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6 day / 5 night Lady Elliot Island Swim Tour

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Situated within a highly protected “Green Zone” the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

This itinerary provides you with the opportunity to swim twice a day in this wonderful environment. Lady Elliot Island has four identified swim locations and during your stay you will explore each of these areas from the protected lagoon swims to open water ways of the Coral Gardens through to the Lighthouse Bommie.

To ensure the best possible experience, the week will be planned around the predicted tides and weather. The tour staff work closely with the Island’s activities staff to plan the week ahead.

You can create your own week by opting in or out of the various planned swims. Or you will also have the option to complete only part of or all of a particular swim, ie; most swims have an early exit option. Each swim will range between 2 – 3 km and normally scheduled for an hour in duration.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort also offers a number of guided tours from a “Reef Walk Tour” to the “Island History Tour” there is always something to fill your day.

Your week will include the following:

  • Option of two guided swims per day
  • Evening sunset drinks
  • Snorkelling
  • Two boat assisted guided swims
  • Ongoing coaching and swimming tips
  • Lagoon swims
  • Open water swims
  • Up-close encounters with marine life


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Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a family run and operated eco-tourism business. Accommodation is designed to minimise impact on the island while enriching the overall guest experience of the environment. In keeping with the natural, eco-friendly practices there are no phones, TVs, radios or Wi-Fi available in the rooms. Limited Wi-Fi available in hotspots.

There are 2 types of accommodation on offer for this tour, as follows :

Eco Cabins

Based on twin share. 

Situated within 20 to 30 meters walk from the Lagoon, the newly upgraded Eco Cabins have solid walls, louvres for maximum air flow, a large front glass sliding door and shared bathroom facilities. Lighting and power points are available in every cabin as well as a ceiling fan. The deck is furnished with two chairs for added relaxation.

Reef Unit Upgrade

Based on twin share.

Located approximately 10 meters from the beautiful coral cay Lagoon, the Reef Units are the closest resort rooms to the Beachfront Dining Room. Arranged in blocks of three, offering either a queen bed or a combination of a queen and bunk-style beds. Each unit features polished timber floors, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony to make the most of the island surrounds. The units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

Please note:

Bookings are always taken on a 'first in' basis. 

  • Return Flights (Redcliffe / Hervey Bay)
  • Accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner
  • Two guided swims per day
  • Swim safety
  • Professional photography package featuring underwater photos
  • Two boat escorted swims
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Travel Insurance - all participants are strongly encouraged to arrange appropriate Travel Insurance.
  • Lunch Costs (Cafe menu or Buffet lunch available)
  • Drinks
  • Additional activities such as diving
  1. Karen Poad:

    “Well we thought the tour would be good but WOW it was fantastic!! Great group of people, fantastic swim guides, no pressure to swim but lots of encouragement. The flight there was quick and easy, the island’s facilities were just right with friendly helpful staff. Lady Elliot is a real gem and so close to Brisbane.” – Karen Poad

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Each swim is planned to last between 60 – 75 minutes. During the swims we will stop regularly to regroup and provide direction. Each swim will cover somewhere between 2.2 – 3.5 km. Each swim is designed with an early exit option.

We work around two swims per day, apart from the first and final days of the trip, when only one swim is usually scheduled.

No, not at all. This is your holiday, swim as much or as little as you wish. We will encourage you to join us on each swim.

Most of our accommodation is based on two people sharing and for most parts we have Double or Twin Share rooms available.

In between swims you will find time to read a book, play cards or socialise with others on the trip.

You can choose to wear flippers for some or all of the swims. We are not here to race but rather enjoy the beautiful environment.

The wetsuit option is worth considering; not only do they keep you warmer, but they also provide you with a bit more flotation, protection from the sun and any marine stingers that we might encounter.

The beautiful part of swimming in the open water is encountering the wildlife that inhabit these waterways; swimming with the tiny freshwater turtles on K’Gari, having the privilege of swimming beside the majestic Manta-Rays, or simply listening to the humpbacks underwater song as they cruise past at Lady Elliot Island.

We work on a water safety ratio of 1:6 and complete a thorough risk assessment prior to each swim. Our staff are fully qualified as swim coaches and lifeguards, but are also accomplished open water swimmers.

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