Lizard Island

Great Barriers Reef Vacation

Location and the process of getting there

This resort is located in Australia. Lizard Island is a National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon. This resort is easily accessible from Cairns.

Enjoy a scenic 60 minute flight from Cairns, over spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef and the coast, en route to Lizard Island. This flight is operated by East Air with transfers costing $670 per person ($630 per person for Lizard Island Resort guests).

The East Air Terminal is situated approximately15 minutes from the Cairns Airport Domestic and International Terminals. Located on Tom Macdonald Drive, the terminal offers free parking and excess baggage storage. Relax in one of three separate lounges (including a VIP lounge for Lizard Island Guests) or, should you wish to freshen up between flights, shower facilities are available.

Complimentary shared vehicle transfers are included between Cairns Airport and the East Air Terminal for all resort guests. However, to ensure the process runs smoothly, a minimum of 14 days notice of your connecting flight is ideal. Private transfers between these terminals can be made with the reservation staff at the time of booking for $25 per person each way.

Luggage Restrictions
Each passenger may check up to 32kg of baggage, including hand luggage, aboard the aircraft at no charge. Luggage storage facilities are available at the East Air Terminal should a passenger have excess baggage above the 32kg per person allowance.

Group bookings of 10 or more passengers must charter a flight. Groups of 9 or less passengers may travel on the regular scheduled East Air flights.

Accomodations and passport requirements

Resort room types

The Pavilion- Perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Ridge, The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach.

From $3,522 AUD per room per night

Anchor Bay Suites- Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main Lodge, Anchor Bay Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach.

From $2,188 AUD per room per night.

Sunset Point Villas- Sunset Point Villas are set high on Sunset Ridge amongst native eucalyptus bush land. Providing filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach, these Villas offer privacy and easy access to a string of secluded beaches

From $1,938 AUD per room per night

Garden Suites- Located in a tropical garden setting with easy access to Anchor Bay and the beach, Garden Suites offer separate living and sleeping areas as well as a private balcony.
From $1,688 AUD per room per night.

Garden Rooms- Located in a tropical garden setting with easy access to Anchor Bay and the beach, Garden Rooms have a private balcony.
From $1,568 AUD per room per night.

Passport Requirments

Since this resort is located in another country, being Australia, you must have a passport on you in order to leave America as well as to leave from Australia.

~Things to Do~

Lizard Island offers an extensive range of Great Barrier Reef activities and a unique Spa using natural Australian Li’tya products.

Complimentary Activities

  • Explore Anchor and Watson's bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
  • Motorized dinghies
  • Snorkeling equipment and lessons
  • Interpretive glass bottom boat tours
  • Tennis - day and night with all equipment supplied
  • Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
  • Paddle ski tours
  • Nature slide presentations
  • Gymnasium
  • Self Guided nature walks

Other Activities (charges apply)

  • Diving and snorkeling trips to the inner or outer Reef
  • Diving courses
  • Night Diving
  • Full or half day private game fishing, Black Marlin season is from September to December
  • Azure Spa treatments
  • Research station tours
  • Lizard Island dive and fishing charters on MV Fascination Champagne sunset cruises
  • Sunset Beach Degustation

Please note - some activities are subject to weather and tidal conditions

Health Issues and Restrictions

Lizard Island - Diving Medical Information

Australian Scuba Diving Standards require that all certified divers are medically fit to dive. Certain medical conditions may exclude you from diving at Lizard Island, for example, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart, lung or blood disorders of any kind. If you are taking any medication you may also be excluded from diving at Lizard Island.

If you suffer from a medical condition or are taking medication, a fully completed Medical Form (AS4005.1) is to be completed by a Medical Practitioner with knowledge of diving medicine, prior to your arrival on Lizard Island. This form must be presented to the Lizard Island Marine Centre before you will be able to participate in any form of diving. Final medical clearance is at the discretion of the island Dive and Medical teams. A list of accredited doctors can be obtained from the website for the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society:

If you do not have this Medical Form and have a medical condition, you may be excluded from diving on Lizard Island.