Diving on Lady Elliot Island

Imagine diving in the world’s biggest aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing crystal clear water with an amazing array of marine life. Since being declared a Green Zone (no take, fish or spear) in 2005, the marine environment around Lady Elliot Island has gone from ‘Great’ to ‘Amazing’! The diversity, quantity and size of the marine animals is truly remarkable and it’s just getting better with the passage of time. Lady Elliot Island offers a tremendous, and almost unparalleled anywhere, diversity of uncrowded easily accessible dive locations to experience the biggest coral reef system in the world.

Visibility is over 20 metres for much of the year and encounters with giant Manta Rays, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles and an abundance of incredible marine life are a daily occurrence. PADI recently named Lady Elliot Island as one of the ‘Top 5’ locations in the world to go diving with Manta Rays. We regularly have close encounters with whales under water while diving and snorkelling in the months of May right through to October.

At Lady Elliot Island, our experienced Dive staff personally escort all dives, we schedule a minimum of two dives per day  and optional night dives available subject to numbers and weather conditions. Our PADI Dive Shop offers courses to cater for all levels of experience.

Lady Elliot Island boasts 20 incredible dive sites around the island which are easily accessible by boat dives, please see Dive map. These dive sites are within close proximity to the shore and have an almost limitless variety of marine and coral life.

Lady Elliot Island is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its guests whilst diving and as such follows the guidelines and regulations as outlined by the Queensland Government and PADI.

If you are a certified diver, diving for the first time or looking to continue your diving education, it is important to note that certain medical conditions and taking of medications may prohibit you from diving on Lady Elliot Island.

Below you will find an example of a medical questionnaire that will give you an indication of some of the medical conditions that may impact your ability to dive.  If you have any health concerns, we recommend you see an accredited doctor and obtain a dive medical AS 4005.1 that states you are fit to undertake recreational diving. You will find the relevant medical questionnaires on the Dive Courses page.

The Watersports Team reserves the right to exclude divers for medical reasons based on current regulations.

Please be aware that diving regulations in Australia vary from other regions around the world.

For further information on current diving best practice regulations please refer to the PADI website.

If you would like to speak with one of our Watersports professionals email them directly here.