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

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Barton Smith, CA, USA
Report Number 192
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with 750 psi.  Maximum depth and time.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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