Lizard Island is part of a group of islands about an hour north of Cooktown, on the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Much of the island forms Lizard Island National Park, which gets its name from the giant monitor lizards that call it home. And not just lizards – other residents include giant clams, sea turtles, the occasional dugong and a large variety of sea fish and sea birds, particularly terns and osprey! The island paradise is ringed by coral reefs with crystal clear turquoise waters teeming with precious marine life, and is fringed by lush mangroves and pristine white sand beaches. Lizard Island is the perfect setting for snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking and a host of exciting water sports. For centuries, the islands have also been revered by the indigenous Dingaal (Walmbaria) people as a sacred ground for initiation ceremonies and associated rites of passage.