Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

One site thats on just about everyones bucket list! Clear water, Huge amounts of sea life,  and all around great diving. I recommend that you spend your time here on a live-aboard dive charter like The Spirit of Freedom. Its the best way to fully experience this UNESCO world heritage area.  


Potato Cod up close and personal
Cod Hole is a great site to get up close and personal with large potato cod. They are very friendly when you have food for them. Its fun when you can get inches away from a 5' long fish!


Mantas are a common site on the reef. there were times when we had 3-6 of them in site at once. 16' wingspans are not uncommon either!


Caverns full of interesting sea life In this particular cavern,a return at night led us to a huge school of small fish each with a round luminescent spot that glowed brightly in the dark. It was like Watching the stars swirl overhead.

6' Olive sea snakes were quite friendly at times too! A bit too friendly if you ask me. Knowing that they have a bite that's one of the most poisonous in the world, and trying to capture them on film while they slithered over and around me, made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!


Minke whales are a fantastic sight. we heard them often during our dives, but were only able to see them on the surface. Only two divers got to see them, George and I, and only because on the last dive of the week, we stayed in the water after everyone got out. Hanging on the anchor line at the bow of the boat, we were able to observe two whales and a shark circling us for twenty minutes! It pays to be the last out of the water.







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