I have now had three trips to Lady Elliot and I love it. I like to go when the noddies are nesting and the turtles are mating (October and November) and find the sheer chaos of the noddies completely entertaining. I have been there at other times and it surprises me how quiet it is without them.
Lady Elliot is a very small island and that means that if there wind on one side, just walk to the other and you'll be in the lea. Both sides have great coral and fish and taking the manta trip was fantastic.
I have snorkelled in many places around the world but the marine life here is by far the best. I think it is because it is a marine park so nothing is fished. As a result, huge schools of often huge fish are just under the surface waiting for you to come and see them. Turtles, reef sharks and rays are there too.
The coral gardens is some of the best coral I have ever seen and an easy swim from the shore.
Food is abundant and tasty, staff are helpful and friendly and I'll keep going back. The nature and history discovery walks are really interesting and delivered with enthusiasm by the activities staff who never get tired of my constantly asking "what is it".
This is a great place to go with friends or family. A place to relax, have early nights, play board games and to see the barrier reef at its best.
- 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