Flying north over the Pacific Ocean the blue of the water was exhilarating.
We flew along side of Fraser island – that waste sand island. Coming to Lady Elliot we could take it all in in one glimpse. A spec in the ocean surrounded by lagoons of coral filled with colourful fish and manta rays – even able to be seen by air.
We landed on the grassy airstrip which divides the island. The resort is one side and the large lagoon the other.
We were greeted not with an island style flower lei but with a big grin and a ‘welcome all’ by Mary a staff member.
She gave us a quick orientation talk / tour then allowed us to check in , to go to the dive shop and be kitted out with fins, snorkel-even a wet suit if needed.
I was pleased I’d brought my $10 Aldi wetsuit bought two years ago and never worn. It’s quite windy on the island and with temperatures dropping to 23 it could be cool getting in and out of the water.
There is only one resort here and people come for the snorkeling, diving , birdwatching, and reef walking. It’s not a glamour resort. No resort wear needed.
People are wearing shorts or jeans, and the ‘hoodie’ a fleece lined jumper. It’s not freezing just a little cool. Tomorrow should be warmer.
We settled into our rooms which though small are well suited for a relaxed 5 nights. There is a good sized verandah, somewhere to hang wet gear , comfortable chairs for reading and a beautiful view towards the lagoon just beyond our cabin.
At 2 o’clock we headed across to the lighthouse lagoon crossing the grassy airfield.
We wore our reef shoes into the water carrying our fins and snorkels. About 50 metres out there is a tall pole with a basket to store your reef shoes as you don the fins and swim out.
We were able to immediately enter the coral garden and start watching the colourful fish darting every which way along the ocean floor. Magical.
We swam along the roped off area where every 100 metre there’s a little platform you could stop and hold on and chat with your companions.
We’re traveling with Ralph and Frances, friends who love swimming and had come to our past trip to Vanuatu ( check out that blog post if you haven’t read it already)
We swam around for an hour or so and though the water temperature was nice I was happy to be wearing my wetsuit as the wind was cool as we left the water.
It’s hard going walking out. Lots of rocks and uneven surfaces makes you feel very clumsy!!!
Back to our cabin for a warm shower and afternoon cuppa before heading over the island for our sunset drinks.
What a sunset. Absolutely gorgeous.
You’ll find is here each evening!!
Dinner in the dining room is a simple but satisfying meal. Carrot soup followed by lamb shanks, beef ribs , fresh vegetables, polenta and a lentil dish. All very tasty. With a nice glass of red we were ready for bed by 8.30.
We’re on island time already!