or hold onto the subsurface numbered floats.
1. We strongly advise you wear stinger suits between the months of November to April as stingers (marine jellyfish) are usually present. If you are stung, wash with vinegar and seek medical attention immediately.
2. Water clarity is poor during and immediately after strong SE winds.
3. Avoid very low or high tides during new or full moon phases. You’ll
find tide times at bom.gov.au
1. Base Backpackers, 1 Nelly Bay Rd, Nelly Bay
2. Aquasearch Aquarium, 6-10 Elena St, Nelly Bay
3. Fish'n N Fuel'n, 36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay
4. Island Palms, 13 The Esplanade, Nelly Bay
5. MI Post Office, 98 Sooning St, Nelly Bay
6. Pleasure Divers, 10 Marine Pde, Arcadia
7. Arcadia Newsagency, 7 Marine Pde, Arcadia
8. Arcadia Store, 5 Bright Ave, Arcadia
9. Bungalow Bay, 40 Horseshoe Bay Rd, Horseshoe Bay
10. Foodworks, 7 Pacific Drv, Horseshoe Bay
11. MIArts Space, The Esplandade, Picnic Bay
The swim cards wrap around your wrist while you're swimming and have handy information about the types of coral and fish that you'll find on the trails, as well as a location of where you'll find the buoys on each trail.
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Visit Magnetic Island TV to view the launch of the trails in 2012.
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