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“Fantastic Snorkeler's Paradise for remote experience on Great Barrier Reef”

Lady Musgrave Island
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Owner description: This island has some of the best diving and snorkeling in Queensland.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

My adult daughter and I camped for a week on Lady Musgrave Island in mid-June. It is one of the most beautiful, but isolated, places you can find on Earth. The lagoon is a fantastic snorkeling location. Water is from 3 to 30 feet deep, very clear, and full of all sorts of wonders. We saw several octopi, a few rays, lots of green sea turtles, and many, many incredibly colored fish.
The camping details: The only way there is by your own boat, or on board the Lady Musgrave Island Cruises boat. We took the one from 1770. You must bring all of your own supplies, including water. Allow 5 liters per person per day. During winter there, you will want a sweatshirt or jacket for the evenings, even though it is sub tropical. There was not much in the way of biting insects on the island, but there are spiders-really big spiders that come out at night. You definitely want a screened tent. And try not to set up your tent directly under the Pisonia trees. The terns come in to roost at night, and they drop a lot of poop.
Snorkeling details: The lagoon is 3 to 30 feet deep, and is about 2 miles long by 1/2 mile wide. The reality is though, that without a boat, you can't snorkel the distant parts of the lagoon. That's OK though, because there is much to see close at hand. When you walk in the shallows, do a shuffle walk, not a pick up one foot put it down walk. That is to prevent you from accidentally stepping on a ray or a stonefish. Also this time of year, the water was cold. You MUST use a wetsuit, or you will not be in the water very long at all. We had 2mm wetsuits, mine was short sleeved, and with these we could snorkel comfortably for 2-21/2 hours at a time.
Great place to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and very convenient to Brisbane.
One last thing, it costs about $180 each, for the trip each way, which seemed kind of high-but you have to take in account the infrastructure that the LMI cruises has to have in place for their operations. The cost is actually quite reasonable. Go to Lady Musgrave Island, and do plan to camp at least for a night or two. It is well worth the trip!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

On our travel through Australia we didn't want to go all the way to Cairns to experience the great barrier reef. We decided to stay in Agnes Water/ town of 1770. We booked the trip at lady musgrave cruises. Staff was friendly, answered all our questions and gave a discount for our youngest child. Next, they checked the weather forecast to advise us about the best day to go. As it was low season, they do not do the trips on Fridays. It wasn't mentioned on their website or information provided at the tourist information. Therefore we had to extend our stay.
It is an all day event, with nice lunch ( also vegetarian) included. Everything is provided, snorklingsets, you can rent wetsuits, there are clogs to use to walk on the island.
You will be divided in groups and they tell you what time you can visit the island, snorkeling, etc. it looks like a tight schedule, but there's enough time! Although our son (4) was afraid, there was also enough time for me and my husband to take turns to snorkle with the other children. Meanwhile our son had fun ( with one of us) in the glass boat.
It was above our budget, but it was worth it! Tip: buy an underwatercamera.

Thank Aisa K
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you wish to snorkel, be able to swim with turtles, walk on a beautiful island with a great guide and a lot of information, this place is for you. I did a trip around Brisbane up to the Whitsundays, and I can tell you that Lady Musgraves has been the highlight of my trip.
Not only was the staff well informed and helpful, they were also very caring, fed us, gave us snacks and chocolate, and even a certificate!
The food on board was great and I couldn't stop eating.
The snorkelling was amazing, saw so many different species of fish, and managed to spot turtles just at the moment when they woke up and swam to the surface of the lagoon, where I was.
For those who don't like snorkelling so much, you can see fishes from the boats.
I would recommend this to anyone, the money is worth it.
And if one day I have the opportunity, I'll go spend one night on the island!

Thank Bluedaffs
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We are 70+ sisters and went with Harry on a Sunset Safari tour to 1770 and Lady Musgrave Island 12/7/13 - absolutely wonderful experience with a lovely mix of ages and cultures which was all linked and made possible by the personality that was Harry - Harry made our trip with his humour, care and thoughtfulness which we as older ladies appreciated as at first we were just a little apprehensive going with all younger travelers, they became our friends - on top of this the food Harry cooked and supplied was scrumptious and plentiful and the hats were just something else.
Thank you Harry we will certainly try to join you on another Safari

2  Thank laurel_fowler
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was the best thing we did while touring the east coast of Australia. Located at the small town of Town 1770 the boat leaves at 8.00am.
When we first went in to book we thought ok $180 is a little too much just to go on a boat tour for the day. When we booked it the next day it was only $160, if we were told the first time we asked this we would have went the first day, however not to worry. So we were just expecting to go on a boat tour and see the reef and some fish but we were very wrong. We had the time of our lives well worth the money if not more.
The crew are lovely and really take care of you. We arrive at the lagoon and were given a tour on a glass bottom boat which was amazing because we could see all the fish and coral.
We arrive at Lady Musgrave Island where we were given a guided tour of all the different trees and areas of the island. We got to take stunning pictures on the beach.
We were then brought back to the main boat and were given tea, hot chocolate and cakes. Then we got to go on a glass bottom submarine which was even more amazing we got to see all the coral close up and all the amazing fish, it felt like you could reach out and touch them.This was the best part for me we got to see loads of cool coloured coral and the sea turtles. It was so surreal to think you are on the great barrier reef and looking at all this amazing wildlife up close that many people never get to experience.
After the submarine tour of the coral we were given a lovely lunch. (we were just expecting a prawn lunch because thats what the flier said) but there were loads of lovely foods to choose from at the buffet.
After our lunch we went snorkelling. You don't have to do any of the tours you can spend all day snorkelling on the reef if you wish.
The company provide you with all the snorkeling equipment. I would advise to use the life vest, our friends who is a very strong swimmer and has snorkeled many times found it easier to enjoy it using the vest. The water was quite choppy the day we visited and this did make me nervous because I had not snorkeled before but still had the time of my life and it only takes a few minutes to get used to.
We got to spend 2 hours snorkelling on the reef. If swimming is not your thing don't let it put you off, basically what you see when snorkelling is what you see on the glass bottom submarine so don't think you will not get the same experience.
Afterwards we changed and the boat was ready to head back to the marina.
We had the experience of a lifetime and for anybody who wants to experience the Great Barrier Reef in a surrounded lagoona where you don't have to worry about jellyfish or any dangerous animals eg. sharks this is the place to go. I would recommend this to everybody to do its a once in a lifetime opportunity to see nature at her best :)

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