Woohoo – we are off on our bucket list adventure to Lady Elliot Island (LEI)
LEI is a coral cove and is located on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, this beautiful marine park i a underwater paradise for turtles and the most amazing reef life.
Access is via charted plane, this in itself is a visual display of the wonderful waters around the island and along the coastal areas
LEI is primarily awesome for underwater photography so a camera to suit is a must ( underwater cameras can be purchased on the island) gopros are great as well, unless you just want to relax and take in the serene ambiance of the island where there is limited contact with the outside world then that is another option –either way champagne under the setting sun and stars is a perfect way to finish of a day snorkeling, scuba diving or just plain relaxing on the beach.
This trip was all about photography and underwater adventures as we joined the FotoFrenzy photography experience hosted by Darren Jew, Sean Scott and the Canon Collective team Colin Baker and Greg Sullivan
Once the check in, plus meet and greet was completed, we were eager to get into the water to start exploring
Accommodation is either cabins ( we chose the cabins) or tents, basic but comfortable, anyway we spent little time in here apart from sleeping
Grabbing our underwater cameras we walked straight of the beach into the Lagoon on the eastern side of the island to catch a glimpse or 2 of the famed turtles that LEI is renowned for. Within 5 mins most of us were seeing our first Turtles and over the next few hours we came across some of the 1200 different species of marine life surrounding the island
So amazing to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, they are quite friendly and don’t mind featuring in a shot or 2 apart from a few shy ones. If they don’t want to be bothered they will swim away so fast you have no hope of catching them
It’s hard to tally up the hours spent in the water over a 5 day period, everyday we were either on the eastern or western side of the island marveling at the diverse array of marine life, turtles galore, colorful fish darting in and out of the coral, giant clams opening and closing showing of their color spectrum, plus brilliant blue star fish draping themselves over the coral beds are just a few of the delights seen while snorkeling around.
Mandy getting up close and personal with a friendly turtle – reef shoes are a must
Even at low tide in the lagoon we followed the coral gravel trails to continue enjoying the marine life
Little fish that thought it was a shark. I loved these cheeky fish that would dart out to try for a nip then dart back too scared to take the final step
Adventuring into the deep
One of the real treasures of Lady Elliot Island is the western side of the island around the lighthouse and coral gardens – we were amazed at the stunning underwater scenery, and abundant marine life. Here you can both snorkel or scuba.
We were mesmerized by the intricate patterns in the coral beds, could have floated over them for hours. Watching the colorful and abundant marine life darting in and out of the many crevice’s
Morning and Night Sky spectacular
While under the ocean is special, above is just as spectacular especially as we were able to capture some amazing sunrises and sunsets
Champagne anyone, let’s just say after a great feed from the buffet dinner a few of these were consumed nightly from the well-stocked bar
And finally this picture sums up the feeling that we had for this Island and the experience we had with good friends, a trip worth remembering and a must for anyone’s bucket list if you love the ocean, above or below
This experience is a must, so many pictures were taken but hopefully you enjoy the few that have been shared in this blog
For more information about the island check out the LEI website http://www.ladyelliot.com.au
Also if you want to be involved in canon collective events Australia https://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/imageSpectrum/Community/collective-home/Collective-Events
Written By Vicki