Lady Musgrave Island Tour | 1770 Snorkel Tours

Tour Code: 851

Departing: Seventeen Seventy

Lady Musgrave Island Tour
  • Snorkel the Southern Great Barrier Reef at Lady Musgrave Island departing from 1770 next to Agnes Water, closest access point to Lady Musgrave Island.
  • Lady Musgrave Island has it's own protected lagoon for you to snorkel the almost 10 kilometres of coral reef wall that is teaming with brilliant marine life
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Lady Musgrave Island and learn all about her history and wildlife attractions
  • At different times of the year you will see the Great Eight of the Great Barrier Reef. Whales, Manta Rays, Clown fish, Sharks, Giant clams, Potato Cod, Maori Wrasse and Turtles on our Lady Musgrave tours  
  • Enjoy a glass bottom boat tour around the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon and see the colourful marine life and corals
  • Small group tour (school holiday excluded) led by friendly local crew members.
  • Exceptional water quality. Protected lagoon provides safe and calm conditions for year round snorkelling in crystal clear water.
  • Daily encounters with turtles, reef fish, birds and other marine life, even whales during the migration season

Included In Price

  • Transfers to Lady Musgrave Island from 1770 Marina.
  • 5 hours on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
  • Turtle encounters year round.
  • Transfer from main vessel to and from Lady Musgrave Island onboard capable vessel.
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewing.
  • Guided island walk.
  • Snorkel equipment & floatation aids provided
  • Tea, coffee and chilled water available throughout the tour
  • Water bottle refill station.

Lady Musgrave Island tours depart from Seventeen Seventy daily for snorkel tours of the magnificent and safe 10 kilometre coral walled lagoon around the island that is simply teeming with a huge variety of marine life.

Book your family on our spectacular Lady Musgrave Island tour from 1770.

Lady Musgrave Island is a gorgeous oasis on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef that you simply must visit if holidaying in the idylic Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water region. 


  • Only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a Unique Navigable Lagoon & Island.
  • Pristine 2950 acre coral lagoon abundant in 1300 varieties of tropical fish and 350 species of hard and soft corals.
  • World-class snorkelling. 
  • Nature and Eco tours - Swim with the turtles and see manta rays all year round.
  • Spot migrating humpback whales in season. (June - Sept)
  • See Loggerhead and Green Sea turtles breeding in October to December - turtles hatch January to April.
  • Glass bottom boat viewing and Island walks.
  • Coral Island - White Coral Sands - fauna & flora - birds nesting October to December.
  • The Southern Great Barrier Reef is part of one of the seven wonders of the world

With our departature from Seventeen Seventy, the boat cruise to Lady Musgrave Island is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Guests staying in Agnes Water have just a few minutes drive to the 1770 Marina. 

The Southern Great Barrier Reef region is the official start of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg and covers approximately 2300 kilometres of the Queensland coastline up to The Wild North of Cape York and Torres Straits Islands.

The waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef are known as some of the most brilliant places to see the Great Eight iconic marine animals of the reef due to the purity of the waters and the thriving eco system in this location.

Guests can now go on a Lady Musgrave Island tour from the resort town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy) next to Agnes Water on our snorkel tour to see the following marine life at various times of the year.

THE GREAT 8 - Lady Musgrave Island 
The only place in the World that all of the great 8 can be seen in season.

1. Whales
2. Manta Rays
3. Clown Fish
4. Reef Sharks
5. Giant Clams
6. Potato Cod
7. Maori Wrasse
8. Turtles

15% public holiday surcharge will be applied and added to your booking total on all Queensland public holidays.

What Are The Activities On This Tour To Lady Musgrave Island?

Whilst at Lady Musgrave Island guests may choose to spend all of their time in the water snorkeling the 10 kilometer coral lagoon walls or join in the fascinating glass bottom boat tour and/or an eco-island walk to see the birds and wildlife and learn all about the history of the island and the Great Barrier Reef. 

