Old Settlement Beach Snorkeling

The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Lord Howe Island.

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Northeast of Sydney off Lord Howe, the snorkeling at Old Settlement Beach is best known for the deep Sylphs Hole. The Sylphs Hole Sanctuary Zone is a protected area within Hunter Bay and is located just offshore of Old Settlement Beach. The sanctuary zone covers within 50 metre circumference from all the yellow marker buoys. The zone protects the fresh water spring and the two unique coral species which provide habitate to diverse marine life. During Old Settlement Beach snorkeling, you may encounter spotting green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and butterfly-cod (aka lionfish).

Lord Howe Island 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, Old Settlement Beach is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 6 snorkeling dives in Lord Howe Island.


Local Contact(s):  Lord Howe Island Visitor Centre +61-2-6563-2114; Howea Divers +61-2-6563-2290; Pro Dive Lord Howe Island +61-2-6563-2253

Recommended Book:  "South Pacific Diving" from Julia Whitty

Best Season:  Oct-May

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Treehouse 6563 2320; Somerset Apartments 6563 2061

Luxury Loding:  Capella Lodge 9918 4355; Pinetrees Lodge 02 6563 2177

Reference Source:  click here http://www.lordhoweisland.info/

Article Source:   Best Old Settlement Beach Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=22918

GPS:  -31.519974, 159.054801

Date Published:  1/1/2012

Date Updated:  10/10/2016

ID:  22918

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