Located in Australia, the snorkeling in Lord Howe Island offers a half-dozen good snorkel dive spots. The best Lord Howe Island snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be North Bay, Comets Hole, Old Settlement Beach, Neds Beach, and Erscotts Hole. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Lord Howe Island snorkeling dive below.
Northeast of Sydney off Lord Howe in the Tasman Sea, the snorkeling in North Bay off the northwestern shore is known for an adjacent reef that has plentiful marine life such as wrasse, bluefish and drummer. There are nice spur-and-grove coral formations, along with extensive beds of seagrass in the Lord Howe Island Lagoon.
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.
Northeast of Sydney off Lord Howe, the snorkeling at Sharks Reef is known for coral heads in very clear water. During Sharkes snorkeling, you may encounter stingrays, sharks, morwongs, sea stars, moray eels, butterflyfish, wrasse and angelfish.
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. During Old Settlement Beach snorkeling, you may encounter spotting green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and lionfish. 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.
Northeast of Sydney in the Tasman Sea, the snorkeling at Comets Hole off the western coast is popular for the fresh water spring coming up and for the reef wall. During Comets Hole snorkeling, you may also encounter sea stars, silver drummer, galapagos sharks, lionfish, anemonefish, bull rays, whip rays, moray eels, butterflyfish, wrasse and angelfish. The water depth in the middle of the small hole is 7m to 8m deep.
The snorkeling at Erscotts Hole off the western coast is well known for its coral garden. The amazing garden of staghorn coral provides habitat to 500 species of fish. With this zone, there are 90 species of coral to be found. Keep an eye out for the chameleon-like Blue fish and the double-header wrasse.