A world Heritage site, Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped sub-tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean, a two-hour flight from Sydney. Very few people know about it and that's just how they like it. Go now before everyone finds out!
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 perspective.