You'll be staying at Base Magnetic Island which is located right on the beach! The dives normally take place in Nelly Bay which has fringing reef spanning the front of the hostel.

It's the perfect place for beginner divers with a range of sea-life from turtles, stingrays, reef fish and if you're lucky even reef sharks (don't worry, they aren't dangerous!). There's an artificial snorkel trail that's been created out the front of Base Magnetic Island for snorkelling and diving where you can see giant clams, beautiful coral and an array of colourful fish!

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How to Book

Choose which package you want to book, either a 6 or 8 share dorm or an ensuite single room and then click on buy now to be taken to the checkout page.

Open dated means you have to contact Base Magnetic Island to confirm availability. Dive Courses begin every Wednesday and Saturday

Your Open Water Dive Course includes 4 dives in the ocean which are all from the shore. You'll be practising your skills in our swimming pool prior to any ocean dives. Your ocean dives may take place in different bays depending on the weather and the wind. You also have the option to upgrade your final dives on a reef trip depending on boat and instructor availability. This can be booked direct at Base.

Open Water Dive Course Includes:

  • All Scuba Gear
  • 4 Ocean Dives
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 dinner vouchers
  • Open Water Certification
  • Return Ferry transfers

Courses Run Wednesday and Saturday. Availability needs to be checked prior to confirming dates.


Base Backpackers Magnetic Island is located right on the beach and is the ONLY place to Stay and Play, chill out in the sun by day and groove to funky tunes at the Island Bar by night.

Contact Base Magnetic Island

Phone: +61 7 47785 777
Freephone: 1800 242 273

The Island bar has extensive decks overlooking the water, spend a lazy afternoon sipping on a drink and take in the magnificent views BASE has to offer. By night the party scene comes alive with funky tunes and awesome bar games to keep the crowd entertained.

Terms and conditions ▼

Accommodation and tours are subject to availability.

Prices are AUD per person. Upgrades available subject to surcharge and availability.


All cancellations must be made in writing, email:

  • CHANGES - Changes permitted up to 3 days prior to confirmed arrival, subject to availability $50 admin fee applies.
  • CANCELLATIONS - Any cancellation 72 hours or less prior to confirmed booking - $100%. No show - 100%.
  • BLACKOUT DATES - NY Full Moon Party 30 Dec 18 - 02 Jan 19.
  • OPEN DATED BOOKINGS - We recommend giving at least 5 days notice to book in an open dated package.


Please email with your requested date, name and voucher reference. The hostel will check availability and email you back with a confirmation and some information about your dive course.


Courses begin at 9am on day 1 of the trip, all course participants required to be on site for 9am start.  
⦁ Minimum age 18 years old
⦁ You must be able to complete a swim Test – 200m swim & 10 min tread or float
⦁ The online theory test must be completed in advance
⦁ Completion of Medical Declaration
⦁ You may be required to have Dive medical (at own expense) before they get to the island.  This must be a Queensland medical.
⦁ Please reconfirm your booking 72 hours prior to arrival
⦁ You must be 18 years or older to book this package 
⦁ Passengers need to arrive the day before the course starts.

EXTRA CHARGES - $10 Environmental Marine Charge – payable on site.


⦁ Queensland Dive Medical, if required this must be completed before the course begins
⦁ Remaining meals and drinks
⦁ Insurance 


DAY 1 - Arrive at the Base backpackers, unpack and get set for 5 days of hard work and of course a bit of fun! You will receive vouchers for your complimentary meals on arrival. Customers are free to choose their own ferry transfer time. The ferry departs from the Breakwater Terminal, Townsville (ferry tickets will be waiting at the ticket desk inside the Sea link Ferry Terminal). The dive course starts at 9am (it is advisable to arrive the day before). Today, you’ll be studying the theory side of getting your open water dive certification and you’ll also have some pool exercises, where you can practice. You’ll have a qualified trainer taking you through it all so have no fear! In the evening, its time to chill out and have a good time! Head to the Island bar to grab dinner and groove to funky tunes and make some new friends too!

DAY 2 - Get ready for some more training today. Its theory and pool practice again to prepare you for your big dives!  Rise and shine, get some good breakfast (at own expense), and get ready for some more training today. Its theory and pool practice again to prepare you for your big dives! You’ll have leisure time in the evening, when you can head down to the beach to watch the stunning sunset, then head back in time for dinner.

DAY 3 - Today is the day you start your ocean dives! Today is your big day, when its time to put your practice to the test! You’ll get to go for your dives and get that much closer to your certification! Get into your sexy wetsuit and don your high quality equipment and enjoy some ocean dives today (weather permitting). You will have professionals on hand to help you if you need assistance. In the evening, relax with a beer at the Island bar and celebrate your successful dives over a hot meal!

DAY 4 - Today you will become more accustomed to ocean diving. You’ll experience more ocean dives (weather permitting) with professionals available to assist you if need be! Have fun as you get into the beautiful ocean water and check out the stunning corals and sea-life!

DAY 5 - Departure day. Unfortunately, its time to say goodbye as your package comes to an end. At this point, you should have your open water dive certificate plus a pretty cool tan!

Let's book this thing!