Great Barrier Reef Diving Islands
Which Great Barrier Reef Diving Island Suits Your Travel Style?
For a diving and snorkeling experience on the Great Barrier Reef it is hard to beat a stay on an island that specialises in providing services for the serious snorkel or SCUBA enthusiast. Islands range in locations on the Great Barrier Reef and in the quality of the services offered.
Lady Elliot Island: Of all the Great Barrier Reef Diving Islands, this is my favourite. At the southern end of the Reef, and accessed out of Bundaberg or Brisbane, Lady Elliot Island is a fabulous, low key diving location and is one of the best places to see turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.
The accommodation on Lady Elliot Island is more basic than Heron or Lizard, but the staff and the pristine diving conditions make it a wonderful destination. The lagoon at Lady Elliot provides an excellent snorkeling alternative to those who do not wish to SCUBA.
Compare Prices on Lady Elliot Island: > Australian.com – Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
More Information on Lady Elliot Island : > Lady Elliot Island, Australia | Wikipedia
Map of Lady Elliot Island: > Lady Elliot Island Australian Travel Map
Lizard Island: As one of the Great Barrier Reef Diving Islands, Lizard Island is the most remote. Lizard Island is accessed out of Cairns (you will need to fly another hour north on a commuter plane), and offers the famous Cod Hole as one of its diving drawcards.
Lizard Island is a designated National Park on the Great Barrier Reef and offers a very sophisticated level of accommodation. It is remote, but very comfortable.
Compare Prices on Lizard Island: > Australian.com – Lizard Island Resort
More Information on Lizard Island : > Lizard Island National Park, Australia | Wikipedia
Map of Lizard Island:> > Lizard Island Australian Travel Map
Heron Island: Heron Island is perhaps the best known of the Great Barrier Reef Diving Islands. Located in the same area as Lady Elliot Island, it is a more popular, and a more upscale destination on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Island is not large: 800 metres (2,600 ft) long and 300 metres (980 ft) wide and covering 16 hectares (40 acres). It is reached by regular boat transfers, or by helicopter if you want really spectacular views of the Reef.
Map of Heron Island: > Heron Island Australian Travel Map