Lady Elliot Island is a Coral Cay of 42 Hectares (100 acres) in area with a low key 49 room resort situated on the Great Barrier Reef.
Lady Elliot Island
The island has its own airstrip which is located on the eastern side and serviced daily.
Lady Elliot Island (also known as 'The Lazy Lady') is a true Coral Cay which has evolved over thousands of years and is an important sea-bird and turtle rookery site. Whales can also be seen passing by from June to October.
Guest numbers are limited on the island and this allows first hand experiences of nesting birds - some 50 species including the unique Red Tailed Tropic Birds. Green and loggerhead turtles come ashore between November and March and lay their eggs and after the incubation period - normally eight weeks - gives you the unique opportunity to see the turtles hatchlings scurrying to the ocean.
You will experience the true Great Barrier Reef on Lady Elliot Island.
Lady Elliot Island Resort on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a low key, relaxed and environmentally oriented resort with important turtle and bird rookeries. It also boasts a reef education centre - a close up on nature. The Island is a popular Scuba diving and snorkelling location due to its interesting dive sites.
The resort has no phones - no TV - no radio - no hassles.
A relaxing laid back atmosphere in tune with nature and the sea.
Reception hours on the island are from 8.00am till 5.00pm
The Resort Souvenir Gift Shop has a limited range of pharmaceutical lines as well as a range of resort souvenir items, clothing, beach towels, magazines and newspapers. There is a Bistro and Pool Side Bar where lunch, cold drinks, tea/coffee and snacks can be purchased. The resort has a limited First-Aid facility and basic First-Aid supplies. Fresh towels are supplied daily.
Breakfast and dinner daily are included in the tariff
Most facets of the Great Barrier Reef and its inhabitants can be found in the Education Centre. Displays, videos, slides and a small library plus guided walks and talks by our knowledgeable staff make your stay interesting and rewarding.
Diving on the Great Barrier Reef on Lady Elliot Island Resort
The Lady Elliot Island Dive Shop is a PADI Resort Association member and has a comprehensive stock of hire equipment available. Scuba Diving is conducted daily and staff escort all dives. Both shore and boat dives are possible from the island. Discover SCUBA Dive (DSD) and open water courses are conducted regularly.
Note: All water based activities are subject to weather conditions.
Snorkelling equipment and lessons are available for all ages and a great way to also see the Great Barrier Reef is on the Glass Bottom Boat which runs subject to tides and weather.
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On Lady Elliot Island, you set the pace: Grab the latest bestseller and find your favourite stretch of deserted beach, or take part in our program of daily activities.
Diving & Snorkelling
Experienced divers and snorkellers can join one of our regular group dives, where the 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.
Don't forget to allow a minimum of 12 hours surface time between diving and flying. Divers must produce a C-Card and Log Book prior to diving. You can either bring your own gear or hire everything you need from the Dive Centre.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours:
A full commentary is provided as we 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!
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 our experienced guide introduces you to the complexities of the reef eco-system.
Learn about the unique eco-systems on a coral cay during our 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.
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.
From November to February, Green and Loggerhead turtles come ashore at night to nest. Our guides will help you find the best vantage point without disturbing the turtles while they lay their eggs or the tiny hatchlings as they make their way to the water.
A multitude of reef fish appear at the "fish pool" everyday, and our activities officer will show you how to hand feed them.
Slide Shows & Evening Lectures:
Learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot Island during our evening presentations in the Reef Education Centre.
Just for Kids:
Most of our activities will appeal to every member of the family but we also have a Junior Reef Rangers Club for youngsters from 5 to 12 years, which runs during Queensland school holidays.
Other Activities Include:
Try your hand at archery, volleyball, badminton, frisbees, ping pong, darts, pool, cards and board games.
