Day 55 - Dive, dive, dive, dive

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, November 24, 2012

'Knock, knock, knock...Wake up, wake up'. A crew member came round at 0515 to get us up and ready for our 0600 early morning dive.
Sleepy eyed, we geared up and started our first dive for the day on the reef we finished at yesterday - the fish bowl. The dive was excellent. We started off with a turtle and enjoyed a kaleidoscope of coral and fish. While this was supposed to be our deep dive for the day we only went down to 16m for a little while along the wall. We preferred the fish life and coral higher up.
Its very cool that you can head off just the two of us and not have the requirement of following a dive master. This said.

We moved to More Reef for our 0800 dive - enjoying breakfast in-between. A stuff-up of a dive. The brief orientated the boat in the opposite direction to what it actually was moored at, so being some of the first in we headed in the direction we thought was right. We saw some other divers in front of us, which seemed to confirm that we headed in the right direction, but alas is was the wrong way. Little reef and lots of sand. We did see some nice things but generally disappointing. In addition our navigating was rather off and we ended quite a way from he boat. Luckily they have a little speed boat so we didn't need to swim the distance back to the boat. A 'sigh' dive.

Our next dive at 1600 we relaxed on the front of the boat, reading and tanning. Anton caught up on sorting out some of the pictures for the blog. We had lunch at 1145. The meals are not gourmet but they are fair are hit the right spots after diving,
We had a nice sleep in the afternoon before heading out at 1600 for our next dive. This dive was at a reef call Club 10. It's further out in the mid reef area. You only diving at 10 m and the vis is good - so he diving is very relaxed. We had another great turtle sighting at the start of the dive, sharing the sighting with two other divers. Another very nice dive in general and this time we navigated well and popped up next to the boat.

An interval and dinner our last dive was the 1930 night dive. We tagged along with Mat, a friendly dive master who used to work on be boat and who was out on holiday. It was great to have a guide take us round. Also having more lights is great to keep an eye out for things, unfortunately Tess' torch did not work nicely which was frustrating. The dive was excellent otherwise. You don't see as many fish - they all head in their little homes. But you do see more bigger fish, crustaceans and predictors. We saw box fish, a cuttle fish, a white tip reef shark, a ray, and a hermit crab as highlights. We were at 10 metres and down for 30 minutes.

We finished the day enjoying a couple of drinks on deck with the other divers.
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