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Arajilla Retreat

Arajilla Retreat

4 star hotel
Old Settlement Beach, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, NSW 2898, Australia
12 rooms
FREE Internet

Pro Dive Lord Howe Island

5 star dive center
Walking distance Show address

2 Lagoon Rd, Lord Howe Island, NSW 2898, Australia

Package highlights

  • Arjilla Retreat is a boutique sanctuary just footsteps from the beach, where green sea turtles loll in the shallows and swim up to say "Hi"!
  • With over 80 dive sites to choose from, crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life you can be sure diving Lord Howe Island is nothing short of spectacular
  • Between dives, hike the island's Jurassic peaks by bike or on foot and soothe tired muscles with a post-trek Ayurvedic massage
  • Deserved winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2019
  • This retreat's all-inclusive perks and breathtaking setting make it ideal for honeymooning divers and comfort-seeking explorers alike


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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 35% (downpayment)
  • 60 days before trip start: 65% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 57 days prior to arrival
  • 35% will be charged if you cancel between 57 and 28 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 28 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Arajilla Retreat

Best dive sites in Great Barrier Reef

Agincourt Reef - located approximately 72 km from Port Douglas, these reefs are considered among some of the world's best dive and snorkel destinations. Due to its proximity to the Continental Shelf, the reefs have excellent visibility, and a great diversity of hard coral species as well as a large variety of marine life. Divers can experience dirft and wall dives, bommie and pinnacle, coral gardens and swim-throughs. From June to September minke whales are often spotted in this area!

Ribbon Reefs, Northern Great Barrier Reef – This area is known for a variety of pristine dive experiences. In late June and July, you have the chance to see dwarf Minke whales. At Cod Hole, you’ll see how the site got its name as giant potato cod surround you. Pixie Pinnacle is a wonderful example of a coral bommie that rises from a depth of 40 metres/130 feet. Also, Challenger Bay is a hotspot for cuttlefish encounters.

Osprey Reef – Only accessible via liveaboards departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, this exposed coral mesa sits in the middle of the Coral Sea far from anything. North Horn is perhaps its most famous dive site for its shark feed. Around the Bend displays colorful soft coral and offers the chance to see manta rays as they pass through this site.

SS Yongala – The Great Barrier Reef’s signature wreck is the SS Yongala, a 109-metre/357-foot luxury passenger ship that went down during a 1911 cyclone. On this wreck everything is supersized – sea snakes the size of your bicep and sea turtles so big they look prehistoric. Every single space on the wreck is covered in colorful life. It’s worth several dives to try and see it all.

The Whitsundays – Comprising 74 idyllic islands, the Whitsundays are perfect for divers looking to complement their diving with multiple activities, such as sailing, island exploring or just lying on top rated beaches. While scuba diving, expect colorful shallow coral gardens and a variety of marine life like passing green sea turtles, patrolling white tip reef sharks and striking Napoleon wrasse.

Heron Island – On the Great Barrier Reef’s southern reaches, this famed resort island is accessible via ferry or helicopter. Scuba dive on a bommie that serves as a manta ray cleaning station and also watch for crowds of jacks, barracuda, eels, sharks, eagle rays and very curious sea snakes. Other dive sites feature sea turtles and nudibranchs.

HMAS Brisbane – Off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the great wreck dive of the former HMAS Brisbane, a 133-metre/433-foot guided missile destroyer. This purpose-sunk artificial reef went down in 2005 and sits upright in 15-18 metres/50-60 feet of water. There’s a lot of ship to see and a lot of marine life that now call HMAS Brisbane home.

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What to see

Everything from dwarf minke whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks, carpet sharks, sea snakes and cuttlefish.

And don't forget bumphead parrotfish, leopard moray eels, potato cod and macro life.

After all, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the world's largest reef system so you can truly expect to see a bit of just about everything.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Explore this World Heritage site where warm tropical waters and cooler currents have created a rich and diverse range of marine life
  • Snorkel, dive and practise underwater photography in the shallow sparkling lagoon on the dive center's doorstep
  • You're only a 15 minute boat ride from the Admirality Islands, where you can choose from over 30 dive sites from large pinnacles and boulders to coral walls and caves
  • The dive season runs from September through to June with water temperatures ranging from 18 to 26 degrees

Description

Pro Dive Lord Howe Island is a PADI dive center operating on the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed island of Lord Howe, a diving paradise! 

Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia, just a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, is one of the world's 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.

The island is one of the most clean and pristine locations in the world, and the Pro Divers team are involved in regular clean ups with the community and are currently removing single use plastics from the island. Plastic bags, straws, etc are not available on Lord Howe Island.

Around the dive center itself, the sparkling lagoon bordered by the world's most southern coral reef provides a great opportunity to all snorkelers, divers and underwater photographers. The average depth of these dives is 5-8 metres and with longer bottom times and an abundance of marine life it is a fantastic place to learn to dive. 

The Admiralty Islands are located to the north of Lord Howe Island approximately 15 minutes by boat from the Pro Dive Lord Howe Island center. This group of volcanic formations are home to over 30 dive sites with a variety of terrain from large pinnacles and boulders to coral walls and caves. The Admiralty group is a must while on Lord Howe island as here you will find large schools of fish, rare as we'll as endemic species, beautiful soft and hard corals, crystal clear water and depths from 15 - 40 m. 


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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI® Courses Available

  • Reactivate Program
  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Technical Diving Courses

Dive boat facilities

  • Tea And Coffee
  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Diving gear

  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Filling Station

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • Self-Catering
  • Private Dining
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Hiking

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Garden

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Aud)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Resort Description

Arajilla Retreat is set among Lord Howe's Jurassic peaks, very close to the beach where turtles swim up to you in the warm, clear water.

Renowned for its warm service and laid back ambience, Arajilla Retreat encapsulates the very essence of Lord Howe Island, offering guests a haven of tranquility and peace.

Shrouded by banyan trees and Kentia palms, Arajilla is perfectly positioned on the northern sheltered end of the island’s lagoon, just behind Old Settlement Beach. Winding trails lead through native gardens to the sand, and through to the serene wellness spa, luxury suites and renowned restaurant. 

Explore the extraordinary scenery and wildlife of the World Heritage Lord Howe Island. Walk bush trails, climb mountains, swim, surf, snorkel, fish, cycle around the Island, play golf beneath the mountains, take it easy on a deserted beach, enjoy a massage or treatment, savour fine food and wine. 

Best of all, this tranquil blip in the Pacific Ocean can be reached by plane in under two hours from Sydney or Brisbane.

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How to get there

Arrival

  • Fly to Lord Howe Island Airport. From there, the journey to the resort is just over five minutes by car. 
  • The Arajilla Retreat team will arrange to pick you up for no additional charge (flight details required in advance). 
  • There is a 14 kilo baggage allowance and travel insurance is a must.
  • Check in time is 2 pm. 

Departure

  • Check out time is 10 am. 
  • After check out, the staff will arrange to drop you back at the airport (advance notice required).

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