Welcome to Paradise
North Stradbroke Island is a pristine, secluded island paradise – a hidden treasure only one hour from central Brisbane.
Opened in 1992, Manta Lodge YHA and Scuba Centre is the island’s only PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre (IDC) and dive resort. Located right on the beach at beautiful Point Lookout, we run daily scuba dive and snorkel trips, all levels of scuba courses and quality backpacker beach front accommodation.
Come and enjoy the many amazing sights the island has to offer such as snorkelling or scuba diving in our magnificent underwater playgrounds, see the natural beauty of the island on an exciting 4-Wheel-Drive tour, get up close and personal with local wildlife, go surfing, kayaking, sandboarding or fishing or simply relax on our pristine beaches.
‘So close to Brisbane, but you feel 1000 miles away from it all!’
Let our professional and experienced staff show you the magic of Straddie! Both above and below the water. Looking forward to seeing you over here soon!
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Manta Lodge YHA & Scuba Centre has the best access to one of Australia’s premier underwater playgrounds – especially Manta Bommie which is rated in the top 10 dive sites in Australia.
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All of our amazing dive sites are within a quick 10-15 minute boat trip from our beach where we launch our 2 custom built semi-rigid NAIAD inflatable dive boats.
Straddie’s reefs are teeming with various marine life like Manta rays and Leopard sharks during summer (Nov-Apr), endangered Grey Nurse sharks and humpback whales during winter (Jun-Oct), plus bull & eagle rays, guitar & wobbegong sharks, turtles, dolphins, octopus, pelagics, hard & soft corals, nudibranchs plus hundreds of tropical fish species.
We have a choice of 12 varying dive sites, all with their own individual experiences. This wide array of choice allows us to tailor your dive trip according to your experience levels, as well as which particular site has the best conditions on the day of your trip.
Recently awarded 10 year outstanding service to the dive industry.
We offer dives for the novice to the expert, as well as PADI Diving experiences and courses:
- Discover Scuba Diving Experience
- Open Water Diver on line with elearning
- Advanced Diver online
- Rescue Diver
Or if you haven’t been diving in a while you keen to get back in the water you can do a Refresher Course
Visit us here at Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre and let our professional and experienced staff show you the beauty of our majestic underwater world!
» Please give us a call on +61 07 3409 8888 or contact us for further information!!
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Manta Lodge YHA is a proud Winner of a Redlands Tourism Award for Backpacker Accommodation.
Perfectly located on one of Stradbroke Island’s most pristine beaches, Manta Lodge YHA & Scuba Centre provides excellent beachfront accommodation. Enjoy the beauty of our amazing island paradise in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where you can meet new friends and catch up with old ones.
We have recently renovated all rooms & bathrooms here at Manta Lodge YHA. Our accommodation holds up to 60 guests, including 4 x Private rooms which can be used as Double, Twin or 3 Share Family Rooms, 2 × 5 Share Family rooms, as well as clean, comfortable and secure 4, 6 and 8 share dorm style rooms.
Our facilities include a fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor BBQ and dining area, huge common room with comfy couches and TV/DVD/Harddrive, free pool table and free ping-pong table, laundry, wireless broadband internet access, outdoor heated showers and lock-up facilities for valuables.
Winner of Redlands Tourism Awards for Adventure Tourism.
Whilst the island is the perfect place to kick back and relax, there’s also plenty of adventurous and exciting activities to keep you occupied when visiting our island paradise.
Straddie’s has a host of things to do to ensure your island experience is as action-packed and adventurous as you want it to be.
From the thrills of charging through the waves on our boats and experiencing the magic of our underwater playgrounds on a snorkelling trip, to a relaxing afternoon spent fishing from one of the island’s spectacular beaches, there’s something for everyone.
» Please give us a call on +61 07 3409 8888
Some packages include:
» Straddie Snorkelling Package