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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 26th 2007

Hi! From 21st until 26th of April we had a few wonderful days onboard of the "Undersea Explorer", a diving and exploring ship, leaving from Port Douglas. We left at 7.30 pm and had a night drive to the Ribbon Reef. Although the sea was not too rough, we both felt a little strange in the movements of the boat. We had our first check dive at Pixies Garden, where we got used to diving again. The variety of things to see increased from dive to dive. Some "Potato Cods", which are around 2 m big, almost kissed us. In the night from Sunday to MOnday we drove to Osprey Reef, which is very remote, 80 nautical miles off the ribbon reef. The boat was very bumpy, we felt lying in a rollercoaster bed. But ... read more
Diving in one minute!
Measuring the Nautilus

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 21st 2007

Today we took the Oceanic boat day cruise to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Wearing stinger suits we went snorkelling in Coral Bay and took the glass bottomed boat to Upolu Cay. This is a tiny area of white sand beach in the middle of the Coral sea, where we saw an amazing array of tropical fish of all sizes and colours. We also saw lots of jelly fish and a stingray, so we knew we were not accompanied by the most friendly species. In Upolu Cay the water were very shallow so we got extremely close to the various Nemos and amazingly shaped corals in the turquoise warm waters. There were also a few beautiful deep blue starfishes lying on the sea floor. The coral here forms amazing structures of different sizes and shapes, some ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 20th 2007

After sifting through the millions of available dive charters, we found a company who did a day trip to the outer Barrier Reef which was currently on special! Once aboard the stylish catermaran (sp?) we shot off the coast from Port Douglas to the Agincourt reefs. It took one hour of being thrust up, down, side to side before we arrived for our first dive. The boat anchored and our group jumped off the side of the boat and commenced our dive. The bommie of coral was grey and dull toned- I immediately began to appreciate the good fortune of having seen the most spectacular sites in Fiji! Our second dive site was far more impressive than the first with some shallow swim throughs and much more colourful coral and fish. Even snorkeling from the ... read more
More Corals
Two Tone Reef in the background

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef March 27th 2007

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Cairns Lagoon
Great Barrier Reef
Pro Dive Boat

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef February 16th 2007

Our last day on the GBR - a sad day. However, we had an early start with a 6:00am dive briefing and then the dive itself. Saw a shark and turtle - possibly two of each (or the same one twice!). Our second dive was ok - a poor start but the dive got better and better - the GBR is really amazing! And often the best sights are closer to the top, so the guys who snorkelled probably saw just as many amazing sights. Our final dive was great as it ended as we began - with a shark! The trip back to Cairns was ok - making the most of being out at sea. The crew made the transition from ship to shore easy, altho' we both felt a bit wobbly for the next ... read more
A small glass of wine???
Crew and divers

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef February 15th 2007

We were up early ready for our first dive (7:00am) - what a great way to start the day. The sun was shining, Crowded House on the radio and the aquatic life was great!!! The dives just got better and better during the day (and night). Three dives in the day and one that evening (for me) saw our dives and time on the GBR increase. As I was a bit pink, we played cards with some new friends - Liz, Ian, Ted and Becky - below deck in the afternoon, waiting for our surface interval time to pass. The night dive was amazing. Went with Les and Jackie from Bristol (as Sarah was not too keen). Saw a shark, a sleeping turtle and the most amazing star lit sky as we surfaced - COOL!... read more
Mickey Mouse diving
OK after night diving

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef February 14th 2007

I'd recommend Diving Cairns to anyone looking to go diving from Cairns. we ended up choosing a three day liveaborad with ProDive Cairns and it was FANTASTIC! We didn't have the best of starts as we weren't picked up (following confusion as to where we were staying) however, the day quickly got much better! There were 32 of us plus crew on the boat and we had the opportunity to do four dives today. Sars and I only did three but they were amazing. On the first dive we say a White Tipped Reef Shark - cool! And the dives got better and better!!! Today also saw me complete my 50th dive! What a great place to do it! We didn't do the night dive and those that did faced Box Jellyfish and Worms on the ... read more
A gentle swim...
Recording Dive #50!
And above water

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef January 23rd 2007

On Tuesday it was time for another flight, this time to Cairns. I had a quiet night at the hotel, and the following morning i had a 6.15am pick up to take me to the dive boat that would be my home for the next 3 days. The boat was scuba pro II which was one of the Pro-Dive boats. We spent 3 days out at sea on the outer reef, and although i was shattered at the end of the 3 days, and nursing a very painful wound on my ankle where the fin had removed several layers of skin, it was a brilliant experience and it is somewhere i would definitely like to return to in the future. Whilst onboad, I obtained my advanced scuba diving qualification, did a dive to 28 m, plus ... read more
Nathan in a moment of concentration
David doing what he does best

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef January 22nd 2007

We went out to The Great Barrier Reef from the Cairns Reef terminal. The sea was a bit rough, causing a number of people to turn quite green once we reached the pontoon out in the reef. We then went in a glass-sided semi-submersible, which gave us our first glimpse at the beauty of the reef and all it's colourful marine life. Due to the rough sea, the view wasn't as good as it could have been (so sorry no photos worth publishing). As the Sub swayed from side to side a number of people grabbed the sick bags, meaning more casualties to add to those already left clutching their stomachs on the Pontoon. I wasn't far behind them myself after all that swaying!! Sally attempted an introductory dive, but couldn't quite get her head round ... read more
A disappointing view of the reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 1st 2006

Waking up on our second morning on the boat, I was soooo ready for dry land. At this point I must take the opportunity to thank Dan for his patience, kindness and tolerance of me for the previous 48 hours as I am sure by this stage I was certainly wearing him down! Doing my usual pill popping and cotton wool trick, we made the decision that the 06.00am dive really wasn’t necessary and so stayed in bed while others faced the early morning exercise drill! We joined them for breakfast and then decided to not dive at 08.00am but have a snorkel instead as several people had come back yesterday afternoon reporting sighting's of Turtles whilst snorkelling. This was lovely although the dive site was really designed for divers and a lot of the good ... read more
Trigger Fish - these buggers bite!
Some of the reef

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