Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located 10km from the Australian continental shelf and situated at the southern end of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, approximately 80 kilometres north-east of Bundaberg and nestled in between Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island. The island is small enough to walk around within 45 minutes and offers both excellent snorkelling and to diving to 30m. At certain times of the year you can encounter resident turtles, manta rays and whales. Over 100 individual mantas have been identified at the island along with unparalleled diversity of other marine life and coral reefs being all part of the Great Barrier Reef.
The dive sites are located in two sections being east and west of the island. The eastern side is a ledge with a depth range of 10-25m and three dive sites starting named the Blowhole, an L-shaped cave with an opening at 14m that comes out of the side of the ledge at 22m. The Tubes and Hiros Cave dive sites are further along the wall to the south. You will not be disappointed diving Lady Elliot Island no matter your diving experience.
Diving Lady Elliot Island is the land-based equivalent to diving the Great Barrier Reef aboard a live-aboard. It is a coral cay and the southernmost island within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is just 10 km from the continental shelf and the East Australian Current. Being close to continental shelf there are frequent, and all year round sightings, of manta rays and other pelagics. Situated in a Green Zone the waters around the island contain a myriad of reefs and bommies which support a large and growing, diverse fish population and a number of resident turtles of all types.
Lady Elliot’s experienced PADI Dive Shop staff personally escort all dives. For Certified Divers, there are scheduled daily a minimum of two boat dives and optional night dives available subject to participant numbers and weather conditions.
• Easy diving on Lady Elliot Island
• Both day diving and night dives available
• Good selection of dive locations
• Lady Elliot Island is famous for seeing manta rays, whales and turtles
We can help you organise from a day trip through to as many nights you have available to stay on the island. Lady Elliot Resort offers a variety of accommodation types and the packages listed are great value but not limited to so please contact us to discuss your options.
Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ Lady Elliot Island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.
Accommodation ranges from Eco Cabins to Glamping Tents and 2-bedroom Beachfront Units, with 7-night/10-dive packages starting at AU $1740 per person twin share including breakfast and dinner.
Tell us how many nights and dives you want and we’ll put together special pricing just for you.
Dive Times: 7.15am & 1.00pm
*Dive times are subject to change due to weather conditions and demand
Dive Price Guide
All prices are per person/per dive
Boat Dive $75.00
Night Dive $100.00
Nitrox Dive $85.00
Dive Equipment Hire (per day)
PADI Dive Courses and Dive Packages are available. Minimum number of nights apply as well as availability and minimum numbers to complete a dive course. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to either complete a dive course or looking to secure a dive package)
Lunch each day is not included – The Beach Front Café serves café style meals. You can expect to pay approximately $10-$20 per meal. The operating hours are 11:30am till 3:00pm daily.
Lady Elliot’s experienced PADI Dive Shop staff personally escort all dives. For Certified Divers, we schedule a minimum of two boat dives per day and optional night dives available subject to participant numbers and weather conditions.
From $1,165 per person (twin/triple share) in an Eco Cabin
Lady Elliot Island is a major hotspot for manta rays on the east coast of Australia. Encounter these gentle giants on our Manta Migration package between May-August.
Package includes (per person)
Purchase 4 Scuba Dives & Receive the 5th one FREE (certified divers only) $75.00pp per dive (incl. cylinders, airfills and weight belts)
Three (3) Free Buffet Lunches per person per stay valued at $90.00
Free Wetsuit (short) per person per stay valued at $16.50 per day
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