Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour

Great Barrier Reef Day Tour, Southern Great Barrier Reef, departing Bundaberg

Experience everything the beautiful, pristine Lady Musgrave Island and Lagoon has to offer on the Lady Musgrave Experience day tour. Lady Musgrave Island is a protected island and reef lagoon with pristine clear waters and buzzing coral reefs attracting wildlife on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel or scuba dive with hundreds of tropical fish and resident turtles in the crystal-clear waters of the coral reef lagoon with plenty of opportunities to encounter manta rays, reef sharks, stingrays too. Access our new zero-carbon footprint pontoon, Lady Musgrave HQ which is completely wind and solar powered with an underwater observatory and amazing reef views to enjoy your buffet lunch after working up an appetite. Freshen up with a warm shower on the pontoon’s snorkel and dive platforms. Ideal for all ages to come and explore the famous Great Barrier Reef with a variety of activities offered. You don’t even have to get wet if you don’t want to!

Lady Musgrave Experience is a multi-award winning, advanced eco-certified Great Barrier Reef tour operator. Our most recent awards are Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for 3 years in a row, and silver in 2021 Queensland Tourism Awards for Tour & Transport.

Lady Musgrave Experience has been recognised in the top 10% of attractions worldwide with consistent delivery of amazing experiences for travellers. We look forward to welcoming you onboard so you can experience it for yourself!

Inclusions

  • Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour from Bundaberg 7:15am to 5:30pm
  • Morning and afternoon tea on the transfers on our luxury catamaran ‘Reef Empress’
  • Buffet lunch using fresh, local produce including prawns, cold meats and a selection of salads
  • Snorkel equipment for kids and adults including fins, masks, floating vests and pool noodles
  • Access the new zero carbon footprint Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon with licensed bar and dining facilities
  • Underwater Observatory on Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon
  • Learn about our resident reef species on the glass bottom boat tour
  • Educational guided island walk learning the history of Lady Musgrave Island and its natural lifecycle
  • Warm, freshwater showers on Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon snorkel and dive platforms

Optional extras

  • VIP upgrade to Captain’s Premium Lounge seating with waitstaff, barista-made coffee, wetsuit hire, and cheese and sparkling for afternoon tea
  • Scuba diving in the lagoon with no experience necessary for non-certified or certified divers, guided by our dive instructors
  • Marine Bio For A Day gives you the chance to become a citizen scientist as you collect valuable data on key reef species with our Marine Bio

What You Need To Bring!

Hat

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Towel

Swimmers

Shoes that can get wet

Seasickness medication

(Travacalm is recommended)

Camera

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Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour Prices

ADULT

Adult Great Barrier Reef Day Tours - Couples Getaways

$248

CONCESSION

Concession Day Tour - Lady Musgrave Experience

$228

CHILD

Snorkelling 81 Lady Musgrave Experience Great Barrier Reef

$168

FAMILY PASS

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$708

INFANT

Infant Great Barrier Reef Day Tours - Lady Musgrave Island

$32

VIP PREMIUM UPGRADE

Great Queensland Getaway VIP - Great Barrier Reef Tours

$85

LAGOON DIVES

Introductory Lagoon Dive Lady Musgrave Experience, Southern Great Barrier Reef

$70

MARINE BIO FOR A DAY

Lagoon 12 Lady Musgrave Experience Great Barrier Reef

$55

Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour Itinerary

  • Check In

    Arrive early for check-in by 7:15am at Bundaberg Port Marina for your day tour adventure with Lady Musgrave Experience. Get ready to experience a day on the Southern Great Barrier Reef on one of Queensland’s most luxurious vessels visiting the Southern Great Barrier Reef. We recommend seasickness medication Travacalm for the ultimate comfort for your journey out to the open ocean waters.

    Finding us is easy, simply look out for the signed gravel car park at Bundaberg Port Marina.

  • Meet The Crew & Come Aboard

    Meet the crew and get ready for an awesome day out on the reef with Lady Musgrave Experience, Lady Musgrave Island’s premium eco day tour adventure. Our crew have a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the Southern Great Barrier Reef eco system and wildlife.

