Water Sports on Lord Howe Island
Surrounded by a pristine marine park, with more than 500 fish species and 90 coral species, Lord Howe Island is an underwater paradise. You can snorkel and dive in the warm waters of the UNESCO World Heritage marine park, or enjoy it from above the surface; kayaking, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Snorkelling and diving
The lagoon is protected by the world’s most southerly coral reef – a fantastic spot for snorkellers and beginner divers. You might spot green and hawksbill turtles, blue knifefish, three-banded coralfish and doubleheader wrasse amongst a multitude of other brightly coloured fish.
You can hire snorkelling and diving gear to explore on your own, or join a guided tour. Sail the lagoon a glass-bottom boat with Marine Adventures, try night snorkelling with Lord Howe Environmental Tours, or explore the reef on an aqua scooter with Reef N Beyond.
The lagoon is a great place to try diving for the first time, with plenty of shallow dives between 5-8 metres. Experienced divers can head outside of the reef with Pro Dive to explore more than 60 dive sites, including the world renowned Ball’s Pyramid, the only recreational dive site where you can see Ballina Angelfish.
Other great dive spots include:
- Admiralty Islands
- Comet's Hole
- Tenth of June
- Rupert's Reef
Strong winds around the island make it a great destination for Kite surfing. Beginners can join a course and experienced surfers can hire a guide and vessel to take you to the best spots. 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-ing.