Snorkelling, Diving and Water Sports
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, Erscott’s 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 Park’s unique location brings together a mix of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life found nowhere else on Earth, making it one of the world’s 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 world’s tallest sea-stack, Ball’s 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 - hire is available from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre.
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.
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...www.lordhoweisland.info/points-of-interest/points-of-interest/admiralty-islands/
Standing tall at 875 metres, Mount Gower is Lord Howe's highest mountain. Rated as one of Australia's best day walks, the Mount Gower hike is a challenging eight hour return trek, complete wit...www.lordhoweisland.info/points-of-interest/points-of-interest/mt-gower/
Thompson's Store is a great place to grab a quick bite, with a tasty takeaway menu including burgers, fish and chips, gourmet rolls, and salads. Thompson's also serves locally-baked bread, rol...www.lordhoweisland.info/accommodation-and-dining/dinning/thompson-store/
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At the North of Lord Howe lies North Bay, a secluded beach accessible only by foot or water.
Travellers admire migratory sea birds and take short walks to Mount Eliza, Old Gulch and Herring P...