Majestic Manta Rays: A Lady Elliot Island Trip with Jacinta Shackleton

August 7 - 10, 2024



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Majestic Manta Rays: A Lady Elliot Island Trip with Jacinta Shackleton
Jacinta Shackleton
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The Story

Are you ready for an oceanic adventure like no other? Journey to Lady Elliot Island, a jewel of the Great Barrier Reef and a sanctuary for manta rays. Here, with Jacinta Shackleton, a renowned marine biologist and Master Reef Guide, you'll delve into a world teeming with marine wonders.

Lady Elliot Island is not just another picturesque destination; it's an ecological utopia. Renowned as one of the best places in the world to swim with manta rays, the island offers crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs that create a snorkeler's paradise. Each morning, as the sun paints the sky, you'll go on snorkel explorations under Jacinta's expert guidance.

Your stay at the eco-conscious Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is an experience in itself. Here, sustainability isn't just a concept; it's a way of life. Nestled amidst this untouched natural beauty, the resort provides a perfect balance of comfort and ecological responsibility. Jacinta's storytelling will weave the island’s tales as you capture these moments through her hands-on Photography Masterclasses. Learn how to immortalise the beauty of nature through your lens, turning memories into masterpieces.

Venture on private boat tours to hidden corners of the reef, reflect on the day’s adventures with group dinners, sharing stories and insights with like-minded explorers, and take home more than just memories. Jacinta’s personal photo gallery of your trip will ensure that every magical moment on Lady Elliot Island is yours to cherish forever.

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The Highlights

  • Glide alongside majestic manta rays
  • Scenic flights to Lady Elliot Island
  • 3 nights at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
  • Storyteller Guide & Airguides Expedition Leader
  • Photography Masterclasses with Jacinta Shackleton
  • Daily sunrise snorkels, storytelling walks & private boat tours with Jacinta
  • Personalised gallery of trip photos

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Jacinta Shackleton

Majestic Manta Rays: A Lady Elliot Island Trip with Jacinta Shackleton

Why Travel With Jacinta?

Jacinta Shackleton is more than your typical guide; she's a marine biologist, a Master Reef Guide, and a true champion of the oceans. Adventure is in her veins, inspired by her relative, the famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Jacinta's days are spent unveiling the wonders beneath the waves and showing others how to protect this incredible world.

As our Lady Elliot Island expert, she doesn't just guide; she's a storyteller of the sea. Her deep bond with the Great Barrier Reef and her vast scientific knowledge make her a leading voice in marine conservation. Jacinta has a unique talent for turning complex research into engaging stories that spark curiosity and drive conservation efforts.

Joining Jacinta means more than just a trip; it's about immersive learning and discovery. Whether you're an aspiring marine biologist or a nature enthusiast, her approach is welcoming and insightful. She customises each trip to match the interests and understanding of her guests, creating experiences that are not only enjoyable but truly enlightening.

Day by Day


You'll get picked up

Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island

Meet-and-greet with your Storyteller Guide

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Lady Elliot Island

Sunrise to Moonlight: Discover Lady Elliot's Underwater Worlds


Lady Elliot Island to Hervey Bay

Capture, Edit, and Farewells

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Majestic Manta Rays: A Lady Elliot Island Trip with Jacinta Shackleton
“The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish, and Lady Elliot Island is the perfect place to do that.”
- Jacques Cousteau
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
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