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Lady Elliot Island Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

At the resort dive shop you can rent equipment and arrange dive courses to more than a dozen excellent sites, including Lighthouse Bommie, home to a 40-strong manta ray colony, and the Blow Hole and Hiro's Cave. Refresher pool dives, a shore snorkeling trip, and guided reef, nature, and historical walks are free for resort guests. Off-boat snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides are A$30. Boat dives and night dives start at A$65, but all guests are entitled to one complimentary combined tour during their stay. Open-water certification courses cost A$550; "Discover Scuba Diving" short courses are A$165; and referral courses, available to those who've completed the classroom and pool portions of a certification course prior to arrival, are A$450.

Diving here is weather-dependent, so plan accordingly if you intend doing a dive course over multiple days. Four-night packages, including buffet breakfast and dinner, a glass-bottomed boat tour, snorkeling tours, and reef tax, start at A$652 per person. Flights (from Hervey Bay, Fraser coast, Bundaberg, the Gold and Sunshine coasts, or Brisbane) are extra. Several other special deals and packages are available. There is a one-time A$15 environmental management charge for all nonpackage guests.

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