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Magnetic Informer Visitors Guide : Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2010
8 Scuba and Snorkelling As a part of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic Island has an impressive variety of dive sites and snorkelling opportunities to suit any level. The fringing coral reefs and profuse marine life are easy and comfortable to explore in the warm and moderately shallow waters. The beaches provide a simple entry point for a relaxed offshore snorkel or dive. Boat diving is just as straightforward with the various secluded bays providing ample anchorage points. For the more intrepid diver the Island's waters boast an extensive array of shipwrecks begging to be explored. A must see experience for the skilled and student diver while on Magnetic Island is a trip to the famous "Yongala" wreck off Cape Bowling Green. Cited as the best wreck dive site in Australia and one of the top five in the world, the site is 90 metres long and lies in approximately 30 metres of water. Visit an important part of Australia's history while enjoying the incredible range of coral and marine life that inhabit the wreck. Marine Life Off the shores of Cockle, Picnic, Nelly, Geoffrey, Arthur and Florence Bays fringing reefs of hard and soft corals support numerous small fish and invertebrates. The waters surrounding Magnetic Island also nourish extensive Sea grass meadows, essential as fish nurseries and providing habitat for the sea turtles and dugongs. During the summer months, sea turtles nest on the Island's beaches. Magnetic Island is classified as an Inshore Fringing Reef, dominated by corals which are adapted to the turbid water conditions found close to the coast. Many of these reefs also have a substantial cover of the dark seaweed Sargassum. The optimum areas of coral growth are found in the reef slopes where diverse and fascinating ecosystems thrive. More than 150 species of fish inhabit the reefs around Magnetic Island, awarding snorkellers the opportunity for an intimate and exclusive reef encounter. island highlights • Explore the endless walking tracks through the Island’s National Parks • If art hopping is your thing, there are numerous art galleries to enjoy • Take a horseback ride along the beach and experience a bareback swim in the Coral sea • Set sail or hire a boat and fnd your exclusive hideaway in one of the 23 bays around the island • Try your luck and place your bets on the weekly Cane Toad Races • Snorkel the fringing reef around Magnetic Island’s most popular beaches or discover the island shipwreck trail • Circumnavigate the Island by jet ski or boat • Test your koala spotting skills on the Forts Walk • Navigate your way around the island in a fun tropical car Adayonthewaterisaday worth having. Swim, snorkel, fish and explore the many wonders of Magnetic Island's pristine bays. ALMA BAY
Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2011