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Diving in Lady Elliot Island

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When to go to Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is a year-round destination. The lowest average air temperature is 23C/73F in July and the highest is 30C/86F in January. The average water temperature ranges between 23C/73F in August and 28C/82F in February. The best time to scuba dive is mid-August to mid-December, when the conditions are excellent. The waters surrounding the island are exceptionally clear, with an average visibility of over 20m/66ft.


What to see

Formed over 3,000 years, Lady Elliot Island is home to over 50 species of birds, nesting sea turtles, beautiful coral formations, and a wide array of marine creatures, including cleaner shrimp, scorpionfish, lionfish, moray eels, trevallies, rays, barracudas, different species of sharks, and many other marine creatures.

Scuba diving in Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island, located 80km/50mi north of Bundaberg, is the southernmost coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. The island can be reached by daily flights that land at the island’s airstrip. The Island is located within a Marine National Park ‘Green Zone’ and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef, which is a World Heritage Area. Only a limited number of guests are allowed at one time, so it is advisable to book a dive trip to Lady Elliot Island in advance, because the island is very popular with families and leisure groups that are keen to explore this rich marine ecosystem. The tourist activities on the island include swimming, guided snorkeling classes by marine biologists, diving, reef walks, and guided cruises on glass-bottom boats.


Most popular dive sites

Some of the popular dive sites at Lady Elliot Island are the Lighthouse Bommie (a set of coral heads just 100m/328ft off shore), Three Pyramids (three large coral bommies), Blow Hole, and Anchor Bommies (here divers will see two ancient admiralty anchors and an abundance of marine life).

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