- Full-day cruise to Lady Musgrave Island
- Swimming with turtles
- Reef presentation
- Glass bottomed boat tour
- Guided island walk
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea
- Transfers to and from the marina
- VIP Upgrades
- Optional activities
WHAT TO EXPECT
This day tour is one of the best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef! The tour focuses is on bringing the reef to life for all ages and all experiences, so the whole family has a great time. The day begins by departing from Bundaberg on the 35-metre Reef Empress catamaran. On the journey over, you'll meet the crew and enjoy a selection of fresh baked goods and fruit for morning tea along with a tea or coffee. Watch the in-house entertainment on plasma screens throughout the vessel, scan the horizon for jumping manta rays, or spot dolphins riding the bow.
Once you arrive at Lady Musgrave Island & Lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef, you'll have plenty of activities to choose from and 4 hours and 30 minutes to spend exploring. Start by snorkelling the lagoon, and check out the pristine reef, colours, and abundant marine life. The tour is fully inclusive of premium quality masks, snorkels, and fins. Plus, caters to all skills and levels of experience. You'll also have access to flotation vests and noodles.
Nothing prepares you for the majestic nature ofswimming with the turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll be able to snorkel with Green and Loggerhead turtles within the protected waters of the Lady Musgrave reef lagoon all year round. From October, when breeding season begins, the waters are full of activity especially with turtles returning to mate and lay eggs on Lady Musgrave Island. The in-water snorkel guides will assist you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
If you'd prefer not to get wet, the glass bottom boat tour allows you to still have a full reef experience and view the underwater world. Peek through the visibility glass as the crew takes you on a highly informative and visual tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Witness the different types and spectacular colours of hard and soft corals, the hundreds of tropical and exotic fish, resident turtles, and abundance of local marine life that greet you from the comfort of the fully shaded, jet-driven vessel.
Next, stretch your sea legs with a land adventure, and join one of the popular 45-minute guided island walks to learn about the unique and fascinating wildlife, history, and natural phenomenons. The friendly and professional marine biologists will provide you with an intimate understanding of this beautiful and fragile island paradise. The diversity and abundance of ever-changing wildlife are incredible. Lady Musgrave Island is also a significant seabird breeding island that provides habitat for thousands of nesting seabirds including the white-capped noddy terns that nest in the Pisonia trees. The native Bridled Terns, Black-naped Terns, and Silver gulls nest on the ground in more open areas close to the beach and Lady Musgrave Lagoon.
All this activity will work up a big appetite, so dig into the delicious gourmet buffet lunch, which incorporates the freshest local produce Bundaberg has to offer. It includes salad, seafood, cold meats, fresh fruit, and more!
On the return journey to Bundaberg, you'll be able to relax, swap stories, and enjoy afternoon tea. The catamaran arrives back at the Bundaberg Port Marina at 5 pm.
Where is Lady Musgrave Island?
Lady Musgrave Island is the second southernmost island in the Great Barrier Reef with only Lady Elliot Island more southern.
How Long Does It Take To Get To Lady Musgrave Island?
The trip to Lady Musgrave Island is approximately 2 hours 15 from the time the tour departs Bundaberg and reaches the island.
Am I missing anything by choosing to come to the Southern Great Barrier Reef instead of Cairns or Whitsundays?
Certainly not! The reef is a large, diverse ecosystem covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. Every part of the reef will be different to another, however, you certainly will not miss anything by deciding to come to the southern great barrier reef rather than Cairns.
What should I bring?
Towel, sunscreen, swimmers, hat, camera, footwear for island walks, jumper/sweater, cash/eftpos for drinks or souvenirs at the bar.
Are There Toilets And Showers On Board?
Yes, there are freshwater showers with the chill taken off onboard the vessel, which you can use to rinse yourself after water activities.
Should we bring our own cold drinks?
Please bring a bottle of water that can be refilled throughout the day from our chilled and triple-filtered water cooler. Cold soft drinks, juices and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase onboard.
When is the best time of the year to visit?
Nature has something to share and surprise us with every day of the year. During the winter months, the tour sees the humpback whale migration, while in summer the tour sees mating, nesting and hatching turtles. All activities take place all year round, including snorkelling and diving. While Great Barrier Reef tours which depart out of Cairns and other destinations along the Great Barrier Reef may have a distinct stinger season, our subtropical climate means the tour is exempt from this and can swim safely all year round.
What if I don't want to go on the glass bottom boat?
A towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, thongs or footwear for island walks and a camera to capture your experience. Money to buy drinks, snacks or souvenirs from the kiosk bar. Certification card if you are a certified diver and money to pay for an introductory dive if you want to do your first dive! The tour sells thongs for those who require footwear for island walks.
