Lady Elliot Island

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and is one of the world's top diving and snorkelling sites. This Queensland island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone. The marine eco-system in this region includes a multitude of bird life, reef fish, live corals and, at certain times of the year, whales and turtles. Lady Elliot Island is serviced daily by flights from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.

There are many ways to explore Lady Elliot Island. Some of the activities include glass bottomed boat rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, fish feeding and guided reef and nature walks. Lady Elliot Island boasts crystal clear waters throughout the year, inviting visitors to discover dolphins, turtles and a wide range of coral, fish and giant manta rays. Depending on the season, guests can see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.

Accommodation

Lady Elliot Island features a number of different lodging styles. In keeping with the natural, eco-friendly lifestyle there are no telephones, television or radios and all rooms are fan-cooled.

Lady Elliot Island offers a range of holiday accommodation, from island suites overlooking a coral lagoon to permanent tent cabins. Lady Elliot Island eco resorts and suites are located on the beachfront, fostering a low-key friendly atmosphere, popular with families and leisure groups who are keen to get up close and personal with nature away from the crowds and hectic pace of major tourist areas. More Lady Elliot Island Accommodation options from TravelOnline.

Activities

At Lady Elliot Island, you set the pace - grab the latest bestseller and find your favourite stretch of deserted beach or take part in the engaging program of daily activities.

The following activities are available for island guests:

Glass Bottom Boat Tours: A full commentary is provided as you drift over the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. A great way to see the majestic manta rays, dolphins and whales (in season) without getting wet!

Reef Walking: When the tide is low, you can venture all the way through the lagoon from the beach to the reef edge. You'll see a multitude of marine life as the experienced guide introduces you to the complexities of the reef eco-system.

Nature Walks: Learn about the unique eco-systems on a coral cay during the guided walks around the island. The itinerary changes every day to highlight the natural wonders of the beach and lagoon, the bird rookery, the lighthouse and the historical artefacts left behind by the guano miners.

Whale Watching: From June to October, the great humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to the warm waters off the central Queensland coast. You don't need to go out on a boat, just sit and watch the passing parade from the beach or reef edge.

Turtle Watching: From November to February, Green and Loggerhead turtles come ashore at night to nest. The guides will help you find the best vantage point without disturbing the turtles while they lay their eggs or watch the tiny hatchlings as they make their way to the water.

Fish Feeding: A multitude of reef fish appear at the "fish pool" everyday as the activities officer will show you how to hand feed them.

Diving: Experienced divers and snorkellers can join one of the regular group dives, where qualified dive staff will take you to their favourite reef sites. Swim with the majestic manta rays at the Lighthouse Bommie, drift dive in the late afternoon at Encounters or explore secret caverns at the Blow Hole and Hiro's Cave. Dive sites are accessed either straight from the beach or via a short boat ride. Visibility regularly exceeds 20 metres, with water temperatures ranging between 18 and 27 degrees Centigrade.

The lagoon area is ideal for novice snorkellers and you'll find enough tropical fish and colourful coral to keep you out there for hours. Snorkelling lessons for beginners are conducted in the pool.