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Dive Review of Lizard Island Resort in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island Resort, Sep, 2002,

by Barton Smith, CA, USA . Report 192.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 73 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 750 psi. Maximum depth and time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No special provisions for camera gear on boat, but there was sufficient space on table in cabin for setup.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Lizard Island is home to a first class tropical island resort with opportunities for snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodations and service are excellent and the food is fantastic. The resort operates the only commercial dive boats on the island, and typically offers 2 dives each day. The 55 foot dive boat MV Serranidae makes the run to the outer reef (on alternate days) in about 1 hour. "Cod Hole" is a favorite location. The reef here is in great condition, with far more to see than time allows. Feeding by the dive operators attracts tame potato cod, so you can get a close look a these large fish. They usually have certified divers, resort course divers, and snorkelers on the boat trip. The crew is experienced and trained in first aid, and the boat carries oxygen. Extensive precautions are taken to insure that no one is left behind after a dive. Service in the dive operation is the best I have seen. If you want to maximize your dive time, choose a live-aboard. This is the place for relaxation and luxury, with a little high quality diving added in. The tour of the nearby marine research station is also well worth the time. There is also plenty to see, including lots of giant clams, while snorkeling from the beach.
Our 3mm/2mm full wet suits were adequate for September here. The resort was renting 5mm shorties. Beware of luggage weight restrictions on the Mac Air flight to the island. Your clothes may have to go standby so you can take your gear. (Full equipment rental available on the island.)
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