Begin your day with a dip in the champagne surf of Blinky Beach or float in the cool waters of the lagoon and watch the kaleidoscope of colourful corals and tropical fish beneath you.
The clear, clean sea surrounding Lord Howe Island lures visitors to swim, surf, snorkel, dive, fish or paddle, year-round.
Some of the Pacific’s best dive sites are a short boat ride away — but you can view the world’s most southerly coral reef by just wading in from the beach with a mask and snorkel. Relax on a deserted strand of golden sand (there are 11 beaches to choose from, including Neds Beach, named Australia’s Cleanest Beach in 2004) or take a glass bottom boat trip.
You can hand-feed the metre-long kingfish at Neds Beach, or try your hand at catching one off-shore from one of the local sports fishing boats.
The island is laced with delightful walking trails through palm and banyan forests, emerging at spectacular cliff-top vistas. For the adventurous, there are challenging hikes, including 875 metre Mt Gower — regarded as one of the world’s best day walks.
Lord Howe is also Australia’s premier bird watching destination, with over 14 species of seabirds nesting on the island — and most readily seen, including one of the world’s rarest birds, the Lord Howe Island woodhen.
And at day’s end, sip a cold beer or glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the sea.
There is nowhere on earth like Lord Howe Island. With so many extraordinary experiences to be enjoyed, most visitors stay a week or more — and many come back again, year after year!