Your guide Ian Hutton, is Lord Howe Island’s resident expert, is a biologist, naturalist and photographer. He will show you in seven days what would take you weeks to discover on your own.
Lord Howe Island lies approximately 700 km northeast of Sydney in the South Pacific Ocean. The island was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1982 for its natural heritage of universal value.
The beautiful landscape is dominated by the twin peaks of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, both of which tower above the central lowlands and the surrounding sea.
This small and pristine island boasts tall rainforests, thronging seabird colonies and coral reefs with abundant marine life. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time, so humans have had a minimal impact here. Each day Ian will take you to different parts of the island, as you learn about its history, flora, fauna, marine life and geology. He will also take you on leisurely walks to explore the mainland’s many natural wonders.
The seas around the island offer a fabulous mix of tropical and temperate marine life. You will be reef walking, beach-combing, snorkelling and cruising in a glass-bottom boat.
There will be ample time and flexibility for individual and group interests to be enjoyed. Evening talks and slide shows will add to your experience, and reference books on the history and natural history of the island (mostly written by Ian Hutton) will be available for your use during the tour.
Join Ian to discover this natural paradise for yourself.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Arrive Lord Howe Island||Upon arrival at Lord Howe Island, we’ll transfer to Somerset and check in to our accommodation. This afternoon we’ll spend time walking around the settlement, learning about the local history. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 2||Lord Howe Island||This morning we set out on a morning walk to Malabar Hill (210m) for spectacular views, plant life and nesting sea birds. We’ll spend the afternoon reef walking at Neds Beach. We’ll learn about the interesting geology, fossils and marine life while exploring the rock platforms at low tide. Black-winged Petrels will have recently returned to the island. A highlight is watching their courting displays, as they circle around the rock faces. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 3||Lord Howe Island||Today we’ll take a morning walk to Transit Hill for panoramic views of the island and an introduction to the bird and plant life. After lunch we will take a two hour glass-bottom boat cruise for a close up look at the hard and soft coral, as well as the exquisite marine life. Masks, snorkels and flippers will be supplied free of charge for those who want to get an even closer look. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 4||Lord Howe Island||Today we will enjoy a boat cruise around the island. This is the perfect way to grasp its size and diversity and to experience the island from new angles. We will call into the Admiralty Islands and many of the islands small bays, and enjoy the birdlife and more. This evening we will have dinner at Neds Beach where we will witness Shearwaters rafting up off shore before heading to the island where they nest overnight. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 5||Lord Howe Island||Today we undertake a full day walk to Boat Harbour, visiting the Masked Booby colony at Mutton Bird Point. We’ll have lunch at sheltered Boat Harbour, where we’ll have a chance for a swim or some beach combing. We’ll return to Somerset via Smoking Tree Ridge. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 6||Lord Howe Island||This morning we’ll enjoy a boat trip to North Bay, where we will spend the day. The area offers plenty to do including swimming, snorkelling and beach combing. We will take a walk to Mt Eliza to see Sooty Terns, Red-tailed Tropicbirds and Black Noddys nesting. Our boat will return us to the settlement at the end of a great day. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 7||Lord Howe Island||Today you’ll have the option to take an all day walk to the top of Mount Gower. This is a strenuous climb (875 m), but we will take it in easy stages. The ever-changing scenery and vegetation, culminating in the unique mist forest on the summit, makes the effort worthwhile. Those not wanting to do the walk will have the opportunity to explore other parts of the island. Accom: Somerset D|
|Day 8||Depart Lord Howe Island||Before departing the island, we’ll spend time looking at the lowland forest at Stevens Reserve and visit the palm nursery and visitor’s centre. We’ll be transferred to airport to depart Lord Howe Island this afternoon.|
|NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.|
Places Available on 26 November 2022 departure
- Naturalist leader
- Transfers to and from the Lord Howe Island airport to Somerset Apartments
- Meals as per itinerary
- Twin share accommodation with private facilities
- All national park entrance fees
- Boat cruises as per the itinerary
“It has been a little while since we returned from Lord Howe Island, but I wanted to send you a short message about the trip. I went to Christmas Island with you last year and thoroughly enjoyed things. However, this year was even better. It is a magnificent location and the way it seems to be looked after by the residents is terrific. I don’t think we could have had a better guide than Ian Hutton and we learned so much about the plants and birds. Thanks once again for a wonderful experience.”
“I just wanted to give you some feedback re my Coates tour of Lord Howe Island.
It was a wonderful week with a great group of like minded people. Ian was so knowledgeable with the marine life…history of the island…flora….fauna etc etc….there was nothing he didn’t know. Oh to have a memory like that!!!! His lectures were well articulated and informative. A really lovely guy who took his time to show us so much, and to explain anything that was asked of him.
Wayne was also a great guide and included everyone alike and was so happy to share the knowledge he had….especially that of the birds. Wayne included Pat, Carol and myself in very early morning bird watching walks before breakfast. Actually, he asked everyone if they wished to come but we were the three early birds that took up his offer. He was keen to show us many of the Island’s birds, magnified through his scope…..brilliant. He was a fantastic guide and a lovely person with all the group.
There certainly weren’t any complaints about the food either. Anchorage, The Museum and the Bowls Club all provided excellent meals….we were so well looked after with good service and very friendly staff.
Ian and Wayne worked around the itinerary to suit the weather and the guests. I was so grateful they changed trip to North Bay to the Thursday which then enabled me to go on the fishing trip that I had prebooked with Jack Shick on the Friday. It was a great way to finish my time on LHI, as I caught a huge 13kg King fish. What a battle bringing it in!!!!!!!!!!!
Please pass on my huge thanks to Ian and Wayne.
Thank you also for the efficient way you organised the tour.”