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Snorkelling from the shore?

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Snorkelling from the shore?

Is there any snorkelling from the shore? If so, would there be accommodation close by? I will be traveling with my husband and 16 year old daughter. Laura and I love to snorkel but my husband prefers a sunbed, beer and a good book! I'm trying to find a location that suits us all. Any suggestions? We will be visiting early August , is the water warm? We live in Dubai so are used to high temperatures. What sort of weather should we expect? Thanks . Jane

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1. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

Hi,

For accommodation look on wotif to see what suits your budget. For location I like Horseshoe Bay.

wotif.com/hotels/australia-qld-magnetic-isla…

You could consider renting a house - look on stayoz.

stayz.com.au/accommodation/…magnetic-island

This link below is excellent for where to snorkel on Magnetic Island. The Geoffrey Bay Snorkel Trail being the best and Florence Bay is great for snorkelling too.

whatsonmagneticisland.com.au/magnetic-island…

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2. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

No the water will not be overly warm if you are coming from Dubai. It's winter time here!! Whilst Townsville is the dry tropics the temp can get down to 10 or so degrees at night in that time, though days will be around 27 ish.

Are you looking for a very laid back, casual and non resort type place? Then this is for you. There is distinct feel of casual here and not upmarket glitz.

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3. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

thanks for the info.

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4. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

great info many thanks. I'm a bit shocked at the night time temperature! We are looking for casual and relaxed . Do you know of any accommodation actually on a beach front?

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5. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

Re the night time temperature, it CAN go to 10 degrees but that is not common and when it does it is usually only for a couple of nights

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6. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

So will we need a sweater for evenings? Do you think there is enough to do to spend 6 or 7 nights there? Many thanks

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7. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

MI as mentioned is very casual & quite. If you are looking for a little more action & snorkelling you could consider Cairns / Port Douglas as a destination.

Flights to Cairns operate directly from all cities in Australia.

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8. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

Thanks for that. Can you suggest any other islands? We fancy 5 or 6 days in one place to relax. I have a 16. Year old daughter so need things do do, she loves riding, we all love boats, snorkeling. A bit of life, pubs , cafés would be great, we are not in to night clubs, casinos, heaps of people and noise! A tall order I guess!

We had planned to visit Cairns, but had heard it was very touristy so not sure? Port Douglas sounds a bit more up our ally any tips or advise would be much appreciated, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed to be honest!

Many thanks .

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9. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

Don't be overwhelmed, sounds like you have done your re search and are making the right choice for what you want. You can have or do all the things you want on MI. Just go chill, relax and make the holiday great.

Edited: 8:54 am, April 14, 2014
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10. Re: Snorkelling from the shore?

If you want somewhere to snorkel from the beach, then I don't think that Port Douglas would suit. We went many years ago and went on a day trip (boat) to the outer reef to snorkel. I'm currently considering Magnetic Island in August for snorkelling off the beach.

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