Beyond the Reef – scenic and snorkelling tour

The Best of Both Worlds – Scenic and snorkelling tour
Above, Below and Beyond the Reef – scenic and snorkelling tour

Aqua Scooter, wetsuit and snorkelling gear is included.
Small groups (Max 8ppl)

$160pp – 3.5 hrs

The Scooters

Aqua scooters are your personal watercraft on these tours and provide a safe and enjoyable way to get more out of your snorkelling experience. With an aqua scooter the underwater world becomes more accessible – allowing you to safely snorkel at more locations and cover a greater distance while exploring the reef! And because they float even inexperienced snorkelers can feel confident discovering the underwater world with an aqua scooter. Wetsuits, fins, masks and snorkels are all provided.

The Sites

Lord Howe Island supports the most southerly coral reef in the world, as well as numerous endemic species of marine organisms – which you can only see in this World Heritage listed Marine Park. You will be visiting two outer reef snorkelling locations on your tour, and the skipper will pick the best sites on the day depending on local conditions – so it’s always a new adventure!

The Scenery

Access to these sites is aboard the MV Greenbacks, which allows you to access exciting and rarely visited locations. On route you will get to discover the breathtaking beauty of Lord Howe Island’s remote coastlines, with commentary by the crew on the geology and wildlife, including close vantage points of the Island’s renown bird rookeries.

The Science

At the end of your tour, hot drinks and home made baked treats will be waiting for you at the shed, where you will have a full debrief with the crew. You will also be asked to participate in a citizen science survey – ‘Reef Report’ – which provides useful information on the condition of the reefs so that they may be monitored. Your input will help ensure the reefs around Lord Howe Island remain pristine.

Lord Howe Island is often referred the ‘Galapagos of Australia’, and on a Guided Aqua Scooter tour you are guaranteed to experience the best natural beauty it has to offer, above, below and beyond the reef.

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Adventure Seekers – Balls Pyramid Aqua Scooter Tour

$240pp – 5 hours

For our more adventurous visitors, we conduct an Aqua Scooter Snorkelling Tour to Balls Pyramid.

Enjoy a scenic island cruise on our vessel, Greenback, as your tour guide provides an educational presentation on the natural beauty of Lord Howe Island and our World Heritage values. Journey beneath the awe inspiring Mt Lidgbird and Gower and take in the splendour of Balls Pyramid, the world’s tallest rock stack as you arrive at your adventure destination.

Snorkel through mesmerising schools of trevally, kingfish, pacific drummer, wahoo and turtles as you immerse yourself in this untouched environment.

For this adventure you need to have both reasonable fitness and swimming ability.

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Shore Based Scooter Tour

$80pp – 2 hours