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1800 837 204

Reef Expedition

Discover, learn and care for the Great Barrier Reef in a place like nowhere else...

Lizard Island is proud to announce we will host reef expeditions offering you exclusive access to parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

These special expeditions offer the chance to explore the world heritage listed site like you’ve never been able to before, in one of the best locations in the world – Lizard Island.

With only 12  spots available on each expedition, we’ve put together the ultimate itinerary that allows special access to parts of the reef not usually available to guests, as well as the chance to learn more from experts on the island about the environmental challenges the reef faces.

You’ll come away armed with knowledge of the future of the Great Barrier Reef, including how this natural beauty continues to regenerate and flourish.


With unprecedented access to top researchers from Lizard Island’s Research Centre and the Australian Museum, you’ll gain in-depth insights into the local environment. Our guides are passionate about their jobs, and can’t wait to teach you more about the Great Barrier Reef.


You’ll be given the chance to access vibrant reef sites and parts of the island not usually available for guests to explore. As well as getting up close to the animals that occupy the reef, you’ll also come across native Australian wildlife. Make sure you bring your camera!


Through our partnership with Lizard Island Research Station and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, you’ll get to explore unseen areas that flourish as well as gain insight into the health of the reef. Lizard Island is also an advanced certified member of Ecotourism Australia, a founding member of National Geographic Lodges of the World, we’re determined to give back to our environment and want to share our knowledge with our guests. 

Expedition Package


The 2019 Reef Expeditions will be held on Lizard Island in May, September and November 2019.

Final dates to be confirmed.


  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided inner reef snorkel trips
  • A full day outer reef snorkel or a dive
  • Exclusive access to unseen snorkelling sites around the island 
  • Guided tours and talks with Lizard Island’s Naturalist
  • Personal Tour of the Lizard Island Research Station with Directors Dr Anne Hoggart AM and Dr Lyle Vail AM
  • Sunset drinks at the Research Station with all visiting researchers
  • Gourmet meals daily
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • A fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and sparkling wine
  • Your own in-room mini bar, restocked daily
  • Deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings
  • Access to your own private motorised dinghy
  • Unlimited use of stand up paddle boards
  • Unlimited use of clear view sea kayaks
  • Snorkelling gear for the duration of your stay
Prices from: $2,904 per room, per night (based on twin share) 

For more information or to make a reservation contact our Luxury Reservations Specialist:

T 1800 837 204 (Toll Free within Australia)
T +1 (716) 276 0104 (from outside Australia)
T 844 833 7862 (Toll Free from within the United States)

Tour Guide Profiles

The Reef Society: Wendy Morris

Wendy has been involved in the marketing and management of small and large tourism enterprises in North Queensland for 30 years. With science and business qualifications, she was a pioneer in the development of reef-based eco-tourism operations and has held senior executive positions in hotels and resorts, tours and attractions in Queensland, many of these enterprises developed by the Morris family. She is currently Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland and is also a director of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

From 1986-89, Wendy was the Founder and Managing Director of Reef Biosearch PL - the first Marine Biologist reef interpretive company working commercially on the Great Barrier Reef and a prototype for many later eco-tourism operations. The company also undertook reef monitoring projects on behalf of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Association (GBRMPA) and also for James Cook University. She is the founder of The Reef Society - an enterprise that promotes the stories of living animals of the Great Barrier Reef through art, photography and clothing.

Australian Museum: Dr Penny Berents

Dr Penny Berents is a Senior Fellow in the Australian Museum Research Institute. With more than 40 years’ experience scuba diving, Penny is passionate about conducting biodiversity surveys in coral reefs and deep seas.

Penny’s research interests include documenting small crustaceans known as cerapodine amphipods. She has a long involvement with Lizard Island Research Centre and participated in the first Australian Museum expedition to the island led by Prof Frank Talbot in 1975. 
Penny is an Open Water Master Diving Instructor and a Trustee of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation.

Lizard Island Research Station: Dr Lyle Vail AM and Dr Anne Hoggett AM

Dr Lyle Vail and Dr Anne Hoggett have been joint directors of Lizard Island Research Station since 1990. They are both scientists who have conducted research on coral reef animals called echinoderms. They have spent most of their working lives making Lizard Island the best place in the world to conduct coral reef research. 

They have a unique overview of coral reef issues through the combination of their scientific careers, daily interactions with coral reef scientists, and personal observations of the changes to the Lizard Island reefs over decades. 

Lizard Island: Naturalist Ben Carroll

Ben has an extensive background in eco-tourism and is truly passionate about marine life. He completed his degree in Marine Biology from James Cook University with a double major in marine biology and conservation biology and started his career with fieldwork on Lizard Island. 

Ben has had extensive experience in Australia and around the world, from working in the Maldives as a manager of a marine discovery centre at the Four Seasons to working at a ecotourism resort in Vanuatu as a marine biologist, dive guide and manager of a turtle hatchery, Ben has gained a wealth of knowledge and skill over the years that he has been able to bring to the island.

Photo Gallery - Lizard Island Reef Expeditions