Tourist Groups

Aquasearch Lab / Aquarium can take a group of up to 25 maximum at one time, preferably not more than 20.  The groups must have a minimum of 5 people.  The entire tour takes about 45 minutes for a group.   A second group can then come for the next tour.  Groups of >15 are split into two.

Tour: [approximately one hour]:   [$10 per person, incl. GST]]

  1. Guided tour through the marine display featuring a 29 year old cultured giant clam (100 + kg in weight at this age), corals and colourful reef fish, with particular emphasis on the clown anemonefish (Nemo) which we culture at Aquasearch. Basic talk given on giant clams and some of the corals and reef fish represented in the aquarium. 
  2. Visit to behind the scenes, where stock and working cultures of marine microalgae are seen.  Each visitor has a look under the microscope at either brine shrimp or rotifers.
  3. The Çage' is viewed with freshwater fish, some marine ornamental broodstock fish, and tanks used in larval culture.  Visitors are given a short talk about fish culture and on practical math used in aquaculture.
  4. The group walks along Gustav Creek Bridge to our house where a Video is shown in our breezeway on The Life History and Aquaculture of Giant Clams and Clown Anemonefish and / or  Odyssey, a 15 min. film by Dr. Walter Starck on the Great Barrier Reef.


Bookings are essential for groups.


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Magnetic Island Reef Walk Tours

During the winter low tides around the new or full moon periods from about April - October each year Aquasearch can organise to take out a group for a guided tour, with either our staff or a colleague working in Eco-Tourism.      The tour is walking on the reef flats of Magnetic Island, where  corals are exposed and fish may have been trapped in the tide pools.  The reef flats in different bays have various types of corals and reef organisms that would be visible to the students by walking, and there are mangroves nearshore on west-facing beaches which can be visited.  The group should contact us for planning a program. The cost is. $10-15 pp incl. GST, depending on the reef flat..  Aquasearch or our Eco-Tourism colleague would be acting in the capacity of a consultant for the group on-site, and would not be responsible for the insurance against accidents for the group.




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