Lord Howe Island is a long-extinct volcanic strip surrounded by several small islets. Its waters – a blend of warm tropical and cooler temperate ocean currents – are home to over 500 fish species, more than 90 coral species and countless other marine species, many only found in the immediate area.
A diverse range of habitats include a barrier coral reef and lagoon with fringing reefs dominated either by coral or macroalgal communities. Lord Howe Island was the first site in New South Wales declared as World Heritage in 1982.
A whole swag of options is on offer for exploring the marine park. At low tide the lagoon becomes a giant fish bowl, revealing it’s incredible wonders for scuba-shoe clad explorers. A North Bay cruise and round-island boat tour show the diversity of the marine environment. Kayak tours, stand up paddle boarding and surfing, fishing charters and boat adventures to the Admiralty Islands and Ball’s Pyramid are all great ways to get in and around the water on Lord Howe.