A Little Trip to Paradise
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Day Ten We were treated this morning to a full cooked breakfast from our wonderful chef – Fiona. After breaky we met up with the other girls and went down to the dive room for our briefings and to get the girls gear set up. Here we helped nick out showing him a few tricks of the trade. At around 11 o’clock we went down to the boat for our first day of diving – we couldn’t wait! The first dive site was Off the Wall this site was basically a ridge running in a north to south direction with the overhangs being anywhere up to about 2.5m high. On this site there was a huge array of marine life including sea snakes, reef sharks, lion fish, and every tropical fish you could think of. As Michael and I descended to the bottom, Michael swam off in the opposite direction to take a photo of a stingray, he gets a bit like this when we are diving so I have to be a little bit of a babysitter and keep an eye out for him. At about 40 mins into our dive Michael and I notice that we are running low on air so we head back towards the anchor and ascend back towards the boat. Now comes our surface interval and a change of sites, we have a bit of lunch which was bacon rolls and orange and poppy seed cake (the best I have ever had). The Second Site of the day was called Brewis Reef this was a shallow dive with the maximum depth being around 8 meters, there were a lot of smaller reef fish and a lot more nudibranchs (sea slugs) here in the shallower water
After having a nice warm shower we met the guys in the bar as Friday night was Cocktail Night, and this evening drink was "Mackerel Mule" and consisted of Bitters, Double shot of Vodka, dry Ginger ale, a squeeze of lemon and a slice of orange. Surprisingly it wasn’t too bad. After another fantastic dinner we headed back to the bar where Nick was now experimenting with drinks and Tanya and I got to be the lucky taste testers, sadly these weren’t as good.
Day Eleven Were once again spoilt by Fiona at breakfast this morning only we ate so much we felt a tad sick once we had finished. Today was a later start as with diving up here it must be done on certain tides. Michael and I headed out for a spot of fishing however were out of luck as Chevron was using the jetty which meant no 'commoners’. We tried of the beach for a while without any luck so we soon gave up and went for a walk instead. Nick was around at 12 to pick us up for the days diving, the weather was getting a tad messy though so the boat ride out wasn't as nice as yesterdays trip, the first dive site was called “Skipper Crevasse” and we had high hopes for this dive after hearing Nick and Jamie rave about the mutant fish life that lived on this reef
Feeling very cold and tired we headed home and to a nice warm shower. I was very tempted to have an afternoon snooze however that night we had a meeting with Drew and Traci so no nana nap for us. Michael had also been putting together a slide show of all the fantastic photos he had been taking to show everyone after dinner
Day twelve We were up early this morning as the boat was meant to leave at 8.00 however this was delayed until 11. We had packed up and said our goodbyes and thankyous – we were so lucky to get this opportunity and had met some fantastic people. Finally after a cold and wet tender run out to the boat we were on our way back to Onslow. It seemed like the weather had just held up for us. As we got off the boat we went to the storage yard to get the car – only the swags off both ours and the girls car was GONE! Great we thought, so much for a ‘safe location’ then started the chuckles of Frank who was driving us – he and the boys had moved them inside to make sure they were safe and thought it would be a good laugh not to tell us where they were. We jumped in the car and raced towards Karratha as it held the gem “take out!” oh how Michael craved a cheese burger. We arrived in Karratha only to get lost in the many roads and roundabouts. It took Michael a while to get use diving in a busy area again but we managed to avoid any accidents. Once we had sourced our maccas, subway and KFC (which was for dinner) we drove to Port Samson. A nice little town just north of Karratha, we got there only to be disappointed at the news that there were no camp sites left. Not even one for our tiny swag. This sucked as we had been looking forward to coming here since last year. We thought “hey we will see how much a cabin is and spoil ourselves?” Boy was that silly the most basic cabin was still $210 a night. We made the decision best to drive on and we will find a free 24hr road side stop – we have become quite a fan of these stops along the way, this also gave us a short drive time the next day as we were closer to Port Headland.