We are continuing our exploration of coral cays in the Southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. From Lady Elliott, we motor-sailed to Lady Musgrave. This cay sits on the rim of a navigable lagoon. You get that same view of a strip of land as you approach, but this time the reef extends for about 5 miles to one side. It is very extensive. The added feature is seeing a couple of masts from yachts inside the lagoon.
The passage to enter the lagoon is narrow, but well marked and brown boobies watch us come in from their perch on the green and red markers.
All you can say as you enter the lagoon is a resounding wow! On a sunny day, the turquoise of the lagoon is stunning. It is such an other worldly experience to find this heaven in the middle of the ocean. We meander through the bommies and go and anchor close to the island and right next to the marine park boundary markers – closer to the reef and the best snorkelling… The water is so clear we can see the bottom, a few rocks covered with corals, fishes and a turtle. There is a huge groper looking at us with its mouth wide open! Three other yachts are anchored nearby, but there is plenty of distance between us. It is glorious.
We are here for a few days, in sunny, totally calm conditions. Kayaks and snorkelling gear come out… both experiences another first for our family, as if coming to such a paradise was not adventurous enough! The bird life is amazing. We see birds we have never seen before, like the boobies, the reef egrets and the rails. The water is a warm 22º7C. We are in and out of it all day.
Here are a few images of our arrival and first impressions, to give you an idea of our surroundings. In the next post we will take you underwater.