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Dive Review of Lady Elliot Island Divers/Lady Elliot Island in
Australia/Southern GBR

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Beverly Coburn, CO, USA
Report Number 3073
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Turks& Caicos, Bonaire, Curacao, Culebra, Tobago, St.Croix,
Cozumel, Guanaja, Roatan, Florida Keys, Channel Islands (California), San
Diego and Laguna Beach, Coronado Islands and Baja Mexico, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were grouped according to experience. Divers chose the sites.
Divemasters didn't hover. Few divers and we generally tooled around after
the divemaster who knew where the best things about each site were.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Our family of four including boys 8 and 10 spent a week on Lady Elliot
Island, the southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef. During this
trip, we experienced the best snorkeling of our lives, easily accessible
from shore and perfect with our children. We only did a few dives since the
snorkeling was so superb and our kids could enjoy it with us. During both
dives and snorkels, we encountered huge schools and swirling fish tornados
of various barracuda and jack, white tip, black tip, and bronze whaler
sharks, huge bull rays, leopard rays, and shovel-nosed rays, eels, and more
turtles than we could count. The corals were spectacular;intact, colorful,
and teeming with life. While diving and snorkeling were the highlights for
us, the resort offered much more in the way of fun and education. Guided
educational activities included star-gazing, historical walks,
fish-feeding, reef-walking, flora and fauna, and more. Wayne Fox, the
general manager of the resort presented entertaining and informative slide
shows about the local sharks and turtles. David Ireland, the "original
Crocodile Man" was there filming a documentary on manta rays, so he
gave a lively presentation one night and entertained informally other
evenings (think "coconut bowling" and "reef bingo.")
The reef education center, mini-golf, ping pong, and extensive library of
films, book, and puzzles, provided us with hours of fun above water.
 There are numerous flights daily from the mainland, part of the package,
and a treat in itself for the beauty of the scenery and the novelty of
landing on a short, grassy strip. We found the food to be plentiful and
satisfying, especially the seafood buffet. Accomodations were simple, clean
and adequate, located right above the water line, overlooking the lagoon.
The staff, who live on the island, were hard-working, knowledgable,
personable, and alot of fun to be with. My older son got his
"Bubble-Blowers" certificate in the pool with the kind and
patient dive manager, Adam,and can't wait to return on his twelvth birthday
to become certified (the perfect venue.) We highly recommend this resort to
families or divers with snorkeling- only spouses. A side trip to Frazer
Island (the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage- listed
site),can be easily arranged out of Hervey Bay, also a gateway to Lady
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