Lady Elliot island has also been named as one of the top five destinations in the world to scuba dive with manta rays and is among the best locations on the Great Barrier Reef to dive and snorkel. The manta rays are more active between May and August but can be seen all year round.
The island has the second highest diversity of bird species on the Great Barrier Reef with up to 95 Species of seabirds, land birds and shorebirds. Perfect for twitchers!
Divers can enjoy the surrounding reef with a fascinating mix of hard and soft corals and more than 18 different dive sites, including wreck dives and a blow hole. Recently introduced clear bottom kayak tours give visitors a different perspective on the reef. Prince Charles visited Lady Elliot Island in 2018 for a Reef Roundtable, meeting leaders from industry and government to discuss the potential of the critical habitats and species.
The Eco resort has been recognised for its dedication to the protection and preservation of the natural asset, winning the bronze in the ecotourism category of the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards and gold in the Queensland Tourism Awards in 2019.