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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

Climate Action Leader

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has achieved Climate Action Leader certification. This demonstrates the we are undertaking an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting. We are ensuring to measure our carbon footprint and continually working on new innovative sustainable practices to further our journey towards our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

GOLD FOR ECOTOURISM

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has won gold in the ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards held on Friday 10th November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

friends of Nemo

Hi fellow snorkelers, Here’s just a quick blab to show you guys some little friends of mine out on a bommie on the inside of the northern mooring at 2nd reef. Just off Sandy Seconds (as we like to call it). See if you can find these guys. I’ve attached a video to make it easy for you. These guys are commonly known as Red & Black Anemone Fish(Amphiprion melanopus). No they’re not the same as Nemo (clown Anemone Fish, Amphiprion percula) but they are very closely related. Actually there are a number of different species of Anemone Fish that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef.

Manta Movement , call for manta

A few weeks ago, we sent you a call for manta sightings along east Australia as the mantas were not around at North Stradbroke Island for about 2 months in December and January. This is normally the peak aggregation period at this location. Your helpful replies informed us that the mantas seemed to have been in mass numbers around Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island, which is quite unusual for the season. Also few mantas were sighted further south (NSW), when they usually are only sighted in February.

Project Manta updates March 2010

Lady Elliot Island Field trip
Once again, we had an amazing field trip at LEI in early February 2010 with our EarthWatch volunteers. We encountered 25 mantas and identified 18 of them including 6 new individuals.
During this trip we also tested our acoustic receivers placed all around the island using a special acoustic tag (called range test tag). We tested whether the receivers can detect the signal from the acoustic tag continuously over a 24hour period and to what range the receiver can detect the signal (around 500m).

Earth Hour 2010

Welcome to . . .

EARTH HOUR

Lady Elliot style !

On March 31st 2007, Australia had its first Earth Hour with more than
2 million Sydney businesses and households turning off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – sending a powerful national and global message that it’s possible to take action on climate change.

At 8:30pm on 27th March 2010, Earth Hour once again goes global, with cities and towns around the world taking a stand on the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, and millions of people uniting to turn the tide on climate change.

David Ireland returns to LEI

David Ireland, the 'Wildlife Man', is returning to Lady Elliot Island in March 2010 to film a cinema documentary. David will be working on a feature film called 'Wild Australia' which is due for release in December 2010. During his stay, David will give film presentations to guests staying on Lady Elliot.

Diving Heaven on Lady Elliot Island!

What a fantastic feeling, when someone who HAS to travel to all the Barrier Reef Islands, arrives at Lady Elliot and is completely blown away by all it can offer. But don't take our word for it !!

Saving the best for last... Ben Southall, winner of the 'Best Job in the World' competition, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Lady Elliot Island with his girlfriend Bre, they absolutely loved the diving! Ben will hang up his snorkel and fins at the end of the month when his role as Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef comes to an end.

Now we know! There are OFFICIALLY at least 2 manta species!

Formerly thought to be a single species (Manta birostris), recent research, conducted by Dr Andrea Marshall in Mozambique, showed that there are at least two different species of manta rays (Manta alfredi and Manta birostris). Indeed, after a long wait, the article describing the two species got finally published yesterday (1st December) in a scientific journal (Zootaxa). This is the success after hard work and long wait. Congratulation to Andrea and Mike for publishing this vital piece of information about these mysterious giants.

Project Manta - Lady Elliot Island Field trip November 2009

Once more we had an amazing field trip amongst the mantas at Lady Elliot Island (LEI). During that intensive week, we managed to identify 18 manta rays including 5 new individuals: Sarathani, Evanella, Rhapsody, Habana, and Twilight.
Two of the mantas ID-ed, Maya and Gisela, were tagged from back June. It was great to see them around and gave us a great indication on their degree of site fidelity.

Great Barrier Reef Island Turns Green into Gold

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia (29 August 2009)

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, on the Great Barrier Reef’s southern-most tip, has become one of the first island resorts in Australia to move almost entirely to renewable energy, dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and lowering dangerous risk to marine life.

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