Blogs from Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 17


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef May 11th 2007

We decided to stay in Cairns for just long enough to complete a Scuba diving course (PADI Open Water). This was with Down Under Dive and started with two days of pool and classroom lessons. We were in a group of 15 with two instructors (Mike from Holland and Saori from Japan) and we were among the oldies of the students - there were several gap-year travelers from England who seemed very young! The classroom work was done via DVD for speed and we did some quick reviews after each film. The exam at the end was stupidly easy (50/50 and 49/50 for Trav and Kathy respectively). The pool sessions included swimming and floating tests which Trav found difficult and then some diving in the 4m part - Kathy found equalizing her ears to the ... read more
Kathy ready for snorkelling
Shoal ahead

diving was out of this world. Or under this world, ha. 26 degree water (celcius) 29 degree air, 10 dives, I'm now advanced diver certified, so I can go down to 35 meters in open water (no cave or wreck diving for me yet) There were 19 of us on a 4 day, 3 night trip that went waaay up the coast of Queensland out of Cairns to the Northern Ribbon reefs. All those reefs are untampered with, only about 10 % of the total divers that dive the reef get to dive up there, which uped the cost, but I figured, if I'm gonna dive the Great Barrier Reef, I should do it right! I felt like I was diving in a national geographic magazine. We did two night dives. So yes, it's pitch ... read more
divers down flag
gear deck

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 30th 2007

Had an excellent night sleep. Helped by everyone else having gone to bed at 11:00. Out of respect I packed my stuff and left the room as quietly as possible unlike a couple of days ago where I made as much noise as possible to teach the B*#st*#ds a lesson (didnt leave until I heard at least a couple of "huffs" of discontent). got picked up outside the hostel and then got driven down to the boat. Had a nice big group doing the trip out to the great barrier reef. I was only originally down to do some snorkelling but I manage to sign up for an introductory dive then lied on my medical form. It was an excellent day, really sunny and the sea was soo calm. We reached our destination and we ... read more
Found Nemo
Loads of Yellow Damsels
Me snorkelling

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef April 28th 2007

... bent me! We had a great time on the Undersea Explorer, we saw sharks, beautiful underwater sceneries and we had delicious food and I finished my Advanced open water diver certificate. but... ... on Thursday, after my first dive, my face felt numb. A snorkelling and a little sleep later it was still there. Numb skin on the left side, next to the nose and on the forehead. It was lunchtime then. Because I just have learned about decompression illness and the symptoms I told my very nice dive instructor Claire. She told me to lay down on the top deck and gave me pure oxygen to breath. After 30 minutes it changed into a tingling feeling, annoying! Fortunately there was a REAL medical doctor on board, Darlene from the United States. She checked ... read more
dressed for success

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

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