Relatively close to Sydney but a million miles away from the
bustling Aussie city lies the relatively unknown Lord Howe Island.
The island is located at the cross-roads of five major ocean
currents, including the warm East Australian Current which runs
down the Great Barrier Reef and down into the Tasman Sea.
The larvae of tropical fish and corals hitch a ride on the
current, and are deposited on the reefs here where they thrive in a
unique marine ecosystem. This abundant and diverse mix of tropical,
sub-tropical and temperate species is found nowhere else on earth:
there are over 90 species of coral and 500 species of fish
inhabiting the reef making this an incredibly interesting place to
visit and dive.
Lord Howe Island is encircled by the world's southern-most coral
reef and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982.
Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, around 75% of
the island is permanently preserved as marine park and subtropical
rainforest. So you can see the appeal from a diver's