Northeast of Sydney off Lord Howe in the Tasman Sea, the snorkeling at Neds Beach on the northshore is popular for its pristine shallow reef and diverse marine life, such as hawksbill turtles, kingfish, spangled emperor, Galapagos Wailer Sharks and rare double-headed wrasse. The Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone has excellent coral diversity and plentiful reef fish reasonably close to shore. There are whip corals, black corals, fan gorgonians and basket stars in the deep water. Surprisingly, there is a fish food dispenser near the Neds Beach shelter so bring a bag to carry some into the water.
Lord Howe Island offers world class snorkeling. It is an exceptional place to explore as the southernmost coral reef in the world with over 90 coral species and 500 fish species. It has verdant rain-forests, white sand beaches and volcanic peaks. There is a long coral reef along the southwestern side of the island that encloses a lagoon. It is about 600km northeast of Sydney.
Lord Howe Island is reached by a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane (the main air service is provided by QantasLink).
Overall, Neds Beach is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 6 snorkeling dives in Lord Howe Island.