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Lord Howe Island

Dive Sites

Admiralty Islets

Depth:24-36 Meters Rating:
Admiralty Islets Features: The Islands have steeper drop-offs and deeper plateaus. Being at the northern end of the island they are more prone to be washed by the coral sea current which induces greater variety of soft corals, gorgonia and tropical fish life during the summer months. Here is where we find large pelagic fish, large soft corals and black coral trees. On the deeper reefs small schools of japanese boar fish are common as is the Lord Howe Island tricolour fairy bassilet. Dives sites include: Tenth of June, Flat Rock, Roach Island, Sugarloaf. Dive Site :Tenth of June: Depth: 24 to 36 meters One of the Admiralty Islets. A deep plateau dropping to 36 meters, it features swim throughs and gutters at 24 meters and a series of tunnels which riddle the reef. Often housed in these reefs are black cod up to 180kg. Extensive gorgonia and soft corals and beautiful black coral trees on the vertical walls. Unicorn fish and long flute mouths up to one meter are found here together with large silver trevally and blue angel fish To the seaward side of the Admiralties are the underwater pinnacles . Next Trip

Ball's Pyramid

Depth:28 meters Rating:
Ball’s Pyramid Dive North East Anchor off South West Corner of Wheat Sheaf or Observatory Rock At Observatory Rock dive around bombies covered in black coral trees, circumnavitage half the island. From our Dive Log: “Spur of Reef with nice bolders, dived down spur to 28 meters, and round into large cave - saw 60 slipper crays piled up, above dozen normal cray fish –sea whips, black coral, soft corals, morish idols, schools of drummer.” Wheat Sheaf: Dropdown on plateau (spur of reef which is covered in soft coral) come around south west tip . From our Dive Log: Hook in on wall nice big cave , saw lots of kingfish ,big schools of drummer, quite a few shark, 3-4 bull rays and the rare ,Ballina Angel Fish. Next Trip

Fishy Point to Malabar

Depth:10 to 21 meters Rating:
Fishy Point to the Malabar Features of the terrain are the underwater plateaus and swim-throughs. Here are good protected dive sites that can be dived in most weather. Here there is good inveterbrate life with plate and table corals . Excellent area for nudibranches and Spanish dancers. Dive sites include: the Malabar and the Landslide Dive Site: Malabar: Depth 10 to 21 meters Situated on the northern face of the island, offers a series of reefs with depths ranging from 10meters at the top to 21 meters on the sand. The reef consists of hard corals and bryzoa, swim throughs and archways. Top of the reef covered in large anemones with different species of clown fish. Great for macro photography with large varieties of nudibranchs and Spanish dancers found here . Next Trip

Gowers Pinnacle and the Triangle

Depth:32 meters Rating:
Dive sites are Gowers Pinnacle and the Triangle. Dive Site: The Triangle Depth:32 meters Formation: Plateau starts in 20 meters of water, plateau escarpment drops down to a platform at 32 meters and drops down to 40 meters into rocky canyons. You would then work your way back up to 20 meters. From our Dive Log: Saw couple of sharks over school of about 30 spangled emperors Drop down into channel saw 3 huge kingfish as big as us5 –6 ft. Followed us around on the whole of the dive. Formation is a big plateau of reef. Sighted Meredith and Conspicuous Angel Fish together. We dived through a swim through in the rock and came out next to huge wall with black coral trees amongst them was a hight fin coral fish. Next Trip

Lord Howe Island Lagoon

Depth:1-5 meters Rating:
Lord Howe Island’s Lagoon Erscotts and Comets Holes are marine sanctuary areas. This is diving in an ocean aquarium where fish can be hand-fed at any time of the day. Features: large stands of staghorn corals. Fish commonly seen include the large spangle emperor, double headed wrasse and infinite number of colourful wrasse. The area is excellent for underwater photography. Prolific numbers of sea hares graze on the extensive meadows of sea grass. Balling schools of catfish live under the wharf and the resident galapagos whaler shark in Erscotts Hole all make the lagoon a great place to dive. Indigenous fishes of Lord Howe Island - McCullochs anemone fish, Lord Howe Island blue fish, male and female half banded angel and conspicuous angel fish. The Lagoon Reef Lord Howe Island’s lagoon reef is the most southerly coral reef in the world. The lagoon reef is a coral bridge which extends from North Head to the Base of Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower. Seaward side of the lagoon the coral formations are porous and more eroded hence the spectacular topography. Gutters penetrate into the coral reef, overhangs and ledges.The terrain provides a haven for crayfish and crustaceans and schools of drummer and trevally. Unique species: Coral crayfish. Common species to Lord Howe Island are the banded shrimp and manta shrimp. Dive Sites including the Crevice, the Arch and North Head Gutters are part of this coral reef system Next Trip

North Head to Fishy Point

Depth:2-37 Meters Rating:
North Head to Fishy Point Features of the underwater terrain include the volcanic rock formations such as Phillip Rock, a volcanic peak, a series of ocean caves such as the Blow Hole cave, which penetrates in about 100 meters into the island and the Twin Caves . Although these caves only have encrusting corals on walls, It is the visual impact with light that make these such good dives. Dive sites include: Phillip Shoal, Twin Caves, North Head Cave and the Blow Hole Cave. Dive Site: Phillip Rock Depth 2 to 37 meters Situated on North West Coast, this pinnacle rises directly from the bottom in 37 meters to within 2 meters of the surface. A breathtaking dive where you are quite often surrounded by large schools of kingfish and trevally Next Trip