Lord Howe Island and its surrounding islets are the eroded remnants of a large shield volcano which erupted from the ocean around seven million years ago. Erosion has reduced it to about a fortieth of its original size leaving magnificent scenery, cliffs and mountains reaching to 875m.
Lord Howe is bordered by a reef-fringed lagoon and rolling surf. It has verdant forests, heavenly beaches lapped by blue water and the volcanic peaks of Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird keep watch over it all. The sub-tropical climate offers mild-to-warm summers (18°-26°C) and cool-to-mild winters (13°-19°C).
Large deposits of wind-blown sand have covered much of the low lying area of the island and have been packed down by rainwater over millennia. The 130,000-year-old calcarenite contains many fossil bones, most predominately those of a large, extinct, horned turtle.
The island had just three non-avian vertebrates in residence when it was discovered in 1788 two lizards and a bat but is rich in insects, spiders and snails. It is recognised as an exceptional natural environment, with flora and fauna conservation beginning with the declaration of a botanic reserve in 1882, and culminating with a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1982.
Large colonies of nesting seabirds and woodhen live happily under controlled breeding programs and the flourishing plant life includes lichens, fungi, ferns, orchids and palms. At least 490 species of fish and 94 different corals thrive in the crystal clear waters of the surrounding Pacific.
Tourist numbers are carefully controlled and it is never crowded. Only 400 visitors are permitted at a time and Lord Howe Islanders are dedicated to resisting over-development of their home and they strive to live in harmony with their unique environment. It is a paradise for walkers, bird watchers and anglers. Other popular activities include snorkelling and scuba diving, surfing, cycling, bowling, tennis and golf.
Capella Lodge hosts no more than 20 guests in its spacious suites. It offers ocean, lagoon and mountain views and its interiors feature timber floors, white bleached shutters, marine ply joinery and custom furniture. All rooms have ensuite with bath and shower, king beds, superior bed linen and towels, beach towels and many other inclusions to ensure the most comfortable environment for guests.
Three spacious Capella Suites have king or twin beds and wide outdoor deck with day bed. Four Lagoon Lofts have a bedroom mezzanine with king bed and deck and the lower level has a lounge with king single bed and deck with daybed. There is one Capella Family Suite with separate king bedroom and day lounge with 2 king single beds, outdoor deck and dual entry ensuite. The Lidgbird Suite has magnificent ocean and mountain views, large wrap-around verandah, private spa and a king bed, and an open plan interior.
Capella Restaurant has a lagoon and mountain outlook for diners to enjoy while savouring their contemporary Pacific menu which changes each day. It includes local seafood, hand made pasta, island greens, freshly churned ice creams and daily baked breads. Gourmet breakfast and three course dinner are included in the tariff, and the restaurant is open for lunch, or will provide barbecue or picnic making for you.
At The Makambo Bar you can enjoy delicious cocktails, Australian wines and excellent espresso coffee. Selected sunset beverages and canapés are included in your tariff and can be enjoyed in The Makambo, Gower's Terrace or the Kentia Lounge. Gower's Terrace has a wet-edge plunge pool and outdoor lounging areas, perfect for enjoying a cocktail as the sun sets.
Complimentary equipment is provided for lagoon canoeing, snorkelling, backpacking and there are movies, music, books and games for your relaxing enjoyment. Mountain bikes and golf buggies can be hired.