I've just arrived here from the Lord Howe Island forum. We are planning a trip in January and had thought we should rule out GBR because it's stinger season and rainy season so we were going to go to LHI instead. However we are mainly hooked on diving and we are told that GBR is much better than Lord Howe island, maybe even in January.
Having gone half way around the world and spent rather a lot of time and money to get there, we don't want tatty rooms, smoking neighbours, but we won't be spending most of our time in our room so we do want somewhere with great diving and a reasonable standard of accommodation.
So far we have had suggestions of Lady Eliot island but the reviews suggest it may be too run down and subject to bad weather in January. (Mantas and whales are great, but if you can't get out there with them....). Heron island has also been suggested but that too has very mixed reviews about the accommodation.
Happy to hear any other expert suggestions for somewhere to dive on GBR which has great diving and strong chances of seeing mantas, whales, and not being stung by jellyfish, rained off or living in a boy scout camp! And preferably well under $1000 a day including food.
Thanks very much for any suggestions