Does the tour provide snorkelling gear?
The tour provides high-quality Mares masks, snorkel and fins. The tour also has optical masks and wetsuits for hire.
Does the tour have children's snorkelling equipment?
On board, there is plenty of high-quality Mares Sharky Jr masks and snorkels suited for children aged 4-7 and junior fins.
Can I still snorkel if i don’t know how to swim?
Regardless of swimming ability, the tour recommends guests to swim in buddy pairs. However, if you are not a confident swimmer an in-water snorkel guide will be able to assist by providing additional floatation and reassurance in the water. Life vests, pool noodles and wetsuits are available.
How long do we get to snorkel?
To ensure guests experience the most from their trip to Lady Musgrave the day is divided into activities. Grouping will coordinate snorkelling times for guests and designate time to partake in the island activities including the glass bottom boat and guided island tour. However, if guests do not want to participate in the island activities an all-day snorkel option is available.
Guests will enjoy up to 2 hours of snorkelling if choosing to participate in all activities, and if snorkelling all day, up to 4 hours.
Is there any age limit for snorkelling?
No, anyone can snorkel! The entry and exit points to the water are very easy and we make every effort to ensure the safety of all guests. Swim jackets, noodles and in-water assistance from our wonderful, fully qualified and experienced staff is provided. The tour recommends that children be supervised by an adult at all times. Please note that it is Queensland regulations that any medical conditions which may affect your ability to snorkel safely must be disclosed to our staff. By informing us, we will be able to ensure your safety and make sure you have the best experience possible!
Can I touch the reef coral or wildlife?
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site and a dedicated Marine Park Green Zone. Under no circumstances must we touch the coral, wildlife or any other naturally occurring part of the Great Barrier Reef. This protects the Great Barrier Reef for the enjoyment of today’s and future generations as well as protecting yourself from potential infection or damage from the coral and wildlife.
Will I see a turtle?
The turtles at Lady Musgrave are wild creatures however our experience will do everything to provide guests with the opportunity to see a turtle. The snorkel guides’ in-depth snorkel briefing will highlight the location of a marked turtle cleaning station and the best snorkel path for snorkelers. While ensuring the safety of guests in the water, the in-water snorkel guides and lookout crew will help spot any turtles for snorkelers. The Glass Bottom Boat Driver will also take guests to the turtle cleaning station during the Glass Bottom Boat Tours and during breeding season turtle tracks can be seen on the island. If you are very lucky, during the season (January to March), it may be possible to see baby hatchlings running to the water from their nests. Nature is full of surprises and our crew will do its best to work with nature to bring you the best experience possible.
Will I get seasick?
As travel to Lady Musgrave Island is an open ocean passage, the tour strongly recommends that all passengers take sea-sickness medication as a precaution. Suggestions to help with sea-sickness is to take a sea-sickness tablet the night prior to travel, stay well hydrated, avoid alcohol & take another sea-sickness tablet the morning of your tour date. The tour has sea-sickness tablets for sale on board.
Can we walk around by ourselves?
No, as the tour operates in a Marine Park, the area is protected and it is a requirement by law that all guests stay with the guide on the island. The island tour is a fully guided tour for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, and we ensure you’ll have the chance to enjoy and learn something new as our guides bring the island to life with their narration.
What if I can't do the island walk?
If you're unable to walk for the 45 minute guided island tour, there are some lovely benches and trees to rest under until the tour group returns.
I don’t want to go to the island?
A guest may choose to stay on board the main vessel to snorkel all day instead of participating in the island activities that include the guided island walk and glass-bottom boat tour.
Can I go snorkeling from the island?
No, all snorkelling activities take place from the boat. As the tour operates in a marine park, their permit allows guests to snorkel within a designated area. This ensures the integrity of the marine park and wildlife is maintained, and of course, helps to ensure guest safety.
Are there any babysitting options available?
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst onboard. This day tour does not offer any babysitting services, however, the day can be organised and adapted to suit families with children, ensuring everyone gets the most out of their day! Chat to the crew about your options and the tour will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.
- All tours are subject to weather and minimum numbers and may be changed without notice due to conditions on the day and will incur no liability for any such cancellation or alteration
- The operator reserves the right to substitute vessels if necessary
- The operator holds no responsibility for loss or damage to goods
If the you chooses to cancel the tour for any reason, the following fees apply:
- 20% cancellation fee if cancelled from date of booking to 60 hours prior to tour date
- Cancellation 48-60 hours prior to tour date 50% cancellation fee will apply
- Less than 48 hours or failure to board 100% of the fare is withheld
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