Locals and visitors enjoy boating in the park.

  • The locals welcome a significant number of cruising yachts each year.  Rental moorings for short-term stays can be booked through the Lord Howe Island Board Administration office on 02 6563 2066.
  • Explore the marine park on a glass-bottom boat with local guides, who will introduce you to the reef's complexities and the fish species it supports.
  • Boat tour operators take visitors around the island during calm weather.  Boat trips to snorkelling and diving sites are popular.  At North Bay Sanctuary Zone, snorkellers can experience colourful coral reefs, fish, turtles and other marine life and ship wrecks.
  • Kayaking is a popular choice for visitors.  The 6 km long, relatively sheltered lagoon waters feature a variety of beaches, bays and reefs to explore.
  • For more information on boating in NSW, visit Transport for NSW

Things you need to know

Anchoring is restricted to protect coral communities from anchor and chain damage.

  • A marine park permit is required to install or relocate a mooring in Lord Howe Island Marine Park.
  • The park provides ten moorings in the Lagoon for the public and tour operators.
  • The Lord Howe Island Board maintains another 18 public moorings for visiting yachts.
  • Vessels over 25 m long cannot anchor anywhere in the marine park, except at six designated anchorages.

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