Dive Lord Howe
Dive Lord Howe
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Lord Howe Island is less than 2 hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane and surrounded by a Marine Park. Over 500 species of fish and 90 species of hard and soft corals, Lord Howe provides and underwater experience for divers of all experience levels. Dive Lord Howe operates dives everyday (weather permitting) and have the only dive boat on the island that is surveyed to dive Balls Pyramid. Dive sites around the island vary from 5 – 30 metres with an array of both tropical and temperate water species. Most dives are suitable for open water certified divers. Balls Pyramid is very weather dependent and an advanced open water certification is required for this dive. Dive Lord Howe operates from September to May and bookings are essential. Great diving packages can be booked online.
Lord Howe Island, Australia
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Julesmcm
North Parramatta, Australia120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My husband and I completed 6 dives over 3 days with Dive Lord Howe and could not be more impressed with the team! My husband dived during our previous visit (when the business was known as ‘Pro Dive’) but this was my first time as I’ve only recently gained my open water certification. Being a relatively new diver, I’m still quite nervous, but the staff really went above and beyond to put me at ease. The dives were of course spectacular, and we really appreciated Aaron doing his best to accommodate our requests for specific dive sites. The safety measures were next level, and all of the dive equipment was excellent and well-maintained. The team even came to my rescue when one of the buckles on my (personally-owned) dive fins broke just as I was about to enter the water! They really were prepared for everything! The level of professionalism was so impressive, and being served hot drinks, cookies and red frogs as we chilled out and floated in the lagoon during our surface interval was a pretty special experience I won’t forget! Thank you Aaron, Dave, Michelle, Ash and team Dive Lord Howe for a wonderful diving experience. We can’t wait to dive with you again!
Written 23 February 2024
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It was an absolute pleasure, thank you for taking the time to write us a great review and we look forward to your return!
Written 23 February 2024
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adithyavenk
Seattle, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Every interaction I had with this shop was *AMAZING*, I would recommend anyone dive/snorkel with them when they're on the island.

Starting with booking, I had questions about the dive and how to accommodate refresher courses for two, which were answered patiently over the phone. We booked 6 dives over 3 days starting with a refresher.

A few days before arrival my travel partner injured her back, rendering her incapable of lifting weights and potentially cutting short our trip. We called the dive center who were willing to accommodate us on snorkel/boat trips instead, and also suggested they'd help her don the BCD in the water if she was capable and meant she could dive. We couldn't get a full refund given how close it was to the trip, but this flexibility was deeply appreciated.

To the snorkel/dive experience itself.

Dives on the first day were replaced with the Galapagos Shark Snorkel! What an experience, another patron on the boat who'd spent 5 days diving with the shop exclaimed that the "snorkel was better than all the dives". A relaxed drift snorkel in 20m visibility with 40-50 sharks swimming up/around us the entire time was one for the memory bank.

Day 2 and 3 consisted of four dives in amazing conditions. The dive instructors were phenomenal, special thanks to Shelly for accommodating my inexperience (first dive in 4 years, and dive 12 overall) and I got better over the four dives. This trip renewed my interest in diving, given that all my previous dives were in murky cold Sydney waters.

Between and before dives - the skipper was amazing before and between the dives. Refreshments, gear checks, tank swaps, and everything you could dream of is taken care of!
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing review! We are so pleased to hear of your renewed interest in diving based on your experience with us, and that you had fabulous interactions on your dive and snorkel experiences. Until next time!
Written 21 February 2024
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KIka P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing experience with Dive Lord Howe. Very professional and friendly at the same time. Diving with the galapagos sharks is definitely a must do tour. Special thanks to Aron and David who were amazing during our private tour, and managed to find an incredible surf spot by the end of the day!
Written 8 February 2024
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Thank you for your great review, it was a pleasure to have you onboard!
Written 12 February 2024
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john j
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you love to dive, then Lord Howe is the place to go just 2 hours flight out of Sydney. Lisa and Aaron of Dive Lord Howe will certainly deliver on some great diving and a wide variety of sites. I did 33 dives during this trip, and everyone was at a different dive site! Best of all that is only scratching the surface of possible sites to dive around the island.