    Meet The Crew & Come Aboard

  • Cruise Away / Departure

    We commence our adventure and get on our way to a day of fun and exciting times on the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t forget to keep your eye on the water, you never know what you will see on the way out to Lady Musgrave Island.

  • Morning Tea

    Enjoy a scrumptious morning tea aboard Lady Musgrave Experience with a selection of fresh fruit, baked goods from the local bakery with tea and coffee while enjoying the surrounding beauty of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

    For those in the VIP Captain’s Premium Lounge, be welcomed with your very own reusable water bottle, then sit back in the luxurious leather recliners as our crew serve morning tea to you with your choice of hot beverage in a keep cup. Your sustainable souvenirs of the coffee keep cup and reusable water bottle are yours to take home! Fun fact – they are made from a blend of natural wheat straw fibre, rice husk fibre and BPA-free polypropylene.

    Morning Tea

  • Look At The Great 8 As You Cruise

    The Great 8 are well known around the world for being exclusive to the Great Barrier Reef. See if you can spot all The Great Eight on your day out on the reef with us. If you spot some of the Great 8, share the experience with others around you and let them know where to look. The Great 8 are unique to the Great Barrier Reef and seeing these amazing marine animals is truly an amazing feeling.

    During July – October you may see humpback whales migrating!

    Check out our Nature’s Calendar to understand what you can expect to see during your visit.

  • Arrive at Lady Musgrave HQ Pontoon

    Access our new zero-carbon footprint pontoon, Lady Musgrave HQ located in the calm, sheltered waters of the lagoon. Completely wind and solar powered with an underwater observatory, snorkel and dive platforms and amazing reef views to enjoy your buffet lunch after working up an appetite. Ideal for all ages to come and explore the famous Great Barrier Reef with a variety of activities offered. You don’t even have to get wet if you don’t want to!

    Arrive at Lady Musgrave HQ Pontoon

  • Activities On The Reef

    Upon arrival to Lady Musgrave HQ, you’ll be separated into your activity groups – guided island walk, glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling to begin your adventure packed day at Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon.

  • Be a Marine Biologist For The Day!

    Learn how to record reef health observations, the abundance of iconic marine life, and the important roles they play as part of this mesmerising and resilient World Heritage listed marine protected area.

    Your participation will support conservation of the reef and contribute valuable information to the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Learn how to collect data using the Eye on the Reef and CoralWatch citizen science methods.

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    Be a Marine Biologist For The Day!

  • Lunch On The Reef

    Freshen up after your snorkel or dive with a warm, freshwater shower on the snorkel and dive platforms. Enjoy a buffet lunch with unbeatable reef views of Southern Great Barrier Reef from Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon. Savour fresh, local produce of prawns, cold meats, wraps, and a wide variety of salads.

  • Cruise Home

    Cruise home and relax after a big day out on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Share stories about your day and ask questions about marine animals and things you saw throughout the day. Enjoy afternoon tea of freshly baked goods with a movie or documentary on the large LED TVs onboard.

    For those in the VIP Captain’s Premium Lounge, sit back in the luxurious leather recliners as our crew serve a cheese board with your choice of beverage.

    Cruise Home

  • Arrive At Bundaberg Port Marina

    Arrive back at Bundaberg Port Marina at about 5:30pm. Thank you for being a part of the Lady Musgrave Experience day tours to Lady Musgrave Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.

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Day Tours with Lady Musgrave Experience

Great Barrier Reef Day Tours

Complete itinerary for the Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour.

Experience everything the beautiful, pristine Lady Musgrave Lagoon has to offer on the Lady Musgrave Experience day tour. Access our new world-class pontoon, Lady Musgrave HQ which is completely wind and solar powered with snorkel and dive platforms, an underwater observatory and amazing reef views to enjoy your buffet lunch. Ideal for all ages to come and explore the famous Great Barrier Reef with a variety of activities offered.

The day starts at check in where guests are greeted by our friendly crew who will assign passengers into groups to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in the offered day activities. Approaching Reef Empress, our 35m luxury catamaran, it is hard not to notice the vessel is built for comfort and safety. As guests board, our crew will welcome and assist every guest on board for a personal experience that makes for an amazing day out to the reef.

