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Lady Elliot Island is a low key eco-resort offering plenty of charm and world-class diving experiences in the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef.

Located 50 miles from the mainland, in a protected zone of the Great Barrier Reef, this unique island paradise is a sanctuary for a diversity of marine life and is one of the top destinations for manta ray encounters in the world. It is ideal for both snorkellers and divers seeking clear warm waters and unforgettable marine life encounters.

Getting there is part of the adventure and the scenic flight transfer from one of four points on the Queensland coast is a highlight of a visit here. The resort is unpretentious and the main attraction is the natural environment, the reef and abundance of marine life. The 41 fan cooled rooms are simple but comfortable and have everything you need for a nice and relaxing holiday.There are no phones or televisions here. Buffet meals and light snacks are available in the beachfront dining room or café. Facilities include a salt water swimming pool, a reef education centre, air-conditioned lounges with games, books and DVDs, beach volleyball, table tennis, pool table, gift shop and a departure lounge with WiFi internet access. When not in use, the runway is a great place for a game of cricket or observing the local birdlife.

The diversity, quantity and size of the marine life is truly remarkable. Lady Elliot Island has been named by by PADI as one of the top locations to go diving with manta rays in the world.

Dive Centre

The PADI affiliated dive centre offers a range of courses, daily boat dives and snorkelling excursions to the incredible local sites. The island is in a highly protected zone of the southern Great Barrier Reef and there are 20 local dive sites all within ten minutes of the resort.

Dive site highlights include Hiros Cave where manta rays and silvertip sharks circle a cleaning station, Maori Wrasse Bommie with its resting turtles, Three Pyramids for its macro life and the wreck of the Severance, covered in colourful hard and soft corals and home to an amazing variety of marine life.

Average visibility is 20+ metres and water temperature ranges from 18-28C. There are no stingers here.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Non-divers
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Minke Whales & Mantas

Enjoy a unique experience snorkelling with dwarf minke whales on a week long liveaboard, before diving with manta rays on the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef on this Queensland adventure.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 22 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
This accommodation is located in:

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Stretching almost 3,000 kilometres along the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is a complex ecosystem blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. There are over 2,900 individual reef systems, cays and tropical islands.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant grouper, white-tip reef shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dwarf minke whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Whales, Reef diving