Lord Howe is one of the best places in Australia to snorkel and dive because of the mingling of five ocean currents that make it homely for a multitude of tropical and temperate marine species – there are more than 500 fish species and 90 different corals on the most southerly coral reef in the world – protected within Lord Howe Island Marine Park.
There are snorkelling spots all over the island; the best spot tends to be the one protected from the wind that day (the advantage of being on an island with beaches and coves facing various directions). A few options: Ned’s Beach, North Bay, Little Island and the Lagoon.
Lord Howe Environmental Tours runs snorkelling trips, even at night (in summer), and glass-bottom boat tours for those who’d like to see underwater without getting wet.
The diving is incredible too, of course. There are more than 25 world-class sites, scattered around the lagoon, at the edge of fringing reefs and at offshore islands such as the Admiralty Islands (off Ned’s Beach) and Ball’s Pyramid,
a dramatic volcanic spire that rises up out of the sea 23km south-east of Lord Howe.
Pro Dive is the island’s dive operator and offers various dive packages and PADI courses during the dive season from September to June.