Lady Musgrave Island

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Lady Musgrave Experience runs daily trips to dive Lady Musgrave Island and dive ex-HMAS Tobruk wreck, departing from Bundaberg Port Marina, on the southern Great Barrier Reef. This is the best way to dive the remote and untouched dive sites within both the Bunker Group and Southern Capricorn Group of islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lady Musgrave HQ

Lady Musgrave HQ is a pontoon permanently moored in the lagoon surrounding Lady Musgrave Island. The 35 metre by 12 metre pontoon provides independent snorkel and dive platforms, as well as seamless access to high-speed dive boats and glass bottom boat.

A core attraction is the underwater observatory, where you can view marine life and the corals by day, and by night enjoy liveaboard-style bunk accommodation for up to 20 guests. This overnight option is perfect for dive groups or school groups.

Guests also have the option to sleep above the surface in an Upper Deck Island View Queen Glamping Bed.

Overnight stays include VIP transfers in the Captain’s Premium Lounge on your transfer on MV Reef Empress from Bundaberg Port Marina, meals, snorkelling equipment hire and linen. All accommodation utilise shared amenities with private hot shower cubicles and locker storage.

The MV Reef Empress is the flagship vessel for Lady Musgrave Experience. The 35-metre luxury high speed catamaran is surveyed for 220 persons over three decks. With a service speed of 25 knots and top speed of 32 knots, the Reef Empress safely navigates the seas in the shortest time possible to maximise your enjoyment diving Lady Musgrave Island.

The main deck seats up to 172 passengers in air-conditioned comfort with upholstered individual seating either around tables or in rows with maximum leg room for your journey. Large flat screen TVs show educational Great Barrier Reef videos and keep you up to date on where the vessel is located on the way to the Reef.

A buffet lunch is provided on board, with barista coffee available, a cold-water station for water to refill drink bottles and a well-stocked bar/kiosk. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Dive trips to the ex-HMAS Tobruk depart daily on the vessel, the MV Main Event, a 27m luxury high speed catamaran. Hot showers, wash tubs, spacious areas with tables and 240v power supplies and flat screen TVs are available.

Lady Musgrave Experience is located in Burnett Heads, near Bundaberg. The trip to Lady Musgrave Island takes approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes. Check-in is at 6:50 AM at Bundaberg Port Marina, returning at 5:00 PM. A shuttle service to and from your accommodation is available.

Accommodation options on lady Musgrave HQ include glamping tents on the upper deck, or…

Lady musgrave island … for groups, bunks in the underwater observatory.

Lady musgrave island

There is a great diversity of dive sites all around Lady Musgrave Island – with the dive site names giving a pretty good clue as to what you’ll encounter on each dive.

Manta Bommies dive site is a section of scattered bommies on a sandy sea floor that act as a cleaning station for manta rays with drift dives on both flood and ebb tides. Great for photography.

Canyons is a drift dive along a reef wall with coral gardens and overhangs where you will likely see sharks, turtles and other pelagic life as well as beautiful soft and hard corals.

The Caves is another gentle drift dive along the reef wall, with lots of overhangs and swim-throughs to explore.

Turtle Alley is a shallow lagoon dive with a sandy bottom and scattered bommies used as cleaning stations for resident green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles.

The ex-HMAS Tobruk wreck was scuttled only a few years ago and has already attracted plenty of marine life, including a resident turtle called Brookie, large schools of bat fish, giant trevally and barracuda.

Lady Musgrave Experience

Valid until 31 March 2022 AUD
Minimum 2 Night Stay
2 Nights: Two divers sharing a Premium Upper Deck Glamping Tent with 8 dives1299
2 Nights: One diver in a Premium Upper Deck Glamping Tent with 8 dives1461
Pricing includes accommodation on a double-share or single basis as specified, 8 dives including tanks, weights, airfills, and all meals.
Ask us for packages including accommodation before and after in Bundaberg, and add-ons such as diving the ex-HMAS Tobruk wreck.