 Once all the guests have checked in, sit back and relax as the captain’s announcement introduces guests to Reef Empress, a brief weather report, traveling speeds and time of arrival to the lagoon. For the comfort and safety of our passengers, Reef Empress travels at 24 knots with travel time of just over two hours to the Lady Musgrave lagoon.

During the transit our friendly crew will introduce themselves, answer any questions and provide assistance to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of all on board Reef Empress. Enjoy a selection of fresh baked goods and fruit for morning tea along with a complimentary tea or coffee as you watch in house entertainment on our plasma screens, scan the horizon for jumping manta rays, dolphins riding the bowe or birds gliding along Reef Empress.

Before arriving into the lagoon listen to an engaging, educational reef presentation given by one of our crew members who will enthuse and excite you about the day to come. Once in the lagoon each group will move to the designated area for snorkel or island briefings.

Each passenger will have the opportunity to visit the island for a forty five minute guided tour, where one of our knowledgeable island guides will captivate guests through an informative tour on the island. Learn about the formation and history of Lady Musgrave that attribute to the island status as World Heritage due to the culture, scientific and educational significance. Along the guided tour meet some of the breeding birds that travel long distances that will delight even the noviest bird watcher.

Great Blue, our thirty-six seat, fully shaded glass bottom boat transports guests to the island. The glass bottom boat tour will reveal parts of the lagoon outside the snorkeling area and offer guests a full reef experience without getting wet. Look down as our Glass Bottom Boat Skipper excites and educates guests on everything from coral, fish, echinoderms, rays, turtles and sharks found in the lagoon.

A delicious buffet lunch will be served to cater for any dietary needs with cold meats, prawns, salads, pasta, rice dishes and fresh breads. A chilled, filter water dispenser is on board and soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and additional tea or coffee can be purchased on board from the bar. Icecream, chocolates, nuts, chips are available throughout the day to satisfy any craving or a cheese board can be prepared for a gourmet experience. Or have a cheese board and complimentary beverage taken up to you in the captains lounge for the Lady Musgrave VIP experience. Our crew will take morning tea and coffee up to a designated area just for our VIP guests as you sit back in style on leather, retractable lounge chairs and have all private briefings and bathroom facilities all to yourself on the mid deck.

Discover a new world underwater as you immerse yourself in the clear, tropical water of the lagoon for a snorkel. Look at the famous Great Barrier Reef corals, starfish and turtles in their natural habitat. Swim with turtles and visit a turtle cleaning station marked in the snorkel site to witness a turtle getting cleaned by small fish in the lagoon. Be mesmerized as surgeonfish, butterflyfish, anemonefish, damselfish, parrotfish and wrasses dart in between the vivid coral as you float along the coral wall in the snorkel site.

Our staff will provide a snorkel briefing highlighting safety, equipment and some of the bright and charismatic species that can be found in the Lady Musgrave lagoon. Masks, snorkel and fins are all provided and additional floating aids such as pool noodles, snorkel vests and wetsuits are available. For any guests who wear glasses we have prescription masks available for hire behind the bar. Our crew will be on lookout for your safety and an in water guide available to assist guests with swimming aid, equipment or direction in the water.

If looking at beautiful fish isn’t enough why not become one and try diving for the first time? For anyone over twelve (12) and interested in trying diving, the sheltered lagoon is the perfect place to experience what it’s like to breathe underwater. Our introductory dive will slowly guide you through the knowledge and skills to make your first diving experience memorable, no experience or certifications required. For certified divers a single or double lagoon dive will allow divers to get close and personal with the  coral and marine life in the Lady Musgrave lagoon on a guided dive with one of our Dive Masters. Want to see larger fauna species? Why not explore the outer reefs with the chance to dive with a manta ray, reef shark or a barracuda. Spend the day on Sea Cat, our eight (8) seater dive boat exploring the outer reef of Lady Musgrave.

After our guests have explored the lagoon, island and meet some of Lady Musgraves marine life it is time to travel back to Bundaberg port. After a quick head count, afternoon tea will be served with another complimentary hot beverage and a piece of fruit cake. The journey to port is approximately two and a half hours. Enjoy the in house entertainment on the plasma screens, watch out to the horizon, chat to one of our crew or catch a nap after the full, action packed day at the Lady Musgrave Lagoon.