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Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

3 star hotel
Coolangatta, PO Box 348Runaway Bay, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland 4216, Australia
41 rooms
YES ($) Internet

Lady Elliot Island Divers

dive center
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Coolangatta, PO Box 348Runaway Bay, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland 4216, Australia

Package highlights

  • Lady Elliot is a protected eco-sanctuary and "home of the manta ray", with consistently more mantas than anywhere else on the Great Barrier Reef 
  • With a strict daily visitor number of 150 overnight guests and 100 day guests, Lady Elliot dive sites are filled with turtles, not crowds
  • Guests in the Glamping Tents can experience green and loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs just meters from their doorstep (Nov - Feb)
  • From May – November, Lady Elliot Island comes alive with the acrobatic displays of the migrating Humpback Whales
  • This tiny island is easily accessible by air from a number of major east coast airports including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay


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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.
24/7 EXPERT DIVING ADVICE from travel agents who are all divers.
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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: 25% (downpayment)
  • 60 days before trip start: 75% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 30% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

What to see

The Great Barrier Reef, other than being humongous, has extremely rich marine biodiversity with records of more than 1,500 species of fish and 360 species of hard coral. It is one of the few places in the world where you might encounter up to six species of sea turtles and not to mention multiple species of sharks including silky sharks, grey reef sharks, whale sharks and sometimes tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks. If lucky, you might see the shy dugong, which is known to frequent the sea grass beds.

Manta rays are frequently seen especially to the south of the Great Barrier Reef. Another great dive will be at Cod Hole where you can fraternize with the huge friendly potato cod. Around most dive sites, there are stingrays, olive sea snakes, wobbegongs, and schooling fish like barracuda, bluestripe snapper, and trevally. Marine mammals on migration during winter months that can be seen from the surface, while snorkeling or even diving are humpback whales and minke whales. During October or November, you might be lucky to have a dive coincide with coral spawning season.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Excellent visibility, healthy reef and incredible marine life including turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, dolphins and whales (in season) and no stingers!
  • Dives are always uncrowded as visitor numbers on the island are strictly limited to 150 overnight guests and 100 day guests
  • Choose from 18 incredible dive sites including a blow hole, bommies and the Severance shipwreck
  • Home of the manta ray, these waters have consistently more manta rays than anywhere else on the Great Barrier Reef 

Description

At Lady Elliot Island Divers on the Great Barrier Reef, you can step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater world of brilliantly-colored marine life.

The lagoon protects and nurtures the curiosity of the beginners while a little further out experienced snorkelers and divers descend into the blue. Lady Elliot teems with life and is famous for a resident population of 40 manta rays, which form the iconic logo of the island.

Lady Elliot Island is one of only six island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, and one of only three with direct flight access to the island airstrip. The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA.

Tour the reef in a glass-bottomed boat, take a guided reef walk or stroll to a deserted beach. With exceptionally-clear water year round, you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays. Depending on the season, you may see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Resort Amenities

Conservation/Environment

  • Marine Conservation Program

Sports & Watersports

  • Football (Soccer)
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Beach Volleyball

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Aud)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)

Great for families

  • Kids Playground

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Activities

  • Hiking

Resort Description

Lady Elliot Island is a small, unpretentious eco-resort on a tiny island on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with its own reef and PADI dive center.

This comfortable and welcoming resort strives to minimise environmental impact while enhancing your experience of the rich wildlife on land and underwater. The on-site PADI dive center provides hassle-free diving for all levels, with access to the world's greatest real-life aquarium and a full range of PADI courses.

The island team will ensure unforgettable adventures and first-class information on managing the islands' fragile ecosystem, engaging you in their passion for conservation and sustainable management. 

There is an accommodation type to suit the needs and budgets of any guest, all of which are spacious and fan-cooled with no telephones, televisions or radios to disturb your interaction with the surrounding wildlife. Buffet dinners and breakfasts are included in your package, and light meals, snacks and lunches are available to purchase during the day.

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How to get there

Arrival 

  • The only public access to Lady Elliot Island is via aircraft. Seair Pacific operates the air charter service for Lady Elliot Island and offers daily flights from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. 
  • To book your air charter, please select the location you would like to depart from at the check-out stage (advance notice required, additional cost). A further surcharge of $100 will be added to the price if you are the only traveler on the plane.
  • Check-in time is flexible based on your flight times.

Departure

  • Following check-out, the staff will be available to assist with your luggage. The flight will drop you back at the location you set off from; either the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast or Bundaberg. 

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