Snorkelling, Diving and Water Sports on Lord Howe Island


Snorkelling on Lord Howe Island

Snorkelling in the azure waters of Lord Howe Island is truly something special, revealing pristine coral reefs, vibrant tropical fish and playful turtles. Explore Lagoon Beach, Neds Beach, Old Settlement Beach, Erscott’s Hole and Blinky Beach and see up to 90 varieties of colourful coral and more than 500 species of fish.

  • Kayaking, Lord Howe Island
  • Stand up paddleboarding, Lord Howe Island

Snorkelling, diving and watersports

Lord Howe Island is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. One of the most popular activities on the island is snorkelling, where you can see schools of fish, turtles and stingrays.

Lagoon Beach, Neds Beach, Old Settlement Beach, Erscott’s Hole and Blinky Beach are all idyllic snorkelling locations.

You can also explore the wreck of the Favourite ship in North Bay on an Islander Cruise, or book a glass-bottom boat and snorkelling tour with Marine Adventurers or Environmental Tours.

Scuba diving, Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is home to more than 10 surf breaks, offering plenty of choice for surfers, swimmers and beachcombers.

Another fun activity to try out is kite surfing, using a kite-like sail and the power of the wind to pull you across the water on a surfboard. Windsurfing is best done at Lagoon Beach at Neds Beach, and the calm shallows of North Bay and Old Settlement Beach offer excellent kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Equipment hire is available across the island.

Lord Howe Island Marine Park is home to a variety of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life found nowhere else on Earth, making it one of the world’s top diving sites.

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.

Book a dive with Howea Divers or PRO DIVE Lord Howe Island and discover the reefs and marine life of the famed Admiralty Islands.

  • Hand feeding Fish on Lord Howe Island NSW

    Hand-feed the fish at Neds Beach

    Hand-feed eager mullet, garfish and kingfish for a unique Lord Howe Island experience at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. Here you can see an amazing diversity of marine life and coral close to shore. You can also paddle or snorkel in the clear waters of the beach and get up close with fish.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding on Lord Howe Island

    Stand-up paddleboarding

    Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Glide through the calm waters of the bay, where you can see turtles, stingrays, schools of fish and vibrant coral. It’s great fun and an excellent way to explore the island’s waters.

  • Snorkelling, Lord Howe Island

    Snorkelling and diving

    Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life, and snorkelling is one of the best ways to see it up close. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid. Swim amongst up to 500 species of marine life including fish, turtles and stingrays.

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and 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 area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

Popular Accommodation Options on Lord Howe Island

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  1. Blinky Beach

    Blinky Beach, on the eastern side of Lord Howe Island, is the best beach to access some amazing waves. Bring along a surfboard, body board, fins, or just head in for a bodysurf, it's the most popular place on the...

  2. Howea Divers

    Lord Howe Island is often described as Australia's most beautiful island, and is regarded as the world's most southern coral reef. The island's isolation has allowed it to develop unique and endemic marine life and...

  3. Kite Surfing

    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 surf water...

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