Dive Site: Admiralty Islands, Lord Howe Island, NSW

Leather corals with white spot chromis at South Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Varied terrain, scenic reefs
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 20M
Location: The Admiralty Islands are situated just off the north eastern tip of Lord Howe Island

Description

There are dozens of dive sites around the Admiralty Islands Lord Howe Island* which comprise a number of islands, rocks and bomboras. Each has an interesting name like Sugar Loaf, Noddy, Ruperts, Ryans, Roach, 10th June, and even ‘No name’. (* There’s another group with the same name – Admiralty Islands – in PNG.)

Double Header close up at Noname Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

There are steep walls, flat reefs, boulder strewn bommies and gently sloping ridges.

Tasselled Scorpionfish at South Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

Critters tend to have their preference for terrain, but the critters shown below you will found all around these dive sites.

Moray with chin on xenia at South Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

We spent a good 10 minutes with an octopus, who firstly fled, then came back and put on a great display, then fled again.

Sydney Octopus clear at Noname Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

Next up was a Conspicuous Angelfish, which really don’t like divers much. Unless you’re stealthy, they’ll keep their distance.

Conspicuous Butterflyfish at Noname Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

Followed closely by a big Stingray that came in real close.

Stingray with diver at Noname Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit

And of course, there’s the less conspicuous stuff, but sometimes all the more exciting a find despite that.

Peacock-tail Anemone Shrimp at Noname Island Admiralty Islands Lord Howe diving Lord Howe Island NSW Australia by Diveplanit