November 20, 2003

Bundaberg Liveaboard - Day 2: Lady Musgrave Island

I proved to be quite unlucky this day. I saw an absolutely massive spotted eagle ray passing by, ready to shoot...aim..change settings...damn, my fingers got messed up and I switch off the camera. #$@%& !!!, time to switch it on again, that's 10 seconds too long to have the camera up and running. The ray is gone. A minute later we meet Diane and Jake and signal them to look around for a ray. After the dive they tell me they saw manta rays here. Zen...breath and relax.

Diving is usually not the best option to see manta rays, it is often much better to be able to snorkel with them. We saw a few at the surface near Musgrave Island which were obviouslly in the 3m wingspan size.

As again the coral everywhere is absolutely splendid. It is relatively unexplored and dive sites don't really exist around here. There is obviouslly lots of things to explore and note, like the place I found during the night dive which was packed with small crocodilefish in a few meters of water. This could be a dive site on its own.

#05: Location: Musgrave, SI: , Max. Depth: 14.4m, Time: 43min
#06: Location: Musgrave, SI: 2h04min, Max. Depth: 16.8m, Time: 44min
#07: Location: Musgrave, SI: 2h43min, Max. Depth: 12.5m, Time: 40min
#08: Location: Musgrave, SI: 1h40min, Max. Depth: 7.4m, Time: 36min

Turtle Coral reef Coral platter Turtle Millions of jellyfish, a food paradise for turtles Catfish Coral grouper Coral grouper Turtle Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Birdlife in Lady Musgrave Island Turtle surfacingnear the beach Venus II Venus II Sunset in Lady Musgrave Island Coral Juvenile boxfish (bad lighting) Crocodilefish Crocodilefish Crocodilefish

 
Posted by stephane at November 20, 2003 12:56 AM
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Stephane,

Your web site is a must-read! Thanks, and we are here in Gold Coast/Brisbane, looking for a dive liveaboard up to Bundaberg or somewhere slightly off the touristy path (good luck this time of year, yes?) but we're thinking of driving up to Bundaberg early one am and then catching a boat. Any tips? We're home exchangers - keen on saving money but not backpacking. Thanks!

Posted by: Cristina on December 21, 2004 10:27 AM