An amazing place to visit, explore and if you are a diver (or keen on snorkeling) a jewel not to be missed. We stayed in the Reef Unit where we could walk right off our porch onto the beach and shallow reef lagoon. There are two dives every day, which is more than enough for every enthusiast and an UW photographers delight, with over 10 dive sites to choose from and seas filled with sea turtles, beautiful fish, all colour of coral reef and, of course, the main attraction (if you are lucky enough); nesting turtles, beautiful majestic manta rays and sharks. We stayed seven nights for my birthday and only just managed to fit everything in before cyclone Ozwald had us all drenched and stranded in the midst of torrential white-outs and surf to rival Hawaii. Certainly something to remember!
From the moment we arrived on Lady Elliott Island we were greeted by the unique light touch of a place that is not only lush and tropical, but one that is clearly focused on preserving and leaving behind as small an eco footprint as possible. The accommodation is very basic, caravan-park, cabin-style and should not be the main focus of your visit. However, the lifestyle is relaxed, the activities and education, plenty and the dining somewhat of a gastronomic delight, with a very elaborate and varied buffet. A dedicated chef aims to satisfy every taste bud , up at 5am with his loyal staff, ensuring that there is something for everyone, especially the divers who need to head out at 7am for the first dive of the day. A special mention and thanks for the Australia Day lunch, lamb chops! The Dive crew are thorough, professional (especially Ryan and Chris - ‘thank you’); who are willing to slow down for you to admire and photograph the manta rays and sharks, as they appear.
With flights cancelled for 24 hours and a few guests stranded and frustrated, due to cyclone Ozwald .. we have to put in a word of praise also for the general manager, Graham Wells, who handled the ensuing chaos with great tenacity, to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible. Full credit to you Peter and staff, it is easy to see why LEI has won awards of excellence in eco-tourism and a joy to be able to say hello to you all in person. We hope to be able to come back there one day soon.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Lady Elliot Island Eco Hotel Lady Elliot Island