Lord Howe Island is a marine paradise. The spectacular mountain scenery, clear oceanic water, and brilliantly coloured coral reefs make this beautiful marine environment unforgettable. The marine communities at Lord Howe Island (LHI) are globally unique, and contain thousands of tropical, subtropical and temperate species, including some endemic species that are found nowhere else. The global significance of LHI and the marine environment is highlighted by its inclusion on the World Heritage List, and the declaration of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park in 1999. There are diverse marine habitats to explore, and because of the small human population, the marine environment at Lord Howe Island is relatively pristine.