4 Day Coral Sea Trip 23
On Thursday the 30th of August several adventurous divers joined Spirit of Freedom along with her crew and some continuing on guest at Lizard Island.
With a four-day expedition out to the Coral Sea ahead of us we nipped out to the upper Ribbon Reefs for a couple afternoon dives before our overnight steam out to Osprey Reef.
Come Friday morning we were up early and rearing to go with a five dive day ahead of us. Osprey Reef is a unique place to visit as it is a huge seamount rising from over 1000m of depth way out in the middle of the Coral Sea. By being over 15 Nautical miles long it has many different dive sites along the edges and also entrances into the lagoon offering many different styles of diving.
The first day consisted mostly static dives with sites having some nice caves and swim throughs up in the shallows above the steep walls and also a night dive to top it off.
Saturday was our last day at Osprey and we sat on North Horn for the first three dives with the first two of the day being drift dives down the two walls heading north to the Horn while our third dive was the most anticipated dive the Shark Feed! This dive is always a highlight of the trip but we had one more special treat up our sleeve, before the final dive out at Osprey the weather Gods were in our favour and opened up a rare opportunity to allow us to head south to Bougainville Reef.
Now Bougainville Reef is just something else, this needle in a hay stack has some of the most vast coral cover in the upper Great Barrier Reef, some corals being hundreds of years old covering huge rock structures, and with good corals come great fish life.
Always a special treat! After four dives on Bougs it unfortunately time to head home, we spent Sunday evening feasting on an epic BBQ while swapping dive stories and making life long friends. Cheers to all those who joined us and until next time…