Diving and Snorkeling
Lord Howe Island Marine Park. UNESCO World Heritage lists Lord Howe Island's beautiful lagoon, which is sheltered by the world's southernmost coral reef, stretching for some 6 km (4 miles) along the western coast. Contained within Lord Howe Island Marine Park, the lagoon harbors some 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. There are several ways to explore the lagoon and the coral-filled beaches of the eastern coast, which are only about 3 km (2 miles)—by glass-bottom boat, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Ned's Beach, the site of the island's fish-frenzy, is perfect for snorkelers. Another great spot is the wreck of the ship The Favourite, at North Bay, the lagoon's northernmost point. Divers have more than 50 sites to choose from, ranging from shallow resort dives near the beach, to spectacular trenches, caves, and volcanic drop-offs. Experienced divers love the waters around Ball's Pyramid, which abound with kingfish and Galapagos sharks up to 14 feet long. If you don't bring your own snorkeling gear, you can rent it from local resorts. Lord Howe Island Visitor Center, Middle and Lagoon Rds., Lord Howe Island, NSW, 2898. 02/6563–2114. www.lordhoweisland.info.