Lord Howe Island is very well known for the strong winter winds, making it a great location for Kite Surfing. Lord Howe Island offers amazing kiteboarding experiences, with locations for both flat and...
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.
See up to 90 colourful coral species and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays snorkelling in the waters of Lord Howe Island at Lagoon Beach, Neds Beach, Old Settlement Beach, Erscotts Hole and Blinky Beach. Explore the wreck of the Favourite ship in North Bay on an Islander Cruise, or book a glass-bottom boat and snorkelling tour with Environmental Tours or Marine Adventurers.
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.
Less than a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane is the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Offering marine activities within its pristine waters and stunning surroundings, Marine Adv...
If you're sick of the black line in the pool or the opaque water at suburban beaches, then please join one of the Lord Howe Island Ocean Swim Weeks. Each day, you'll swim 1.5 to two ...
A Lord Howe holiday has always featured healthy food, daily exercise in spectacular locations, massage, socialising with like-minded people and, of course, sleeping. During their Wellness Weeks, they&...
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***Each year in early November the Lord Howe Island Golf Open week is held with over AUD5000 in prizes to be won. An entry fee of AUD300 incl...
The architect-designed Lord Howe Island Museum opened in 2002. The museum has a range of innovative displays on the island's World Heritage environment, community and history going back to 1788.
Join the local community in celebrating the discovery of the Island on 17 February each year. The evening commences with a traditional Island fish fry at the LHI central school followed by track and f...
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***Lord Howe Island is Australia's premier bird watching destination, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in hundreds of thousands....
Just 15 minutes by boat from Lord Howe rests an intriguing group of volcanic formations, dubbed the Admiralty Islands. Large pinnacles, coral reefs, larger schools of fish and diving depths of 15-40 m...
Join the Pinetrees Food and Wine Week. In the last few years, Peter Kuruvita, Steven Snow and Tom Kime have come to teach guests about their unique cooking styles. During the Food and Wine W...
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