Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia, just a 2 hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, is one of the worlds most beautiful World Heritage listed islands surrounded by a NSW Marine Park. Warm tropical waters and cooler currents have created a diverse range of marine life, a unique mix of both tropical and temperate water fish. In short, a diving paradise!
The island is surrounded by spectacular coral reefs which boasts an abundance of marine life. These dive sites range in depth from 10 – 30 metres and generally present great visibility.
Located at the base of Malabar Cliff at the north end of the Island. A depth of 10 – 13 metres with the top of the reef in just 5 metres. The two caves at the beginning coupled with long swim throughs make this a really interesting dive.Coral. By Jayne Jenkins A great site to get up close and personal with the Coral Crayfish and large Spanish Dancers and if you’re lucky you may see the very photogenic Silver Sweetlips. Malabar Landslide is part of a reef system that consists of three other dive sites that range down to a depth of 19 metres and are protected in Southerly winds and swell.
A reef in 22 metres of water and discovered in 2008 by Jeff Deacon on his way back from a fishing trip. Tas and Jeff subsequently dived the reef the following week with regular divers Dianne and Axel Tennie and were excited to find a new reef with varied fish life to rival the best dives around Lord Howe Island and Ball’s Pyramid. Upon returning to the boatshed Axle’s only comment was “It doesn’t get much better than that”.
Species to be found are Galapagos Whaler Shark, schools of Blue Streak Fusiliers, Trevally, Kingfish, variety of types of Butterfly fish and the rare Harlequin Tuskfish and Clown Trigger fish. Add this to swim throughs and carpets of mauve soft corals to make a truly fun dive.
The depth ranges from 12 – 18 metres. A large reef system where you can cover a lot of area or just potter around under the boat. Head north over the sand to a large canyon in 16 metres that takes you in towards the island. Lots of plate coral that support plentiful fish life such as Moorish Idols, Spotted Sweetlips, and schools of Moon Wrasse. Interesting/Rare Species; Nudibranchs-Sinuate Ceratosoma, and Racoon Butterflyfish Galapagos whaler. By Jayne Jenkins
THE ARCH The depth ranges from 6 – 16 metres. The boat will anchor in 6 metres where you can drop over the reef ledge and follow a sand channel down and through a coral Arch way. At the Arch expect to see schools of Dotted Morwong, Blue-fin Trevally, and the more common Silver Trevally. A diligent search under the Arch itself will reveal Banded-Boxer Shrimp, Gobies, and Nudibranchs. Once past the Arch you may turn south and explore a couple of small gullies occupied by Coral Crayfish, Lord Howe Moray Eels and countless Cardinal fish or proceed to the north and swim along The Crevice, a large gutter that slices the reef back in towards the island.Malaba. By Jayne Jenkins
LE MEURTHE REEF
Located just outside the North passage of the lagoon this dive site ranges in depth from 5 – 16 metres. Follow the reef towards the passage past large Acropora corals that shelter juvenile Painted Crayfish, Slate Bream and Southern White Spot Octopus. There are also plenty of juvenile wrasse species on the reef top such as Bird Wrasse, Five-Banded Wrasse and New Guinea Wrasse.
Depth ranges from 6 – 20 metres
Named after the numerous swim throughs that run out from the reef into deeper water, this is a challenging dive to navigate. Watch out for the territorial and aggressive Banded-Scalyfin (or Bookfish as it is known locally).This overgrown Damselfish has scared the life out of many unsuspecting divers as it charges up and makes a loud crack with its tail while threatening to bite the intruder.
Also keep an eye trained for Ornate Butterflyfish and Splendid Hawkefish perched on the lips of hard corals.
There are 18 family owned guest lodges on Island from luxury units to modest self contained apartments.
RESTAURANTS AND DINING OUT
We have a number of restaurants on the Island from fine dining to your casual cafe. Meals are also available on selected nights at the Bowling Club and Golf Club.
In the summer months the water temperature can range from 22-26 degrees with an average of 25-30 metres + visibility
Cooler months can get as low as 18 degrees and the visibility can range from 10-20 metres.
WHAT TO WEAR
5mm westuit is suitable all year round, as well as a hood which is recomended in cooler months for those who feel the cold
BEST TIME TO COME
Anytime from September – May, with December – March being our peak time.
Note: Pro Dive Lord Howe Island is closed from the 1st June – 30th August. Dive bookings during these times are possible with prior arrangement. Please call (02) 6563 2356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO GET HERE
Qantaslink fly a Dash 8 service from Sydney, Port Macquarie and Brisbane. Please visit www.qantas.com.au to view the latest schedules.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE Just under a 2 hour flight
WHY LORD HOWE
We are less than a 2 hour flight away with no passports, visas, traffic or hassles! A maximum limit of only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time which makes Lord Howe Island a brilliant destination for a quiet getaway. Lord Howe Island is World Heritage listed and a NSW Marine Park. The Island has been very heavily protected from development so you won’t find any big resorts or high rises, you won’t even find a traffic light. Most of all there is no mobile phone reception so you can leave your hassles at home. Lord Howe Island is a very safe destination to bring the family.
WHY DIVE LORD HOWE
Pro Dive Lord Howe Island take small numbers of divers on each trip (a maximum of 10) and have a very vibrant reef system with a large variety of both tropical and temperate water marine life. Most dive sites are a quick 15 minute boat trip from the Pro Dive Lord Howe Island shop, so no all day boat trips to get to the reef. There are over 60 dive sites to choose from catering for all experience levels.
DO I NEED TO BOOK MY DIVING PRIOR TO ARRIVING
Yes, as we do only take small groups of divers it is recommended to pre book all dive packages prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.
WHAT IF THE DIVING IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Please check our cancellation policy, travel insurance is always recommended when travelling to Lord Howe Island
DO I NEED TO BRING A DIVE BUDDY
No we can buddy you up or you can dive with one of the crew
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T DIVED IN A WHILE
If you haven’t dived within a few months we recommend you completing a quick refresher dive that can be completed here on the Island or at a dive centre before you come.
Activities other than diving can be booked via the Pro Dive Lord Howe Island boat shed. These include Turtle Tours, Snorkel Tours, North Bay Trips, Around Island Cruises, Mount Gower Treks and Fishing.