Imagine diving in the world’s biggest aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing crystal clear water with an amazing array of marine life. Since being declared a Green Zone (no take, fish or spear) in 2003, the marine environment around Lady Elliot Island has gone from ‘Great’ to ‘Amazing’! The diversity, quantity and size of the marine animals is truly remarkable and it’s just getting better with the passage of time. Lady Elliot Island offers a tremendous, and almost unparalleled anywhere, diversity of uncrowded easily accessible dive locations to experience the biggest coral reef system in the world.

Visibility is over 20 metres for much of the year and encounters with giant Manta Rays, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles and an abundance of incredible marine life are a daily occurrence. PADI has voted Lady Elliot Island as one of the ‘Top 5’ locations in the world to go diving with Manta Rays. We regularly have close encounters with whales under water while diving and snorkelling in the months of May right through to October.

At Lady Elliot Island, our experienced Dive staff personally escort all dives, we schedule a minimum of two dives per day and optional night dives available subject to numbers and weather conditions. Our PADI Dive Shop offers courses to cater for all levels of experience.

Lady Elliot Island boasts 20 incredible dive sites around the island which are easily accessible by boat dives, please see Dive map. These dive sites are within close proximity to the shore and have an almost limitless variety of marine and coral life.

Lady Elliot Island is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its guests whilst diving and as such follows the guidelines and regulations as outlined by the Queensland Government and PADI.

If you are a certified diver, diving for the first time or looking to continue your diving education, it is important to note that certain medical conditions and taking of medications may prohibit you from diving on Lady Elliot Island.

PADI Dive Shop

Register for daily dives at the Dive Shop from 7.30am

The Lady Elliot Island Dive Shop is a PADI Resort Association member and has a comprehensive stock of hire equipment available. Scuba diving is conducted daily and qualified dive staff escort all dives. We schedule two dives per day with optional night dives available subject to numbers and weather conditions. Our PADI Dive Shop offers courses to cater to all levels of experience and a full range of scuba equipment is available for hire. If this is your first time, you can try our ‘Discover Scuba Dive’. That way you will not miss a breath-taking opportunity to experience the many riches that lie at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef.

Flying after Diving: flying after diving recommendations for dives within the No-Decompression limits (PADI):

Single Dive: minimum surface interval of 12 hours is required before flying

Repetitive Dives/Multi-day Dives: minimum surface interval of 18 hours is recommended

*Must allow 18 hours between last dive and flying

 Please note: 

  • All divers must produce a certification card to dive and all dives are subject to weather conditions.
  • Diving is not offered for day guests due to regulations that you cannot fly and dive on the same day.