Badu Island has the second largest population of the Torres Strait islands. The local people still retain their cultural heritage, and are extremely proud to show their island and culture to anyone who takes the time to visit. This includes traditional arts and crafts, traditional Island dances (in full island costume, including woven skirts, cassowary feathered headdresses and more), local songs and dances, and an Island style lunch, complete with seafood and traditional foods, cooked "kup-mari" style (underground steam oven).
On the way there and back, the ferry passes various picturesque islands, sand cays and gleaming coral reefs. Opportunity abound to spot any one of Booby Birds, Torres Strait Pigeons or Green turtles. Tours to the island are conducted ftom Bamaga.merset. It was even thought at one time that Somerset might become a major Singapore-like trading centre for north Queensland, but in 1877 its functions were shifted to Thursday Island.