The Big “C” – Looking After Your Safety & Ensuring Your Enjoyment

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The Covid19 Pandemic

Yes, I refer to the current COVID-19 pandemic! Our once carefree happy lifestyle working & living on Lord Howe Island has been completely turned upside down. 

Like everybody, we wish it would all just go away. It appears that unless we learn to minimise the risk of transmission, we will be stuck in this state of limbo until a vaccine is available. 

Now that would be something everybody could really look forward too!

Life Goes On

In the meantime, here at Reef N Beyond Eco Tours we have prepared for the “new norm” 

We have now introduced our “Covid19 Safety Plan”! We have introduced numerous measures to mitigate & minimise risk Covid19 infection to our staff, guests & broader community. Rest assured we are looking after your safety while maintaining the enjoyment factor on our tours.

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How can you help? Well first of all, 

Our Risk Mitigation

  • Read our Covid19 Risk Mitigation Policy – Here –
  • Be aware that we will be operating with reduced passenger numbers to meet social distancing requirements.
  • Respect the social distancing requirements of others when marshalling at boarding/embarking locations. This Includes at the Boat Shed, with staff, other guests & the community.
  • Wash your hands with supplied hand sanitiser & have temperature checked prior to boarding Reef N Beyond.
  • Follow crews instructions at all times.
  • Use our contactless online booking facility & ensure all information fields are completed.
  • Be aware that all high touch surfaces will be disinfected prior, during & after tours. This includes the Reef N Beyond Boat Shed.
  • You will be greeted by crew from a safe distance. Please don’t be offended when not greeted by a handshake.
  • Please answer questions honestly & responsibly in relation to :-
  1. Having any flu- like symptoms.
  2. Close contacts.
  3. Previous travel
  • Contact Reef N Beyond Eco Tours as soon as possible if you are feeling unwell here.
  • Should you be unwell on the day of the tour, unfortunately you will not be permitted to join the tour.  Alternatively, you may be entitled to a gift card valid for a period of 2 years, or a full refund.

We look forward to seeing you on our Reef N Beyond Tours in our Covid19 Safe environment!!!!

Thriving Coral Communities

Enjoy Your Lord Howe Island Holiday

As a Marine Eco Tour Operator on Lord Howe Island we are currently closed due to the Covid19 virus outbreak. Now is the ideal time to consider your next holiday.

It is highly likely that the domestic travel market will be open prior to any international destination.

Why not consider Lord Howe Island? Just a 2 hour flight from Sydney, Port Macquarie & Brisbane. “Lonely Planet” rated Lord Howe Island 5th best world holiday destination.

I have to agree, Lord Howe Island is definitely the perfect destination for adventure seekers & families alike.

A Few Tips – These should enable you to experience the best Lord Howe Island has to offer.

Prior to Arriving

  • Study your destination, check prevailing weather conditions including water temperature & available activities.
  • Decide what activities & tours you wish to do.
  • Check out tour websites & reviews.
  • Prioritise tours – What is really on the top of your bucket list?
  • Prebook tours prior to arrival or as soon as you arrive. Remember some tours are more weather dependant than others. The weather dependant tours should be done first. Many tours operate daily, these could be done on another day.
  • Check individual tour operator policies prior to booking.
  • Remember an addition memory card & charger for your device. Lord Howe Island is an extremely photogenic destination. It would be a shame not to take all of these memories with you.

On Arrival at Lord Howe

  • Drop into the Reef N Beyond boat shed.  We are happy to offer you advice on activities, provide you with brochures on walking tracks, the Marine Park & other Island tours.
  • Make contact with tour operators as soon as you arrive. Provide accomodation details & email address. Enable them to contact you easily.
  • Confirm your tour promptly!
  • Remember weather dependant tours are scheduled according to the best weather day & time.
  • Avoid disappointment, take the first available opportunity offered. If not, you could miss out.
  • Enquire what personal equipment you need. Example –  camera, food, drink, snorkelling gear, wetsuit, sunscreen, spray jacket, sea sickness medication.
  • Ensure you are aware of the departure location.
  • Check the local time. Lord Howe Island is (30 minutes ahead of AEST in the winter & the same as Sydney AEDST in the summer.)
  • Be punctual and arrive at departure point at least 10 minutes prior.
  • If it becomes necessary to cancel your booking, be courteous & give the tour operator plenty of notice.

Lord Howe Island is extremely suited to those wanting an action packed, physical & adventurous holiday or those who just want to relax. The views are magnificent in every direction.

Whether above or below the water, the amazing endemic wildlife & stunning scenery will entice you to come back for more.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Kindest Regards Dave & Glenys Gardiner