If you want to see breeding birds and turtles, if you enjoy snorkeling with a multitude of fish surrounding you, Lady Musgrave is the place to be. This is a busy spot though! The Lady Musgrave coral cay and lagoon are 52nm from Bundaberg and often the first or last stop along the reef yachts come to – we counted 25 boats in there! It is also a favoured destination for commercial tour boats.
We were lucky, we came here thinking the weather was turning on us and we would have to make a quick retreat back to Bundaberg the following day. But at the last hour the foreast changed, allowing to say for three days.
Lots of Birds
The coral cay enables you to go ashore and enjoy many species of birds nesting in the pisonia trees, especially at this time of year. So not only are you in a protected lagoon, but you can stretch your legs and go bird watching! Here is a selection of feathered friends we observed.
With some much bird life and sea turtles coming on the beach to lay their eggs, it was a shock when we spotted two guys walking their dog, and not even on a leash! They returned to their dinghy in a hurry when they saw us coming! A national park, signs everywhere telling you it is nesting season… People like these ought to fined!
Last Snorkeling for a while!
And then of course with three days in the lagoon, we had to explore several corners of it! The corals and fish at Lady Musgrave are different again to our previous stops. Very attractive, rounded coral heads harbour a multitude of little pullers and other iridescent fish. On a sunny calm day the colourful reef and fish are reflected on the surface of the lagoon – an enchanting sight. And close to the island, the sheer quantity of fish, particularly butterflyfish, and the number of sea turtles were astounding.
We lingered a long time in the water, knowing this was going to be our last opportunity to snorkel for a while. Here is a selection of our favourites shots – a joint effort between Wade and I. This is a larger gallery than usual, but our last underwater exploration for a while. So we hope you will indulge our passion and enjoy the photos.
After three days at Lady Musgrave, we headed back to Bundaberg on Friday 26 October. This is the end of our 2018 Coral Sea Cruise for the season, and where Sue left us after five weeks onboard.