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Published November 3rd 2018
A memorable experience on the Reef
The giant turtle gracefully cruising beneath me took my breath away. I was swimming in the southern most coral cay of the Bunker Group and the abundance of sea life was incredible. Mantra Rays, the giant Maori Wrasse, fascinating giant clams and the illusive clownfish were just some of the creatures I spotted amongst the pristine coral.
As we travelled in style aboard the luxury 27-metre catamaran, guests were provided with a reef education session provided by a marine biologist, a snorkelling demonstration and a scrumptious morning tea of baked treats and fresh fruit.
It's a two-hour journey to the reef. Relax on the sundeck or sit back in air-conditioned comfort on the leather seats in the main cabin. If you're travelling between June and July, be sure to keep an eye out for Humpback Whales.
Over 4 hours is spent on the reef. Snorkel, scuba dive, cruise on the glass bottom boat and tour Lady Musgrave Island. There is so much to do! There is plenty of snorkelling equipment onboard including floatation vests and noodles. Entry into the water is easy with the large steps off the back of the catamaran.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced diver, scuba diving is an option to explore these unique waters. Dives take place in the calm protected lagoon waters or the outer reef depending on your experience. Introductory scuba dives are also offered.
The gourmet buffet lunch is incredible. Fresh prawns, salads, cold meats and fresh sourdough bread, were just some of the delicious items available.
The glass bottom boat transports guests to Lady Musgrave Island. This is a bird lover's paradise – Bridled Terns nested in logs while Black Terns swooped to the ground, collecting leaves for their nesting partners.
So lovely to read this article because we're booked to go diving outside the lagoon at Lady Musgrave on Saturday 17th November. We can't wait. The coral in this area is pristine and the water clarity, amazing. Tourists from overseas are told the only place to dive the Great Barrier Reef is out from Cairns. This is so far from the truth. The diving industry is not being promoted. We sit beside the 8th wonder of the world, the best place to dive anywhere! We're doing Heron at Christmas. Another wonderful place to see the reef and the magic. Cheers Dianne.