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Lord Howe Island Dive Weeks


Diving on Lord Howe Island

After many months of planning, we've just released the details of our inaugural Lord Howe Island Dive Week in December 2016. Lord Howe is one of the few dive locations in the world that remains untouched by man, and thanks to our World Heritage listing, this will continue! 


New Luxury Dive Weeks on Lord Howe Island

Australia, June 1 2016: One of Australia’s oldest family businesses, Pinetrees Lodge, will soon host luxury Dive Weeks to showcase the unique marine life of Lord Howe Island. Lord Howe Island has some of the best diving in the world. With a coral reef system at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, including the warm East Australian Current, Lord Howe has a unique mix of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life with over 90 coral and 500 fish species.

The dual protection from Lord Howe’s World Heritage listing and Marine Park ensures that the reef system is perfectly pristine – there’s no overfishing, pollution, sedimentation or coral bleaching. Lord Howe is one of the few dive locations in the world where humans have had no impact. With the nearest river mouth 600km to the west, Lord Howe has some of the clearest waters on earth with visibility usually around 30 metres.

There are more than 80 dive sites around the island, including one of the most famous dive sites in the world, Balls Pyramid. The Lord Howe Lagoon is safe and easily accessible, and dive sites such as Erscotts Hole and Comets Hole reward divers with stunning coral gardens and abundant fish life. Other famous dive sites include the Malabar Landslide, Octopus Gardens, the Arch and many more reefs, trenches, caves and volcanic drop-offs.

6th generation owner Dani Rourke and her husband Luke Hanson, run the largest and oldest of the traditional guest houses on Lord Howe, Pinetrees Lodge, which has provided guests with a unique “sand between your toes” holiday for over 120 years.

Dani's ancestors arrived on Lord Howe Island in 1842 and acquired the land around Pinetrees in 1848 for 2 tons of potatoes. They hosted their first guests in the 1870s, and since then, five generations of the family have worked and lived on the same property. Dani and Luke, together with their two young girls, Elsie and Pixie, have continued the traditional family hosted holiday at Pinetrees, but are now introducing Lord Howe Island to a new breed of special interest holiday makers - hikers, surfers, photographers, yogis, adventurers, and divers.

Luke says “Lord Howe is an adventure playground and all of our activities are world class. When our guests need a break from diving, they can surf, snorkel, kayak, SUP, explore subtropical forests, climb big mountains, or just relax on the beach. It’s the perfect dive holiday”.

Pro Dive Lord Howe Island was established in 1978 and is run by owners Aaron & Lisa Ralph. Lisa says “we’re excited to partner with Pinetrees Lodge to offer an all-inclusive luxury dive experience. Lord Howe has exceptional diving with great terrain, rare endemic species and large areas of unexplored reef. Neville Coleman once said that Lord Howe’s diving was “nothing short of absolutely spectacular”, and he’s a great judge of quality.”

Pro Dive’s new 12 seat dive boat, MV Pinnacle, can quickly access the best dive sites in all conditions. Lisa says “our fast, stable and very safe boat ensures that divers get maximum time in the water, irrespective of swell conditions, and that’s our point of difference”.

Following major renovations over the last two years, and a calendar full of new events such as Dive Week, Pinetrees Lodge has had some success on the national stage. In 2014, the readers of Australian Traveller Magazine voted Pinetrees as the ‘Best Affordable Resort in Australia, and in 2016, TripAdvisor named Pinetrees as one of the ‘Top 25 Hotels in Australia’.

Luke says “the combination of waterfront sunsets, superb food, great wine and lovely day spa treatments, with Pro Dive’s expert guiding, will make our Dive Weeks a very special experience”.

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For more information please visit Please call Tennille Schell at Pinetrees Travel on 02 9262 6585 or email for interviews with Dani Rourke and Luke Hanson from Pinetrees Lodge.

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