Well what can you say about this place ! We have just returned from trip # 6 or 7 to LadyElliot and miss it like crazy already! L,E,I is a last bastion where you get to experience" the last frontier" so to speak of a relitively untouched piece of the Gret Barrier Reef, and let your kids see nature in its rawest forms whilst feeling completely safe. We snorkelled with reef sharks both black and white tips, Manta Rays , heaps of "Buddy" turtles , soooooo many huge fish, clown fish , sting rays , and even bumped into "Sigfreed" the resident 2.5m Silver tip shark that lives on the Eastern side of the island. We watched whales breaching while eating breakfast ! Our kids are 4 and 10 and our 4 year old snorkeled the snorkel safari and saw all of the above and felt safe the whole time. We have seen many changes in our trips over the past 10 years, with both the resort and with the reef etc. This trip was possibly the best ever with so many helpfull staff that go above and beyond to help out . Mark, our dive instructor this trip was possibly the most thorough instructor we have ever dived with anywhere in Aus along with Kim and Ryan on previous trips. Emma , Maggie, Courtney and Kylie were absolutely fantastic and it was sad to say goodbye to them all . I believe in a management style of being prepared to do what you ask others to do and Greaham the manager was all over the place , from kitchen to dive shop, to bar etc, running around working his butt off , and I believe the resort has improved under his management , and the staff seem very happy. This island is not for everyone , and if you like a resort with a spa for pampering , pedicures, an internet lounge , a massage , gourmet food , and 5 star accomodation etc then go to Bali ! This resort is comfortable , the food is home style but great, and filling after a hard days snorkelling. If you want to turn your phone off , not be contactable , not watch the morbid news story's every night, not listen to a radio , not drive cars , and generally step out of society and our crazy lives for a while and experience something that we all should at least once a year (Each other !). To talk to your kids and to your partner for days with none of lifes disruptions is worth more than gold ! and to see your childrens faces after they have just scratched a sea turles back, leaves an impression burnt into my mind forver. Ok , you get my drift, We love Lady Elliot and will always return , hopefully one day with our grand children. The only negitive we saw this trip was the result of 2 green turtles with plastic bags in their stomachs that they had picked up at sea on their long journeys, and it was very sad to see. These turtles have to battle for survival from the moment they are concieved and it never gets any easier for them , and to see two animals that made it to adulthood out of the hundreds of thousands that did not , only to die by eating a plastic bag that someone threw away after unpacking 2 litres of milk is disturbing ! I only hope these magnificent creatures are there for my grand kids to see !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, north of Fraser Island. The island is regarded as one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life including turtles and manta rays. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort provides a range of low key accommodation options ranging from 2BR Island Suites to Eco Cabins for those on a budget. The overnight rate includes: Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily; One free glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour per person; Free use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); Range of free guided Island activities/tours; and Environmental Management Charge. Scenic flights depart daily from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe) and Coolangatta. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lady Elliot Island Eco Hotel Lady Elliot Island