This area of the Great Barrier Reef is famous for the sighting of squadrons of Mantaray and people come from far and wide to see them as they perform underwater ballet.

The size of the Mantaray is impressive as is the way they gently glide through the water feeding on large quantities of zooplankton and small fish.

A fascinating fact for you is each Manatray is identifiable by its unique underbelly marking and no two are the same.

Everyone loves sea turtles and we have plenty of them here at Lady Musgrave Island for you to snorkel alongside.

Guests are always impressed with the huge variety of marine life, health and the colours of the corals surrounding Lady Musgrave Island.

See some of the other "Great Eight" Great Barrier Reef living icons can be seen in an article here for your reading pleasure.

During our Great Barrier Reef tour guests will enjoy morning and afternoon tea and a buffet luncheon.

Now you have visited Lady Musgrave Island take a scenic flight and day tour to Lady Elliot Island.

Take a look at our private charter boat tours in Agnes Water

Sample Day Tour Itinerary

8.30am (*) - Check in at 1770 Marina

Depart 1770 Marina

Morning tea during transfer – Fresh scones with jam and cream and biscuits

Arrive Lady Musgrave Island

Guided Island Walk

Glass Bottom Boat Viewing

Lunch throughout the day – Salad wraps with choice of ham, salami or chicken. Dietary alternative on request.


Depart Lady Musgrave Island

Afternoon tea during transfer – cheese platter and fresh fruit.

5.30pm (**) - Arrive 1770 Marina

(*) Check in times change daily with the tides. Can be as early as 0500 and as late as 1100.
(**) Return time is approx. 8-9hrs after check in. Return may be earlier or later at 1770 Reefs discretion, based on conditions and passenger requirements.

Catering Onboard

  • Hand made on site each day.
  • Lunch consists of salad wraps with a choice of chicken, ham or salami.
  • Morning tea is freshly made scones and biscuits and cakes.
  • Afternoon tea is an antipasto platter shared between 2 and fresh seasonal fruit.
  • Tea, coffee and chilled water available throughout the tour.
  • Galley onboard to purchase soft drinks and extra snacks.

Snorkel Lady Musgrave

- Snorkeling within the pristine Lady Musgrave Island lagoon.

- Lagoon is abundant in 1300 varieties of tropical fish and 350 species of hard and soft corals.

- Home to resident turtles year round, with daily turtle sightings and frequent encounters while snorkeling.

- Coral wall creates calm waters for snorkeling. No swell or currents in the lagoon. Very safe for non-swimmers and first time snorkelers.

- Flotation aids including lifejackets and pool noodles for guest comfort.

- Fully supervised by qualified crew member, with rescue tender as an added safety precaution for guests.

Guided Island Walk

- Guided walk of approximately 45 minutes over less than 1km.

- Explore the Pisonia Grandis forest and learn about the symbiotic relationship between the tree’s and birds that makes life on Lady Musgrave Island possible.

- 300,000 migratory sea birds visit the island to nest each year between September to May including wedge tailed shearwaters.

- Buff-banded rails, eastern reef egrets and other species of sea bird are resident year round.

- The clean white sand, which is created by ground coral, is soft under foot and is the canvas to the lagoons pristine waters. 

- During turtle nesting season (Oct – Dec) Loggerhead and Green Sea turtles return to the island each night to lay their eggs. Hatching season is from January to April.

Glass Bottom Boat Coral Viewing Tour

- 12m purpose built glass bottom boat for Lady Musgrave Island launched in April 2023. 

- Explore the Lady Musgrave Lagoon from above, including coral bommies abundant in fish.

- Local guides share knowledge on the lagoon and surrounding ocean habitats.

- Interpretation of the lagoons intricate ecosystem and how species interact to survive within the lagoon.

