Earlier in the year, the stars aligned where Matt and I realised we actually had 4 days off together the following week. I can tell you this never happens! Our schedules and work life are completely opposite to each other, so we jumped on the chance and by that afternoon had booked 1 night in the beautiful Hervey Bay and 3 nights on Lady Elliot Island. Never heard of it? Yeah neither had I until I was googling if you could snorkel at Hervey Bay and then that’s when Lady Elliot Island popped up on my search. Turns out it is the most southern island in the great barrier reef and they are an eco resort. They rely on solar power, desalinated water and are hoping to be 100% energy efficient within the next few years. You can only get there by plane due to the coral cay stopping boats accessing the island. As you can see from the image above it is small and just big enough to have a runway on it.
When we arrived we were amazed at the beauty of the island and all the abundant wildlife on the island and in the ocean. Lady Elliot Island is a breeding place for Green Sea Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles. We were lucky enough to be there during hatchling season and experienced many hatchlings while we were there. We also experienced many female turtles coming up to lay eggs. This is all done at night time and it was truly the most magical experience. There must be no light as baby turtle hatchlings once born need to make it to the ocean, they head for the lightest object so they can get confused very easily and end up else where. We were having dinner one night and we all had to turn off the lights as some hatchlings were headed in the wrong way.
We were also lucky enough to have “The Turtle Man” John visiting on the island who would come across turtle nests where the hatchlings couldn’t make it out due to tree roots and coral pieces blocking their way. He would rescue them and for 2 nights while we were there, we were able to experience the hatchlings being released in to the wild. We released a couple hundred hatchlings those nights but it’s crazy to think only 1 in 1000 will survive so it’s so wonderful to see the island and people like John giving as many chances as possible to help them survive.
The marine life on the island was amazing!! We were able to snorkel with Manta Rays, we saw leopard rays doing a mating dance, I saw rainbow coloured squid, I also had a green sea turtle come and swim along with me for a long time, I think he was very inquisitive on who I was.
All in all I really wished we had longer at one of the most beautiful islands on earth, I would definitely go back in a heart beat! If you have any questions about this beautiful place, feel free to get in touch and ask away! 🙂