Lady Elliot Island Trip

When:
12/08/2017 – 17/08/2017 all-day
2017-08-12T00:00:00+10:00
2017-08-18T00:00:00+10:00
Where:
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Contact:
Encounter Freediving
(07) 3822 7578

Lady Elliot Island is situated on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. With its pristine reefs, clear water and abundant marine life, it’s a freediver’s paradise. The island is surrounded by a spectacular coral reef, that is home to abundant marine life. It is one of the best places in the world to see manta rays, has abundant turtles, humpback whales passing by in winter, and many species of sharks, fish and invertebrates. Staying on the island itself is a treat, with abundant birdlife and other animals, beautiful sunsets, and comfortable accommodation and delicious buffet meals to please tired and hungry freedivers. 

Diving

The island offers diverse diving opportunities including reefs, bommies, wrecks and caves, all within a close boat ride from shore. The depth of dive features range from approximately 8 m to 25 m. Freedivers must be certified prior to the trip or can be certified by one of our instructors on the trip (contact us to get a great rate on a certification course at Lady Elliot). For the duration of the trip we will charter our own boat to cater for the very best freediving opportunities and the conditions at the time. Freedivers will have the opportunity to do both training dives on a line and float as well as fun dives to explore the dive sites and observe the marine life. If you travel with a snorkeller, they will be able to join us for some of the shallower fun dives. All dives will be guided by Encounter Freediving instructor and marine scientist, Emily Shaw, who has extensive knowledge of the reefs at Lady Elliot Island, having completed her PhD there. We will also be accompanied on all dives by an experienced dive guide from the resort.

Getting there

You will fly return from either Hervey Bay or Bundaberg on a small plane out to Lady Elliot Island, taking approximately 40 min. This scenic flight is an excellent opportunity to view whales in August, and will give you an amazing aerial view of the island before you come in for landing. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from Hervey Bay/Bundaberg. QantasLink and Virgin offer flights to both Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and a car pooling option may be possible from Brisbane – please contact us if you would like help organising transport.

Accommodation

Reef units:
Arranged in blocks of three, the Reef Units are ideal for couples or families, offering either queen beds or a combination of a queen and bunk-style beds. Each unit is slightly elevated, featuring polished timber floors, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony with to make the most of the ocean views. The Reef Units are less than 10 metres from Sunrise Beach. The units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea & coffee making facilities.

Garden units:
Arranged in blocks of three, the Garden Units are ideal for couples or families, offering a queen and bunk-style beds. Each unit is slightly elevated, featuring polished timber floors, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony with to make the most of the garden views. The Garden Units are located within 20 to 30 metres walk to the beach. The units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea & coffee making facilities.

Ecocabins:
Situated within 20 to 30 metres of Sunrise Beach, the Eco Cabins are roomy, permanent safari-style tents with polished wooden floors and shared bathroom facilities. Each hut accommodates four people with two sets of single bunk beds. Electric lighting and power is connected in every cabin, including a freestanding fan.

Prices

Freediver Snorkeller
Reef unit Sole $3,000 $2,200
Twin/triple $2,700 $1,900
Quad $2,500 $1,700
Garden unit Sole $2,850 $2,050
Twin/triple $2,600 $1,800
Quad $2,350 $1,550
Eco cabin Sole $2,450 $1,650
Twin/triple $2,150 $1,350
Quad $2,100 $1,300

Inclusions 

Freediver price includes

  • Return scenic flight from Hervey Bay or Bundaberg to LEI (with 15 kg of luggage)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 x buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 10 chartered boat dives
  • Unlimited snorkelling on the house reef
  • A range of activities at LEI (e.g. guided reef and nature walks)
  • Use of float & line for freediving training sessions
  • LEI dive guide and freediving instructor & marine biologist on boat dives
  • 1 glass bottom boat/snorkel tour
  • Equalization workshop

Freediver optional extras (enquire about prices)

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • SCUBA diving (not to be done before freediving)
  • Freediving certification course

Freediver exclusions

  • Transport to and from Hervey Bay/Bundaberg
  • Personal freediving equipment

Snorkeller price includes

  • Return scenic flight from Hervey Bay or Bundaberg to LEI (with 15 kg of luggage)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 x buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3 chartered boat dives
  • Unlimited snorkelling on the house reef
  • A range of activities at LEI (e.g. guided reef and nature walks)
  • Use of basic snorkel equipment from the resort
  • LEI dive guide and freediving instructor & marine biologist on boat dives
  • 1 glass bottom boat/snorkel tour

Snorkeller optional extras (enquire about prices)

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • SCUBA diving (not to be done before freediving)
  • Freediving certification course

Snorkeller Exclusions

  • Transport to and from Hervey Bay/Bundaberg

Booking terms & conditions

Minimum passenger numbers apply. If minimum numbers are not reached by 31st March, all payments will be refunded.

To secure your place, a deposit of $500 is required. With the exception of minimum passenger numbers not being reached, all deposits are non-refundable. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.

Full payment is due by the 28th of June.

What to bring

  • Sun protection
  • Personal freediving equipment if freediving
  • Lanyard if freediving (let us know if you need to purchase a lanyard as we can arrange this for you)
  • Casual clothes and shoes
  • Reef shoes

For bookings

Email: info@encounterfreediving.com.au
Ph: (07) 3822 7578