Who wouldn’t want to explore the fascinating waters of the crystal clear blue waters surrounding the lagoon? You can explore the place by boat or swim to your heart’s desire. Why not try snorkeling? There are wonders in store for you down there. The first thing that you have to do is to hire snorkeling gear from the dive shop’s located at Lord Howe. There’s one in Neds Beach. You can use the masks, fins and snorkels. Just drop off any kind of contribution in the ‘honesty box’ and you are good to go.
Some of the sites that you can explore include – North Bay, Neds, Shylps, Ercots Hole and Comets Hole.
If snorkeling is not your cup of tea then why not try scuba diving instead? This way you still get to explore the rich marine life of Lord Howe. The island is well known for being one of the best diving spot in the world.
As a matter of fact, the coral reefs surrounding the island are usually southerly, apart from that, those are dubbed as being the most spectacular in the world. Due to its location, the island is actually surrounded by five major ocean currents which include the East Australian Current that runs down the Great Barrier Reef then moves all the way down to the Tasman Sea. The marine life at Lord Howe is home to a variety of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate species which is not found elsewhere. There are actually over 90 species of corals and almost 500 species of fish inhabiting the reef. Additionally, divers might be surprise to find that there are a lot of caves, volcanic drop offs and trenches that they can explore giving a once in a lifetime diving experience.
The island is listed as one of the four island groups that were chosen to be UNESCO’s World Heritage sites because of its beauty and global significance. The whole island is home to the Marine Park with fishing restrictions. Additionally, it has an abundant marine ecosystem not to mention a water visibility that can reach up to 30 meters. Everyone visiting this place will be left with awe and inspiration of how the world is such a wonderful place to live in.
There are over 60 diving sites in this area alone, one of them, the Ball’s Pyramid boast of having the world’s tallest sea stack. It is located about 26 kilometers south of the island. Divers can see schools of Amberjack, Violet Sweep, King fish, Silver Drummer, Marlin, Trevally and Rainbow Runners. You could even catch a glimpse of dolphins and Wahoo. Going deeper you might chance upon the Ballina Angelfish. Expect to reach about 25 meters both in depth and range when you choose this diving site.
Divers get to see endemic species like Double headed Wrasse, Spanish Dancers, McCullochs, Galapagos whalers and Anemones. There are even instances when harmless species of shark appear once you dive deeper. Snorkeling and scuba diving also allow visitors to check out the many species of turtles located on the island.
Anthony Marbella is a freelance blogger, he is blogging about travel, technology, and health related topics. He is currently living in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines and is in partnership with young online entrepreneurs.