Dive Centre: Howea Divers, Lord Howe Island

Howea Divers dive boat diving Admiralty Islands. Diving holiday, travel planning tips for Lord Howe Island - where, when, who and how

Overview

Howea Divers is locally owned and operated, with the island’s most experienced and highest qualified Instructors and Divemasters. Established by Brian Busteed (“Busty”) in 1995, Howea Divers has extensive local knowledge of Lord Howe’s dive sites and currents.

Busty has been on the Lord Howe Island Marine Park Advisory Committee (LHIMPAC) since its inception and over the years has hosted and guided many top researchers and professionals in the Marine Park.  He continues to teach and guide tourists, experienced divers and professionals around the pristine reefs of Lord Howe Island today.

Brian 'Busty' Busteed at the Howea Divers Boatshed Lagoon Drive. Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

Howea Divers operate out of The Boatshed on Lagoon Drive about 200m from the CBD.  They have the full gamut of gear for hire, including cameras, offer a number of PADI courses, and sell a number of lines of scuba equipment including cameras.  Make contact with Howea Divers well before you think about flights and accommodation to discuss what sort of diving you’d like to do, to check availability and what other divers may already be looking at the same dates.  The weather at Lord Howe is not guaranteed, though being an island, there’s usually a sheltered spot to be found.  Likewise the trip out to Ball’s Pyramid is by arrangement only – it requires the right conditions and a critical mass of capable divers.

Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

Facilities

Training School Type: PADI Nitrox Fill:
Air Fill
Number of Guides 3
Gear Hire
Number of Boats 1
Gear Sales
Number of Dive Sites 50
Gear Servicing
Accommodation

Location

Howea Divers operate from Busty’s Boatshed on Lagoon Drive, just south of the “CBD’

What to expect

Even once you’ve arrived, make contact with Busty and review the conditions for the next few days.  He will probably already have some good suggestions based on the weather conditions and capabilities of the group as a whole.  He can definitely show you the highlights of what Lord Howe has to offer including endemic species.

Double headed wrasse Comets Hole. Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

You can take your own gear, or hire or a combination of the two.  There is no requirement for any early starts, and none of the accommodation is more than a 10 minute cycle to the boatshed.

There you can gear up at your own pace and carry your gear to the boat which will be pulled into the shallows.

Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

As the trip to any dive site is usually less than 20 minutes, most dives are single dives at one site, then back to base.  A possible exception is a trip to the Admiralty Islands, where the surface interval may be taken at Ned’s beach.  Usually, the boat will make two trips each day, though more can be arranged as required.

Howea Divers Boat Comets Hole. Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

Though speedy, it’s a pretty bare boat with limited dry storage – though there is a tub for cameras.  Entry is via giant stride at the rear, and re-boarding is via the rear steps.  As the boat is always moored in a sheltered spot, there are no challenges in getting back on board.

Mosaic Moray diving Outside the Reef. Established in 1995, Howea Divers is locally owned and operated with extensive local knowledge of the dive sites and currents of Lord Howe Island.

Back at the boatshed, there are wash down tubs and a picnic right on the lagoon where you can enjoy a coffee, pour over Busty’s reference books to see which of the endemic species you got to see, and write up your dive.