- Lady Musgrave Island’s coral is exceptionally healthy, being far enough south in cool waters. Has not experienced any coral bleaching events in the past 10 years.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Seventeen Seventy

Departure Time
  • Check in times change daily with the tides. Can be as early as 5.00am and as late as 11.00am
  • Return time is approx. 8-9hrs after check in. Return may be earlier or later at the operator's discretion, based on conditions and passenger requirements.
Departure Instructions
  • This trip departs from 1770 Marina located 535 Captain Cook Drive, Town of 1770, 4677
  • Guests staying in Agnes Water drive to Seventeen Seventy marina just a few minutes down the road. Plenty of parking.
  • 1770reef does not offer a shuttle service.

Lady Musgrave Island

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Departure times depends on tides, times may vary - Check in time varies between 5.00am and 11.00am
Transfer to Lady Musgrave from 1770: 90min approx
Please note Public Holiday rates may apply


8 to 9 hours approx.

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Galley onboard to purchase soft drinks and extra snacks.
  • Wetsuits available to hire onboard. $10 each
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

  • Travel during some conditions is not suitable for passengers with back conditions, severe illnesses and infants. We will notify passengers in advance in these circumstances.
  • General fitness is required for some activities during the tour. The guided island walk is suitable for most fitness and ability levels. The walk is mostly flat on an unpaved, uneven path, less that 1km in duration and completed over approx. 45mins.
  • Snorkeling requires minimum physical exertion. Conditions inside the lagoon are pool like. We cater for non-swimmers with the provision of life vests and pool noodles to aid flotation. Crew will guide snorkels where needed.
  • Limit of one carry on sized bag per person. Bags must be able to be stored under your seat or at your feet. No dedicated luggage storage facilities are available on board.
  • Strollers/ Prams may be brought on board for midday naps/ect. Must be small when folded and stowed during transit. Cannot be taken on the glass bottom boat or to the island.
Additional Information
  • 15% public holiday surcharge will be applied and added to your booking total on all Queensland public holidays.
  • Self Drive: Six hours drive north of Brisbane and eight hours drive south of the Whitsundays travelling on the Bruce Highway. Turn east at Miriam Vale and then follow the signs to Seventeen Seventy (Town of 1770) and Agnes Water.
  • By Train: Queensland Rail train services operate to Miriam Vale with coach connections available to the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water prior arrangement.
  • By Plane: Virgin Australia and QantasLink operate regular scheduled services from Brisbane to Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton. Qantas operates regular services from Sydney direct to Gladstone.
  • Hire vehicles available at Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton airports and coach connections available by prior arrangement.
  • By Bus: Greyhound coaches operate daily from both north and south into the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water.
  • Swimming costume
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Water bottle
  • Reusable cup/mug if you have one
  • Towel
  • REEF SAFE Sunscreen
  • Warm change of clothes for the trip home.
  • Shoes that are able to get wet, for the island walk.
  • Money if you require drinks or snacks

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Infants 3 years and younger incur a small fee
  • Children & Infant must be accompanied by a responsible person
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Children must be supervised by their responsible person at all times, including on the glass bottom boat, island walk and while snorkeling.

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

All schedules, activities and prices listed may be amended without notice. Price includes 10% GST. 1770reef tours depart in all weather conditions deemed safe. Departures are subject to weather and tide conditions. 1770reef reserves the right to cancel tours at any time. Tickets are transferable to another date. Tickets cannot be transferred within 48hr cancellation window. Cancellation fee will apply. Please read cancellation policy carefully below.

Cancellations made with less than 48 hour’s notice are non-refundable.

Cancellations made with more than 48 hour’s incur a 10% cancellation fee.

In the event that the tour is cancelled by 1770reef, 100% refundable or transferable.

Please note public holiday surcharges apply

***Please note infants 3 & under will be charged $20 per infant - Infants must be included at time of booking, see extras on booking form***
***Check in times change daily with the tides. Can be as early as 4.00am and as late as 11.00am***
***Return time is approx. 8-9hrs after check in. Return may be earlier or later at 1770 Reefs discretion, based on conditions and passenger requirements***


Lady Musgrave Island Tour | 1770 Snorkel Tours

Tour Code: 851

Departing: Seventeen Seventy

Lady Musgrave Island Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$172.38
Family: au$712.98

Tour Code: 851



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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