Now to review the boat and equipment. The boat is a well-designed and capable dive platform. It is fast, well equipped and a comfortable ride. A place for everything and everything in its place. The hire gear is in excellent condition and of good quality. Nitrox and Air options are available. I strongly recommend the Nitrox if you are qualified on that gas mix to optimize your underwater and surface interval times.

The dive team is experienced and extremely competent.

Some of the stand-out experiences this year included swimming in close contact with more than 50 Galapagos Whaler sharks, sighting 2 Ballina angel fish, and a snorkel with dolphins on the way to Balls Pyramid.
Written 8 February 2024
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It was an absolute pleasure to have you onboard for another great year. Thank you for taking the time to write us a great review and we look forward to your next trip!
Written 12 February 2024
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Sue L
Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We went on the Galapagos Shark Swim and can highly recommend. Fun crew, great boat, loads of sharks, visibility was amazingly good around 60 metres - it was a stunning day and we even had a quick snorkel on the way back.
Written 6 February 2024
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Thank you for your great review, we are so pleased to hear that you had a magical day with us!
Written 7 February 2024
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Freedom65730552150
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We did snorkelling with the Galapagos sharks and it was great. Excellent attention to safety details at the start and our guide had excellent biological and geological knowledge. He maintained a friendly and attentive ambience and seeing about fifty 1.5 m sharks swimming around our roped circle was incredible. We even had time for a 15 minute snorkel on a shallow coral reef on the way back. I would highly recommend this.
Written 1 February 2024
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Thank you for your great review, we are so pleased to hear that you had a safe and enjoyable experience.
Written 2 February 2024
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Isolin
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Spectacular as always!
We completed multiple dives over our two week holiday on Lord Howe. We did two private charters with our children and partners, joined regular boat dives, dived Balls Pyramid and encouraged our mid 50s friends to complete their Padi Openwater.
All our experiences were memorable and different. My girlfriend has described it as ‘life-changing’ and I overheard a 13 year old boy describe his Discover Scuba experience as his, ‘best day ever!’.
Aaron works hard to make the dives varied and suited to the group and his enthusiasm is infectious.
This is a very together well run business executed with care and passion and I think my final dive for the season on Saturday morning will rank in my absolute best dives ever, combining the picturesque feature of the Eye of Roach with an exciting and mesmerising high speed drift dive across the fabulous corals of the Admiralty Islands. Wow!
Thank you to Aaron, Lisa, Dave, Michelle, Jim and everyone who made it so much fun for us!
Written 14 January 2024
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Thank you for your thorough and wonderful review! It was our pleasure to have you all onboard and we look forward to your next trip on the island.
Written 15 January 2024
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Teepsteeps
Ashmore, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A professionally run business by Aaron, Lisa and all of the staff. Comfy dive boat with plenty of room, loads of knowledge for the local dive sites and some seriously cool diving- everyone at the dive shop and how beautiful it is underwater really made my holiday. Thanks guys!
Written 6 January 2024
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Thank you for your great review, we are so pleased that you had a wonderful time!
Written 8 January 2024
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Cole G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
My great nephew and I had the opportunity to go diving with Aaron and David off of Lord Howe Island and it was an amazing experience that we'll never forget. David helped me feel totally safe so I could enjoy the amazing underwater sights. What an expert he is and we were lucky enough to have him as our master diver. ,Aaron's knowledge of the island diving spots led us to have the very best experience that we could have hoped for. Thanks guys! We'd love to come back again.
Written 31 December 2023
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Thank you for your great review, we look forward to diving with you again!
Written 2 January 2024
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Elizabeth B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The dive team made me feel very safe and comfortable having not dived for a few years. The Malabar dive spot was so much fun with swim throughs and coral caves full of beautiful fish and even a friendly shark. Great experience!
Written 11 December 2023
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We are so pleased to hear that you had a great experience, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!
Written 12 December 2023
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