Snorkelling on Lord Howe Island

Very few destinations in the world offer spectacular snorkelling 30 metres from the beach. The diversity of coral and fish species, the water clarity and temperature, the regular sunlight, and easy access make Lord Howe one of the world's premier snorkelling experiences. The colours, textures and life forms you see at Neds Beach, Middle Beach and Old Settlement Beach are dazzling. You can swim with big turtles, kingfish, trevally, double-headers and rays only minutes from the beach.

If you're keen to see bigger fish and brighter coral, then join one of the snorkelling boats and you'll experience the same dive sites that people come from all over the world to see. Erscotts Hole, Commets Hole, Stephensons Hole and the Horseshoe are all stunning. There are a number of snorkelling boats on the island, and most offer glass-bottom coral viewing and lagoon cruises as well. The guides are experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

The three 'boatsheds' hire snorkelling gear and some hire kayaks and paddle boards. Read the Locals' Guide to Lord Howe Island to learn more about our best snorkelling spots.

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Friendly, open handed approach of Pinetrees in the Islands “non developed” environment. Stay the way you are!!!
Barry Hoble

This is a beautiful Island with Pinetrees Lodge offering a wonderful, old-fashioned holiday atmosphere with 5-star food and service.
Jennifer, Lismore NSW

“Thank you!” my stay at Pinetrees Lodge showed me what it was like to really relax. As a single traveller, the friendly and welcoming spirit of staff were a highlight. Each meal was an ‘occasion’, fresh, delicious and excellent quality.
Anna, Fairlight

The relaxed, friendly atmosphere created by Pinetrees Lodge and the willingness for staff to go out of their way to help with a smile. The food was amazing.
Kathy, Dapto NSW

Swimming with the turtles at Lord Howe Island was amazing and I loved the Gower trek and snorkelling. The staff at Pinetrees Lodge is fantastic, very helpful, thoughtful and friendly. The food has been more than great.
Nicholas, Enmore NSW

You can’t help but feel like a child again – riding bikes, no telephones, no internet and going out to find your own fun and make the holiday an adventure. Pinetrees compliments this with limited/no distractions, it’s perfect. We enjoyed trekking up the hill at Old Gulch, Ned’s Beach and fishing. Thank you guys, see you next year!
Katrina & Ben

Congratulations to the chefs and staff at Pinetrees Lodge! It was an oasis of family and friendship. A treasure in time and experience.
Nancy, Moss Vale NSW

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"One of the highlights is the wonderful family history associated with Pinetrees that makes you feel like you are part of the extended family."

Jill, Clontarf, NSW