Lady Elliot Island is the Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Experience .
Lady Elliot it’s a paradise island located just off the Queensland coast and is easily accessible from the near by city of Bundaberg. Nestled amongst the coral gardens at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, this coral cay is the ideal backdrop for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving Australia has to offer.
The rich ecosystem that Lady Elliot Island offers creates the ideal environment for some of the best diving in the world. Abundant with marine life, this coral cay is the perfect location to discover the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.
Located in the best spot on the Great Barrier Reef , Lady Elliot Island, can be reached by small Seair Pacific planes from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay. A trip here is an experience you’ll never forget. The atmosphere here is ultra laid back. Lodging ranges from permanent tents (Eco Huts) with wooden floors to small cabins. No spa. No gourmet food. No nightly entertainment. It’s all about diving, snorkeling, marine life, and the beach in this part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Lady Elliot is just one of more than 20 island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.
Visitors come here to keep things simple. What better way to commune with some of the most beautiful
scenery and animals on the planet? Half the thrill of coming here is the knowledge that you’re having a unique experience, the other half is the exhilaration you’ll feel when encountering all that Lady Elliot has to offer.
ON THE WATER
At Lady Elliot Island, you can walk off the shore to dive and snorkel, or take a boat to sites close by. Scratch the back of a green turtle, see giant clams and reef sharks parade around coral gardens, or put your head under water and hear the call of a humpback whale. Visit the site called Anchor Bommies and see giant manta rays swimming by colorful soft and hard coral. Here you can spend all day snorkeling and diving at numerous sites where you never go below 9m (30 ft.). And, unlike up north, you won’t encounter stingers (jellyfish). Visit this island between November and January and you’ll see nesting green and loggerhead turtles just feet from your door. Hatchlings emerge in February and March. The humpback whales migrate between June and October. If you can swing it, get to the Cod Hole on the Great Barrier Reef in June and July. You can dive and see huge Potato Cod (they’re quite comfortable around divers), and you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with the dwarf minke whales that frequent the area during those months. Ideally, yours would be a multi-day trip to this part of the reef. But if you can’t swing that, there are plenty of places elsewhere on the reef to maximize whatever amount of time you have here. The Great Barrier Reef is without question one of the great dive and snorkeling locations in the world. It’s also the largest, covering more than 344,470 sq. km (133,000 sq. miles) and stretching almost 2,500km (1,600 miles) along the Northeast coast of Australia.