Thursday 25 September 2008

The Underwater World Unveiled On Lord Howe Island - Dive In And Make A Splash

Lord Howe Island is offering the opportunity to obtain a PADI Eco Dive Certificate, a 4-Day Lord Howe Environmental Dive Adventure.

With highly experienced local Dive Masters you achieve PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality Dive Certification. Here you experience multiple and varied dive sites, each highlighting a different aspect of the pristine waters and unique marine life surrounding Lord Howe Island.

Thanks to the protection of marine sanctuary zones, the coral reefs surrounding Lord Howe are some of the healthiest in the world. In addition to spectacular coral reefs, Lord Howe is renowned as a major seagrass centre and during your series of Naturalist and Fish Identification dives you will experience these two quite different underwater environs.

There are over 490 different species of bony fish at Lord Howe Island; approximately 60% are tropical, 15 species are endemic to the area, and the remainder are sub-tropical and temperate species. On the two included Fish Identification Dives it is still possible that you will encounter unrecorded fish species! In the evenings return to the warmth and comfort of Arajilla Retreat.

The Lord Howe Environmental Dive Adventure for two people includes:
- 4 Underwater Naturalist Dives to varying dive sites around Lord Howe Island
- 2 Fish Identification Dives
- PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality Diver Certification on completion of this dive programme
optional Balls Pyramid dive, both dependent on weather and diver experience
- 4 nights accommodation for two in a Kentia or Banyan Suite, with optional easy add-on nights
- All meals – gourmet breakfasts, light lunches, three course dinners with menu changing daily, plus morning and afternoon tea and selected pre-dinner drinks each evening.
- All dive equipment
- Environmental dive notes
- Bicycles and return airport transfers on the Island

Price of AUD$2,770.00 per person ($5540.00 for two) valid from 1 September until 30 November 2008 and from 1 February until 31 August 2009;
Price of AUD$3,010.00 per person valid from 1 December 2008 until 31 January 2009.

Arajilla Retreat's normal tariff applies for any additional nights’ accommodation.
Participants must have the PADI Open Water Diver Certificate or equivalent. There is a Balls Pyramid Surcharge of $120 payable at time of the dive trip. Please note that all dives are weather dependent and will be conducted only when conditions permit. Any dive cancellations due to weather will be subject to a full refund. However all accommodation amendments and cancellations are subject to our normal booking conditions.

Arajilla is open all year round.

Bookings can be made by:
telephone via freecall 1800 063 928

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