Snorkeling off Lady Musgrave Island was turtley awesome and def one of the best places we’ve ever snorkelled!
And what a great start this was to our van life adventure from Brisbane to Emu park!.. It was such a fun holiday and we got to see some beautiful parts of Queensland along the way.
Our first stop was the charming little town of Seventeen Seventy…
Which was Captain James Cook’s second stop in Australia and the first in Queensland in the year 1770.. Hence how the town got its name.
And not far off shore is one of the most southern parts of the Great Barrier reef!
So where is Lady Musgrave Island?
You will find Lady Musgrave Island, sitting about 58 km off the coast of Seventeen Seventy.
Now this is the closest land point to reach the island, where a boat trip to the reef/lagoon takes about 90 mins.
However, you can also reach Lady Musgrave from Bundaberg, but expect a two-and half-hour trip each way.
We weren’t keen for a six hour return journey, so we booked our tour from 1770 through Backpacker Deals.
Savings tip – If you book directly with them, you receive up to 10% cashback to use on another tour. Plus you can save 5% off with our discount code FWS5 😊
Nonetheless lets get back to our turtley awesome day out at Lady Musgrave reef!..
Even though the weather changed dramatically as we approached the island with this massive storm front (AKA cyclone Seth) starting to form out at sea.
It seems even the dolphins were trying to outrun this storm!
But to our luck the storm blew out by the time we reached the Lady Musgrave lagoon.
Fun fact: It’s actually better to go snorkeling in overcast weather as the corals open up more and more fish come out as they think it’s approaching night time.
Where we anchored off where there were two bommies – One to the left and one to the right. With a reef wall in-between.
And I was totally unaware that I was about to experience some of the best snorkeling I’ve ever done!
The bommie on the left was home to more predatorial fish and lots of little colourful fish.
While the bommie on the right was a popular turtle cleaning station.
Then I spotted a sting ray just chilling at the bottom of the ocean.
Next a reef shark swam beneath me! So I followed him for a bit…
And this is where things got amazing!
The first turtle I spotted was at the bottom of the ocean. So I took a deep breathe and dived down to say g’day.
Then at the cleaning station another two were enjoying the full benefits of the reef spa.
As I dived down again one swam back up to the surface with me.
One thing I didn’t realise earlier was that there were heaps of jellyfish near the surface.
This just so happens to be one of the green turtles favourite snacks! And luckily for us these particular comb jellyfish don’t sting you.
The turtle just started cruising around and casually started to snack on the jellyfish. He was like the pacman of the ocean.
Check out this video to see the turtles in pacman mode 🐢😆👇
He didn’t mind us following him around while he ate at all. It was such a cool experience!
Then another turtle appeared and got stuck into the jellyfish aswell.
So I followed this guy for a bit aswell.
If you swim next to them it doesn’t seem to bother them at all.
Just don’t get in front or they will swim down to get away from you.
Green sea turtles grow to a maximum size of 4 foot.
And they can live up to 100 years old!
Lady Musgrave Island is a popular nesting ground for these turtles. The female turtles return to the same nesting grounds where they were born when it’s time for them to lay their own eggs.
What a turtlely awesome day it was snorkeling with the green sea turtles at Lady Musgrave Island!
It was way better than I imagined! And I will definitely be back.
Which I might have to add one (or both) of these to my list as I’m super keen to do more snorkeling at Lady Musgrave Island!!
Happy travels 😁