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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 ParkSwim in secluded areas amongst more than 90 vibrant species of coral and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays.

Must Do


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 BeachOld Settlement BeachErscott’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

Snorkelling on Lord Howe Island NSW


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.

Diving, Lord Howe Island. Image Grahame McConnell

Water Sports

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 favouriteFind airborne thrills kite surfing and windsurfing at Lagoon Beach at Neds BeachThe 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.

Windsports on Lord Howe Island NSW

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.