Dive Site: Lighthouse Bommie, Lady Elliot Island

Manta glides by at Lighthouse Bommies diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Site Overview

Site Type: Manta Cleaning station, Scenic Reef and mega fauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 11MBottom: 16M
Location: Amongst the dive sites to the west of Lady Elliot

Description

Kim, the dive shop manager has been on Lady Elliot Island for over nine years and has observed and recorded Mantas at Lady Elliot during that time. Initially it was thought that there may be over 40 ‘resident’ mantas, but over 100 individuals have now been identified and named. Their cleaning stations have been noted and so your chance of observing mantas is maximised by diving with the LEI dive team.

Lighthouse Divemap at Lady Elliot Island Resort diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

There is however, no guarantee that a Manta wants cleaning at the time you happen to be there. Even so, the patient are usually rewarded with a manta sighting.

Manta - light catching face at Wreck diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Sometimes higher up in the water column, and sometimes down at eye level.

Manta glides by at Lighthouse Bommies diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Note that the Lighthouse Bommie is not the only place where you can see mantas. They can be seen at other sites gliding by either on the edge of the vis, or right overhead if you are lucky. We observed mantas on all dives during the peak season – May, June and July.

Likewise, even if you’re specifically out looking for mantas, don’t close your eyes to everything else that’s around. Also in the vicinity of the Lighthouse Bommie mooring is a turtle cleaning station, so the chances are you could see a turtle being cleaned too.

Turtle skims over coral up close at Lighthouse Bommies diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

And even if you don’t, typically towards the end of the dive, you’ll be in shallower water close to the reef where you’re bound to encounter one there.

Relaxed turtle up close at Lighthouse Bommies diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

You can ‘read up’ on the Mantas in the Reef Education Centre before your dive.  There are also Manta information sheets.  And check out Lady Elliot’s involvement in Project Manta on their website.

Zone 4 Lighthouse Bommies at Reef Education Centre diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how