3 Day Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs
A lovely sunny Monday in Cairns as 26 guests boarded Spirit of Freedom on Trinity Wharf, we made out way out to the outer reefs off Cairns for our first couple of dives at Playgrounds, Norman Reef. There was a family theme going on with a few big families from all over the world ready to start their diving adventure up the Ribbon Reefs.
Getting our 5 dive day started at Steves Bommie was a perfect way to begin, the dive site itself is loaded with all sorts of wonderful marine creatures however it was the Minke whales that stole the show. We spotted and had some wonderful in water encounters with a Mother and her tony calf. What an amazing experience to share these moments with these whales. Then we cruised North and jumped in at RR#5 Clam Gardens, RR#9 ¼ Coral Princes Bommie then finishing up at Challenger Bay for 2 dives. Along the way we spotted many Cuttle fish, protecting their eggs, reef sharks, Sweet Lips, Turtles, Parrot Fish, Trumpet Fish and lots more.
We then woke up the next day for a double dive at Lighthouse Bommie, another Minke Hotspot. Not only is Lighthouse one of my personal favorite dives sites, with turtles, Sea snakes, Barracuda, Jacks, Sharks, Nudibranchs, Pipefish BUT we got the Minkes to come and play again, we had 4+ Minke Whales hanging out with us for hours. It was a wonderful morning with so many close encounters. Then making our way up to The Cod Hole to hang out with our Potato Cod friends for the Cod Feed. Getting up close and personal with these huge groupers is definitely an exciting dive! Especially when they are a lot bigger than half of the young guests we have onboard! Will, Maddie and Jara had a great time meeting these giants!
Lastly finishing up with an awesome drift dive down Dynamite Pass, we a 2 current it was fun to drift down the wall with little effort.
Cruising over to Lizard Island to watch a beautiful sunset and ending another wonderful Cod Hole trip onboard Spirit Of Freedom.
Thank you to all our adventurous guests for all the diving and good times.
Hope to see you all again underwater soon
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