Water Sports on Lord Howe Island
Snorkelling or diving on the colourful coral reefs at Lord Howe Island is an incredible experience. More than 500 fish species and 90 coral species inhabit the UNESCO World Heritage marine park. Other fun water sports on the island include kayaking, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
The crystal-clear lagoon is protected by a barrier reef UNESCO says is ‘the world’s most southerly true coral reef’. Teeming with marine life, the lagoon is the perfect place to begin your aquatic adventure. You can hire snorkelling and diving gear, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
A wonderful way to explore the lagoon is on a glass-bottom boat and snorkelling tour with Marine Adventures, Islander Cruises or Lord Howe Environmental Tours. The remoteness of Lord Howe – 700km northeast of Sydney – and the tropical and temperate waters create the unique biodiversity.
The sheltered lagoon is home to green and hawksbill turtles. Blue knifefish, three-banded coralfish and doubleheader wrasse are just three species among the many brightly coloured fish. A sublime snorkelling and diving destination is Erscotts Hole, where a staghorn coral garden will amaze you.
Snorkelling off Ned’s Beach is a delight, too. Pretty coral is not far from the shore and hundreds of fish glint in the pristine waters that sparkle in the sunshine. You can wade into the waters at Ned’s Beach and hand-feed a variety of fish, including spangled emperor, silver drummer and kingfish.
Lord Howe is one of the best diving spots in the world, with more than 60 dive sites. Pro Dive, Howea Divers and Greenback offer diving tours, with some Aqua Scooter options. You’ll be astonished by the underwater world around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack. There is a vivid coral wall, caves and numerous sea creatures.
Other great dive spots include:
- Admiralty Islands
- Comets Hole
- Tenth of June
- Ruperts Reef
Kitesurfing is growing in popularity, and island guides will transport your equipment. Other activities include surfing, kayaking and SUP. The uncrowded waves at Blinky Beach are excellent for surfing, and the calm shallows of North Bay and Old Settlement Beach are superb for kayaking and SUP.