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“Thoroughly enjoyable experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lady Elliot Island Day Tour

Lady Elliot Island Day Tour
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Owner description: Discover the magic of the Southern Great Barrier Reef on a Day Tour to Lady Elliot Island! Lady Elliot is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, north of Fraser Island. The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Day Tours to Lady Elliot Island depart daily from the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe), Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.
Bargara, Australia
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“Thoroughly enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Day began on an ominous note with 1 hour delay due to plane tyre puncture and gathering storm clouds over Bundaberg. Would have been good to have received some form of update from check-in desk, instead of waiting for pilot to roll up on his arrival from initial departure point of Hervey Bay. Trip was birthday treat for our daughter, as she was unable to get along to the Lady Musgrave trip we did a few weeks earlier, so some comparisons follow. She enjoyed being co-pilot on the short flight over and we did a quick scenic 360 of the island, spotting a huge ray in the water, before landing.

Certainly no time for a detailed orientation tour and intro, as glass bottom boat/snorkel trip departed 30 minutes after disembarking, meaning we had a bit of frantic rush to collect snorkel gear from dive shop, find some reef shoes (strongly advise bring your own) and store bags in handy locker room. My wife managed to get fitted with a free prescription mask, which was great. So with sun out and weather humid, conditions for the trip around the reef were excellent, as was our guide, who spent the whole of our 45 minute snorkel in the water with us making sure we were quickly alerted to any interesting creatures, such as rays and turtles.

Our buffet lunch was available in the rustic resort restaurant bar area from midday, so as additional snorkelling off the beach was allowed at high tide range up until 3pm, we decided to eat early and then explore the islands tracks and beaches before heading into the water again. The range of both hot and cold food on offer was plentiful and enjoyable and the bar was surprisingly well-stocked for a remote location, meaning the stay-over guests looked as though they were pretty well looked after.

The bird-life on the island is very varied and easy to get up close to and we enjoyed the laid-back vibe of the location with its scattered beach huts and benches along the foreshore and with green turtles swimming alongside us. There are several further snorkelling options off the beach, but we chose the inner lagoon just a few steps down from the restaurant, which was enjoyable but not spectacular. Just enough time to see some fish feeding in a deep pool that a previous lighthouse keeper had created, before changing up and enjoying a quick a beer in the ‘departure lounge’.

The short 20 minute flight is a hands-down winner over the 90mins choppy boat journey to Lady Musgrave and the lunch option was superior. Lady Elliot does have a slightly more touristic feel, but the bird life and presence of large rays and a lot of turtles is a plus and the day’s activities are not so regimented. However, we felt there is definitely a greater diversity of corals in the shallower areas around Lady Musgrave. Overall, despite the relatively high cost for a day trip and a slow start, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a big thumbs-up to our lovely snorkelling guide.

Visited January 2014
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“wished I could've stayed longer!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the day trip to Lady Elliot Island! We flew from Hervey Bay, and the 30 minutes-ish fly was fantastic (landing was a bit rough though).
The buffet lunch was beautiful, especially I loved fresh prawns and beef curry. The view from the restaurant was magnificent. We also enjoyed hanging out at the reception. I bought turtle earrings and my husband bought pretty T-shirts.
The only thing that I was disappointed with was that it was a bit windy on that day and that we couldn't snorkel after lunch in the afternoon. So we snorkeled for only about 1.5 hours. It was when we wished that we could've stayed for another day. If you're really keen for snorkeling, I'd recommend you to stay longer for just in case of the weather conditions. Overall, that was such an awesome trip and we really loved that!!

Visited January 2014
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Bundaberg, Australia
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“fantastic snorkelling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

This Island is a 20 minutes flight from Bundaberg. It looks pretty ordinary on the coral cay but wow under the water there is a vast array of everything coral, fish including some small reef sharks, manta ray, moray eels, turtles, my son even saw a dolphin feeding. This is what I can remember ther was so much to see. You just walk in off the beach it is so close. There is a glass bottom boat which is for the less confident and scuba diving there is a yacht wreck and cave on the eastern side of the island. A beautiful

Visited December 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“It was awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

the day was great, the staff were great, the experience was great, the food was great. well worth the trip

Visited December 2013
Thank Richard W
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234 reviews
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“Great Snorkeling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

I had a fantastic day trip to this island which is the southern most reef of the the Great Barrier Reef. I visited as part of a cruise but you can fly in. The snorkeling is first class and quite close to the shore. There was an abundance of manta rays, which were spectacular to see. There is a glass bottom boat which takes you just offshore and from which you snorkel. The water is crystal clear and there are many varieties of fish to see plus the odd turtle.

Visited December 2013
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