DIVING ON LADY ELLIOT
To whet your appetite, here is a taste of what you will find diving Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef:
THE BLOW HOLE - DEPTH 25m
This popular site is on the eastern side of the island. It has two entrances. One on the top of the reef at 14-16 metres, just a short distance from the mooring. The main entrance however is on the reef wall and is a large opening at 20-25 metres. The main cavern is around 20 metres in length. This is a superb dive site with Lion Fish, Manta Shrimp, Wobbegongs and the unique Gnome Fish seen in the area.
LIGHTHOUSE BOMMIE - DEPTH 14-15m
Lighthouse Bommie is a set of coral heads approximately 100 metres off shore and is conducted as either a Boat or Shore dive. A rope trail has been laid from an easy shore entry to the bommies. It is a favourite haunt all year round for Manta Rays; some four metres from tip to tip. The site also plays host to a variety of marine life such as Moray Eels, Bull Rays, Schooling Barracuda, Coral Trout, Small White Tip Reef Sharks and others too numerous to mention.
THREE PYRAMIDS - DEPTH 18m
The Three Pyramids is a short boat ride from the western side of the island. An easy decent can be made down a permanent mooring and puts the diver almost on top of the first of three large coral heads (bommies). At this site you will find schools of Cardinals, Anemone Fish, Turtles and Eagle Rays. The Three Pyramids is a great starting point for a drift dive to the Anchor Bommies or the Outer Scatters depending on the direction of the current.
ANCHOR BOMMIES - DEPTH 21m
This site is one of Lady Elliot Island's premium dive locations. Two ancient Admiralty anchors lie at the bottom of the site. Marine life that can be seen here include Manta Rays, Purple Leafy Scorpion Fish, Cleaner Shrimp and a large Shoveled Nosed Ray. This bommie is covered with both soft and hard corals.
CORAL GARDENS - DEPTH 12m
This is an extremely good night dive site. All types of marine life can be observed as they slumber, while night dwellers such as the Painted Cray can be found out of their day time hiding place.
ENCOUNTERS - DEPTH 6-14m
This is an amazing coral dive with large plate and staghorn sections, and explosive fish action. A fantastic drift dive for late in the afternoon. At times a large number of Manta Rays can be seen in this area. It is also populated with schools of Rabbitfish, Redthroat and Spangled Emperor. It is also not uncommon to be accompanied on this dive by a pair of sizeable Blue Angelfish or Moorish Idols.
Lady Elliot Island Dive Courses:
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
A course for the beginner, approximately 4.5 hrs including theory, pool and one dive. Your first underwater experience is under the guidance of a fully qualified instructor. Must complete dive medical questionnaire on island. If you suffer from a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy, heart condition, blood pressure or are on any medication for medical conditions you will require a current medical Australian Standard AS4005.1.
REFRESHER POOL DIVE
Pool session designed to familiarize certified divers who have not dived within the last 12 months.
OPEN WATER DIVE COURSE
A comprehensive course covering all academic and practical requirements to dive safely and gain certification as an open water diver. Approximately 8 hours of academic training, 9 hours of pool training and 15 hours of open water training. Your training with a qualified instructor is spread over 7 days to allow you to enjoy your holiday and also allowing sufficient time to complete the course if weather conditions change. Must have dive medical - Australian Standard AS4005.1 - and three (3) passport photos. Minimum stay of seven (7) nights at the Resort.
REFERRAL OPEN WATER COURSE
Must have signed referral form from current dive instructor, all paperwork (exams, medical etc) and three passport photos. Minimum stay of three (3) nights at the Resort.
5 Dives are conducted during this course, designed to increase diver confidence and awaken awareness in the underwater environment. Navigation and deep dive are core dives and must be completed with 3 elective dives chosen by you with your instructor. (Drift, Boat, Underwater Naturalist, Multi-Level or Night Dive) Must have current Open water certificate, current Dive Medical - Aust Standard AS4005.1 and three (3) passport photos. Minimum stay of three (4) nights at the Resort. Equipment hire is not included.