Kayaking on the Lord Howe Island lagoon is a serene experience. On a still day, when the water is glassy, you can watch fish swim through the colourful coral gardens below. Above the water, you’ll see perfect waves, sea birds and the beaches, forests and volcanic peaks of Lord Howe.
The lagoon is roughly ten square kilometres, and every part is worth exploring by kayak. The remote outer reef has NSW Marine Park buoys where you can attach your kayak and go snorkelling, while the shoreline has an endless stretch of perfect beaches – some of which are completely private and only accessible by kayak. If you’re organised, we’ll pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way.
Guided open-water kayak trips are also available in calm weather, and if you’re lucky, you’ll kayak through the Eye of Roach – a large cave through Roach Island, about 2km from Neds Beach. It’s one of Lord Howe’s best, and most daunting, experiences. The water en-route is deep, and you’ll see sharks, turtles and big schools of fish.
Single and double kayaks can be hired near Lagoon Beach, and if you’d rather stand, then SUPs are available as well.