Dive or Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef with Lizard Island

- Melissa Mewdell,

Beach combing on two dozen powdery-white beaches, diving in the Great Barrier Reef’s renowned  clear waters and swimming with the sea turtles are but three of the many ways to spend your time at Lizard Island.

This 40-room luxury resort is a remote paradise located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

Guests are greeted with Champagne and fruit upon arrival at the Pavilion, and, depending on how they feel, they can get right in to the action or relax on the beach.

Diving and snorkeling are by far the most sought after activities at Lizard Island, given the pavilion’s proximity to the reef. If you aren’t an expert in the water, no worries: Lizard Island offers both snorkeling lessons and diving lessons!

And, you don’t have to go too far to start seeing the inhabitants of the sea. There is excellent reef snorkeling in Anchor Bay (right in front of the resort), as well as at Sunset Beach and Watson’s Bay. A highlight of snorkeling in this area is the giant clams that make this area their home.

Lizard Island Resort and Spa Diving VacationOnce guests get their feet wet, they can go on many an excursion, including diving and snorkeling trips to the inner or outer reef. Catering to every kind of diver, go for a quick half day dive, or explore the reef all day long.

But remember to save your energy. Just because the afternoon is over, doesn’t mean the diving is too. For the adventurous souls looking to see something different, be sure to check out one of Lizard Island’s night dives to catch a glimpse of the Ocean’s nocturnal creatures.

Of course, not everyone is up for diving each and every night. If you just want to relax, make an appointment for a massage at the Azure Spa before enjoying  a drink at Lizard Island’s bar and lounge, and fresh seafood at Ospreys Restaurant.

We at Kiwi Collection can’t think of a better place to stay than Lizard Island for a diving or snorkeling vacation on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

  1. ann Marie says:


    Just wondering what island you recommend for a family? kids 14,13,11 and 9…Lizard doesn’t allow kids. Lady Elliot or Heron?

  2. Hi Ann Marie,

    Thanks for your question.

    I’ve looked in to this for you. Our president (and resident travel guru) suggests that you check out Hayman Island for family vacations around the Great Barrier Reef: