I always wanted to dive the GBR so staying on an island was a great idea. Also a very expensive idea – but I did. You fly in with the resorts own small planes and that all works well. You can only bring 10 kilos each but they store the rest for you in your departure airport.
The island is beautiful. White sandy beaches, palm trees etc – just like a holiday photo. The staff is really nice and helpful. The rooms are ok but worn out andnothing speciel and taking into account what you pay the rooms are poor value. But if you book one of the seaview rooms you have a fantastic view. Unfortunately we had rather bad weather the 5 days we were there and the extreme wind made it impossible to use our terrace overlooking the sea. It was simple to windy and cold.
The food is not fantastic. For breakfast there is a buffet. Same for lunch and dinner but for lunch you can also order a la carte from the café. But none of it is really good – again taking into account what you pay for your stay. But I have to say that during the month I spend in Australia I was very surprised about their poor food quality. So Lady Elliot was in my POV not speciel in that sense – just the same as the rest of Australia in my POV.
The diving: The reefs are 98% hard coral which makes it less colorful. I did see both mantas and sharks but the diving was certainly not as good as I have seen in other parts of the world. So despite a nice stay I would not go back. You can find a lot better diving for a lower price than here.
- 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