There’s something to be said about stepping off the place at Lord Howe Island’s airport that just seems to immediately slow down your heartbeat to a crawl. And that’s of course meant in the best way possible – it’s almost like you’ve been slipped a pill on the plane that put the entire world around you in slow motion.
Not that this is what happens…or at least not what we usually expect from Australian airlines.
There are only 18 places to stay on Lord Howe Island as a whole, which given the size of the place is actually plenty. And what’s more, considering the fact that tourist numbers are strictly limited to about 400 at a time, this technically means you’re spoilt for choice and will never be without a place to stay.
The best way to describe most of the rooms on offer is as something of a luxury eco-shack, that’s been designed to harmonize with nature in every way while at the same time delivering serious comfort. And if you’ve even seen a single photo of the island, you’ll know it’s impossible not to have a room with a view – the whole place is one spectacular panorama to die for.
Another pretty darling thing about the place is that way in which the bar and restaurant your hotel boasts will always be one of very few on the island – it’s almost like civilization begins and ends with the confines of the place your stay while nature rules the roost everywhere else. And while there are some that boast pools, chances are you won’t want to waste your time when the ocean around in a million times more appealing and pretty.
One of the things about the place that never fails to surprise and to some extent worry first timers is what seems to be a distinct lack of security. I mean seriously – not only will you scarcely see a single person that looks like they might be there for your safety and protection, but most of the doors don’t even have locks on them. And that includes both the residences of those that live there and your hotel rooms – no locks and no keys.
The simple fact of the matter is that there is no need for such precautions in a place like this. The island has built an incredible reputation for safety and the trust of the locals with regard to those visiting is simply infinite. This isn’t the kind of place that attracts the lower-reaches of society that would consider ruining the holidays of other folks for their own gain. It’s a tricky place to get to, doesn’t offer much in the way of entertainment and isn’t cheap either – scumbags need not and therefore do not apply.
What to Do?
Well, the idea of getting away from everything you have to do every day is of course to do as little as possible. But if soaking up the sun in a forgotten natural paradise gets a little too tedious for you…yeah right…there’s plenty on offer in the form of kayaking, mountain hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling, bird-watching and surfing. But again, you won’t any rowdy and uncouth surfers here as they simply can’t afford it!
Speaking of cycling though, this is about the best way to get around as there are no cars on the island. Hire a bike and you can lazily float around the place for hours on end and achieve such satisfaction by technically going nowhere and doing nothing.