Dive Lord Howe

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Dive Lord Howe is geared for all the diving you would ever want to do around Lord Howe Island. The owner Aaron Ralph has a wealth of knowledge about the local dive sites, and knows which sites can be comfortably dived in the different weather conditions.

The Dive Lord Howe custom-built dive boat seats 10 divers and 2 guides with two tanks each and makes the trip to all the local sites comfortably and quickly. Exit is a backward roll over the soft side tubes, and entry is via the twin ladders at the rear – making for a quick drop off and pick up even a dozen divers.

Dives are typically morning double dives, but they can also accommodate afternoon dives, and will happily make the trip to Ball’s Pyramid with a minimum number of sufficiently experienced divers.


Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia

Ball's Pyramid, New South Wales, Australia

Admiralty Islands, New South Wales, Australia

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia

Leanda Lei Apartments

Established as a guesthouse in 1954 and later converted into self contained apartments, Leanda Lei is nestled amongst tranquil gardens, with spacious lawns and views towards Mount Gower and Lidgbird. Leanda Lei Apartments are conveniently located on Middle Beach Road and features a BBQ and picnic area, courtyard, tour / sightseeing desk, car rental desk, bicycle rentals, airport shuttle service, and onsite laundry, making it a great choice for accommodation when diving with Dive Lord Howe.

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Check in early (or the day prior if you can), to complete the paperwork and get sized up for your gear, so that when you arrive for the dive, your tank, BCD and regs are all set up for you on the bench.

You get into your wetsuit in front of the shop, and there’s storage for dry bags that are required on the boat. Divers then carry their tank and regs onto the boat and slip it into the rack which runs down the centre of the boat, next to the second tank. Weights are in the baskets under the bench and all BCDs have integral weight pockets. Load your weights (make sure the pockets ‘click’ back in properly), store your dry gear in the cabin aft, and you’re ready to go!

Typically Aaron will have already briefed the team of the day’s destination, though there may be some fine tuning if the wind has changed slightly.

Within minutes you’ll be over the dive site and getting a thorough dive brief: one which includes depths, possible current, terrain description, critters to look out for, grouping and which instructor to obey, length of dive and a review of hand signals.

For a drift dive, the boat is able to unload up to a dozen divers in a synchronised splash! But if the boat is anchored, following the anchor line is a great idea. Either way, enter is via a backward roll.

Dive times are usually limited only by air consumption – so stay warm for a longer dive.

If the boat is moored, the dive guide will bring divers back to the vicinity of the anchor in due course, and if a drift dive has been agreed it will be a free water ascent under the dive guide’s SMB. Because there is no decompression chamber on Lord Howe Island, the safety stop is 5 minutes at 5 m; but keep your eyes out – as there’s still plenty to see as you ascend – with a quite often a few Galapagos Sharks coming in to check you out!

Exit is via either of the two ladders at the rear, usually by removing the fins and climbing up fully kitted. There’ll be mermaid lines in case someone needs a little extra time to de-fin.

For the surface interval, the boat will moor up in a sheltered bay and tea, coffee and biccies are served.

The second dive proceeds much as the first, after which the boat heads straight back to the boat shed – unless it gets distracted by dolphins who want to play!

Divers carry their own rig back off the boat (minus the weights) and drop it back on the bench at the shed. There are tubs for washing down gear, and the best place to get change is on the grass under the trees.

Pricing for Dive Lord Howe & Leanda Lei Resort

28 April 2024 – 23 September 2024 min 5-night stayAUD
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Double / Twin Share) with 10 dives2020
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Single) with 10 dives3140
7 Nights Two Bedroom Apartment (Quad) with 10 dives2038
24 September – 19 December 2024 min 4-night stay / 29 January – 30 April 2025 min 4-night stayAUD
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Double / Twin Share) with 10 dives2300
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Single) with 10 dives3700
7 Nights Two Bedroom Apartment (Quad) with 10 dives2248
20 December 2024 – 28 January 2025 min 4-night stay
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Double / Twin Share) with 10 dives2685
7 Nights Studio Apartment (Single) with 10 dives4470
7 Nights Two Bedroom Apartment (Quad) with 10 dives2825
Pricing includes accommodation as specified, return airport transfers, 5 dive days/2 tanks per day, tanks, weights, dive guide. For Nitrox, add $100
The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10/12 dive packages at lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. 1-bedroom twin-share & 2 bedroom triple share apartments also available. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Please use the [Enquire Now] tab to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.