Snorkelling, Diving and Water Sports on Lord Howe Island
The world's southernmost coral reef
Located at the crossroads of five major ocean currents that link tropical, subtropical and temperate waters, Lord Howe Island is home to a wide range of beautiful marine life. The area forms the world's southermost coral reef and is protected as part of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Swim in secluded areas amongst more than 90 vibrant species of coral and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays.
Lord Howe Island Marine Parks unique location brings together a mix of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life found nowhere else on Earth, making it one of the worlds best diving sites. Book a dive with Howea Divers or PRO DIVE Lord Howe Island and discover the numerous atolls, pinnacles and reefs of the Admiralty Islands. Explore the basalt caves and reefs below the worlds tallest sea-stack, Balls Pyramid which is home to huge schools of violet sweep, rainbow runners, marlin, dolphins, turtles and rare species such as Spanish dancers, double-headed wrasse and Galapagos whalers.
With more than 10 surf breaks, Lord Howe Island offers plenty of choice for surfers, swimmers and beachcombers. Blinky Beach is a local surf spot favourite. Find airborne thrills kite surfing and windsurfing at Lagoon Beach at Neds Beach. The calm shallows of North Bay and Old Settlement Beach offer excellent kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Equipment hire is available across the island.
Enjoy a unique Lord Howe Island experience hand-feeding fish at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. This special purpose zone provides the opportunity to view an amazing diversity of fish, marine life and coral close to shore. Feed eager mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver drummer, spangled emperor and metre-long kingfish.
One of the best ways to enjoy the pristine blue waters of Lord Howe Island is from the peaceful perspective of a stand-up paddleboard. Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and keep an eye out for wrasses, turtles, stingrays and myriads of coral as you glide through the calm waters
Head out on the waters with local guides to discover Lord Howe Island's best locations for deep-sea, reef and fly fishing. Test your own skills trying to land a trevally, bluefish and double-header wrasse in one lagoon casting session. Bag limits apply on some species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy.
Swimming safety information
NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options from beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers or swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:
Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.
Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.
Always check water depth before diving in as rocks or trees could be submerged and never run and dive into the water from the beach.
Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the areas has recently experienced heavy rainfalls or flooding.